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A Dog Lover Embraces Cats

Posted October 18, 2008 by Fred Lee

Besides being loyal and loving companions, our kittens are teaching our kids responsibility plus a whole lot more.

Share Sites and GIVEAWAY from Shutterfly

Posted October 15, 2008 by Lynn Truong

Shutterfly Share Sites is a new service that allows you to create personalized web sites to share photos with your friends and family. It's a great and easy way to bring social networking into photo sharing. Shutterfly also gave us a digital camera to give away to one lucky reader!

Review: Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle Mat

Posted October 14, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

I always thought my kids would enjoy an Aquadoodle, and I was right. This latest version isn't exactly a major step forward, but any version of this no-mess toy will likely amuse your kids for good stretches of time.

Letting Go of Childhood

Posted October 2, 2008 by Karen Putz

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Childhood stuff-- why is it so hard to let go?

Lessons in Parenting - Letting Kids Stumble

Posted October 2, 2008 by Fred Lee

Sometimes being a good parent means taking a step back and letting kids make mistakes.

Is The New 90210 Not That Bad?

Posted September 20, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I was prepared to hate this remake of my favorite teen drama growing up. After all, it had gotten the Parent’s Television Council to call for a boycott after only the first show. Not being one to let anyone make decisions for my family, I decided to screen the show myself. My findings were shocking -- but not in the way you would think.

Kids and Computers: How Young is Too Young?

Posted September 2, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I remember when computers were first introduced as a tool for children (very young children.) I thought to myself, “What kind of parent would let their 3-year-old play computer games?" Mr. Kettle, meet Mrs. Pot.

Are Cheap Diapers Worth the Savings?

Posted August 20, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I'm all about living frugally. There are many things I buy for less by purchasing the off-brand. But should diapers be one of them?

Parenthood is Its Own Reward – Or is it?

Posted August 18, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Finding what motivates isn’t always easy. But once you do, great things can be accomplished!

The Five Best Things I Did For My Kids This Summer

Posted August 6, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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August already? With just a few weeks of summer left, I have been reflecting on the season's happiest moments with my two little ones. I'll tell you mine and then you tell me yours.

The Death of the Neighborhood

Posted August 5, 2008 by Corina Fiore

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I miss the olden days. You know, the olden days like 20 years ago. Life seemed different then. You belonged to a community, a neighborhood. The people in your neighborhood were part of your extended family. At some point in the last 20 years, the neighborhood has succumbed to death.

Teach Your 5-year Old to Clean His Own Room

Posted August 1, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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The mess that a preschooler makes is revolting at times. Determined to straighten without doing ALL the work, I implemented a plan to include them in my duties. It worked better than I could have ever hoped for.

Tips for Handling an Overly Mobile Toddler

Posted July 29, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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“Toddler” is one of those misused words that I'd like to can forever. The actual “toddling” stage lasts 2 days max at my house. Each of my boys have gone from slithering belly-crawlers to expert rock-climbers in less than a week – and each have left me breathless and paranoid of all the dangers they could soon get into.

Shared Parenting: Why it Works for Us

Posted June 25, 2008 by Sherry Pardy

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

Tips for a Safer Fireworks Display

Posted June 25, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

The statistics are frightening. 10,000 Americans were treated for injuries from fireworks last year alone! The majority of the incidents were burn-related, and most could have been prevented. Learn how to keep your children out of harm’s way with this handy guide from the CPSC.

The Best Toys Aren’t Toys at All

Posted June 19, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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.

Please Stop Giving Advice.

Posted June 18, 2008 by Corina Fiore

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.

Dads, Be a Hero

Posted June 17, 2008 by Jason White

The May 2008 issue of Parents magazine featured a small section entitled, "Who's Your Hero?" Kids answered in the typical fashion citing their Dad, Mom, teachers, etc. But one answer really struck me. Six year-old David replied, "I don't have a hero."

Stretch Those Pennies with Watered-Down Cooking

Posted June 17, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Water is cheap (free in some areas.) Why are you not using it to stretch y our grocery dollars? Maybe you’re afraid of feeling cheap, or feel that you will somehow be robbing your children of precious nutrients. Put away your doubts, and learn the acceptable ways to dilute your dinners!

Plastic Bottle Concerns

Posted June 12, 2008 by Fred Lee

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.