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Top Holiday Songs of All Time

Posted December 13, 2010 by Lela Davidson

We've pulled together our all-time favorite holiday songs from among the writers here at Parenting Squad. Come on in, grab a beverage, have a listen!

Jail Time for Parents? An Attempt to Legislate Parental Involvement

Posted December 9, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Jail time for parents who don't attend their child's school conferences was proposed this fall by a Detroit prosecutor. It's controversial for sure, but opens up a whole new conversation about the definition of parent involvement and what the law can, and should, legislate when it comes to kids.

Holiday Toys and Stocking Stuffers Up to 75% Off With Free Shipping

Posted December 3, 2010 by Brooke Kaelin

There are some hot holiday toy deals going on right now at Amazon, We've got some of the top toy picks of the season, all priced at a discount.

The Longer, the Better? A Student Researches Writing Scores on the SAT

Posted December 1, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Recent news highlighted an interesting hypothesis developed by student who believes he found the key to getting a higher score on the college test. But don't buy into it just yet. Read here first and check out resources for prep and practice for the college entrance exam.

An Autistic Child’s Best Friend

Posted November 25, 2010 by Fred Lee

The presence of a canine companion has been found to comfort children with autism and actually has positive physiological benefits.

Screen Time Linked to Psychological Problems in Kids

Posted November 13, 2010 by Fred Lee

According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, too much screen time can lead to psychological problems in kids, and getting enough exercise does not seem to lessen the problem.

Postpartum Depression Affects All Family Members

Posted November 12, 2010 by Debbie Dragon

Postpartum depression is a serious medical condition that affects both mothers and the entire family. Learn how to spot the symptoms of postpartum depression and how to get help for affected family members.

Maternal Flu Vaccines Help Newborn Babies

Posted November 11, 2010 by Fred Lee

With flu season on the horizon, expecting mothers are encouraged to get a flu vaccine, which might help to protect their newborn baby from the virus.

Empty Calories the Culprit in Newly-Published Health Research for Children

Posted November 10, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Research calls it again: too many children are consuming the wrong foods as a big part of their diet. Watch out for empty calories, and teach your children what to eat instead.

Talk to the Editor!

Posted November 9, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Got burning parenting questions? Want to know how to shut a smart mouth down with one simple punishment? Or how to get blacklisted from the PTA? Tune in and CALL in this Thursday!

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When Pre-teen Daughters Grow Armpit Hair

Posted April 21, 2009 by Sarah Peppel

Armpit hair, zits, boobs, Chick-fil-A. . . yeah, you know where this is going. . . Adolescence, puberty and my weekend at the mall. If you think you are ready when your child hits THAT age, think again.

American Idol – Family Friendly or Adult TV?

Posted May 22, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

American Idol is a favorite in households across the world, but is it really appropriate for young minds?

Kate Gosselin, Hero No More

Posted April 7, 2008 by Sherry Pardy

Kate Gosselin was, until very recently, my hero in Multiples Mommahood. Find out why I'm moving Mrs. Gosselin out of first place.

Peanut Butter Baby Food? No Reason Not To

Posted February 5, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

Do you have to wait to feed your baby eggs, peanut butter and fish? There's no proven reason that waiting will help prevent allergies, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics statement. Parenting Squad speaks with the AAP doctor behind the report about the news and its caveats.

Yes, You Can Drink While Pregnant

Posted January 8, 2008 by Lin Wong

The recommendation that has become conventional wisdom is that pregnant women should not drink any alcohol. We assume that this is based on solid research but it’s not. We assume it’s just as unacceptable in all countries but that’s not true.

I Breastfed my Four-Year-Old and It Was Okay

Posted January 3, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

To me, four years old meant independence, going potty on your own, going to school, learning to read--not nursing at mother's breast. It took really listening to my son's need, not society's expectations, to realize that these things were not mutually exclusive.

I DARE You to Drink Beer

Posted December 19, 2007 by Lela Davidson

When is a beer just a beer? When is drinking one - or not - making a statement? How much are we letting others influence our kids and are we going too far to protect them? You tell me.