Just as we’re recovering from Halloween, now something truly scary is about to happen: the election. It’s finally here, just one day away. For us grown-ups, the build-up to this moment has seemed to go on forever. But for our kids, it’s a whole different exper.... read more
Divorce is a foundation-shaking event for young children—that's the truth of the matter. But divorce is also a part of modern parenting, and census statistics make it clear that's a constant in our world as well. With an eye toward taking the topic both as seriously and as .... read more
I originally heard about The Dead Bird from a friend of mine who referenced it while helping her daughter understand the death of her pet goldfish. Written by everyone's favorite children's book author, Margaret Wise Brown, with pictures by Remy Charlip, it is the captivatin.... read more
"Never tilt your chair back on two legs." "Never bother a dog while it's eating." "Never put anything in your ear." These are just a few of the safety tips that Office Buckle does his best to impart to the children of the fictional town of Napville in Peggy Rathmann's Ca.... read more
The topsy-turvy process of divorce takes its toll on even the most resilient of adults, so we can only imagine that little people struggle even more to deal with the changes that the end of a marriage brings. When you're three, it can be hard to process the emotional landsca.... read more
It seems like just yesterday, my kids were babies, dependent on me for everything. But the past couple of weeks, we've celebrated them turning eleven and eight, and my how the times have changed. We are looking straight into the teen years, and for my daughter, we have j.... read more
If you're anything like me, you're read your fair share of books about parenting and childhood. Some of these books are helpful, and some may have made a real difference in your family's life. But few, I'd guess, have kept you up past your bedtime (especially since most of .... read more
Watching your child suffer or struggle and not knowing how to help is a terrible feeling. Parents whose kids have undiagnosed ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) experience this sense of helplessness a lot. They hear complaints from teachers, t.... read more
How do you feel about pink? (The color, not the singer.) If you have a daughter under the age of six, then perhaps your feelings are mixed. You think she looks awfully cute in her pink dresses and sweaters, and you know how much she enjoys all of her pink-clad dolls, .... read more
This article was originally published in May 2009, in the midst of the swine flu worries on the news. And while swine flu isn't the same as the tsunami devastation in Japan, many of the worries and questions from our children are the same. We thought this might be a good t.... read more
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