Fun and Free for Kids: An elementary school teacher shares his top picks


Tricia Romano In today’s gadget-centric world, entertaining children can become a costly endeavor. But Todd Bohannon, a Seattle kindergarten and first-grade teacher, has a few tricks up his sleeve for engaging youngsters without spending a hefty chunk of change. Many of his recommendations can be done year-round, but parents might find them especially useful during […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Soleil Moon Frye debuts ‘Happy Chaos’ video

Soleil Moon Frye

Jenny Schafer We all loved her as Punky Brewster, the beloved TV character who reached the pinnacle of ’80s sitcom fame. These days, we can’t get enough of Soleil Moon Frye as the doting celeb mom, host of HerSay, Mommy Ambassador for Target and now as author of her new book “Happy Chaos.” And not […]

Hunger’s emotional effects on children

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Alfred Lubrano Children in poverty are more emotionally affected by a lack of food than was previously understood, new research shows. With food prices up nearly 5 percent over last year and the poor disproportionately hurt, children are noticing their parents skipping more meals to let their youngsters eat. That’s causing kids to speak up. […]

Baby sleep tricks: Five strategies for getting baby to sleep

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Kaitlin Stanford These clever strategies from baby sleep experts will help baby — and you — get a good night’s sleep. Is baby keeping you up at night? We had Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, the owners of Manhattan-based sleep consultancy Dream Team Baby, share how to maximize baby’s sleep time so that you can […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tori Spelling says ‘The third pregnancy is for sure harder’

Pregnant Tori Spelling and Family Go Shopping

Jenny Schafer What are the must-haves for summer 2011? Just ask celeb mom Tori Spelling. The actress and best-selling author has handpicked the products of the season which are all available at her new store InvenTORI in Sherman Oaks, Calif. and on her website, When she’s not searching out the hottest items, the expectant […]

A survival guide for parents of tween and teen girls


Arden Greenspan-Goldberg I am a N.Y.-based licensed psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience and mother of a now-grown daughter — Samara, 22. In order to help moms and daughters from my practice (as well as friends and family), I have come up with tips to help moms cultivate a respectful, strong connection with their […]

Don’t let your kids become obese: Nutrition program aims to educate parents on healthy foods


Lynn La In a classroom located in a part of town where a stem of broccoli sells for $2.49 and a pizza costs only three bucks more, parents are trying their best. They want to feed their kids healthier, home-cooked meals but have difficulty finding the time, money or resources to do so. At Kaiser […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

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Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, it escalates it. A reluctance to deal with conflict is hugely […]

New mommy regrets: Readers talk about what they wish they’d done differently in those first sleep-deprived days


Caitlin Brody Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, users of sound off on the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). And […]

How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]

Male mentors step up to fill the hole in children’s’ lives


Cathy Keen GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Desperately needed as youth mentors, some men are answering the call despite negative publicity about male transgressions that can keep them at arm’s length from children and teenagers, says a University of Florida researcher. Today’s high rates of divorce, single parenting and working mothers place a greater premium on men […]

Dad provides the legwork, and son is his partner in fun

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Blair Anthony Robertson There’s nothing to it, really. They get on their specially made bike, with their helmets, sunglasses and matching jerseys, and then they go, riding together mile after mile, the faster and farther the better. Dad, who is 59, pedals smoothly and efficiently while going 20 mph or more. His 30-year-old son sits […]

Summer fun and games: A couple of new toys to help fend off the summertime doldrums

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Disney FamilyFun magazine It’s bound to happen sometime during the summer break – no matter how overscheduled the kids seem – they will at some point begin to complain of boredom. That’s when you can break out these two items. You will be Hero Mom for fighting off the Monster of Dull, and they will […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Is spanking useful in raising children?

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Summer learning helps keep children’s minds sharp


Russell Anglin Clovis Municipal Schools teacher and mother of one, Gwyn Del Toro understands the importance of having her son Matthew hit the books before he starts kindergarten in the fall. She said Matthew has been an active library patron this summer. “He likes the ‘I Spy’ books but then we get a bunch of […]

Help kids stay safe in the pool this summer


Niesha Lofing I’ve done it more than once. My two preschool-age children are happily splashing around in the wading pool just outside the screen door to our backyard when something calls me inside. A ringing phone, a buzzing oven timer, a lemonade request from one of the kids. I dart into the house to fetch […]

The death of the living room


Kristen Jordan Shamus The grand shuffle is in full swing. To make way for a new member of the family, a big change was in order. My home office, which doubled as a spare room, was dismantled to become our older daughter’s bedroom. Julia got to keep the queen-size spare bed with the caveat that […]