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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

10 holiday safety tips

holiday lights, holiday safety

We’ve made a list…and we hope you’ll check it twice! These 10 holiday safety tips are adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Safety Council and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with Arizona in mind. Have a wonderful—and safe—holiday season! 1) Check your health Wash hands frequently to avoid passing–or picking […]

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Parenting an LGBTQ child

Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning Son or Daughter Author Kevin Jennings focuses on the day-to-day experiences of adolescents dealing with sexual identity issues, providing insights and practical strategies parents need to support their kids and cope themselves. a note to my kid A Project of […]

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The pros and cons of NBC’s new Parent Toolkit app

Parent-toolkit-NBC dashboard

NBC News has launched a mobile app it describes as “a one-stop online resource for parents navigating their children’s development in the classroom and beyond.” It may be all that, but the Parent Toolkit App is confusing to navigate, requiring a circuitous route to find information. And the child profiles required to personalize the app […]

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Locks of Love and the power of hair

I stood alone in the kitchen and pulled the braid out of the Ziploc bag. It was still soft and shiny, and smelled of her shampoo. I put it up to my nose and started to cry. How can a single braid elicit such emotion? The day before, my younger daughter Hannah, 20, her sister […]

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Voices from the Village: How can we manage screen time?


Technology is exciting, enticing and ever evolving. Its seductiveness has made “screen time”—time spent using an electronic device such as a television, computer, smart phone, tablet or game console—this generation’s most common parent/child power struggle. How can we distinguish between “good” and “bad” time spent in the technology playground? How can we create reasonable expectations […]

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Can bullying cause nightmares? 

You detect some subtle changes in your child’s behavior. Something doesn’t seem right, especially when the talk turns to what is happening at school with friends. This has been going on for weeks. Recently, your child has awakened during the night, appears upset and agitated and has trouble going back to sleep. What’s going on? A new […]

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Opting out of Facebook:
Why some moms are bucking the trend

It’s Saturday morning and I’m up early with the baby. While she unloads a basket of toys on the living room floor, I take a sip of coffee and reach for my phone. I swipe, tap and scroll through the morning’s “news.” A college friend had her baby several weeks early. A fellow writer I’ve […]

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“I can do it!” Lessons in setting goals

We’ve all heard well-intentioned parents and teachers heap praise on children in an effort to boost self-esteem. We may have even done it ourselves! Perhaps we believe—or hope—that children who are told they are special and valuable will effortlessly soar off to all sorts of productive pursuits. It turns out that most praise given without […]

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Voices from the Village: Domestic responsibilities

Should you let your spouse do the laundry even if your favorite yoga pants might be ruined? Sometimes the key to balancing domestic and childcare responsibilities is as much about giving up control over how you want things done as it is about equality. Perhaps balance falls somewhere in between holding on and letting go. […]

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Parenting and the use of smartphones

Let me go on the record here as a mom who spent countless hours caring for my four children as they grew from babies, to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond. Yes, it was fascinating and terrific and so very precious. I loved doing it and I’m grateful for every single moment. But it was also […]

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