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Parenting in Isolation

by Ronald A. Rowe June 4th, 2009| Helpful Hints
Some Secretary of State or another once said that it takes a village to raise a child. While I'm not sure I agree with her sentiment in its entirety, I do firmly believe that parenting is not a task to be taken in isolation. We all benefit from

A Day at the Beach

by Ronald A. Rowe May 21st, 2009| Helpful Hints
You do everything that you can to parent your child properly. You teach them the appropriate values, language, and manners. You try to be a role model in your speech, actions, and attitudes. But you can never completely shield them from the example set by others.

This point

A Comic Book Education

by Ronald A. Rowe May 12th, 2009| Helpful Hints
My son, Max, is in the second grade. Every day, he brings a book to read in the morning while he waits for class to begin. This is encouraged. Reading in all forms is encouraged. Except the day he dared to bring a comic book to

Family Traditions

by Ronald A. Rowe April 14th, 2009| Helpful Hints
It's all about the family. Bringing and keeping the family together is one of the highest and best endeavors to which a human being can aspire. One simple but essential facet of family togetherness is the forging and keeping of family traditions.

Family traditions come in all sizes, from

Perfect Parenting?

by Gumer Liston April 7th, 2009| Helpful Hints

On the eve of my son's birth, our doctor told us that it would help a lot if I would take my wife for a 15 minute walk. The plan was to deliver the baby the natural way. The baby was due within 24 hours and a short walk would

Parenting The Only Child

by Gumer Liston March 26th, 2009| Helpful Hints
The circumstances surrounding a child as he grows up has a biginfluence on the formation of his character. My son is an onlychild; I know that he is growing up differently from otherchildren who have siblings. Missing out on having siblings hasboth good and bad effects on him, so my

Dad is Not the Assistant Mom

by Ronald A. Rowe March 11th, 2009| Helpful Hints
Parenting is such a wonderful job. Sadly, many men miss out on some of the prime parenting moments because they defer the "parent stuff" to the mom while focusing almost exclusively on being the provider. Despite the way fathers have been portrayed in sit-coms and movies for decades

When Your Child Begins to Ask Difficult Questions

by Gumer Liston March 10th, 2009| Helpful Hints
As my son grows older, he becomes smarter. I know that it is also the same case with other parents; they notice how quickly their children learn to see through things. The smarter children even learn early how to see through their parents. As children become smarter, they become really

Giving Your Child a Good Start

by Gumer Liston February 10th, 2009| Helpful Hints

It is normal for parents to hope that their children will do well, if not excel, in school. Parents can do something to give their children a good start. Young children are naturally observant and quick to learn. Their minds are fresh, and they easily absorb anything that they see

And the Winners Are. . .

by Michele January 20th, 2009| Helpful Hints
The Doubly Good December Contest has ended after an extension due to a tie for the most commented article. Without further ado, prizes were awarded to:

Gumer Liston for most commented article

Cool Parenting

by Gumer Liston January 7th, 2009| Helpful Hints

Before I became a father I thought that becoming a "cool dad" was easy. But now my three year-old son is teaching me that parenthood is a big and complicated thing that could not be boxed with a term as simple as "cool dad". Before I became a father


Books, Pictures, Stories, and Your Child

by Gumer Liston December 30th, 2008| Helpful Hints
When your child starts to show interest in books, the best thing that you, as a parent, can do is to encourage him. It is usually at the age of three that most children begin loving books. One very good way to build a strong bond with your child is