News & Commentary

Secondhand Television Can Influence a Child’s Body Image

Posted January 25, 2011 by Fred Lee

When children watch television at a friend's house, the influence on how they perceive their appearance can be strong and may even play a role in the onset of eating disorders.

Want to Do Your Taxes for Free? Here's Your Chance!

Posted January 23, 2011 by Lela Davidson

We're hoping to ease a bit of the burden for 6 lucky Parenting Squad readers! We'll be giving away, courtesy of H&R Block, 6 H&R Block At Home Premium Federal tax preparation packages.

Record a Playground Song for the National Children's Folksong Repository

Posted January 22, 2011 by Sonja Stewart

The National Children's Folksong Repository is collecting playground songs to preserve history. Here's how you and your child can help.

Would You Buy Your Child A Doll That Gives Birth?

Posted January 13, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

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Parents often wonder how to prepare their children for the birth of a new sibling. Sure, you could just read them a nice book, but did you know that you could also buy them a doll that actually gives birth? Learn more about MamAmor birth and breastfeeding dolls here.

Interview With A Myth Buster

Posted January 11, 2011 by Lela Davidson

Get the inside scoop on how to get girls interested in science from Mythbuster Kari Byron!

Early Exposure to Cell Phones and Behavior Issues

Posted January 7, 2011 by Fred Lee

A mother's excessive cell phone use during and after pregnancy may be linked to behavior problems in children.

Best Deals on Baby Items 01/07/2011

Posted January 7, 2011 by Brooke Kaelin

If you are expecting or have young children at home, you don't want to miss these deals.

Living Close to Freeways May Increase Risk of Autism

Posted January 6, 2011 by Fred Lee

A new study has for the first time implicated highway traffic as a potential contributor to the development of autism.

BPA and Women’s Reproductive Health

Posted January 1, 2011 by Fred Lee

Parents worry about exposing their kids to the chemical BPA, but now doctors believe it may have an adverse effect on woman who are trying to have a baby.

Secondhand Smoke, Your Child’s Mental Health, and Tips on How to Quit

Posted December 29, 2010 by Fred Lee

Secondhand smoke has been implicated as a potential contributor to mental health problems in young children.

When Your Kid Hates Writing

Posted December 27, 2010 by Maggie Wells

Right under my nose, this writer discovers in my very own household a kid that hates writing.

GIVEAWAY: Anti-Texting Software for Smartphones

Posted December 26, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Here's your chance to win a great tool for keeping teens safe!

Merry Christmas From Parenting Squad!

Posted December 24, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Merry Christmas! Here's a roundup of our favorite Christmas tips, just in case you missed any!

Want Your Child to Be Better at Math? Speak the Language

Posted December 23, 2010 by Deeanna Frankli...

Want your preschooler to excel at math? Try a little numbers talk. One study showed that helping kids quantify objects from an early age may increase their later success in the subject.

VIDEO: New York City Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon's Holiday Tips

Posted December 21, 2010 by Lela Davidson

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Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon dishes on Season FOUR of RWNY, holiday shopping, and how to make memories with your kids.

The Great Santa Debate: Should We Be Lying to Our Kids?

Posted December 20, 2010 by Alyssa Chirco

As adults, we know that Santa Claus is a myth. While many parents enjoy pretending and encourage their children to believe in him, others feel that we're just lying to our kids if we don't tell them the truth about Santa from the start. Read on to find out more about what I've dubbed the "Great Santa Debate."

Creative Play as a Child Holds Most Benefits for Adults

Posted December 18, 2010 by Deeanna Frankli...

When children play, especially if it involves running, jumping, and just generally racing around, it is not only good for their health now, but it lays the foundation for good health as adults.

Corporal Punishment: More Common Than Officially Reported?

Posted December 17, 2010 by Deeanna Frankli...

To spank or not to spank? Parents often struggle with this question. A recent study finds corporal punishment is alive and thriving in the U.S. and many other countries.

VIDEO: Top Baby Names Of 2010

Posted December 16, 2010 by Lela Davidson

The top baby names for 2010 are in and you may be surprised by a few on the list. I know I was! But not Linda Murray. As the Editor of, she's seen them all. Find out what influences parents today and where some of the most popular baby names of 2010 came from!

No Solicitation: Ideas for Worthwhile School Fundraisers

Posted December 15, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Sending kids door-to-door isn't the safest way for students to help schools to raise money. Parents from the trenches weigh in on the best ideas for fundraisers.