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Teen’s Perspective on Everyday Chores

by Sam P. July 31st, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
Nobody enjoys doing chores, it is a proven fact. For some lucky teenagers, they get a weekly allowance for nothing, some do chores for an allowance. And some teenagers do chores, but for no allowance. (I would be included in the last group.) Not all, and more like no,

Predicament: Summer Math Loss

by Jane Wangersky July 30th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
I think my nine-year-old has forgotten her multiplication facts since summer break began. Should we start reviewing them now, or is it better to wait till closer to September?

Solution: Inappropriate Gifts

by Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil July 27th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
What should you do if your teen daughter is given an inappropriate gift (like lingerie) by a friend or the friend's parent? Talk to the parent? Just not let your daughter keep the gift?

Family therapist Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil suggests the following:

I would first talk with the

Manners Matter

by Lori Sciame July 26th, 2012| Preschool
Good manners mean a lot. As a teacher at a community college, I have had 18 year-old students that lack even the most basic manners. It's not that these students aren't bright or that they purposefully want to irritate me, they simply have not been taught by their parents

Bye-bye, Summer, Hello, Doubles

by Jacob P. July 25th, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
Today (Sunday the 22nd) is essentially the last day of complete summer-time freedom. Tomorrow, a week-long football camp put on by my high school begins. After that, I get one week off before double sessions begin. In other words, my summer is pretty much over. I will still have

Kitties and Babies

by T Akery July 24th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
Kittens can quickly become a part of family. But when a baby is around, some old wives tales still exist. This doesn't mean that they can't both have a place in the home because of a new baby. You should be aware of a few things when it comes

Divergent – The Next Big Thing

by Ronald A. Rowe July 23rd, 2012| Tweens
The next Hunger Games has arrived. If you are a parent of a 'tween you are almost certainly familiar with Suzanne Collins' ultra-successful Hunger Games trilogy. The pathos, the angst, the love-triangle, the almost-entirely unsupervised teenagers being forced to make very adult, life or death situations - Collins tapped

Weight Gain in Pregnancy: What to Expect

by R. Carnavale July 20th, 2012| Pregnancy
When you're pregnant, it's normal to gain weight.Some women, like Victoria Beckham, are thin throughout their pregnancies while others really pack on the pounds (think: Jessica Simpson and Mariah Carey). The big question is, how much weight should you gain, total?

First, know that, as a pregnant woman, you have

5 Frozen Treats for Preschoolers

by T Akery July 19th, 2012| Preschool
The summer heat can prompt your preschooler to ask for things like ice cream to cool off. While good as an every once in awhile treat, you might want to give your preschooler a healthier frozen snack. Check out these healthier options and save your ice cream for special

Summer Shopping Sprees: Friend or Foe?

by Sam P. July 18th, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
Before I even start debating against myself, I will say that this article is most certainly aimed towards the majority of female adolescents.

Almost every teenage girl loves to shop. And specifically with her friends, and no adults. And why not? You get new clothes, new shoes, new makeup, and

Fad Diet Don’ts

by Lori Sciame July 17th, 2012| Elementary
I've written about it before; elementary age children face a grave health concern, one that most parents never had to worry about at the same age -- obesity. This health problem may seem harmless, but being overweight can cause a variety of health issues for children. To put the

Parenting Predicament: Inappropriate Gifts

by Jane Wangersky July 16th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
What should you do if your teen daughter is given an inappropriate gift (like lingerie) by a friend or the friend's parent? Talk to the parent? Just not let your daughter keep the gift?