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Helping tweens, teens (and parents!) survive braces

Do you have a cranky tween or teen in braces? They’ll probably thank you some day, but for now their life in braces can...

Growing a child’s relationship with nature

By Larissa Gaias and Mary Anne Duggan If we want children to be better stewards of the natural world, we need to actively help them...

How to support military families

Angela Carmean is due any day. And while the Marine Corps spouse looks perfectly stylish with a burgeoning belly and glowing skin, her pregnancy...

National Park Service children’s music CD gets kids thinking about the environment

Here's a fun way to get kids thinking about the environment. “Songs for Junior Rangers,” a National Park Service CD, features 20 catchy tunes...

What it means to be family

My staff needed a quick consult during a week when I was out of town. As the text message popped up on my phone,...

Valentine’s Day unplugged

I made it through the winter holidays and I don’t plan to commemorate Cupid by caving. I refuse to buy a Nintendo DS, iPod...

Give me back my vote!

I had a moment of entrepreneurial exasperation yesterday that has me seriously regretting my "yes" vote on Proposition 100. The measure, which passed easily on...

Sandra Day O’Connor: Cyber civics from an irrefutable source

Since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired from her seat on the Supreme Court in 2006, life’s been busy. Recently, the Arizona native has been...

“Finding Susie” is Sandra Day O’Connor’s newest pet project

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on a cattle ranch surrounded by open desert, cattle and wildlife. So does the Sandra...

Ryan House – Palliative care for kids, respite for weary families

Most parents know the feeling — the mixture of anticipation and guilt at the prospect of a vacation without the kids. You work hard...

Q&A: Foot problems

Q: We know a family whose children always seem to have foot problems. Is this something most families will deal with at some point?...

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...