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  • Love
    Why do we work hard at getting relationships, and then stop?
    Why do we work hard at getting relationships, and then stop?Many of us work hard at finding love: a romantic partner; or we think we really want children, and some of us work very hard at getting pregnant. Some of us get pregnant without thinking...
  • 8 pieces of advice for kids
    8 pieces of advice for kids
    Dear LA Teacher,I know you’re a grandpa, a dad, as well as an educator. What pieces of advice would you give to your children and students for our modern times?Curious GrandmaDear Curious Grandma,When my youngest daughter, Koren, graduated...
  • Baby Wipes
    Sam's Club removes baby wipes from shelves
    Though not officially recalled by the FDA, Sam's Club pulled all packages of its Simply Right brand baby wipes from store shelves nationwide and made them unavailable for purchase through their website this week.According to a letter sent to...
  • Discipline
    Video of teen being punished for not respecting teacher is raising questions
    Some have called it an example of tough love and effective parenting. Others seeit as child abuse. You can decide for yourself after watching the Facebook video on this page, which has goneviral.In it a teen who failed to show proper respect for...
  • Ebola infection quickly hits the news
    Talking to teens about Ebola: Ensuring adolescent angst doesn't go unchecked
    We live in a world in which we are pretty plugged in whether we would like to be or not. Teens today cannot avoid the masses of information that comes their way on a daily basis. Even if your teen lacks a smart phone or a laptop, rest assured he...
  • Halloween pumpkin scarecrow
    Celebrate Halloween absolutely free with kids
    Are you tired of passing out bags and bags of expensive candy every Halloween? How about those costumes? They get pricier every year, don't they? Want your house to be the scariest on the block without spending any cash? Believe it or not, you...
  • Is your child constantly seeking attention?
    Is your child constantly seeking attention?
    (Q) My husband and I work full-time and have three children in elementary school. They are constantly seeking attention and we try to give them our best, but they always demand more. I know all kids seek attention, but it is getting out of hand....
  • Mom Arm
    Disconnected parents
    There's a disconnect in parent's today. We watch the news and are rightfully horrified in stories that read, 'Mom leaves infant in hot car while she enjoys casino, baby dead,' 'Dad isn't watching toddler at zoo and boy...
  • Tuition Bill
    10 Universities with the least expensive out of state tuition
    Not all colleges are overpriced and some will fit nicely within the budget constraints of parents, according to a US News and World Report article published on October 14, 2014.Tuition growth is slowing, but for parents of high school students...
  • askable parent
    7 steps to becoming an askable parent
    Although it may feel like your teen is pushing you away, and chances are he is, he needs your love, acceptance and guidance now more than ever. But many parents struggle to break through their teen's attitude and posturing, and even give up...
  • Parenting lessons learned from the Virginia Children's Book Festival
    Parenting lessons learned from the Virginia Children's Book Festival
    Whether your child is a toddler or teen, an avid reader or a reluctant reader, the key to raising a child who loves reading is choosing the right reading material. Each child is different and what works for one may not work for another.The...
  • How do you rate as a parent?
    How do you rate as a parent?
    Somewhere around 7 to 9 years of age, a child begins to evaluate their parents/caregivers. The manner by which a child rates their parents/caregivers depends partly on the standards their parents/caregivers use in evaluating people, and partly on...
  • Teen Halloween: How to avoid a night of fright
    Teen Halloween: Quick tips to avoid a night of fright
    Halloween is a night of fantasy and fun, tricks and treats. As your kids get older however, they put away their treat bags and tend to opt for more exciting Halloween adventures. In order to avoid a night full of fright, it is important to talk...
  • Running pays for good body composition
    FORE Score and Accurate Body Composition Feedback
    When it comes to body composition change there are six possible scenarios including:1. A Participant can gain body fat (body comp deteriorates)2. A Participant can lose body fat (body comp improves)3. A Participant can gain muscle mass (body comp...
  • Phone call from friends
    Parenting advice from a friend: 7 things a parent can say to empower their child
    Many years ago I met a woman at a conference in Florida. I watched as she interacted with her husband and could see the same type of love and respect I was working on building within my own relationship. I wrote about it here.As the years have...