A Household Word

LGBT Parenting: We are at a university Open House, in an auditorium with dozens of other parents and their high school seniors. The college is hundreds of miles away from our home. It’s a beautiful campus in a quintessential college town with hip coffee shops, Thai restaurants and lots of kids who look like they stepped out of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog. Read more…

Special Needs

Child Development: Jump into your suit, grab your coffee and leave for work! This daily ritual takes on a very literal meaning if you choose to work in the water with children on the autism spectrum. Read more…

Read the Writing on the Wall

Safety:  Kids as young as fourth grade are routinely lying about their age to open Facebook accounts. Read more…

Split Moms

Work & Family: Life in the 21st century continues to change our lives in many ways and parenting is no exception. Enter the growing trend known as Split Moms – moms who have older children but are now having babies who are at least 10 years younger than their older siblings. Read more…

Ask The Specialist (May 2011)

Safety: The upcoming summer months offer plenty of time for children to enjoy outdoor recreational activities and athletic programs. While all this exercise is wonderful for growing minds and bodies, parents must be vigilant to make sure their children do not put themselves at risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Read more…

Health Notes (May 2011)

Nutrition:  I remember clearly the day my daughter’s dentist said it was probably time for her to get braces. “She’s only 9-years-old! Braces are for teenagers!” I objected. “They start kids earlier now and usually do two phases of treatment,” he said. Read more…

Education (May 2011)

Technology: Consider the proverb April showers bring May flowers. That pretty much sums up spring and its wacky weather patterns. With this unpredictable weather come clouds –cumulus, cirrus and stratus – and a chance for savvy parents to teach their kids about an aspect of nature that doesn’t always receive its due. The Cloud Appreciation Society contends, “Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked. They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.” Read more…

Out & About (May 2011)

Let's Go To...(May 2011)

Good Stuff (May 2011)

Entertainment: Your little flower is always in bloom with this oversized headband. The flower is six inches in diameter and features a rhinestone in the center. Available in pink and purple. $12. www.peekabookids.com. Photo courtesy of peekabookids.com Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (May 2011)

Safety: Most girls love gorgeous, freshly painted nails. However, most don’t love the smell of the harsh chemicals that can leave you feeling light-headed. And if the idea of painting your daughter’s nails with these chemicals and then watching her inevitably stick her fingers in her mouth makes you cringe, these water-based, eco-friendly and fabulous polishes may be perfect for your family! Read more…

Editor's Note (May 2011)

Work & Family: You’ve probably heard the saying “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the words painted onto cute wooden signs at craft fairs. I can tell you that I’ve never purchased one, but maybe I should. I could use a reminder that my happiness counts. Read more…

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