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Is Your Toddler Ready For The Potty?

by T Akery July 29th, 2011 | General Parenting
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 some toddlers, it is very easy to get the hang of. For others, it can be a very difficult challenge. The biggest question for parents is whether or not their child is ready to tackle this challenge.

First of all, removing their diaper is not necessarily a sign that they are
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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 role it plays in understanding reality. Imagination is necessary for learning about people and events we don't directly experience, such as history or events on the other side of the world. For young kids, it allows them to ponder the future, such as what they want to do when they
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Dealing With an Obese Child

by Jacob P. July 27th, 2011 | Eating, 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, there are a few things and tips I feel people should know.

The definition of obese is completely wrong, in my opinion.  It is based off of BMI (Body Mass Index).  This is an index based entirely off of height and weight.  This is a simple system to assess obesity, but
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The Fight Over School Clothes

by T Akery July 25th, 2011 | Money, 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 to understand exactly how a tween views school clothing. This does not mean that you have to agree with them on their choices. But part of communicating is understanding why a tween thinks they need that particular piece of designer clothing that costs ten times your budget for their clothes.

School
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Where Do Babies Come From?

by Ronald A. Rowe July 22nd, 2011 | Elementary, Emotions, Learning
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 a child could be held for so long - a really good question that most of us struggle to understand. His second question was how it could be possible for her to have children when she was not married.

His understanding was that you had to be married to have children,
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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 probably thinking, Aeropostale?  Won't they be too big since they are a juniors store?  For your information, their bathing suits run small and they have a lot of cute styles.  They have string to bandeau to halters.  Although, I would only suggest them if you were looking for a bikini.

If
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The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Review

by T Akery July 20th, 2011 | General Parenting
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 a little like aliens with big round mouths. Of course, this is where they sing. There are three basic settings. There is the single note that emits when you press their belly. The next is a gibberish type of setting. The third is the actual song. To get the song
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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 means of gathering information about people. Some creepers may be looking for "hot" girls or guys to date, while others may wish to determine the movements of a specific person in order to "accidentally" bump into them. Actually, I have heard some say that creeping can be equated to stalking.

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Preparing Yourself and Your Toddler for Eating Out

by T Akery July 15th, 2011 | Eating, 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 in a strange place and a new situation. Just be aware that it may be quite sometime before your toddler understands that eating a restaurant is different than eating at home.

Knowing how your toddler is going to react to a strange place is a big part of determining whether your
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Creating Successful Playdates for Your Preschooler

by T Akery July 14th, 2011 | General Parenting, 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 naturally, they will want to play with them.

As parents, it is our impression of the other parents that makes the most impact on whether you want your child to play with their new friend. Begin by setting up play dates so that you can converse with the other parents while
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Chores

by Jacob P. July 13th, 2011 | Teen Perspective, Work
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, but should be done certain ways to maximize the resulting lesson.

  1. Try to set up an organized system.  If there is no pattern, the system will fall to shambles quickly.  I personally am a scheduled person and like to know what will be happening in advance.  For example, we have a
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Children Should Eat to Live

by Lori Sciame July 11th, 2011 | Eating, 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 glimpse of how food is portrayed in American society, and we are all getting fatter because of it. Basically, Americans consume too many calories, and we don't burn them off. This is especially true for children. Children in the United States are fatter today than at any other time in
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