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Responses to Candace Cameron’s strict stance on social media and cell phones

Our June/July cover story on Candace Cameron Bure was picked up by People.com and touched off a firestorm from its online readers.  Here's what they had to say about Candace's strict stance on social media and cell phones:    Personally, I think it is a good idea for kids over a certain age to have...

Raising Mary: Junk Food – Avoiding It

BEWARE THE CHICKEN FINGER CREEP Stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper kept junk food away from her kids in the hopes that they wouldn’t develop a taste for it. That strategy worked – at least for a while. Chocolate chip cookies, chicken fingers, pizza. Sigh... Hamburgers, french fries, cake. Swoon.... Yes, although it...

Raising Davis: Junk Food – Friend or Foe?

Candy bowls are overflowing during special holidays at working mom Meghan Bradley's house, but closely guarded the rest of the year. I am hit by cupid on Valentine’s Day, enchanted by Easter and crazy about Christmas. I love holidays! The decor, the anticipation, the food and especially the treats. Holidays feel...

Mommy Laugh Track: Growth Opportunities

Summer vacation and playground politics reveal that sometimes the lessons learned outside the classroom are the ones that stick the most. You send your child to the schoolmaster, but ‘tis the schoolboys who educate him. –Ralph Waldo Emerson After a summer off from formal education, it can be hard for kids to...

Learning From People Who Work With Kids

1 FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS Catherine McCulloch, an early childhood educator, in Burlington, Ont., for 15 years, says that children thrive on consistency and routine because they know what to expect and what’s going to happen next. Give kids fair warning: Don’t spring a command on them. If you...

Volunteers and Their Children

Other kids benefit when you volunteer to coach a team, lead a club or help out in class, but how does your kid feel? If you have a school-aged child, you’ve met The Volunteer. Perhaps you volunteer. Perhaps you coach a sports team, volunteer in a classroom, teach Sunday School...

Rainy day outside activities

Rain does not stop the fun!,” says Lisa Horn, girls’ camp director of Ontario Pioneer Camp, a residential camp for kids age five and up in Muskoka, Ontario’s cottage country. “Last summer in particular we had quite a few rain days and one of my best memories was an...

Mommy Laugh Track: Home Tweet Home

Parent bloggers - especially moms - find the online world an ideal place to vent about their kids We’ve all heard the term “Democratic Parenting”, which to the best of my knowledge involves allowing the children to have a voice in making their own decisions… otherwise known as Chaos and...

Raising Davis: Privacy

I’LL BE IN MY OFFICE… Working mom Meghan Bradley’s sanctuary is behind the closed door of her bathroom. Remember the Brady Bunch? If you watched some of the reruns you’d remember that no one in the Brady family was allowed to disturb Mike Brady when he was working in his office....

Raising Mary: Privacy

WHEN YOUR KIDS HAVE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS Our stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper is starting to rethink the open-door policy on her bathroom. I don’t bother locking the bathroom door very often when I’m at home alone with my girls. When I do, my two-year-old dissolves into a tantrum, throwing herself against the...

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