Preschool

Summer Roadtrip Travel Adventures, Part 1

Posted July 25, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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This summer was my first venture into traveling alone with the children since the husband had to work. (Hats off to all the single moms out there who do this on a regular basis). I found that keeping a zen like calm goes a long way into making the unexpected and the disaster a little more adventure like and way more fun for the kiddies.

Food Additives May Contribute to ADHD in Children

Posted July 20, 2008 by Fred Lee

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The time has come to give more credibility to the notion that we are what we eat.

Kids Eat Free....Or Really Cheap

Posted July 15, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

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Tired of cooking? Does your budget not stretch enough to cover dining out with the entire family? Check out these restaurants where kids eat free....or really cheap!

Hug Your TV, Part 2: A biased, opinionated and not even very scholarly review of PBS Sprout.

Posted July 13, 2008 by Katherine Turner

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I’ve spent the past month watching every show PBS Sprout dishes up and man am I pasty. Crib my notes for what to let the kiddies watch and keep your summer glow!

Same Sex, Same Cake

Posted July 10, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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The time had come to break it to the kids that the grandmas are getting married at the end of July. I was bracing for very literal preschooler observations of only boys and girls can marry---not unlike my preschoolers observations about who can tuck her in and who can play with Barbie...her response was not expected...

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.

Hug Your TV Part 1: Turning it on won't suck your kids' smarts any more than making it a planter will get them into Stanford.

Posted June 9, 2008 by Katherine Turner

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Like any form of art or entertainment, TV runs the gamut from the horrendous to the sublime, and with only a little initial channel-surfing in the name of research, you can learn to enjoy the medium guilt-free and eventually advance to using your former nemesis for the betterment of your children.

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?

On Education Part 1 - Our Experience with Montessori Schools

Posted May 17, 2008 by Fred Lee

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Montessori schools offer an excellent program for pointing your kids towards academic excellence, though their approach might not conform to every parent's idea of what it means to be a carefree child.

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