One-Minute Parent

Best Age for a Cell Phone

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The pressure’s on parents to supply cell phones earlier and earlier … but is that best? Every child wants a cell phone and they’re wanting them earlier than ever, it seems. But you’re no dummy: Giving a cell phone to any child is giving him immediate, unparented freedom, so you know you’ve got to be… Read more »

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Nix Fighting, Spare Kids

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Arguing parents happen, it’s a fact of life, and many parents will argue in front of their kids. Only think twice if you’re fights escalate in front of kids. While “good” arguing can help them learn how to resolve conflict constructively, “bad” arguing can show kids how to really mess up a relationship, and leave them emotionally… Read more »

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Tips for Test-Taking Success

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Help for kids and ALL that test taking. Kids need to learn good study skills for test taking and often this comes from what happens at home. Here are great tips from Ann K. Dolin, tutor and author of Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework • Be in touch with the teacher…. Read more »

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Hearing In Utero

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New research shows that expectant moms can stimulate their baby’s brain even when he’s in utero. Should you be talking, reading and singing to that baby in your belly? Yes! Moms who talk, sing and coo to their babies in the womb actually play a part in shaping their baby’s brain, according to research newly… Read more »

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Send Pacifiers to the Binky Fairy!

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A sweet idea from a local mom who helped her daughter give up her beloved foofy. You see them everywhere: toddlers cruising grocery store aisles with pacifiers in their mouths.  Those adored things are security blankets for children … and they’re great for infants and babies … but when a child develops a lengthier dependency… Read more »

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Stranger Danger Tips

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Keep your kids safe by giving them empowering tools to use when you’re not around.   According to police statistics, thousands of missing person reports are filed annually. This number includes runaways and kidnappers of both youth and adults, but it is the youngest among us who need to learn how to protect themselves from… Read more »

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Supporting Friendships in Kids

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Kids vary widely in the number of friends they have and the depth of their experiences together. Your role is to be there for your child through the ups and downs of his relationships. “I hate Maddie!” little Jenny blurted out driving home from school one day. “She thinks my hair is ugly, and now… Read more »

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