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How To Clear The Clutter From Your Kid's Room

Posted January 9, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

In the post-holiday aftermath, most moms' thoughts are turning to a nice, long, bath and a vat or two of mojito. But before you sink too far into the tub, why not clean out some of the detritus that's accumulated in your kids' rooms over the past 12 months.

Best of Parenting Round-Up: Cold Weather Edition

Posted January 8, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

It's time for our weekly Best of Parenting Round-Up. This week we've got tips on handling the coast-to-coast cold weather front, following up on New Year's parenting resolutions, and more.

What? Me Mooch?

Posted January 8, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

A friend recently posted her frustration with mooching kids on her Facebook page: "What is it about some people who let their kids mooch all the time? Enough already!" Harmless as the post may have seemed, she immediately received a spate of responses that fell into two camps: Those who agreed and commiserated, and those promised never to send their kids to her house again.

Scratch And Sniffle: Keeping Winter Air Symptoms At Bay

Posted January 7, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

It’s one thing to know what to do for the body’s response in winter; but it can be exhausting to get young children to go along. Here are a few tips to help improve the dry conditions in your home, and ideas for encouraging children to stay healthy and well.

Two Simple Resolutions For Better Living And Better Parenting In 2010

Posted December 31, 2009 by Lela Davidson

Resolutions -- I know, I hate them too, but I’m making two subjective and non-measurable resolutions this year. And my 2010 will be the better for them. I feel it!

Best of Parenting Roundup: The Top 50 Mom Bloggers of 2009

Posted December 23, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Welcome to the best of parenting roundup. This week, we look at Babble.com's list of the top 50 Mom Bloggers of 2009, how to make a memorable memory game, and 15 cleaning hacks to save you time -- and money!

Safeway Recipe Ideas And GIVEAWAY

Posted December 19, 2009 by Lynn Truong

This time of year is always hectic. Safeway offers a helping hand with their last minute recipe ideas. They're also offering a $50 gift card to one lucky Parenting Squad reader.

Give Your Kids A FREE Highly Personalized Video Message From Santa

Posted December 18, 2009 by Paul Michael

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I'm not that easily impressed by free web greetings these days. I used to love them, but in the age of iPhones and Google Android, they're a bit dated. However, this one really caught me by surprise. And when my daughter saw it, she had a huge Cheshire Cat grin. It's a VERY personalized video message from Santa!

Best of Parenting Roundup: End Toilet-Training Regression Now

Posted December 18, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Welcome to our best of parenting roundup! We look at why kids decide to stop using the potty (and what to do about it), how a salad spinner can make a cool art tool, and how much babysitting co-ops really cost.

Best of Parenting Roundup: 14 Ways to Make Your Children Laugh

Posted December 11, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

In this week's best of parenting roundup, we look at ways to get a chuckle from your little Mr. Serious, how to handle when your kid is the new kid, and how to make your own "green" mouthwash. Enjoy!

Why Moms Are Mad at Tiger Woods

Posted December 10, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

When I heard the news of Tiger Woods’ mother-in-law being rushed to the hospital, I wanted to send that poor woman a telegram. “I feel your pain,” I’d tell her. And I do -- I’m hoppin’ mad at Mr. Woods. The Tiger affair (or affairs, I should say) has been the hot topic around our house for days. When I stopped to wonder why I am so angry about the whole thing, I realized: It’s because I’m a mom.

HP TouchSmart 600 GIVEAWAY

Posted December 8, 2009 by Lynn Truong

Microsoft and HP collaborated to create best-in-class touch technology that melds the power of Windows 7 with HP’s revolutionary TouchSmart PCs. The HP TouchSmart 600 showcases this technology within its sleek design, HD widescreen, BluRay, adjustable webcam and more. And we have 1 HP TouchSmart 600 to giveaway to one lucky Parenting Squad reader!

Start Your Own Holiday Family Traditions

Posted December 6, 2009 by Debbie Dragon

During the countless shopping and wrapping sprees are good times to think about family holiday traditions. Your family may have traditions that have been carried on for decades or maybe, if you’re a newlywed or first-time parents, it’s time to start your own family traditions.

Best of Parenting Roundup: 100 Text and IM Shortcuts so You Can Communicate With Your Kids

Posted December 4, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Welcome to our weekly Best of Parenting roundup! This week we share 100 Text and IM shortcuts to help you find out what your kids are really saying, the best kid-friendly lunches, and a couple of exciting and simple volcano experiments for families to do together!

5 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

Posted December 2, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

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As my nine-year-old and I battled the hordes of shoppers at the discount mall on Black Friday, I pondered on this ironic reality: At what SHOULD be the “most wonderful time of the year,” most parents -– moms in particular -– are stressed out, angry, sleep-deprived, and downright nasty.

Family Savings During the Christmas Season

Posted November 30, 2009 by Debbie Dragon

All the shopping and preparations can be overwhelming and stressful on you and your budget. Put your worries aside by following some of these easy tips on how a family can find savings during this Christmas season:

Best of Parenting Roundup: 20 Must-Read Blogs for Married People

Posted November 28, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Welcome to our weekly Best of Parenting roundup! We give you 20 Must-read blogs for married people, 3 great reasons to choose cloth diapers, and 102 fabulous deal-seekers you can follow on Twitter now (to save big money later.)

Allow Me to Scare the Snot Out of Your Toddler

Posted November 26, 2009 by Lela Davidson

Yelling is not the ideal form of communication. However, science now shows us that toddlers with a lower than average "fear response" may be genetically doomed to a life of crime. Could yelling help? If so, I'm available.

Best of Parenting: What Parents Should Know About Night Terrors

Posted November 20, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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This week’s best of parenting roundup looks at some quick and simple holiday gifts that will really impress your friends and family this year. We also have a yummy pumpkin bread recipe, some must-read information on night terrors, and a curious story on how licorice may be bad for your unborn baby!

Plastics May Affect Development In Boys

Posted November 18, 2009 by Fred Lee

Phthalates found in many plastics may have a more significant impact on male development than previously realized.