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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...

Eye exams before kindergarten

Several states require eye exams prior to school enrollment, but Arizona is not among them, according to Jane Lynch, executive director of the American...

Television woes

A study in Pediatrics tells us that all kinds of television can be bad for children age 3 and younger because it increases the...

To tell or not to tell

If you haven't yet fielded questions like these from your tweens, you will. Invest some time now in thinking about how you'll respond. A...

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,...

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...

When Daddy’s in charge

When I took my 4-year-old daughter Ellis with me to visit my sister in Boston, it was more than an opportunity to look at...

INTERVIEW: Deborah Brewer

It is three days before the due date for her second child and less than a week since her family moved into their new...

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