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Archives for May 2011

Should Your Tween Have a Cellphone?

by T Akery May 30th, 2011| Tweens
A cellphone is a device that dances a thin line between a necessity and a want. There are certainly valid arguments for both sides. But as a parent, a cellphone is also a device that requires a tween to be responsible and can also be the source of arguments.


Filling the Summer Void

by Ronald A. Rowe May 27th, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Summer is here. Soon, the kids have a lot of free time on their hands. And parents will have a lot of kid time on their hands. Time that has to be filled with games, and entertainment, and stimulation, and fun. Summer is the backdrop for many memories that

The Wonders of Your Local Library from a Teen’s Perspective

by Sam P. May 26th, 2011| Teen Perspective, Teens
Some people may think that your local library is worthless, but it isn't. There are so many amazing things in libraries!

Town libraries typically have most of the newest books that you're looking for. They have audiobooks, books, cds, magazines, movies, and newspapers.

The staff at libraries are very

The Oatmeal Bath

by T Akery May 25th, 2011| Elementary, Preschool
Oatmeal is often perceived as that lumpy stuff that kids shun. But a simple thing like oatmeal has more uses than merely eating it. The oatmeal bath is one of a parent's most powerful weapons against all types of itchy skin. It is not a cure-all but rather a

Prescription Drugs and Teens

by Lori Sciame May 23rd, 2011| Teens
Parents of teens beware. A new health threat looms on the horizon. What is this new danger? The abuse of prescription drugs by teenagers. Information supplied by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) states that "Every day, 2,500 youth age 12 -17 abuse a pain

A Look at a Teenage Paradox (Me)

by Jacob P. May 20th, 2011| Teen Perspective, Teens, Tweens
Tell me about about yourself, Jacob.

Well, you see, I'm a paradox. Maybe even an oxymoron.

May I ask how that is so?

You may.

Don't be a smart alack.

Okay, fine. I'm an anal-retentive teenage boy. So I'm naturally a lazy procrastinator, due to my age, but I am also a perfectionist.


The Paperwork Needed For Preschool

by T Akery May 19th, 2011| Preschool
You will notice that in April and May that the signs advertising for preschool start coming out. Basically, they are telling parents to sign-up now for a shot at getting into their particular preschool. It is important to start checking out potential preschools now before the frenzy of August

How To Cope With Your Separation Anxiety From Your Toddler

by T Akery May 18th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers, Preschool
Separation is a difficult moment for your toddler. They feel as if it is the end of the world that Mommy or Daddy is leaving them. The crying and screaming are completely normal. Unfortunately, the only way to end the torment is to leave your toddler behind. While there

Explore Summer Reading Programs

by Lori Sciame May 16th, 2011| Elementary
Excitement is building all across the country. Books, crafts, food, and fun! What am I talking about? Children's summer reading programs at a public library near you. All three of my children enjoyed participating in our local library's summer reading program. They read books about pirates, space,

Teen Perspective: “Finish your plate.”

by Louise May 13th, 2011| Teen Perspective, Teens
"Finish your plate." This is a phrase that was commonly heard at the dinner table when I was back at home. There are two reasons that this command was said: 1. My sisters and I had served ourselves too much and were feeling too full to eat the rest.

Who Knows Best

by Ronald A. Rowe May 12th, 2011| Elementary
It started in Chicago under the pretense of protecting children. Who doesn't want our children to be protected? The only problem is, the school district wants to protect your children from... your cooking.

Several schools - public, taxpayer funded schools - have implemented a policy banning bag lunches.

The Bucket And The Shovel

by T Akery May 11th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
The bucket and the shovel are one of the most versatile outdoor toys available on the market. These plastic creations are very affordable and offer a lot of bang for their buck. The best measures of a toy are how long they keep kids entertained and how hard it