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Archives for February 2010

iPod Nano

by Michele February 26th, 2010| Product reviews, Tweens
Today's product review is a joint article, crafted by my twelve year old daughter (Sam) and me.

Michele: When my husband and I decided to purchase iPod Nanos as Christmas gifts, I thought our children would like them. As a fan of music, I thought it would be a

Tween-Age Birthday Parties

by Michele February 24th, 2010| Tweens
As a mom, I'm amidst the fabulous tween and teen years for three of my children. Long gone are the days of birthday parties with a theme, in which I created games and crafts that matched the desired theme. No more pin the crown on the princess or hunt for

PTO Survival Guide

by Ronald A. Rowe February 22nd, 2010| Elementary
One of the challenges that we, the parents, must face at some point in our journey is the PTO meeting. I'm not a big proponent of homeschooling, but I give it some thought twice a year at the Parent Teacher Organization meetings. As a helpful service to those who

Prince Lionheart Premium Wipes Warmer

by Joe Lawrence February 19th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers, Product reviews
I am on record saying how dumb I think it is to spend money on frivolous items that truly are not needed. I even used the wipes warmer as an example of this. I have to be honest, though. This warmer is pretty good.

For less than $30, the Prince

Firefly Phone

by Ronald A. Rowe February 17th, 2010| Elementary, Product reviews
The Firefly cellular phone is a neat concept for parents of children who want a cellphone but may not be ready for one. The Firefly is a simple to use cell phone designed for maximum parental control.

My nine year old son has absolutely no reason to own a cellphone.

School Projects: From the Teen’s View- Part 2

by Jacob P. February 15th, 2010| Elementary, Teen Perspective, Teens
So, this is part two of my discussion of whether school projects are good or bad for students. For those of you who haven't read the first part, here is a brief summary: projects are very good for students, although they do have some negative aspects. If you want to

Magic Tree House

by Ronald A. Rowe February 12th, 2010| Elementary
Mary Pope Osborn has made quite a name and a fortune for herself with her series of Magic Tree House books. There are already over 40 books in the series, not including the occasional reference guide. The series follow young Jack and Annie on their adventures through time and

The Illustrations of Children’s Classics

by Greg Cote February 11th, 2010| Elementary
Who doesn't enjoy looking at beautiful artwork in a child's book? To learn a little about techniques these artists use and to see some examples of beautifully illustrated books, watch this video.


Are your children ready for social media sites?

by Joe Lawrence February 10th, 2010| Elementary, Teens
There has been a huge rise in children joining social media sites like Facebook and MySpace. Although there are some great pros and cons against this, how young is too young? Would you allow your children to join one of these sites?

First off, there are some pros to allowing

School Projects: From the Teen’s View- Part 1

by Jacob P. February 8th, 2010| Elementary, Teen Perspective, Teens
This year in physics class, I have had a plethora of projects to do. I made an egg-safety chamber, a catapult, a propeller powered car, a mousetrap powered car, and a bottle rocket. So, I figured, "Why not write an article on the pros and cons of school projects?" And

Parenting a High Energy Child

by Ronald A. Rowe February 5th, 2010| Preschool
I've had my hand in helping to raise dozens of children over the years. I've learned as much as I've taught through the experiences. As the actual, biological, full-time father of two of the boys, I've had a chance to put much of what I've learned into practice


by Louise February 3rd, 2010| Elementary
It would be unreasonable to say that families shouldn't be enjoying all of the new gaming systems and other forms of electronic entertainment that are available. There's just too much out there to be ignored, and some of it really can be great material. However, as a teen, it