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Predicament: Tired of Kiddy Music

by Editorial Team December 31st, 2012| Parenting Predicament
Do kids really need to listen to children's music? And why do they want to hear the same songs over and over? I'm getting tired of it!

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Solution: Talking to Kids About School Shooting

by Editorial Team December 28th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
How do we help children feel safe and deal with their feelings after hearing about something terrible like the school shooting in Connecticut?

"The good news is that children and youth are usually quite resilient," says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. However, they'll still need
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Gun Safety for Toddlers

by T Akery December 27th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
Toddlers are curious creatures, especially when it comes to handguns. Many have died just because they have gotten their hands on them. The bulk of the responsibility lies on the parents. So if you intend to bring a gun into your home with toddlers around, here are

Perfect Play Dates

by Lori Sciame December 26th, 2012| Preschool
Preschoolers love play dates. Having friends come to the home lends itself to fun and excitement for the child, but a parent may end up with a raging headache if he or she doesn’t plan for the event ahead of time. From the number of children to invite to structured

Christmas Gifts for Siblings: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. December 25th, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
Christmas is upon us! As a child during Christmas (or your holiday of preference), receiving gifts is a highly exciting event. Often, if you have siblings, you will buy them gifts with either your own or your parents' money. In larger families, this can become very expensive. So, some

Gun Safety for Tweens

by T Akery December 24th, 2012| Tweens
The temptation to have a gun in the house is greater than ever. With the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary still looming, your tween's safety has moved to the forefront. Thus, the urge to get protection is strong. But as parents, it is up to us to instill a

Christmas Shopping on a Short Budget

by Sam P. December 21st, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
As a teenager without a full time substantial job, making money is difficult and my income is not reliable. But as it is the holiday season, I do still have to give presents. I also think that the best gifts are ones from the heart that you make yourself.

Pregnancy and Tragic News

by Jane Wangersky December 20th, 2012| Pregnancy
During my first pregnancy, I experienced one of those permanent changes that a woman doesn't really know about until it's hit her. While watching TV, I saw news footage of a refugee woman -- I don't even remember where she was from, or what disaster had driven her from

National Tragedy

by Ronald A. Rowe December 19th, 2012| Elementary
The unthinkable tragedy that hit Newtown, Connecticut last week has no rational explanation, no silver lining, and no moral. Its senseless and horrible and painful for everyone touched by it it. As parents of elementary children, we will be faced with the challenge of if, when, and how to

Dealing With Newtown, Connecticut’s Tragedy

by T Akery December 18th, 2012| Elementary
Emotionally, this is probably my most difficult article to write. The tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, really made no sense. There are no words to describe this tragedy. One lone gunman turned a parent's hope into a parent's worst nightmare.

At this point, all we can do is grieve with the

Predicament: Kids Hearing About School Shooting

by Editorial Team December 17th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
How do we help children feel safe and deal with their feelings after hearing about something terrible like the school shooting in Connecticut?

Solution: Order of Operations

by Mrs. C. December 14th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
My first-grader has decided he wants to learn division. We've been doing things like dividing marbles among muffin tins, but should we go any farther, or will it interfere with his understanding of addition and subtraction?

While it is impressive that your first grader wants to learn division, it is