Category: Childcare Advice

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What’s In, What’s Out: Cleaning Out Your Children’s Clothes

Kids grow so fast that most of the time their drawers and closets are at least half full of clothes they can’t or won’t wear again. I swear it seems like every other month there is the same amount of clothing, but fewer wearable pieces. For my highly active 6-year-old, it’s generally due either to him...

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Warning: Shop with Your Children at Your Own Risk!

Have your kids ever done or said something that caused you to suddenly feel guilty about your own behavior as a child? Even as far as getting a sudden urge to pick up the phone and call your parents to apologize about said behavior? I recently had such an experience. For my birthday I received, among other wonderful presents, a...

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Trimming a Boy’s Bangs and Removing Excess Weight

There are some good reasons to cut your young son’s hair yourself. The most obvious is that it saves money. However, another equally important reason is that if your child is afraid of going to a salon, you can avoid all of the drama by cutting his hair at home. Home haircuts can be just as...

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To Spank Or Not to Spank

We’ve heard it said that if you spare the rod, you’ll spoil the child. Well, that’s the opposite of what a recent study suggests. Among parents, educators, and state legislators, the question of spanking has been controversial in recent years. This study suggests that spanking children between age 1 and 2 may be more detrimental than...

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The Costs and Benefits of Stem Cell Research

“Ultimately, it really all comes down to what’s more important: the resource or the results?” If you are anything like me, you were a bit clueless as to the importance of former President Obama signing the executive order to lift the ban on embryonic stem cell research. It sounded quite scientifically important, and several people were...

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St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts to do with Toddlers

Little kids love all holidays, even if they’re too young to understand the full meaning of these holidays yet. As the adult, you can help them to learn to enjoy every holiday, including St. Patrick’s Day, by teaching them simple and fun arts and crafts projects. 1. Handprint Shamrocks What you will need: -White paper -Green...

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Smarter Children Less Likely to Be Overweight?

Does being smarter keep you thinner? If so, I’m in trouble! A new study draws the conclusion that smarter children are less likely to be overweight. The research looked at 4-year-old children and followed them for two years. The researchers looked for  cognitive factors that would end up preventing obesity. The study showed that children at...

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Preparing Your High Schooler for College

There is a common misconception that preparation for college starts somewhere around Junior year in high school. This is when most students begin studying for and taking their college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. Then they check out schools and start the application process toward the end of the Junior year and over that summer. However,...