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Pregnancy and Sleep

by Jane Wangersky October 24th, 2012| Pregnancy
Pregnant women often have trouble sleeping, especially after the first trimester. I know I got up at least once a night to go to the bathroom, and at least one time I got up to eat some ice cream because I had heartburn and we were out of Tums.

Parenting and Unemployment

by Ronald A. Rowe October 23rd, 2012| Elementary
It is an unfortunate reality of modern life that a majority of us will go through a period of unemployment at one time or another. Many will go through that trying ordeal while raising children. How an we turn this negative in our professional lives into a positive teaching

Predicament: Cleaning Up

by Editorial Team October 22nd, 2012| Parenting Predicament
How do I get my five-year-old to clean up her toys off the living room floor without stopping to play with them, taking all night, or getting me to do it myself?

 

Solution: Teens Finding Friends

by Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil October 19th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
My 15-year-old daughter is having trouble finding friends. It seems that if you don't have interest in all the "programmed" activities, there is no one left to do some private and smaller group activities with.We wish she could just find (on her own) other people who have (1) something

Alternatives to Trick or Treating

by Lori Sciame October 18th, 2012| Elementary
(See also: "Safe Places for Preschoolers to Trick-or-Treat" -- Ed.)

Many young children have active imaginations. Because of this, Halloween may be an especially scary time for them. Some little ones love to dress up and head out on Halloween night with mom and/or dad to go trick

Tips for a Successful Toddler Garden

by T Akery October 17th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
Getting your toddler involved in gardening is a joy. So maybe they like playing in the dirt more than the plants. But the wonder of nature is still like magic to your toddler. With a little planning, your toddler's garden can be successful even if you don't have the

Dealing with Poor Coaching

by Jacob P. October 16th, 2012| Teen Perspective
Before I get into this, I just thought that I would clarify that I am not going to state any names, or the sports these coaches were involved with, so that no one is potentially offended and no fingers are pointed. All of these coaches had good intentions and

Children and Effective Habits

by Lori Sciame October 15th, 2012| Elementary
Developing effective habits in elementary age children can seem daunting. Invariably, parents meet with resistance and even a few tears as they try to implement or change behaviors. For instance, a harried mother may wish her child would complete homework right after school instead of always pushing the task

Safe Places for Preschoolers to Trick-or-Treat

by T Akery October 12th, 2012| Preschool
If going door to door trick-or-treating with your preschooler is absolutely not an option, then there are much safer options. Your preschooler can still experience the fun without the worries attached. But since Halloween actually falls on a Wednesday this year, you will need to plan a little ahead

How to Take a Break, Without Actually Doing So

by Sam P. October 11th, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
I love sports. And working out. When I joined, I was fit, but I didn't work out much. Now I do it four times a week. I used to not understand what people meant when they said they loved working out and doing sports because of the "runner's high"

Parenting Through the Bad Times

by Ronald A. Rowe October 10th, 2012| Tweens
Parenting -- good, purposeful parenting -- is not easy under even the best of circumstances. Even when times are good and life is flowing along nicely, being a good parent is a taxing enterprise filled with land mines and pitfalls. But when times are tough, well, that's a whole

Baby Kicking? Count to 10

by Jane Wangersky October 9th, 2012| Pregnancy
About five months into my first pregnancy, as I was standing at the stove, it happened for the first time -- I felt a sudden quick burst of activity inside me, not caused by anything I was doing, voluntarily or otherwise. Right away, I knew why moms called it
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