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Importance of Doing Puzzles With Your Kids

GalTime | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
GalTime

While the traditional jigsaw puzzle is a reliable option, below is brief list of other available puzzles. You should be able to easily find one that meets your family's needs and interests.

What I Believe (So Far... From a Parent's Perspective)

Michelle Gale | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Michelle Gale

I believe it's my work as a parent to become present enough to offer my children the space to grow into who they are truly meant to become.

6 Qualities Kids Need To Succeed -- And One They Don't

Hilary Wilce | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

I've come to believe our job as parents is never to seek to develop confidence, but instead to encourage the right climate for it to grow.

Dr. Juli Fraga: Letting Myself Go

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

My fantasy about working and motherhood did not match my reality. After a few weeks back at work, I felt like my career determination had fizzled. I couldn't imagine being at work and missing out on time with my baby.

GPS Tracking Devices for Kids with Autism?

William Stillman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
William Stillman

Schumer's proposed legislation is that the federal government would pay $10 million for GPS tracking devices to be used by children with autism, worn on the wrist or in clothing. Each device would cost about $85.

All Eyes on Your TV for the Super Bowl

Kate Carr | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

What better time to think about TV safety than before the Super Bowl, when millions of families will gather in front of their TVs to watch the big game?

8 Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

If your child has ADHD you might be thinking of ways to start off 2014 on the right foot. Advocating for your child this year might be all it takes to change a stressful environment into one in which you and your child both feel supported.

'Stop Stuffing Your Face and Sit Down!' Compulsive Overeating and ADHD, 6 Tips for Parents

Varda Epstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Varda Epstein

Keep the gates of communication open and enlist your child's help in fighting the temptation to overeat. With a can-do attitude, the two of you can win the battle, every time.

President Obama's Task Force on College Sexual Assault

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

It is incomprehensible to me that college and university campuses remain unsafe places for young women. How is it that in 21st century America, when more and more women are entering institutions of higher learning, we are still so vulnerable to sexual violence?

6 Tricks to Get Your Child to Eat Healthy Foods

Irene Ross | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Irene Ross

What happens, though, when your kid only wants to eat potato chips, cookies, candy or other junk food? Is there a way to introduce more vegetables and fruit without all the battles and cajoling -- not to mention the guilt?

Learning at Home: Can Educational Media Jump-Start Learning in America?

Michael Levine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Education
Michael Levine

How much of the time kids spend on these devices is helping them prepare for their futures? Are the tablets and apps that parents are buying for them signaling a shift towards compelling educational content? Not yet, according to the people who should know best: their parents.

Why Don't You Listen?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

As our children get older, even before they can speak, we can learn so much from their behavior. Why don't we trust children enough to know what they need?

Confessions of a Formula Feeder

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

I personally don't like watching anyone breastfeed. It makes me uncomfortable -- not because I don't think it should be done in public, but because I remember how hard I tried to breastfeed and never could.

3 Ways to Raise Secure Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Secure attachment develops in children who learn that they can rely their parents to meet their physical and emotional needs.

5 Reasons Why We Don't Want Our Teens to Overshare

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Every generation of teens has its own unique set of trends including clothing and communication styles. Consider that this generation of teens seems to bare more skin than past generations. At least that's how it appears to me and to many many frustrated sets of parents.

Hold That Tiger

Betty Goldstein | Posted 03.24.2014 | Sports
Betty Goldstein

The alarming rate of dementia and suicides among NFL players hasn't stopped parents from sending off their 7-year-old boys to football camps so that they may someday get into the leagues. When it comes to football, common sense does not apply.

Total Recall of Parenthood: Happy Memories?

Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle

Winston: Vic, we have a special guest for our post today! Dr. David John Baker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. V...

Why the Millennials' Parents Will Continue to Stay Involved in Their Kids Lives at Work... and Why That's a Good Thing

Haydn Shaw | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Haydn Shaw

We can deal with generational differences more effectively if we understand that Millennials are the product of the most educated parents in history. I get it; helicopter parents need to come down to earth. But get this, we involved parents are not going away.

Why Christie's School 'Fix' Is Misguided

Vicki Abeles | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

As if getting Garden State residents into one jam wasn't enough, Gov. Chris Christie is calling for a longer school day to make New Jersey students more "competitive." But Christie's proposed fix is a simplistic and misguided solution to a nuanced and complex problem.

The Problem With "Having It All"

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

"Having it all" is a myth. "Having" is far too passive, far too effortless a verb for what it takes to combine career and family life. "All" suggests a sense of wholeness that in reality most parents who earn paychecks rarely experience. Instead, we live an ever-shifting, moment-by-moment dynamic.

A Boy's Plea About Video Game Addiction

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The next time you feel a desire to tune out by turning on your game system, pause. Take three or four breaths and just notice how you feel. Tense? Anxious? Excited? Sad? Bored?

How Should I React to My Child's Report Card?

Diana Grycan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Diana Grycan

I always encourage parents not to show their children their report cards, but rather to discuss areas in which they would like to help them function better in the classroom. This is a great place for opening communication.

41 and Now What?

Janelle Capra | Posted 03.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Janelle Capra

"Forty-one and having fun!" I said aloud while driving my daughters to school. "Oh mom, that is embarrassing," giggled my oldest daughter. "Fort...

Divorce Diaries: Do Parents on Their Own Need a Plus One?

Denise Albert | Posted 03.21.2014 | Divorce
Denise Albert

It was traumatic for my boys to see me scared, helpless, hurt, panicked, worried and concerned. They had all of the same feelings. So does this mean a parent on their own has to alter adventures? Do I always need a plus 1?

Apple Bails Out Thieving Little Kids

Jerome Schultz | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

Kids under age 5 or 6 might not have understood the ethics or the mechanics of this game, but what the heck are they doing shopping online without parents looking on? Kids age 7 or older, having reached the "age of reason," know exactly what's going on here. Ignorance is no defense.