Nail Biting Basics

Nail biting in all its various forms is problematic behavior beset by peculiarity and contradiction. Technically speaking, the correct word for nail biting is ANONYCHOPHAGIA. Nail biting typically begins between the ages of five and 10 and is common among children as well as adults.... Read More

For School Success, Dont Coddle Your Kids

Parents want their children to succeed in school. However, sometimes their best intentions are misguided. Attempts to provide children with a wonderful life can, in fact, increase the stress of the entire family.One of parents' most common mistakes is to want to make everything easy for their children. It's painful... Read More

Vision: 20/20 Is Not Enough!

Now is an excellent time to have your child's vision checked. Don't be too quick to say, "My child's vision is fine: 20/20!" In many cases that is not enough.The Snellen chart, the instrument most frequently used to test eyesight, often gives people a false sense of security about their... Read More

Book Review: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading was conceived when author Esmé Raji Codell was staring at a shriveled potato that was sprouting eyes. She wondered, " . . . if I had a potato, nothing but a potato, how could I teach a classroom full of children? Well,... Read More

Assertiveness: Key to Better Parenting

I have always been aware of my number one weakness: non-assertiveness. But I have come a long way from the time when I couldn't say 'no' to a child molester and not understanding the importance of telling my parents. At my first job after high school, I had the misfortune... Read More

Summer Survival

Summer Survival The summer season is here and along with it comes summer vacation for the school-aged kids. Moms are now responsible for coming up with the ideas and curriculum for their children and I am the first to admit that by the... Read More

If your child is being bullied - 20 top tips for parents

Keith is now in the fourth grade and he dislikes school. For a fourthgrader, this does not sound right. The reason Keith dislikes school thoughdoes not have anything to do with academics. Keith is being bullied beforeschool, at school, and on the school bus. Who can blame him for not... Read More

Boundaries - Why Theyre Needed

Imagine a child who lacks ownership of his own life, has noself-control, and lacks respect for others. If these were the qualities ofyour son, how would you feel for his future wives? Yes, wives is plural, this is one major reason we need to set boundariesfor our children ­ their... Read More

The Benefits of Music Education

Despite serious reductions in funding for arts programs in public schools, there is a great need for studying music. Band, orchestra, and choir all offer students a chance to work together in a social and intellectual group setting and excel at complex tasks. The trick... Read More

New Mom...New Baby...New Debt?

Ah, there is nothing like being an expectant mom. Along with your expanding waistline comes the ever growing list of products for you and your new bundle of joy. Preparing for a new baby can be a costly experience, especially in the areas of clothing and nursery furniture. The good... Read More

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CBS Local

Free-Range Parenting: Teaching Independence, Or Child Neglect?
CBS Local
Jessica Kartalija with an in-depth look at a small, but growing movement called “free-range” parenting. On a recent afternoon, two Maryland children are doing what they typically do–walking by speeding cars, crossing busy streets. And while they're ...
Montgomery seeks clarity stemming from 'free-range' parenting debateWashington Post
Megan McArdle: 7 reasons Americans can't stand free-range parentingDallas Morning News
Free-range parenting: Is it neglect?Delmarva Daily Times
Bloomberg View -STLtoday.com -Slate Magazine
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RollingStone.com

Taking Child to Pink Concert Not Bad Parenting, Says Judge
RollingStone.com
Pink P!nk performs at Newark's Prudential Center on December 11, 2013. This concert was at the center of a custody battle as a woman's ex-husband accused her of bad parenting for bringing their 11-year-old daughter to the show. Dave Kotinsky/Getty ...
Judge: Taking Girl to Pink Concert Not Bad ParentingNewser
Judge: Attending Pink concert didn't harm New Jersey girlPhilly.com
Pink concert didn't harm N.J. girl, judge saysNJ.com

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'Adult Onset': the joys and terrors of single parenting
The Seattle Times (registration)
To that end, it's the most accurate description of solo parenting I've ever read, not so much juggling a number of tasks from the seemingly simple (answering one email) to crucial (keeping scissors away from a toddler) as trying to keep from drowning ...


The Research on Same-Sex Parenting: “No Differences” No More
Heritage.org
In its 2004 endorsement of what is commonly referred to as the “no differences” theory, the American Psychological Association (APA) declared that “there is no scientific evidence that parenting effectiveness is related to parental sexual orientation ...

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Chicago Tribune

Speaker at parenting breakfast has first-hand experience
Chicago Tribune
Personal insight can lend credibility to a speaker, such as it did when Val Warner, co-host of ABC-TV's "Windy City Live," talked to a crowd of more than 100 attending a breakfast in Merrillville about parenting. Parenting is a balancing act, she said ...


Liberating or unsafe? Maine families debate 'free range parenting'
Bangor Daily News
PORTLAND, Maine — A family in Portland says they're taking on what's called a free range parenting style to give their daughter more independence growing up. While some say the style gives kids too much freedom, Sarah Cushman and Robert Levin say ...

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Huffington Post

Dear Non-Parents, Please Stop Giving Parenting Advice
Huffington Post
The one who is sharing articles in my newsfeed about how, "I will never be that kind of parent." I've got some advice for you, my friend: STOP!... just stop... for the love of all that is holy, just trust me on this and don't press the share button ...


Montgomery County council members tackle 'free-range' parenting issue
WTOP
“Individuals feel like their own parenting choices are being criticized,” says George Leventhal, president of the Montgomery County Council. Leventhal says he and his council colleague Marc Elrich have come up with a list of questions for police and ...

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Huffington Post

Funniest Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
Huffington Post
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents ...


fox13now.com

Helicopter parenting; Dad uses drone to walk daughter to school
fox13now.com
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – As parents, you want to watch over your children but that isn't always possible… Until now. A Tennessee father has come up with a way to watch his daughter walk to school and ensure she safely arrives. His tactic gives a whole new ...

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A Call For Fathers

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How To Help Your Child Learn

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The POWER of Your Words

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Learning Disabilities

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The Different Types, or Styles, of ADHD

Research literature, recent books, and common sense, all point to... Read More

Lifebooks: Every Adopted Child Needs One

Information is gold when you are adopted. Every tiny piece... Read More

Twin and Multiple Births are on the Rise

Did you know that the number of twin births have... Read More

The Free Ride In Public Schools

To protect children's self-esteem or deflect complaints by parents, many... Read More

Top Ten Things My Six Year-Old Son Has Taught Me (So Far...)

I've learned numerous, important lessons on life, motherhood and men... Read More

Why Mother?s Day is Important For Children

Mother's Day is important for children.This Mother's Day take note... Read More

Public-school Teachers Know Best --- They Send Their Kids To Private Schools

A study done by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found... Read More

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Children and teenagers are relentlessly bombarded with merchandise that entices.... Read More

So You Want to Adopt?

Many reasons will cause some people to feel the need... Read More

Non-Compliance in Your Children, Some Tips for Parents

Non-compliance is the family therapist's big word for your child... Read More

STOP Parental Alienation Syndrome before It Gets a Chance to START

Parental Alienation Syndrome was probably first identified and codified by... Read More

Tips for Keeping Packed Lunches Fun and Interesting

? Let the child choose his or her own lunch... Read More

Adolescence - Clues and Advice

Be sure to respect the intellectual changes that mark adolescence.... Read More

Nights by a Pinocchio Lamp

Sitting by her Pinocchio lamp, she smiled at me as... Read More

Dad, Go Ahead and Cry

She slipped her small, soft eight-year-old hand into mine. Her... Read More

Baby Name Meanings

Speaking as a Michael (a Hebrew name, meaning "Who is... Read More

Five Tips for Successful Grandparenting

1. Boundaries are necessary for control and safety.All children need... Read More

Create a Story Book with Your Child

A fun way to build your child's imaginationWriting is still... Read More