Preschool

Food Allergies: The Ultimate in Disposable Income?

Posted November 25, 2009 by Lela Davidson

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Why are food allergies on the rise? Or are they? And just who stands to benefit when more and more children are identified as allergic to one food or another?

The Slaughter of Innocence

Posted November 19, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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I keep hearing the stories of children being killed by their parents, their mother’s boyfriends, the next door neighbor. It feels so common place that we should hear of deaths under the age of 10 that I almost feel like I’m being stupid for raising the question -- but I’ll ask it anyway. Why does it seem like we are killing our children?

5 Tips For Fun Family Dinners

Posted November 17, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

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The evidence is in. Eating together as a family is linked to lower rates of teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol use, and teen depression. The problem? Getting everyone at the same table to get along is also linked to higher parental blood pressure levels.

FREE Child Safe ID Kits - Added Assurance For Your Family At No Cost

Posted November 16, 2009 by Paul Michael

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Every year, over 650,000 children are reported missing. It's a horrible statistic, one that I hope none of you are ever a part of. So, request your FREE Child Safe ID Kit and get a little extra help at a time when you need it most.

Have You Chewed Your Gum Today?

Posted November 15, 2009 by Lela Davidson

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Could a military grade chewing gum someday replace parental nagging and tooth brush timers? Could dental health become as simple as a reminder to chew your gum? Or will the latest development become yet another tool in our battle against tooth decay?

Letting Dads Be Dads

Posted November 13, 2009 by Fred Lee

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Fathers may do things differently than moms, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The Trouble with Elbow Sneezes

Posted November 6, 2009 by Lela Davidson

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Consider me a one-woman army against the scourge of the elbow sneeze. And consider me accepting recruits in my mission. The elbow sneeze is good in theory, but the concept breaks down immediately in the face of the nasty reality.

What You May Not Know About Internet Safety

Posted November 5, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend an event sponsored by Leap Frog on Internet Saftey. Here are 4 things you need to know about keeping your children safe on the Internet.

Can Anger Be Constructive?

Posted November 4, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

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In the book, Good and Angry, Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, list five basic causes of anger. Once we analyze our anger and determine what is causing it, we can respond in a healthy and positive way.

Parenting in a Climate of Fear

Posted November 3, 2009 by Fred Lee

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Baby Einstein's popularity seemed to be rooted in parental fear and anxiety about the proper way to enrich their children.

Tips for Car Travel With Children

Posted November 3, 2009 by Debbie Dragon

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We have all been there. The dreaded car trip, with the kids in the back fighting with each other and asking every 30 seconds, “How much longer” and “Are we there yet?” Whether the car ride is 2 hours or 30, there are some planning steps and tricks you can use to make the car ride less of a headache.

Stealing Candy From Babies

Posted October 30, 2009 by Sierra Black

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On Halloween Night, after the trick-or-treating is done and the candy has been binged on and the children are snuggled all warm in their beds with dreams of tooth decay and childhood obesity dancing in their mother's head, the Halloween Fairy comes to our house.

Halloween with No Candy? No Way!

Posted October 23, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

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Granola bars instead of chocolate bars. Pencils instead of popcorn balls. Toothbrushes instead of Tootsie Rolls. What is this world coming to? I even heard one eco-friendly blogger say, “Let’s celebrate the holiday, not the candy.” I hate to tell you, but when it comes to Halloween, the candy IS the holiday.

Stress and Your Child's Life

Posted October 15, 2009 by Fred Lee

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How we deal with stress in our lives could potentially affect the lifespan of our children.

Ponyo!

Posted October 6, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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Not surprisingly, Hayao Miyazaki's new film Ponyo is beautiful, sweet and a hit with the kids. Finally, a kid's film worth seeing.

Will Training Wheels Soon Be Defunct?

Posted October 1, 2009 by Paul Michael

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As a young lad, I remember my training wheels all too well. I loved them. The security they gave me to fly around corners with ease was awesome. Then, one day, I had to ride without them and felt like certain death was imminent at any moment. Therein lies the problem with training wheels, and perhaps the reason they may soon die out altogether.

3 Tips for Scarily Simple Halloween Costumes

Posted September 29, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

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Here’s my advice about Halloween — or any dress-up occasion, for that matter — don’t stress, and don’t spend. Instead, follow these three tips for creating simple costumes that rock.

Oh NO! Not MY Kid

Posted September 12, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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The playgrounds only ever have two children: the bully and the victim. Which one is your kid and how do you handle it?

Wanted: A Babysitter --Practically Perfect in Every Way

Posted August 27, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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One of the hardest things I ever had to do as a mother was to find quality babysitters to take my place when needed. Are you looking for the babysitter that is “practically perfect in every way?”

A Nursing Doll? Oh My.

Posted August 14, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

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The latest topic of conversation in cyberspace and beyond is a new breast-feeding babydoll called Bebe Gloton. It comes with a halter top that little girls can wear, and when the baby's mouth is pressed against the flowers that are strategically placed in the chest area, the baby makes nursing sounds.

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