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Volunteering is a wonderful way to teach children the value of helping others and provide a feel-good activity for the family to enjoy together.

Keeping Kids Safe in a Crowd

It's every parent's worst nightmare. One second your child is by your side, then a momentary distraction, and your child is gone.

Timely Parenting Research:

What does the latest research say about the potential harm of parents’ online sharing, the concerns about prepackaged, processed meals and the benefits of outdoor family time?

Timely Parenting Research:

What does the latest research say about the diet of U.S. children, the best toys for kids’ development and what adults really think about working versus staying at home to raise a family?

The Importance of a Community and a Social Life for Single Parents

Parenting is hard, single or otherwise, and I believe all parents can benefit from a community or support system. But single parenting can be a feast or famine endeavor, and often support and resources are in short supply.
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Seven Tips for Overcoming Fear of the Dark

Fear of the dark is a normal part of development and one of the most common childhood problems plaguing families of school-age children. Kids who are afraid of the dark take nearly an hour longer than others to fall asleep. Without a good night’s sleep, children can suffer behavior and mood issues and have trouble concentrating at school.

Hitting the Road: How to Deal with a Teen Driver in the House

One of the best days of a teen’s life is simultaneously one of the worst for a parent: driver’s license day. It’s inevitable—Independence Day is here. While parents enjoy some benefits—no more back and forth to soccer practice!—the worry and anxiousness associated with a teen driver seemingly can outweigh the positives by a thousand to one.

Too Much Tech? Tweens and Screen Addiction

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 spend around 7.5 hours per day using entertainment media. Increased access to technology makes it easy for kids to slide into damaging digital behaviors. Using the Internet just one hour per day—well below the daily average for American kids—reduces attention span and increases school difficulties, according to one study. And unhealthy digital habits can have serious consequences for tweens and teens, who can carry these addictive behaviors into adulthood.

Toddlers: Learning through Play

I am three toddlers into this motherhood journey and can attest that children come into this world needing to learn pretty much everything. They must learn how to eat, sit, stand, walk, talk, wave, stack, color, jump, open a book and so on. Playing is the natural way in which young ones learn and, as Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.”

Supporting a Mom During High-Risk Pregnancy

My first three pregnancies were easy. I felt great, barely had morning sickness, remained active and was able to maintain all my pre-pregnancy activities. Then I experienced a triplet pregnancy. Everything I knew about pregnancy went out the window.

Sick and Tired:

Sometimes getting to the baby finish line is tougher than it needs to be because of a pesky little side effect called morning sickness that, according to the American Pregnancy Association, affects nearly 50 percent of pregnant women.

Life after the NICU

You’d think that once a family got home with their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) baby, they would be home free, right? After all, their baby isn’t hooked up to multiple monitors, doesn’t have IVs sticking out of every part of his body, and the parents don’t have to travel to and from the hospital every day anymore.

Calming a Fussy Baby

There’s no way around it: Babies cry. And while a cry signals parents to come to aid, nothing can be more frustrating than trying to soothe an irritable infant when you don’t know why he’s crying in the first place.

At-Home Preschool

Let me encourage you with this simple truth: As a mom or dad, you already have been unofficially teaching preschool within the home.

Pint-Sized Pursuits

Providing extracurricular activities for your preschoolers can encourage their natural curiosity and love of learning.

Dance, Tumbling and Music Lessons, Oh My!

We are fortunate to live in an area where opportunities abound for our children: sports, art activities, classes, camps and more. Although having so many choices and opportunities is nice, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. How exactly do you go about choosing something for your child?

Back to School Health Tips

Change is hard for many children, especially changing from a relaxed, slow-paced summer break back to structured classes with homework. While change is inevitable, parents have some strategies we can use to make the transition a little easier.

15 Genius Tips for Back-to-School Time

Discover some of the best tips, clever tricks and genius hacks for heading back to school.

Seven Reasons I’m Singing the Back-to-School Blues

As happy as I am that school is back in session, it does bring its share of hassles that drive me crazy.

Double Diapering

Here are some things I love about being a bipolar diaperer of sorts.

Birth Spacing—What’s Best?

Many parents labor over what they deem the “Goldilocks Plan”: Not too close together. Not too far apart. Just right.

Exercising During Pregnancy

Research shows that a simple walk around the block or session of yoga can improve mood, sleep and even recovery time.

What’s Up, Doc?

Babies are confounding little creatures when they’re perfectly healthy, so the arrival of an illness can send a parent’s worry-machine into overdrive. Is that fever too high? Could it just be gas? Is that color of vomit normal? Should the baby be taken to the doctor? Fear not, parents. We’re here to break down how to handle the yuckies like a pro—and give you some peace of mind.

When paperwork is like a pregnancy

The adoption process is a journey, but the reward is great.

Common Postpartum Pains

Most pregnant moms expect to be a little sore after delivery, but you might be surprised to know you may experience weeks—or even months—of these discomforts. Hang in there—remember, these possible pains will pass, and you are beginning a lifetime of joy with your new addition!

In Transition: A Guide to Big Baby Changes

To be a parent to a baby or toddler is to be a pro at change. Rolling over, first words and laughing are the easy ones. The rest…not so much. Here’s how to handle the bigger transitions headed your way in the coming years.

Eight Things Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Consider When Choosing an OB/GYN

She’s having a baby! No, I’m not talking about the 1980s movie with Kevin Bacon. I’m talking about you! And the time has come to choose an OB/GYN. You know, the man or woman who will be elbow deep in your lady bits catching the human you’ve created. It’s kind of a big deal. So how do you choose the right person?

Summer Fun:

A photography safari, or photo scavenger hunt, is a creative, interactive way to usher your kids away from screens and out into nature this summer.

Why You Need a Mother’s Helper

A mother’s helper can take kids to the park to swing and play ball, color with your girls, play Legos and—perhaps best of all—change diapers! Read on to find out all you need to know about the wonderful world of mother’s helpers.

Five Time-Savers for Busy Teens

For many teens, summer is just as busy as the school year. Jobs, athletic activities and social events can keep that so-called “break” jam-packed with action.

Kids Collections:

A great thing about collecting is that it naturally provides some fun teaching opportunities, without your kids’ realizing they’re learning.

Inexpensive things that will keep your kids entertained

These are some of my favorite things to do in my free time. You don't always have to buy entertainment. These things are fun and entertaining and don't require much money at all! Something that might even encourage the kids more to try these activities is setting up a day or two each week for the fun. The kids will anticipate the day’s coming, and you will have some free time on your hands!

10 Life Lessons Kids Learn in Youth Sports

So kids, here’s what we hope participating in sports will teach you.

Lemonade Stand Learning

When your kids ask you if they can have a lemonade stand today, do you give a tired sigh in anticipation of all the work required? Me, too. So when my kids suggested doing a lemonade stand in our yard recently, I first blamed public television for putting the idea in their heads. But I soon reluctantly agreed, and we were on our way to several whole days of fun and—don’t tell my kids this part—learning.

Tween ‘Tudes: What Are They Really Saying?

So how do you read between the very angst-filled lines and decipher what your tween means when she’s saying something completely different out loud? We’re here to help.
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