Password: Hope

Following the wise advice of Dad Extraordinaire, Jim Silver (link to his page here), this year for the holidays we had the kids make up a list for Santa of all the things they wanted. As you might suspect,...

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Hiding Place

As my kids get older, I'm learning that where the grown-ups were once in control setting rules, now virtually any situation can occasion high-level negotiations. Even when it comes to rules we think we have established, we can still...

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That’s… Really NOT Okay

I love children's books and everything about the moments I get to share with my kids while reading to them, and now, them reading to me. (*sigh*...How fast they grow.) I love that, "Just ONE more book, Mommy…please?!!" are the...

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Gender-Appropriate Play

There's been some controversy around a recent J.Crew ad that has generated a lot of chatter about gender-appropriate play for kids, and what role parents should have in defining those boundaries. The ad featured their style director painting her...

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To Chaperone, or Not to Chaperone

My daughter's First Grade class is learning about the neighborhood we live in via short field trips to local businesses and public spaces. Each of these excursions requires several chaperones. A 1:3 grown up to kid ratio, in fact....

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Mom Behaving Badly

Last night my 3-year old son was telling me a story about his sledding adventures that afternoon, when an alert went off on my Blackberry, notifying me of a new message. So I did the thing I've been trained...

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Straight From the Mouth of… Parents

I work with a lot of parents and have reported on a lot of parenting issues that have conflicting points of view. Through both of those exercises, I've learned that there is no "right" way to tackle parenting…there’s just...

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Holiday Toy Shopping Tips

I never thought I’d be the one to jolt parents into a shopping frenzy…but after a few years of last-minute shopping blitz experience under my belt, I’ve decided to act on my biggest New Years resolution for 2010. It’s...

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Halloween Safety

Kids love Halloween…and what’s not to love? They get to dress up, eat candy, explore with their friends and stay up late. But we want to make sure they’re safe while having all that fun…and do our part to help...

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Preparing Your Child – and You – For The First Sleepover

First sleepovers can be a nerve-racking experience for kids and parents alike, but an open line of communication between all involved parents can instill peace of mind and ensure that the child feels secure in their biggest - and...

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