Jun 30

Yes, you read right.  Kids who eat candy weigh less than kids who don’t.  At least that’s what a study from the United States Department of Agriculture and Louisiana State University says.   The study did find, however, that kids aren’t eating well at all.  The bottom line: don’t run out and give your child M&Ms for dinner, but a handful here and there won’t hurt.  Read more about the study here.


Jun 30

Let’s face it: whining children are annoying.  There’s no nice way to put it.  No matter how much you love your kids, when they start whining, it drives you insane.  Well, guess what?  Now there is scientific evidence out there that proves it’s annoying.  Two professors had adults do a series of math problems while listening to various noises, one of which was whining children.  Of all the noises, whining children won, hands down, as the one that made it harder for the adults to complete the math problems.  I guess it’s official now.


Jun 30

This week, on the basis of free speech, a California law that banned children from buying video games was ruled against by the Supreme Court. While most parents agree with the decision, citing that the decision is one parents should make, not the government, a few people believe it is just an extra safety precaution and the ruling was out of line.  What do you think?


Jun 30

Bed wetting can be a very common occurrence when you have young children and most parents just assume it comes with the territory.  But the American Academy of Family Physicians has something else to say about the matter.  According to the medical group, bed wetting can be a much more serious issue.  From hormonal imbalances to stress, if your child is wetting the bed, you may want to have some of these conditions checked out.


Jun 30

When you think of James Patterson, kids’ books may not be what comes to mind but, recently, the world-famous author released one on the same day his latest adult novel was released.  Patterson claims he is trying to encourage children to read, but critics say he is just trying to sell more books.  What do you think?  Is Patterson’s children’s book, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life a smart marketing move for the writing superstar or a tool for encouraging children’s literacy?


Jun 29

It’s the time of year when everyone is feeling patriotic, so what better to do than make some patriotic crafts?  Chances are, you’re spending the holiday weekend with your family, so why not get the whole family involved?  It’s also a great idea if your fun outdoor plans get rained out.  From penny pendants to popsicle flags to patriotic suncatchers, there are several great ideas here for you to make this Fourth of July.


Jun 29

They are calling them “Dachelor” Parties.  It’s when a man and his buddies get together and have a party before he becomes a father.  It doesn’t involve silly baby shower games or petit fours; instead it involves beer and probably a sporting event or two.  Some are calling it only fair, as expecting moms are given a baby shower, but some are calling it an excuse to go out and party.  What do you think?


Jun 28

The Toy Story movie franchise from Pixar has become quite popular over the last decade, but with the last storyline in Toy Story 3, many believed it would be the last sequel.  Guess again.  Actor Tom Hanks, who provides a voice for the character “Woody” in the films, says he hears there’s a fourth one coming our way in the future.   Pixar hasn’t confirmed the rumor, but it will certainly be interesting to keep an eye out for!


Jun 28

Many people believe a vegan diet is very healthy, but good luck convincing your kids to try it!  Vegan food doesn’t exactly sound exciting or yummy.  Fortunately, there’s a new book on the market, Vegan Family Meals by Ann Gentry, that strives to help kids enjoy vegan food.  Gentry even offers some tips for getting your kids to eat the food – from “don’t over-explain it” to making sure dishes are offered in a variety of textures and colors.


Jun 28

There’s a camp in Philadelphia where kids are leaning how to knit, and it’s more than meets the eye.  Some parents may see the art as silly or frivolous, but as an WPVI reporter points out, kids are learning more than how to make scarves and sweaters.  Math, motor skills and hand-eye coordination are just some of the skills kids use.  And if you think the camp is just for girls, guess again: about a quarter of all members are boys.  Something else to think about…


Jun 28

Summer is a fun time for families – the kids are out of school, you often go on vacation, and overall, things become a little more laid back.  But lack of structure and too much together time can also put a strain on a family.  With this in mind, parenting expert Diana Boggia has come up with some ideas for parents who want to keep things sane during the summer – from assigning jobs to creating schedules, there is something here for every family.


Jun 28

When your baby starts moving from being fed to feeding herself, finger foods are often one of the first steps.  They’re important for your baby to learn some independence and can make your life a little bit easier too.  Of course, babies don’t always take to this new activity the way you’d like them to.  What can you do to help them along?  Here are ten tips for introducing finger foods.


Jun 27

Actress Courtney Cox has talked about how much her six year old daughter enjoys fashion and beauty and the little girl was recently spotted out with her mom wearing a little bit of red lipstick.   The picture has sparked quite the debate at People Magazine’s Celebrity Baby Blog.  The question: is six years old too young for make-up?  If so, when should little girls be allowed to play with mom’s make-up or have some of their own?   What do you think?  Is make-up for little girls harmless dress-up or growing up too fast?


Jun 26

It’s the time of year when you’re probably signing your kids up for summer camp.  Day camps are one thing, but what do you do when your child decides he wants to attend something that will have him away from home overnight, sometimes for a week or more?   One mom recently ran into this problem with her own young daughter and now she asks, “how young is too young for overnight camps?”


Jun 26

American Girl dolls have been around for a quarter of a century now, meaning several generations of girls have grown up with Molly, Samantha, Addy, Kaya and the rest.   Whether they owned the dolls, read the books, or visit the stores, little girls  and their moms have made American Girl Dolls into an American tradition.  Read more about the role the dolls have played in the lives of girls over the last few decades at the Washington Post.


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