Green Parenting

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What is green parenting? According to pediatrician Alan Greene (convenient name!) and his latest book, Feeding Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Program for Healthy, Safe Nutrition During Pregnancy, Childhood, and Beyond, it’s all about giving young kids healthy and environmentally conscious food. Here’s why: I want to introduce this idea of nutritional intelligence. Just like there… Read more »

3 Ways to Deal with Bed-wetting

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Bed wetting is an embarrassing topic for both parents and children. Despite being a common problem, many parents fear that their child is the only one still wetting the bed. This can lead to struggles and fights that do not have to happen. Here are three things to know when dealing with bed wetting.

How Do You Teach Your Kids Respect?

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A question parents and teachers agonize over is how to teach kids respect. But the answer is probably one of the simplest—teach by example. Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes My son had an excellent teacher in kindergarten who brought this point home in one of the most effective ways I’ve ever seen. She grouped the… Read more »

Teaching Your Children to Clean

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When children participate in family chores, namely cleaning, parents not only receive help around the house but also see positive changes in their kids. Cleaning instills a sense of responsibility, creates an appreciation for the home and its contents, and leaves a feeling of achievement when completed successfully. Not only can parents can teach their… Read more »

I May Need to Hire a Cook

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One of my first jobs was as a line cook for an upscale deli and catering business. From the ripe age of 15, I held that job throughout high school and for a couple of years afterwards while I attended the local junior college. I learned a lot about cooking throughout that time, and I… Read more »

Ways to Find Child Care Cheaply

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Money is tight and everyone is looking for ways to cut costs. Child care is one of those costs that add up quickly but with a little creative thinking, there are ways to cut these costs or even find some free child care.

Ouch! Parenting Injuries

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Over at The Poop (best name for a parenting blog ever?), Peter Hartlaub identifies several parenting-related injuries. This one is my favorite: Toddler Fingernail Facial Contusions: My wife cuts our younger son’s nails while he’s sleeping, so he’s extremely well-manicured 90 percent of the time. But every week or two, his fingernails still get long… Read more »

Assessing Speech Delay in a Child

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Each child is different, and the speed at which they learn to speak varies significantly. But in a recent New York Times article, neurodevelopmental pediatricians are urging parents to assess their child’s speech development at an early age. “Children within the first year start to understand much of what they hear around them,” said Diane… Read more »

YouTube Adds Safety Mode

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YouTube has, well, basically everything you could, and then millions of other videos that you could never want. That’s probably why YouTube introduced their brand-new Safety Mode, which filters out content that you, or your kids, shouldn’t be seeing. “While no filter is 100% perfect,” says the YouTube blog, “Safety Mode is another step in… Read more »

Evaluating Childcare Providers

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Few decisions are as stressful as choosing a child care provider, and child safety is a top priority. The obvious areas of concern are covered by government regulations, but one should still make sure that the regulations are being followed. Are fire extinguishers and functional smoke detectors present? Is the staff well-trained and following proper… Read more »