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Giving Your Kids Cell Phones and Computers

Modern parents know that growing up without access to technology is a thing of the past.  The I-grew-up-just-fine-without-a-computer-and-my-kids-can-too flow of logic no longer applies in a world with computer use required in students’ daily schoolwork, safety hazards that can be mitigated by cell phone use, etc.  Therefore, it is no longer a question of whether […]

Helping Your Teen Find a Summer Job

Your teen is looking for his first summer job.  Here are a few things you can do to help him secure a position. Speak with him about the jobs for which he is eligible and well suited.  Because he is not yet 18 years of age, the federal government will not let him perform certain […]

Baby Talk

Dr. Anne Fernauld, a psychology professor from Stanford University, has been studying the language acquisition skills of babies, toddlers, and early elementary-aged children.  Her studies have generated some interesting findings, among them, that parents baby-talking to their infants is contraindicated for child language development.  Dr. Fernauld makes the following recommendations to parents of infants and […]

Building Bonds with Your Toddler

Mom, your bond with your toddler is solid, right?  But your teen kids, well, they may not be feelin’ the love so much.  And Dad, who may not be able to be home with the kids as much as you are, well, he doesn’t always have the bonding opportunities that you have.  Here are a […]

The Downside of Too Many Toys

We live in a culture of abundance.  Ours is a mercantile society, where all manner of goods and services are for sale or rent from as near as your computer or local store.  It’s little surprise, then, when our kids have more toys than they can reasonably play with.  Are they advantaged or disadvantaged by […]

Fun Family Movie Nights

We often hear about how, with everyone’s hectic schedules, families don’t enjoy much together-time anymore.  Movie nights, in which families gather ‘round the television to watch a DVD/Blu-ray movie, are ways families can have fun together-time on a budget.  Here are some ways to maximize the family fun to be had on movie nights. Choose […]

Educational and Entertainment Opportunities When Hiking with Kids

You are taking the kids on a hike through a beautiful nature trail.  What a great opportunity for fun, exercise, and even learning!  Here are a few tips for making the most of your hiking trip with your kids. *Prior to your hike, read books about nature (the flora, fauna, and geological formations of the […]

How to Connect with Your Daughter

As parents, we have strong bonds with our children.  We want to reinforce those bonds, nurture those relationships.  Here are a few tips to help you accomplish that goal with your daughter. *Spend time with her.  Just be present.  You don’t have to do anything special; just be available to her. *Talk with her about […]

Being A Mom Is A Big Job

Being a mom is a big job.  Shaping and guiding a person . . . from scratch . . . is so comprehensive a task as to be daunting if one really thinks about all that’s involved.  Many moms struggle with feeling up to the task. Many a mom has wondered, “Am I good enough?  […]

Entertaining Toddlers

Entertaining toddlers can be a lot of work, but it can also be great fun for parents and toddlers alike.  Here are a few tips for creating outstanding entertaining ideas for your toddlers. *Consider your goals.  Pure entertainment? Education and entertainment?  Development of fine motor skills and entertainment?  Do you want the entertainment to be […]