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The Fight to Bring Breastfeeding Back to Sesame Street

Posted February 3, 2012 by Alyssa Chirco

Since the 1990s, breastfeeding has been noticeably absent from Sesame Street, but a recent petition to bring it back has over 30,000 signatures. Will you sign it?

Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Posted February 2, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

When your child says she's not feeling well, it can throw off your entire routine. Follow our guide to learn when to keep your child home and when it's OK to send her off to school.

Quick, Easy Access to Medical Advice

Posted January 28, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Parents often question the development of their children as well as whether or not any symptoms they exhibit are serious. But sometimes, getting to the doctor immediately is impossible. Now there is help available right at our fingertips.

3 Alternatives to Traditional Baby Showers

Posted January 27, 2012 by Alyssa Chirco

Tired of traditional baby showers? Check out these 3 trendy alternatives!

Join Our Tweetchat Today, Thursday, 1/26 for a Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Posted January 26, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

We're giving away an Amazon gift card! Join the Parenting Squad Tweetchat today #pschat at 1:00 CST. Today's topic is volunteering at your child's school.

5 Common Car Seat Mistakes

Posted January 25, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Children can be easily injured in a car accident if they are not buckled correctly. Yet, car seats are often either installed incorrectly or the children are buckled incorrectly. Avoid these common mistakes and protect your children.

The Importance of Ergonomics in Your Child's Education

Posted January 23, 2012 by Fred Lee

The surroundings that a child learns in has more impact than most people realize, and deserves the attention of parents and educators.

Lack of Mother-Toddler Bond Can Lead to Teen Obesity

Posted January 21, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

A new study shows that when a mother and child don't bond well, the child is more likely to become obese. Ensure that you are your children have a strong relationship while building up their emotional health.

Join Our Tweetchat Today, Thursday, 1/19 for a Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Posted January 19, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

Join the discussion on overparenting advice today at the Parenting Squad chat on Twitter #pschat at 11:00 PST / 2:00 EST.

Totally Together: Organizational Advice by Crockpot Queen Stephanie O'Dea

Posted January 19, 2012 by Alyssa Chirco

Need help being more organized? Crockpot queen Stephanie O'Dea dishes up lots of helpful hints in her latest book, Totally Together: Shortcuts To An Organized Life. Hint #1 — make your bed every day!

How to Provide Arts Education When Your Child’s School Cuts It

Posted January 17, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Numerous studies have shown that exposure to the arts helps children build self-esteem and reach higher academic achievements. Despite these findings, school across the country are being forced to cut art, music, and foreign language classes from their budgets. But you can still provide your child with a solid education in the arts.

Help for Families Living in Poverty

Posted January 14, 2012 by Mary Davis

The 2011 Poverty Guidelines state that an income of $22,350 or less is officially considered poverty for a family of four. Families living with such restricted financial resources are forced to make hard decisions every day, such as whether to pay for food or utilities. There are resources to help.

Join Our Tweetchat Today, Thursday, 12/12 for a Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card

Posted January 12, 2012 by Rhonda Franz

Join the discussion on getting parenting advice today at the Parenting Squad chat on Twitter #pschat at 11:00 PST / 2:00 EST.

Obesity and Children with Disabilities: Strategies for Families

Posted January 5, 2012 by Nancy Flanders

Children with disabilities are at a higher risk than their peers for becoming obese. Families and communities can help these children maintain a healthier lifestyle. Through simple strategies and a team effort, children with disabilities are learning to take better care of themselves.

VIDEO: Top Baby Names of 2011

Posted December 31, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

3548256374_1d246456ab.jpg has the top ten list of most popular baby names for 2012, and the site's Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray talked with Parenting Squad about it. Check out this short video to find out about what influenced parents this year when picking a name for their child.

Wishing Your Family...

Posted December 25, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Joy and peace from us to you!

Making Our List, Checking It Twice...

Posted December 23, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Ah, the Family Holiday Card. Preparing each one requires lots of licking, folding, and stamping. Sometimes, you just have make a cut.

REVIEW: Momma Baby Mama: Story of a Knocked Up Lesbian

Posted December 21, 2011 by Maggie Wells

Ever wonder what life is like for lesbian parents trying to conceive and plan for their families? It's not that different from what straight moms have done for centuries. And it's very different too.

Tattooed Barbie (and Other Dolls of Controversy)

Posted December 18, 2011 by Maggie Wells

Dolls wind up often reflecting and commenting on what we value (or don't) in society. The Barbie empire has certainly developed on the trends of what American women were/are doing in society. But do we need a full-sleeve tattooed Barbie?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Parenting Squad Writers

Posted December 18, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Parenting Squad writers sharing their traditions and wishing you a joyful and happy holiday season!