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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?  […]

The Benefits of Physical Demonstrations of Affection Between Parent and Child

Hugs, pats on the back, tousling a head: these and other physical demonstrations of affection between parent and child convey love, acceptance, praise, consolation, and more.  There are other, equally important benefits of these physical demonstrations of affection as well. If the child is a newborn, physical affection from his/her parent plays a role in […]

Kids Who Brag

Have you heard your elementary-aged son or daughter say, “I’m the smartest kid in my class!”  Or how about, “I’m the strongest boy EVER”?  It may be funny and cute to you, at least at this age, but it can cause relationship problems for your kids now and especially when they get older.  Here are […]