News & Commentary

Peep Peep for Thomas the Tank Engine on Tour!

Posted September 16, 2011 by Lela Davidson

Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to town! We are excited to let you know that Parenting Squad has been selected to cover the Day Out with Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 event at the Oklahoma Railway Museum.

Rally for Recess, Rally for Fitness

Posted September 13, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Yes, childhood obesity and nutrition are still health concerns in the United States. Read here for more information about childhood health, fitness, and Rally For Recess: a contest where students, parents, and schools can compete to win playground equipment for their school.

For the Love of Aimee: The Importance of a Grandparent to a Child With Special Needs

Posted September 8, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Some grandparents are hands on. Julie Riera Matsushima is one of them. When one of her twin newborn granddaughters is diagnosed with severe brain damage, Matsushima begins a new journey determined to help her granddaughter beat the odds.

Talking to Kids About 9/11

Posted September 7, 2011 by Maggie Wells

What do you say when your kids ask about 9/11?

A Back-To-School Roundup: Learning Apps, Children’s Health, and Homework

Posted September 4, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Parents, are you up on the latest about these topics as your children head back to class? Stop here for some great learning opportunities for kiddos, take a quick quiz (if you want), and throw in your two cents about all that homework your children may be bringing home!

Celebrate Birth on Labor Day With BOLD

Posted September 2, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Celebrate Labor Day by learning about BOLD, the Birth On Labor Day movement that empowers women to share their birth experiences and learn more about their childbirth options.

Are Single Parents the Downfall of Society?

Posted September 1, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Single moms work hard. According to Ann Coulter, it isn't enough. In her book, Guilty, she discusses the connection between single parenting and criminals. Are young, single moms raising the next generation of delinquents and murderers?

8 Gift Ideas for Grandparent's Day

Posted August 29, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Don't let Grandparent's Day slip by without making it a special family celebration. Get all the children involved and make special mementos or memories for these special people.

VIDEO: How Your Future Health Is Shaped In The Womb

Posted August 25, 2011 by Lela Davidson

Author Annie Paul talks about her book, Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives. Among her advice? Eat chocolate!

National Restaurant Association Promises Healthier Dining Options for Kids

Posted August 19, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

The National Restaurant Association has launched a new "Kids LiveWell" program, designed to encourage healthier dining options for children. Learn about the criteria, and find out which of your favorite restaurants are participating.

Embracing The American Girl Doll Experience

Posted August 15, 2011 by Maggie Wells

The only thing I hate more than dolls is the outrageous price of a good-quality doll. The historical characters portrayed in the American Girl dolls could never afford to buy themselves, and the irony is not lost on me. Yet my daughter and I have been strangely sucked in...

Breast Milk Baby: A Nursing Doll to Teach Our Daughters About Breastfeeding

Posted August 12, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

The Breast Milk Baby, a nursing doll for girls, has hit the U.S. market. But I don't believe that we need this nursing doll to teach our daughters about breastfeeding.

Restaurant Bans Kids Under 6: Discrimination or Smart Business?

Posted August 6, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

John Vuick has banned children under the age of 6 from his Pennsylvania restaurant. Is this really a necessary business move? Or is it a form of discrimination?

Is Keeping Kids Safe Online Really a Full-Time Job?

Posted August 3, 2011 by Lela Davidson

What can parents really do to keep up with the current internet dangers in order to keep kids safe? The more we hear of the ways predators can take advantage of children online, the more it makes me think the best defense is to focus our efforts offline.

The Unique Child Study Aims to Understand Childhood Development of Unique Children

Posted July 22, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Every child is unique, but some children are given a label. If your child is giftED, has autism, or has a special talent, you can participate in the Unique Child Survey.

What's the Proper Way to Talk Private Parts With Kids?

Posted July 14, 2011 by Kelli Robinson

Somewhere a long the way, the proper terms for our private parts have developed a stigma, so much so that the exact words for the private parts are kept...well...private from little ones. Penis, vagina — what's the big deal?

What Should We Eat? USDA Replaces Food Pyramid With New "Food Plate"

Posted July 13, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

You're probably familiar with the USDA's Food Pyramid, but it has now been officially replaced. Click here to get all the details about the new MyPlate program that the USDA recently launched with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Changing the Game: Toys That Are Fun for the Earth Too

Posted July 11, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Most toys today are full of chemicals. They're bad for the environment and bad for our kids. Some up-and-coming companies are trying to change all that. Three toy makers have created eco-friendly toys and there are more on the way.

Baby Sleep Basics: All About Cribs

Posted July 10, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

10,000 children are injured in cribs, playpens and bassinets each year. Recent crib recalls have lead to new safety regulations in crib manufacturing. In addition to these new rules for manufacturers, there are steps you can take to make your child's bed a safer place.

Blacklisted From the PTA: Modern Motherhood With a Humorous Twist

Posted July 10, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Parenting Squad's own Managing Editor, Lela Davidson, has written a hilarious new book about modern motherhood. Find out why Blacklisted From The PTA is the must-read book of the summer!