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Putting Your Preschooler on the Bus

by T Akery February 28th, 2013| Preschool
Preschool is a scary time for your little one. Riding the bus is certainly a new experience. Sometimes, new experiences bring excitement. Sometimes, they bring trepidation. While traveling on the bus might be exciting to your preschooler, it is completely normal for parents to have some hesitation about putting
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Home Birth: Old and New

by Jane Wangersky February 27th, 2013| Pregnancy
Are home births a new trend for a small group, or a return to an ancient tradition? Well, both, really.

During my first pregnancy, people were surprised when I said I wanted a home birth. Then I'd say, "My grandmother had all her babies at home," and they'd often say,
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Packing for a Trip by Airplane

by Sam P. February 26th, 2013| Teens
Pack light. Trips, especially by airplane, are so much easier if you can do it with all carry-ons. Checking baggage slows everything down and just makes everything more difficult. If you can manage to get all of your necessities into a carry-on size bag your trip will become much
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Predicament: Refusing to do Homework

by Editorial Team February 25th, 2013| Parenting Predicament
How do I get my third grader to do her homework when she refuses to? Is it a matter of timeouts or taking away a favorite toy until the work is done? She is so stubborn.
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Solution: When to Medicate

by Editorial Team February 22nd, 2013| Parenting Predicament
My child's school has suggested medication for behavior problems, but I'm not sure. I know it's common to medicate children for this but I also hear it's often done when it's not necessary. How do we know it is necessary?

The National Institute of Mental Health says, "When the benefits
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Tips for Flying with a Toddler

by T Akery February 21st, 2013| Infants/Toddlers
Flying with a toddler is stressful. You worry about keeping them happy. You worry about them throwing fits. You worry about what other passengers will think. You worry about having enough stuff to keep them happy. It isn't easy traveling on airplanes. But when you have no choice, here
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I Shall be Getting a Job: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. February 20th, 2013| Teen Perspective, Teens
Now that my wrestling season is pretty much over, I feel like I have all the free time in the world. I have very few after-school obligations and I'm not spending every Saturday at wrestling tournaments that can last 12+ hours. Because of this, I will be a getting

Preschool Pictures

by T Akery February 19th, 2013| Preschool
Preschool is usually a time in a child's life where parents document everything in photographs. There may even be a mom dedicated to the task of recording these precious moments. But there are a few unwritten rules when it comes to the sharing of these photographs. If you are

Do We Clique?

by Lori Sciame February 18th, 2013| Tweens
Until middle school, children tend to be more accepting of each other. Then, around the age of 11, children will begin to group themselves (and each other) into cliques. There are the jocks, the nerds, the goths, the drama/music kids, the popular group, and more. Although the names of
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Kids and Careers

by Ronald A. Rowe February 15th, 2013| Elementary
I read the results of two unrelated studies this week. One surveyed working Americans of all ages and economic levels. The results indicated the 85% of Americans hate their jobs. HATE. The other asked Americans at retirement age about their greatest regret in life. The #1 response was not
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Safe Complementary Medicine in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky February 14th, 2013| Pregnancy
Though I didn't know it at the time, when I drank raspberry leaf tea before going to the hospital for my induced labor, I was using complementary medicine. (If I'd refused the induction and just relied on the raspberry tea, that would've been alternative medicine.) Of course, "complementary" suggests
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Tween Revenge Web Posting

by T Akery February 13th, 2013| Tweens
There are certain things parents should be aware of when it comes to the internet. One of those things has been rumbling around the internet. It concerns breakups and what lengths people will go to get revenge. They are called revenge websites. While they are supposed to be pictures