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Best of Parenting: Celebration Edition

Posted July 3, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Today is my birthday (and my husband’s birthday.) With each passing year, things get a bit more stressful, and a little less… celebratory. Perhaps I’m lacking in motivation, but I’d like to think that I just need a little inspiration. Thank goodness for these truly amazing, delicious, and simple ways to celebrate all of life’s finer things – compliments of experts from all over the web! (Now I have no excuses.)

4 Really Cool Green (and Blue and Red) Art Projects for Kids

Posted June 27, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I love preassembled art crafting kits for kids. Recent budget-tightening and an increased interest in recycling, however, have led to some new opportunities to get especially creative with our homeschool craft routine. Check out the four top picks from our dining room table, and see how they can be adapted to fit your creative time!

The Importance of Play

Posted June 25, 2009 by Fred Lee

Unstructured playtime is more important for your kids than you might have thought.

When Bedtimes Are A Bad Idea

Posted June 21, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I completely understand the benefits of having structure. While I'm inclined to throw everything to the wind, doing most tasks when I feel most productive, I agree that children benefit from having some consistency in their lives. So why is it that regular bedtimes seem more of an interruption to their natural lives than anything else?


Posted April 13, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

It's an inevitable rite of passage in every child's life -- the first sleepover.

Jon And Kate + Eight; Innocent Documentary or Dangerous Exploitation?

Posted April 1, 2009 by Paul Michael

The phenomenon that is Kate Gosselin, hubby Jon and their eight children has made for interesting television over the years. But there’s a question that keeps cropping up over and over again – “is this still an innocent documentary, or has it morphed into something much more exploitative?”

Has The Time Come For Me To Beat My Kids?

Posted March 27, 2009 by Paul Michael

I've always been easy on my two little girls, but recently it occurred to me that I've been a little too easy on them. I play the part of the good cop, my wife teaching them more about life than I do. And I finally came to realize the other day that I may just have to start beating them. I'm talking, of course, about competitive games.

Four Successful Methods For Getting Your Toddler To Clean His Room

Posted March 14, 2009 by Rosemerry Wahto...

Kids are messy. Some parents (perhaps you?) like to keep their homes neat. How do you get your child to clean up the mess without tears or begging or threats? Here are four ideas.

California First Lady Maria Shriver Talks to Us About Help for Families in Tough Times

Posted March 10, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Working families all across the U.S. are feeling the tightening economy. “Day by day” is truly the only way to handle things, but did you also know that there is help? In addition to the numerous programs offered in California, the U.S. government and organizations are using WE Connect to help get Moms the information they need to take care of families. Here’s what Maria had to share with us….

Helicopter Parenting Earns Its Wings

Posted March 10, 2009 by Fred Lee

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Believe it or not, a recent study found that being a helicopter parent might not be so bad for your kids, after all.

The Family Bed: The Secure Sleep

Posted February 14, 2009 by Maggie Wells

Why do we keep our young children in a room all the way down the hall from us? Why do we spend too much money fixing up Ikea showroom like rooms for them when they really want to be with us? Why do we think it's weird to sleep with our children when most of the world does it? Wake up, America, and go to sleep with your children.

Report: Selfish Adults Ruining Childhood

Posted February 3, 2009 by Carrie Kirby

Are adults' ambitions getting in the way of healthy childhood in the modern world? A British report says they are.

FREE Pampers potty training kit

Posted January 22, 2009 by Paul Michael

A sweet deal for anyone whos is currently going through the ups & downs of potty training. Pampers is giving away a free potty training kit, and it comes with Dora and Diego's approval.

Parenting: The Ultimate Team Sport

Posted January 22, 2009 by Fred Lee

It’s understandable that parents have their own individual needs and interests, but when it comes to the kids, they both need to come to the plate.

Lessons in Over-Parenting

Posted January 17, 2009 by Fred Lee

Are we doing our children any favors by taking care of everything for them?

How to Have the Cheapest, (and Most Memorable) Christmas Ever!

Posted December 15, 2008 by Sonja Stewart

With a new home and a new baby due any second, this Christmas is tight. Looking around, it's tight for everyone. Here are a bunch of tricks, tips and crafts to make your holiday hold some extra meaning this year without having to spend the extra cash.

Breaking the Bottle Habit (One Screech at a Time)

Posted November 28, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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My son will be two years old in January, and he is plenty old enough to be broken from his bottle habit. I picked a day (like any other) and just decided to do it. Here's what I learned, and why I'm glad it's over.

Secret Keeper Girl Fiction: A Book Review

Posted November 8, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

If you have a tween girl at home who craves fiction, this series by Dannah Gresh might be a healthy alternative to chick lit books geared toward the teen crowd.

Kid-Safe Surfing Should Value Parental Involvement

Posted October 28, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

I have been a Glubble user for some time now. I enjoy letting my kids cruise the internet, but I want to be responsible about how much freedom I gave them. This newest version of the software strikes perfect balance between managing your kids’ screen time and giving them permission to really go places with their online experience!

Not Particularly Crafty? You Can Make This….

Posted October 23, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

I envy my “crafty” friends. You know…. the ones who scrap, sew, and design their own blog templates. They do it so easily, and so it seemed futile for me to even try. Then I discovered a website that gave me back some confidence.