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Discipline 123

by Ronald A. Rowe December 31st, 2009| Helpful Hints, Preschool
When our first son was venturing into the testing boundaries phase, I came up with what I thought was a simple and elegant disciplinary method. If I told him to do something and he didn't respond immediately, I began to count to three. The theory was that if I got

Road Trip DOs and DON’Ts

by Louise December 29th, 2009| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Even if gas prices rise or continue to stay high, road trips are a reality for most families. Here are some dos and don'ts to make them as pain-free as possible for every member of the family:

DO - Plan for extra time to stop and take a break. It's

Bad Christmas Gifts: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. December 25th, 2009| Teen Perspective, Teens
It's Christmastime again! But, unfortunately, along with Christmas come the bad and corny gifts given to teens worldwide! Behold, the article that shall stop that.

So, first I shall list my top five worst gifts.

1. Socks: Most teens do not want socks. We would rather buy them than receive them as
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I NEED that!

by Joe Lawrence December 23rd, 2009| Infants/Toddlers
"We need to get a travel swing for when we go to someone's house, we might need it," said my wife as I was glancing at the $70 price tag. I am not a miser when it comes to my daughter by any means, but as a consumer we have

Public or Private School

by TK December 21st, 2009| Elementary
One of the greatest things that parents have to decide is where they can send their child to school. In many cases in the U.S., the decision already is made for them as their financial situation dictates that they have to attend the local public school. But for a lot

Just for Fun

by Ronald A. Rowe December 18th, 2009| Preschool
One of the many joys and responsibilities of parenting is that we get to be there to help guide our children as they learn and develop. At two and three years old, they start to wonder about the mysteries of the world. As parents, we have the immense privilege of

Gift Cards as Gifts?

by Michele December 16th, 2009| Teens
As a mom of three teens and tweens and an aunt to several more in that age bracket, I have begun to question the propriety of gift cards. I do enjoy shopping and try to stay in touch with what these children like. However, would my 12 year old nephew

When a New Baby Comes

by Gumer Liston December 14th, 2009| Pregnancy
Due to a few signs, we thought that my wife might be pregnant. We scheduled a visit to her doctor but before the day of the visit came, we discovered she wasn't. It was a false alarm. During those two or three days of facing the possibility of having another
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Christmas Is Coming

by Ronald A. Rowe December 7th, 2009| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Christmas is coming, just around the corner. That means that it is time to begin the age-old tradition of begging for every toy shown on every commercial. Just when my older son finally has grown out of it, my younger son has taken up the mantel and asks

Child Care Options

by Joe Lawrence December 4th, 2009| Infants/Toddlers
In today's society it is common to require child care. Most families have two working parents or single parents. Which is the best option?

According to a parenting trend on Twitter.com, a popular piece of advice surfaced.Parenting tip: every 15 minutes yell out "be careful" even if you don't have

Thanksgiving: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. December 2nd, 2009| Teen Perspective, Teens
Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, one of my, and many Americans', favorite holidays comes around. This holiday, Thanksgiving, is a holiday of food, family, and football.

First, a little Thanksgiving history. In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, prompted by a series of editorials
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How Old Is Old Enough?

by Ronald A. Rowe November 25th, 2009| Elementary, Helpful Hints
One of the many daunting challenges of parenting is knowing when a child is old enough to [fill in the blank]. Dating, riding the bus, walking to the store alone, seeing a PG movie, having a sleepover, playing sports... there seems no end to the list of topics that