Category: Childcare Advice

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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,...

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Parenting Now and Then

Now that I am a parent there are so many things I can appreciate about my parents that I just didn’t before. I even find myself using a lot of the same phrases and techniques that my mother did. Things like “Don’t make me come in there!” and “Change that look on your face or it...

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Note or Conference? Communicating With Your Child’s Teacher

In today’s society, it is no longer acceptable for parents/guardians to just walk into a classroom, unannounced and unexpected, to discuss their child’s progress in school. Currently, schools are run more like a business in that before you can see your child’s teacher, you must make an appointment. Not every circumstance requires a parent-teacher conference, though. There are...

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Kid-friendly Holiday Traveling

“Are we there yet?” “Mom, tell Sally to quit looking at me!” “If you kids don’t stop crying I’m going to pull over and give you something to cry about!” “Dad, he hit me!” Ah. Isn’t holiday travel with kids just so much fun? There are a few things we as parents can do to make the...