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Sit Back and Buckle Up

by Jane Wangersky March 31st, 2014| Pregnancy
It can be difficult to get into a car, let alone drive one, while you’re pregnant. But cars and driving are such a fact of life for most adults that you’ll probably want to continue driving as long as you can -- and (unless you’re planning a home birth)
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School Events: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. March 28th, 2014| Social, Teen Perspective, Teens
As a soon to be graduating high school senior, I have a list of things that I wish I had more readily taken advantage of during high school.  While there is a great variety of things on said list, one of the biggest ones is having been more social
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Hot Topic – Guns

by Lori Sciame March 27th, 2014| Safety, Tweens
My husband recently retired after serving as a police officer for 33 years.  His daily practice the minute he arrived home: unload the bullets from his gun, lock the gun and the bullets in separate holders, then place each on a separate (high) shelf in the closet.  Never once
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Teaching Your Children About Citizenship

by Tania Cowling March 26th, 2014| Elementary, Social
We define a good citizen as a person who works with others to help make communities, schools, state, and country a safe place to live. And we try to teach our children to be responsible, kind, respectful, honest, and cooperative with others. We also teach them to demonstrate self-control
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Tutors for Preschoolers — Really?

by Margot F. March 25th, 2014| Preschool, School
Recently, in the local paper, there was an article about hiring tutors for preschoolers. At first I was puzzled. Why would you hire a tutor for a three- or four-year-old? Is it helpful? How common is the practice?

Although it is impossible to know how many young children are getting
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Babies Need Their Eyes Checked Too

by Tania Cowling March 24th, 2014| Care, Infants/Toddlers
If you think that only older people have eye problems, you are wrong. Babies need to be screened for eye issues from the time of birth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all babies have an eye exam performed by their
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Safe Sex

by Sam P. March 21st, 2014| Safety, Teen Perspective, Teens
There's no point in beating around the bush, most teens nowadays are sexually active.  Teen pregnancy rates definitely have gone down over the years, but not enough.  Teens are still getting pregnant and their futures are typically crushed, and usually if the child isn't given up for adoption they
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Unspoiling Your Tween

by T Akery March 20th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
One of the difficulties of parenting is accepting that your child is growing up and is becoming independent. While parents want more for their kids than they have, there is a distinction between spoiling them and taking care of them. It is this line that sometimes get crossed in
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Night Terrors

by Ronald A. Rowe March 19th, 2014| Elementary
We spend a lot of time here at Your Parenting Info discussing how to keep our elementary-age children safe from all manner of harm out there in the world. Today’s kids face stranger danger, bullying, peer pressure, sports and play injuries, contaminated food and water, poor role models, and
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Fabulous Four-Year-Olds

by Margot F. March 18th, 2014| Preschool, Social
Seemingly overnight, a four-year-old transforms from being a toddler to looking and acting like a miniature person.

By four, most children are toilet trained with the exception of the occasional accident when the child is too busy to go to the washroom. During an exciting event, it is helpful if
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3 “Healthy” Foods Pregnant Women Should Avoid

by Jane Wangersky March 17th, 2014| Pregnancy
Although the recent case of a pregnant woman who unknowingly ate meat tainted with LSD made headlines, we can be sure most of the time that the food we buy is safe. However, pregnant women have to be especially careful. During pregnancy the immune system weakens a little to
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Corporal Punishment: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. March 14th, 2014| Behavior, Teen Perspective, Teens
In Kansas, a bill has been introduced to the state House of Representatives that would allow parents, caretakers, and teachers to spank children.  The law would allow such striking to leave marks, such as redness or bruising on the skin of the child who is being struck.  This law
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