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Preparing Your Pet for Your Family Relocation

You are moving.  That requires extensive planning regarding the sale of your existing home and subsequent purchase of a home in your new community; disconnecting and connecting utilities at the homes; the packing, transporting, and unpacking of your household inventory; and helping your family members prepare for and adjust to the change.  It isn’t just […]

Male Babysitters

Babysitters used to be almost exclusively female, male babysitters have become more common in recent years.  What are the benefits of hiring a male babysitter? A male babysitter can be a masculine role model in a household without a father-figure. A male babysitter may be able to connect with and relate to the kids in […]

How to Get Out the Door with Your Baby

You’re tired.  The baby just went down for a nap.  The house is a mess.  You’ve got spit-up milk on your shirt.  You’re pretty sure you smell like the diaper you changed not five minutes ago.  This is not the time to be going out and about, running errands and accomplishing tasks outside your home, […]

Creativity in Kids

Creativity: in Western culture, we see it more frequently among kids than adults.  The pressures of adulthood in our society, the way we educate our kids, and much more contribute to the marked decline in creativity as most of us mature from infancy to adulthood.  Further, studies show that creativity among kids in our culture […]

Second Children… Are They More Mellow than First-Borns?

Are second-born children more mellow than first-borns?  The answer is that it depends on multiple variables.  Read on for more information. If “mellow” is defined as lacking in energy and being sedentary, then second-born children, anecdotally, do not seem to be significantly more or less mellow relative to their first-born siblings.  Second-born children may be […]

Helping Aging Parents Transition to an Independent or Assisted Living Residence

Your elderly parents are in their golden years.  They no longer need their big house:  the two of them just rattle around inside its spacious walls.  Bedrooms sit empty, long unused since the “kids” became adults and had families of their own.  Utility bills are needlessly high as they are heating and cooling large amounts […]

The Importance of Family Fun

In our society, we struggle to keep the pace.  We rush home from work to prepare dinner for the family.  After dinner, we hurriedly pack the kids in the car to get them to their game, dance class, music lesson, or other event on time.  As soon as that’s done, it’s time to go home, […]

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 […]