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Archives for March 2011

Kids and Cursing

by Ronald A. Rowe March 30th, 2011| Elementary
Is cursing really a big deal? Consider that an unbuttoned collar was once deemed offensive, but now it's nothing. "Goodbye" was a scandalous abbreviation of "God be with you," but we've moved past that. CBS has a hit show with a word that you cannot say on TV (at

Shopping While Being Small: From A Teen’s Perspective

by Sam P. March 28th, 2011| Teen Perspective

I find it very frustrating when I walk by a store like Aeropostale or Abercrombie & Fitch and see an adorable pair of shorts or jeans in the window, go in and try them on, and they don't fit. I, being one of the smaller girls in

Sleep, Baby, Sleep

by Michele March 25th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
It's been a while since I've needed to rock a little one to sleep. While it's been more than a decade, the occasions of crying babies who couldn't be consoled remain a vivid memory. When you know that your baby isn't hungry, doesn't have a fever, and has a

Relationship Woes – Staying Close to Your Teen

by Lori Sciame March 23rd, 2011| Teens
You've been through it all - colic, broken bones, first crushes - or so you think. There comes a time in every parent's life when almost overnight your loving son or daughter becomes a moody teenager. You've always been close, but now you think your relationship is

Room Setup: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. March 21st, 2011| Teen Perspective, Teens
This weekend, I got a new piece of furniture for my room. Specifically, I got a beanbag roughly the size of a bed made by lovesac. This got me thinking about how hard it is to set up a teenager's room.

I don't know about you, but I am

Breast Milk May Prevent Obesity

by Lori Sciame March 18th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
A new study published in the March issue of the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that the first months of a baby's life may set the stage for the development of obesity in childhood. What the study found is significant: babies who are given formula and who begin eating

Teen Perspective: On Getting a Dog

by Louise March 16th, 2011| Teen Perspective
"Can we get a puppy?" It's a question parents often get asked by their kids. My guess is that this question, when asked for the first time, is answered with a no. Honestly, this makes sense, at least at first. The first problem with the question was the way

THE Talk

by Ronald A. Rowe March 14th, 2011| Elementary
It's time for the talk. THE talk. At a Chinese restaurant yesterday, my 10-year-old son discreetly informed me that there was a bad word on the placemat. It was one of those standard Chinese restaurant placemats that tells your personality by the year of your birth. I have been

Creating a Curious Child

by Lori Sciame March 11th, 2011| Elementary, Preschool
Curious (adjective) - marked by a desire to investigate and learn. (Merriam-Webster)
As a parent you may sometimes grow weary of your child's seemingly endless questions. Why can't I tickle myself? Why doesn't my goldfish sleep? Why does the moon glow at night? The questions

Sleep: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. March 9th, 2011| Teen Perspective
Everyone knows that teenagers like to sleep. And we do. But sleep is important for all kids. Every kid wants to deny that they are tired and that they want a later bed time, but where is the line?

I am not a major sleeper; I never sleep past 8

Keeping in Touch While You Are Away…

by Joe Lawrence March 7th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
Many of us have jobs that require us to travel. Maybe we leave for just a weekend, and sometimes it is much longer. It is torturous to leave a little one behind while they are learning and growing up so quickly. There are a few simple things you can


by Ronald A. Rowe March 4th, 2011| Elementary
Moving is hard on everyone. Even a cross-town move is stressful for adults. For kids, it can be rough - especially if it is their first move. Giving up the security of the only home they've ever known can be hard on some kids.

Others may see it only as