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

In The News:


Yahoo Is 20: The 20 Biggest Moments in Parenting in the Last 20 Years
Yahoo Parenting
In honor of Yahoo's 20th anniversary, here are the people, ideas, and events that have shaped the parenthood experience, courtesy of Yahoo Parenting. Babies start sleeping on their backs: The Safe-to-Sleep Campaign (formally known as “Back to Sleep ...

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The News-Press

Parenting: Myth of the perfect parent
The News-Press
That statement, though, reminded me that these short snippets of my parenting experiences can be misleading. People might read about how a spontaneous dog walk with my daughter turned into a great opportunity for communication and think our whole ...


Alexandria Town Talk

Carolyn Hax: How to respond to unsolicited parenting advice
Washington Post
Hi, Carolyn: My neighbor thinks I'm a bad parent. Not just a bad parent, a dangerous parent. She thinks this because I do things such as let my daughter climb the tree in our back yard and let my son play football. She believes they are going to get ...
Carolyn Hax: Neighbor's parenting criticism getting old fastRockford Register Star

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Free-range parenting: How much freedom should kids have?
Minnesota Public Radio News
Two parenting experts — Dr. Alan Kazdin of the Yale Parenting Center and Jennifer Senior, author of 'All Joy and No Fun" — joined MPR News' Kerri Miller to talk about the controversy surrounding free-range parenting, and the idea that parents should ...

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The Southern News (blog)

Parenting: It's Never an Interruption
The Southern News (blog)
Parenting is all about living by the principle of prepared spontaneity. You don't really know what's going to happen next. You don't really know when you'll have to enforce a command, intervene in an argument, confront a wrong, hold out for a better ...

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Parenting isn't stress-free if you're doing it right
Lexington Herald Leader
I recently read an article which made the point that we often feel that being part of a child's life, or the parent of a child, brings joy and happiness. While this is true, caring for children brings with it an incredible amount of responsibility, and ...


Baltimore Sun

Oren Miller, father and popular parenting blogger, dies
Baltimore Sun
Oren Miller with wife Beth Blauer and their children, Madeline, 4. left, and Liam, 6, right, pose for a family portrait outside of their home. Oren Miller with wife Beth Blauer and their children, Madeline, 4. left, and Liam, 6, right, pose for a ...

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Steamboat Pilot & Today

Thoughtful Parenting: For parents of babysitters
Steamboat Pilot & Today
#It is a great way for kids to gain independence and responsibility while earning a few dollars. However, they don't always see the potential for taking on too much or getting into dangerous situations. Here are some helpful hints for parents of ...


NPR (blog)

Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate
NPR (blog)
Moms and dads who practice this parenting style say it promotes independent, even fearless kids. But what is considered free-range by some can look like neglect to others. As for what's against the law, child welfare experts say there's no easy answer.

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The Tennessean

The ins and outs of attachment parenting
The Tennessean
Parenting is a journey filled with many ups and downs, challenges and celebrations, joy and love. I remember the day I found out that I was expecting. We were not planning to get pregnant and it was not an ideal time for me career-wise, but ...

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Two Means Trouble

You have two kids who are 14 months apart. How... Read More

Speaking on Behalf of Our Children: Stop Blaming the Victims

How many times have you flipped through the pages of... Read More

Parents/Teens and Money ? 5 Ideas for Keeping the Peace

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

How Is Peaceful Parenting® Different?

Peaceful Parenting® ideas are very different from other kinds of... Read More

So You Want to Adopt?

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

How Effective is the Nutraceutical ATTEND with ADHD?

I really like all natural remedy for Attention Deficit Disorder... Read More

Guilty of Not Following Her Heart

Karen, a single never-married thirty-year old attorney has a four-year... Read More

Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Blackmail

Family decision-making is an intriguing phenomenon. Many factors become part... Read More

Lifebooks: Every Adopted Child Needs One

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

The Post-Holiday Blues In Stepfamilies

In stepfamilies, big holiday expectations can lead to big disappointment--and... Read More

Aptitude, Achievement, Processing Deficit - What Does It All Mean?

You are sitting with the professionals who know about learning... Read More

Helping Your Child Cope With A Long-Term Illness

All children will likely have many different health problems during... Read More

Teach Your Children - Without Them Knowing They Are Learning!

The great thing about children is they absorb knowledge like... Read More

15 Ways to Help Kids Like Themselves

1. Tell me something you like about yourself? Help your... Read More

Backpacks and Bullies. Is Your Child Prepared?

As the flurry of Back to School activities subside, parents... Read More

While You Have the Time, Take the Time

Here in Kansas, where we live, the leaves are turning... Read More

How to Silence Your Childs Inner Critic

Children do what feels good to them and follow their... Read More

Ease Bug Bites with Easy Herbs

Summertime means insect bites and stings. Ouch! Take a leaf... Read More

The Mystery of Child Beliefs, Spirit in Children, Understanding Spirtuality in Children

In the wonderment of childhood, it is easier for a... Read More

Alias: Aptitude

Be aware. You may become totally overwhelmed when you get... Read More

Are You Frustrated With Public Schools?

Join a growing number of parents and teachers!Fact: Last year,... Read More

Breastfeed a Toddler - Why?

Is your baby approaching his or her first birthday and... Read More

Sibling Fighting - Reduce Sibling Rivalry by NOT Keeping Score

Recently, a much-anticipated game of mini-golf with my children soon... Read More

Jammin with Your Kids: The Wonderful World of Music

Does music need to be "dumbed-down" for kids? The answer... Read More

10 Ways You Can Advocate For Your Child With A Learning Disability

Did you know that you are the most important person... Read More