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End of the School Year

by Jacob P. June 17th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Teen Perspective, Teens
I think the end of the school year is a so-so part of the year. It isn't the worst but it isn't the best. The high point is that regular work is reduced and it is almost over, but honors work and other term work is due, as well

Nurturing the Leader in Your Child

by Ronald A. Rowe June 16th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Product reviews
There are a lot of books on parenting out there. Most of them have at least a nugget of wisdom that you can use. But few deliver the bang for the buck that I got out of reading Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child: What Every Parent

When It’s Okay Not To Breastfeed

by T Akery June 15th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers
There are many organizations to help women with breastfeeding their newborns. Whether they intend to or not, they can make women feel guilty that about the fact that they aren't breastfeeding their children. The truth is you shouldn't feel guilty. The decision not to breastfeed is a very personal

Elementary News

by Ronald A. Rowe June 10th, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints, Tweens
Do your elementary school kids know what's going on in the world? With a 24-hour news cycle and ubiquitous scrolling news bars, it is getting harder and harder to decide what to shield them from and how to do it.

Do your children know about the death of Osama Bin

Parent: The Word

by Lori Sciame June 6th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers, Pregnancy
Preparation for baby. You've read countless sources on the topic of baby care and development. You've asked dozens of people questions about how to handle the frenzied first week. You've created a cozy "nest," where your little one will sleep and play.

Diapers - check...layette - complete...crib - ready.

Then,

Nature and Preschoolers – The Perfect Combination

by Lori Sciame June 1st, 2011| Helpful Hints, Preschool

Buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, busy birds...these simple creatures beckon preschool children outside. I still remember the seemingly endless summer days of my youth. I woke each morning, eager to explore the grassy fields, the sumptuous flower gardens, and the shade-filled tree groves that made up my neighborhood.


Why not take

Filling the Summer Void

by Ronald A. Rowe May 27th, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Summer is here. Soon, the kids have a lot of free time on their hands. And parents will have a lot of kid time on their hands. Time that has to be filled with games, and entertainment, and stimulation, and fun. Summer is the backdrop for many memories that

Fathers are Marked by Character

by Joe Lawrence January 28th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Pregnancy
When my daughter is an adult, I'd love for her to look back onto our time together and say two things: one, she felt my love in her heart everyday of her life. And, two, I was a man of integrity.

Integrity is something much easier to talk about than

Happy New Year

by Ronald A. Rowe January 3rd, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Happy New Year from Your Parenting Info. Struggling to stay up until midnight, watching a 107-year-old Dick Clark gamely host the show for the 85th time, and listening to some singer I've never heard of use the words "douche bag" prominently on national television, I got to thinking about

Facebook

by Ronald A. Rowe December 22nd, 2010| Elementary, Helpful Hints
At what age is Facebook OK? On the surface, it seems like the ideal platform for a kid to test the waters of social networking. The personal information is available to only those pre-approved "Friends." Language and content can be easily screened by limiting those who have

MacGyver Would Have Been a Great Dad

by Joe Lawrence October 18th, 2010| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers
Give him a stick of chewing gum and a coke bottle and he will create a speed boat. That is the power of improvising and creativity learned from the classic TV show, MacGyver. It turns out, parenting is like an episode of MacGyver.

My baby just turned one the other

When Mom’s Away

by Ronald A. Rowe June 7th, 2010| Elementary, Helpful Hints


When Mom's away, Dad will have to do. Here's a salute to all the single parents out there. I don't know how you get anything done. My lovely wife is away for a week. "No problem," I told her. I can handle everything.

Now, this is real life, not a
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