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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!

5 Tips for Creative Gift Giving

Posted December 9, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

For the most well-received gifts, it's truly the thought that counts. Think outside the box to give a gift that is loved and appreciated.

ProSquad: Traveling Without Children and the Bedtime Transition

Posted December 7, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Our ProSquad legal expert and sleep expert answer questions about traveling without children over the holiday, and working toward an effective sleep routine for challenging children.

ProSquad: Adoption and Open Records

Posted November 28, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Our ProSquad adoption expert, Judy Miller, answers a question about the move for open adoption records.

The Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: We’re Here for You!

Posted November 10, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

We are bringing you our best tips for pacing yourself and making it through the Christmas season, while still managing jobs, homes, and children. The Parenting Squad Holiday Guide is almost here!

ProSquad: Babies' Ears and Grumpy Risers

Posted November 8, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Ear infections in infants, and grumpy risers. Our ProSquad pediatrician, Melissa Arca, and resident sleep expert, Malia Jacobson, have answers for families!

Happy Halloween from Parenting Squad!

Posted October 31, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Happy Halloween to our readers! If you need help today, check through our resources for fun, food, and frugal costuming.

ProSquad: Guardianship for Children

Posted October 26, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Legal expert Jacoba Urist talks about the difficult, but necessary, decision of choosing a guardian for your child.

6 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes

Posted October 17, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Don't spend lots of money on costumes this Halloween. Check out these frugal ideas on dressing up your little superhero, princess, or pirate.

16 Questions to Ask a Pediatrician Before Choosing One for Your Child

Posted October 15, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Choosing your child's doctor is a big decision. Make sure you have questions to ask that will help determine what pediatrician is right for your child and your family.

9 Tips for Throwing a Child’s Birthday Party

Posted October 14, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Do not make your child's birthday party a stressful occasion. Have fun with it, and use these planning tips to help make it a special day for child, your family, and all the guests.

PBS and Sesame Street Highlight Childhood Hunger and Hope

Posted October 7, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Growing Hope For Hunger airs this Sunday on your local PBS station. Consider watching this with your children as a resource for talking about nutrition, hunger, and helping others.

Book Review: Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids by David Walsh, Ph.D

Posted October 5, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

In his new book, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids, Dr. David Walsh brings parents on board with brain research, and how the findings can help them in the challenging task of raising children.

An Outdoor Education: 4 Fall Learning Activities for Young Children

Posted September 27, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

You may only need a short drive or just a few steps outside your door to participate in these fall learning activities with your young child. The cooler weather is a perfect companion for working with pumpkins, leaves, and anything you might find on a nature walk.

13 Ways to Squeeze in Fitness With Young Children

Posted September 26, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Moms and dads: You don't have to hit the gym for a great workout. Use your creativity and sneak in fitness with young children during the normal course of the day.

Whole Grains for Whole Health: Tips, Recipes, and Nutrition Information

Posted September 18, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Whole Grains month is here again. Why not make this the year to change over to eating mostly whole grain food? Check here for a delicious recipe, tips, and a sweepstakes announcement from The Whole Grains Council.

Baby Is Ready to Eat: 7 Tips for Getting Past the First Few Bites

Posted September 14, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Transitioning your baby from the breast or bottle to the table is a big step for you both. Don't sweat it. Consult with your child's doctor, and and take a look at these tips and resources for help.

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.

Moms Into Fitness 60 Day SlimDown: A Review + Fitness Tips For Moms

Posted September 6, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Check out a review for the highly effective 60 Day SlimDown exercise and nutrition program by Lindsay Brin of Moms Into Fitness. Read through for some quick tips from Lindsay about getting weight off post-baby, and getting fit!

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!

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