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Archives for July 2011

Is Your Toddler Ready For The Potty?

by T Akery July 29th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers
Potty training is seen as one of the major milestones of a toddler. It is a thrill when they finally figure out that the potty is a friend instead of a thing to throw toys in. Potty training is one of those things where every toddler is different. For

Take a Magic Carpet Ride

by Lori Sciame July 28th, 2011| Preschool
Imagination. That's what a parent of a preschooler must nurture in his or her child. Why? A vivid imagination allows a child to dream big and to "think outside the box."

As exhibited in a 2009 Wall Street Journal article, "child-development experts are recognizing the importance of imagination and the

Dealing With an Obese Child

by Jacob P. July 27th, 2011| Teen Perspective
Childhood obesity is becoming a more and more prominent issue in today's world. With an estimated 1 out of 3 kids being obese, it can not be considered a minor problem. Sadly, the fight against obesity itself is fraught with problems. Both sides of the coin are wrong. So,

The Fight Over School Clothes

by T Akery July 25th, 2011| Tweens
The fight over school clothes is one that lasts for quite some time. It is one of those fights that is seemingly unavoidable between parents and tweens. An all-out fight can be avoided if you and your tween come together when shopping for school clothes.

It is important for you

Where Do Babies Come From?

by Ronald A. Rowe July 22nd, 2011| Elementary
My older son recently came to me with some questions. He was confused by a news story he saw about Jaycee Dugard, the girl who was kidnapped when she was 11 and was finally freed at age 29. In the interim, she had two children. First, he wondered how

Swimsuit Shopping

by Sam P. July 21st, 2011| Teen Perspective
I always find swimsuit shopping very frustrating, as I am barely even a size zero. I don't fit very well into juniors, but I find kids' swimsuits too young for me.

Some stores that I suggest for teenagers like me are Aeropostale and Old Navy. I know that you are

The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Review

by T Akery July 20th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers
The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs is a toy made by Fisher Price. With the reputation of the company, you expect a decent toy product and it really doesn't disappoint. Even though it is made for kids, secretly adults will find some amusement in playing with them.

They are a plush toy that look

When it Pays to be a Creeper

by Lori Sciame July 18th, 2011| Teens
Creeper. You may have heard your teen use this term in reference to Facebook, but do you know what it means? Basically, a creeper is someone who has a Facebook account, but they don't just use this form of media just to be social, they use it as a

Preparing Yourself and Your Toddler for Eating Out

by T Akery July 15th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
At some point, you and your toddler will face the prospect of eating somewhere that is not McDonald's. These sit down restaurants are a challenge for both toddlers and parents. Creating a peaceful eating experience for everyone means preparation, planning, and knowing how your toddler is going to react

Creating Successful Playdates for Your Preschooler

by T Akery July 14th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Preschool
Playdates with friends are a necessity for preschoolers. Not only do they help with key social skills, they keep your preschooler from becoming too bored this summer. They also allow you as a parent to communicate with another adult.Your preschooler will meet new friends during the school year and


by Jacob P. July 13th, 2011| Teen Perspective
This month, my parents determined that they would take part in a new household program. Before anyone can use an electronic (computer, TV, Xbox), they must complete their daily chore. This is a solid system, but has both its ups and downs. Chores are important building blocks to responsibility,

Children Should Eat to Live

by Lori Sciame July 11th, 2011| Elementary
Mouth-watering fast food ads on TV beckon us into their establishments for the latest taste sensation. Soft drink manufacturers proclaim that their products quench a thirst better than water. Grocery stores tempt consumers with pre-packaged, calorie-laden foods by making them relatively cheap and easy to prepare.

This is just a