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A Dad Shares 15 Parenting Secrets

All advice should be taken with a grain of salt, although experience is a great teacher. My parents passed some thoughts on to me while others were learned along the way. Maybe some of them will be useful to you. 1 Teach your children to make eye contact with the...

Balancing a Second Child

READY FOR SECONDS?    Is it time to start balancing another child? Adding a second child more than doubles the workload and the jump to two kids is the most trying, be prepared for some starling changes to your life. BALANCING ACT         Richard Wutzke, a financial planner, remembers the shock when...

Barenaked Dads Exposed

When you think about the family lives of the Barenaked Ladies, you probably think the most challenging part of parenting would be finding time at home. We thought that, too. We were, however, happily surprised to learn that Steve, Ed, Kevin, Jim and Tyler all have not only found...

Ask Dr. Marla: ADHD

Question: My nine-year-old son is on medication for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), after pressure from his school. He has settled down but hes not the same exuberant kid he was before. Could we be over-medicating him? Answer: I have a question for you. How were the diagnosis and treatment decisions made? The diagnosis of ADHD is...

Ask Dr. Marla: Germs

Q. Is dirt harmful? My husband wants to set up a sandbox for our two-year-old, but I am concerned that it could be full of dangerous germs, even if we cover it at night. A. How complicated such a simple question can be! To answer this I turned to my...

Ask Dr. Marla: Postpartum Depression

Q. I had a baby two months ago and I love him so much, but I’m wondering if I’m experiencing baby blues or postpartum depression. I feel sad all of a sudden and just burst into tears. I feel neglected, rejected and unloved by my husband who used to...

Raising Mary: Thoughts on Housework

Raising Mary Thoughts From a Stay at Home Mom My mother likes housework. In her retirement, she cleans the homes of my cousins for spare change and scrubs pots at my house when she isn’t playing with my 21-month-old daughter. How am I her child? But still, the housework does need to...

What Pets Can Teach Kids

It is only recently that science has caught up with Benchley and demonstrated that there are many things that children can learn from living with a pet – particularly with a dog or a cat. There seems to be a natural attraction that draws young children to pets. Companion...

An 11-year-old visits Orlando

Editor’s note: Not a word was changed from Jason’s diary. Only typing and spelling were corrected. DAY 1 - I was so, so, so excited when my Mom told me that we were going to Orlando. I just wanted to scream. And on the plane ride to Orlando, I was...

Grandma’s View: Say Thanks to Grandma

I HAVE A FEW LITTLE CONCEITS when it comes to wooing my grandchildren. I unashamedly admit that I want them to want to be with me. I want their faces to light up when they see me. I want them to occasionally phone – just to keep in touch...

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