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Archives for January 2011

Left Behind – When Best Friends Move Away

by Lori Sciame January 31st, 2011| Elementary
"I miss Jordan already," my 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, lamented. The day before, her friend's family packed up and moved 1,000 miles away. Her tears began to flow, and she sputtered, "Who will be my best friend now?"

Loss. That's what a child who is left behind experiences;

Fathers are Marked by Character

by Joe Lawrence January 28th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Pregnancy
When my daughter is an adult, I'd love for her to look back onto our time together and say two things: one, she felt my love in her heart everyday of her life. And, two, I was a man of integrity.

Integrity is something much easier to talk about than

Studying For Major Tests: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. January 26th, 2011| Teen Perspective
This week was supposed to be the week for my high school's midterms. Unfortunately, my school's four-day midterm week was interrupted by two snow days (one major storm and another minor one), but that's another story. Now, midterms account for 15% of the grade at my school, making them

Alcohol Prevention Education – It’s Elementary

by Lori Sciame January 24th, 2011| Tweens
Jello shots, beer pong, binging...what do these references to alcohol have to do with elementary age children? A lot. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states that the time to start talking to your children about underage drinking is when they are very young,

Books for Babies? Yes!

by Lori Sciame January 21st, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
Baby showers provide parents with many of the essentials for raising a healthy, happy little one. From car seats to cute and cuddly stuffed animals, parents-to-be receive practical and not-so-practical items alike.

Most of the time, however, books are not on the gift list. Why? Because many

Teen Perspective: On Competition Between Twins

by Louise January 19th, 2011| Teen Perspective
If it ever comes up in conversation that I'm a twin, the person I'm talking to often jokingly asks me, "Do you have twin telepathy?" No, I don't have telepathy. Then he or she asks me, "Do you guys get along?" Well, I'd say that my twin sister and


by Ronald A. Rowe January 17th, 2011| Elementary, Tweens
It happened. I don't know how it happened, but it happened. Just last week I was happily the father of two little boys. Now I have one little boy and one Tween.

In my vast research on Tweens, which consisted of Googling "Tween," I've learned that there isn't a generally

Finding the Middle

by Michele January 12th, 2011| Elementary
There's been a lot of discussion both on and off the Internet about Saturday's article in the Wall Street Journal, Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior. As a mom of four children, I read the article with interest, wondering what it was I needed to do to be a

The Heart of a Parent

by Joe Lawrence January 10th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
There is no bond stronger than that of a parent and child. When parents whom don't even know each other are in the same room, they light up when they hear about another child. We share a common understanding. Parents are able to appreciate the picture of a little


by Louise January 7th, 2011| Product reviews
Looking for a fun toy that's educational too? I suggest a gyroscope.

Gyroscopes are a common topic in Physics classes. They seem to defy gravity, which is why they are addicting to play with. (Search "gyroscope" on YouTube if you have never seen one in action before.) You can perform

Less is More

by Chang Song January 5th, 2011| Teen Perspective
Over the last few years, college and universities all across America have received applications in record breaking numbers. These numbers can be interpreted as every high school senior's increasing desire to obtain a higher education, which is great because isn't that why we have higher institutions of learning in

Happy New Year

by Ronald A. Rowe January 3rd, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Happy New Year from Your Parenting Info. Struggling to stay up until midnight, watching a 107-year-old Dick Clark gamely host the show for the 85th time, and listening to some singer I've never heard of use the words "douche bag" prominently on national television, I got to thinking about