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How to respond to preschool tattling

Many parents put more energy into scolding about tattling than they do about teasing, pushing or generally disobeying. They worry that their children will...

Dressing preschoolers

You wouldn't think that issues related to clothing would emerge for children ages 2 through 6 but, in the age of Barbie dolls and...

At the playground

Forget the fancy, flashy restaurant with video games and dancing animal figures or tunnel slides. Forget movie videos, remote control cars and GameBoys. When...

The indispensible comfort item

Do yourself a favor. If your child has not already attached to a special stuffed animal, blanket or small toy, keep offering one anyway...

When parenting drives you crazy

Being a good parent is hard, emotional work. When children won't cheerfully do something that is important for them to do — like holding...

Writing a college essay

"Every shoe has a story to tell and to know my shoes is to know me." So begins Chrissie Clemency's college essay. Now, if you...

Project Graduation

The answer: An all night, drug- and alcohol-free party for graduating seniors to celebrate together safely as a class for the last time after...

When it’s time for booster seats

Q: My child has outgrown the car seat but doesn't seem ready for a regular seat belt. Is there something else I should use?...

Removing a pool fence

Q: We'd like to remove our pool fence once our kids get a bit older. When is it safe to take it down? There's no...

It’s so frustrating!

Frustration hits and toddlers and preschoolers often dissolve. They wanted red cups; you gave them the blue. The pony tail is not high enough,...

Understanding scoliosis

I was 19 years old, sitting in an examining room at Student Health feeling miserable, trying to focus on the chest x-rays on the...

Not your grandma’s cloth diapers

Gone are the days of sharp diaper pins and hot, sweaty plastic pants. Your grandma would be jealous of today’s hip, stylish, convenient cloth...

Parenting hacks: How to keep toddlers busy — without screens

If you are 2 or 3 or 4, what are you interested in doing? You really like hiding in boxes and popping out to...

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