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Computer-based Homeschool Curriculum Worked for Us!

Posted June 30, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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When I started homeschooling a few years ago, I was excited to order the materials – which included more books, manuals, worksheets, and supplemental items than I could possibly store on our bookshelf. The practicality of “traditional” text-based curriculum soon wore thin. Read on to see how software saved the day.

Shared Parenting: Why it Works for Us

Posted June 25, 2008 by Sherry Pardy

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According to a recent New York Times article, the fact my husband does the laundry makes us trendy parents. Who knew?

Old MacDonald had some Suckers

Posted June 25, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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As a mostly vegetarian, hippie genX-er--a non-TV watching, non-consumer driven parent-- I have purposely failed my children miserably by hiding from them vital cultural icons of American life. But all that is about to change with two Happy Meals...

On Education Part 2 - Our Experience with Waldorf Schools

Posted June 23, 2008 by Fred Lee

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The Waldorf experience is a lot different than what you’ll see at a Montessori School.

Kid Friendly Trips with TripFlix

Posted June 22, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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Gas prices have you and the kids home for the summer? You might want to give the interactive DVD TripFlix a try and do some couch traveling in an air conditioned living room with teens Alex and Emily to 25 destinations across the USA.

Gay Parenting, Part 2

Posted June 20, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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Wow. It really is happening. All across California gays and lesbians are getting married. Their children, we children will all be legitimized in a way we haven't been before. I spent the weekend talking to a gay dad raising sons (being Father's Day weekend) here's what's been tripping around my conversations. I talked to a few women on the verge of marriage. Here's what I heard and remembered.

Train your kids to swallow a choking hazard with Lego “Fun Snacks”

Posted June 19, 2008 by Paul Michael

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It all seems like some crazy practical joke or belated April Fool’s gag, but this one is real. Kellogg’s have teamed up with Lego to produce what can only be described as the most dangerous idea for a kid’s snack…ever.

The Best Toys Aren’t Toys at All

Posted June 19, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Go ahead and spend that $100 for the ultimate in baby activity centers. Go organic, if you want, but don’t blame me when your tot comes running up to you begging to play with his favorite new toys – a rubber shoe cover and a piece of Styrofoam.

Which Kind of Little League Parent are YOU?

Posted June 18, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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School is winding down and so is Little League season (June is national Little League month). You are almost finished carting junior around from school yard to baseball diamond to pizza parlor to game again. So it begs the question. Which kind of Little League parent are YOU?

Please Stop Giving Advice.

Posted June 18, 2008 by Corina Fiore

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The picture represents how I feel about unsolicited or absolute advice: angry and annoyed. I often ignore advice, shake my head in agreement, and move on my way. I wasn't always that way, and I was reminded of the havoc unsolicited advice can reap on a family when reading a message board this week.

Plastic Bottle Concerns

Posted June 12, 2008 by Fred Lee

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Plastic bottles are on everyone’s mind, but before you buy an expensive “safe” alternative, it’s good to know that not all plastics are that bad.

Kids Music that Doesn't Suck

Posted June 4, 2008 by Sherry Pardy

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Looking for some tunes for the smaller set that don't include 5 guys in bright colored shirts singing about an octopus? Luckily, good, fun kids music isn’t so obscure anymore.

American Idol – Family Friendly or Adult TV?

Posted May 22, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

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American Idol is a favorite in households across the world, but is it really appropriate for young minds?

Explaining Gay and Lesbian identitites to the Kids, Part 1

Posted May 18, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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With Friday’s State Supreme Court ruling in California the possibility of my mothers being able to marry legally in our state has come up once again. Yay! We are all very excited and hope that wedding bells will ring for our lesbian mothers after twenty years (longer than most of the hetero marriages we know have lasted. So, the only question that remains is what do we tell the children and when? And does it even matter?

Kids Bowl Free! A Summer Activity for the Entire Family!

Posted May 16, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

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Are you at a loss for what to do this summer? Thanks to generous and creative people, bowling can be free for the kids, and cheap for the adults. Grab the family, and leave the financial worries at home, it’s time to go bowling!

Take Simple Steps to Prevent Falls from Windows

Posted May 16, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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It’s the time of year to open up your home to fresh air and warmer days. Before you start cracking open those windows, however, take a moment to check these simple safety tips. With 25 children a year falling from windows (some of them resulting in tragic deaths), it’s a preventative measure you can’t afford to ignore.

The Art of Offering Your Child Choices (And How it Can Backfire With Your Spouse)

Posted May 15, 2008 by Rosemerry Wahto...

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“Give your child options!” say the parenting experts. And with my toddler, “sharing the control” works very well. It works so well I’ve started using it with my husband. Uh oh.

Yo! Happy Mother's Day!

Posted May 11, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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What's it mean to be a mommy to you? This is my take on the day and the experience...

Are Measles Back?

Posted May 4, 2008 by Fred Lee

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Kept in check for years, measles is once again on the rise in this country, and some experts believe this might only be the beginning.

Last Man Standing

Posted May 2, 2008 by Fred Lee

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Life as a stay-at-home-dad can be more interesting when you’ve got other guys to bond with. But bear in mind, even though the times are changing, it’s still a mom’s world.

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