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Archives for July 2010

Cell Phones- Part 1

by Michele July 30th, 2010| Product reviews, Teens, Tweens
As the mom of four children, three of whom are between the ages of 12 and 14, I have had my fair share of experience with parenting children of this generation. When my children were younger, I used to question whether they would need cell phones. They seemed like

Vacationing With Grandparents: From the Teen’s View Volume 1

by Jacob P. July 28th, 2010| Teen Perspective
As far back as I can remember, every year I went somewhere on a vacation with my grandparents. I have always felt that I am exponentially lucky to have grandparents who are willing to take me on such vacations every year out of their own will and pocket. I

Do Politics and Children Mix?

by Ronald A. Rowe July 26th, 2010| Elementary
Do children and politics mix? The obvious answer would seem to be "no," but the issue is a little more complicated than that. Consider that their opinions are going to be shaped by someone - books, movies, TV, friends, teachers - shouldn't we be at the forefront

Tiny Titans

by Ronald A. Rowe July 23rd, 2010| Elementary, Product reviews
Tiny Titans is a monthly comic book published by DC Comics. It was recently awarded the Harvey Award for Best Children's Comic, and with good reason. Tiny Titans succeeds where so many other early education tools fail: kids want to read it.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, the Teen

Chores: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. July 21st, 2010| Teen Perspective, Teens
Now, I know that an article by a teen about chores could sound like a "Let's abolish chores because I dislike them" article, but it isn't. Now that I have said that, let me begin:

I understand that chores are very important because they teach you responsibility and to work

High Hopes and Misconceptions

by Joe Lawrence July 19th, 2010| Infants/Toddlers
"Our daughter will never take a pacifier!" "There is NO way she will sleep in the same bed as us." "I don't care, I will just let him cry himself to sleep." These are all phrases that I have said or have heard a close friend of mine say.

GPS: General Parental Safety

by Kendall Ryan July 16th, 2010| Product reviews
When I was thinking about what to write about for this article, I stood in my office and simply looked around. Then, it hit me. I saw my portable GPS Navigation system's box. Bingo.

Think about it. What is one of the scariest things you can allow your child to

Summertime Is So DEAR

by Michele July 14th, 2010| Elementary
It's the fourth week of summer vacation, and the kids are enjoying the leisurely pace. There's no reason to rush through the morning routine and no need to keep a strict handle on bedtimes. With no homework and no school, each day finds its own rhythm, typically with a

Vacation Rules

by Ronald A. Rowe July 12th, 2010| Elementary
We all struggle to maintain the balance between discipline and instruction on one side and letting kids be kids on the other. I think I've struck a balance that works for me and for my family - under normal circumstances. But what about circumstances that would best be described

Graco Pack and Play with Newborn Napper

by Joe Lawrence July 9th, 2010| Product reviews
As I am typing this review, I look behind me on the floor of my office at our Graco Pack and Play. We returned from a day trip a few hours ago and it is folded up tightly. All parents who are on the go or are ready to

Independence Day

by Ronald A. Rowe July 5th, 2010| Elementary
In honor of Independence Day this weekend, I thought I'd post about another kind of independence. Children start exerting their independence at an early age, and continue to push the boundaries until they leave the nest.

There are so many landmarks along the road to independence, and it is important

ReliOn Cool Mist Humidifier

by Ronald A. Rowe July 2nd, 2010| Product reviews
One of the hardest things that every parent has to do is watch our children suffer through illness. It is unavoidable, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. Kids get sick and, more often than not, it happens in the wee hours of the night.

If the baby