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    Parenthood is something that we are all part of whether we are parents ourselves or not. After all, we are someone else’s children. The purpose of this blog is to share information, commiserate, and find help within each other. We will discuss a variety of parenting topics from surviving a newborn, toddler development, schooling, dealing with all things teenager, and more. We welcome you take part in our parenting discussions to offer additional thoughts, opinions, and ideas for future blog entries.

  • Wondering Why Some Parents Have Postponed Vaccinations for Their Children?

    The recent measles outbreak has again stirred up the vaccination debate.

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    Getting Teenagers to Open Up

    Family dinner is a priority in our house. It's a great time to catch up and check in, but my boys are either tight-lipped or just way too silly at the dinner table to find out what's happening with them.

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    Watching My Boy Drive Away

    Guess who got a driver’s license last week? My son. Yes, he has grown up quite a bit since his third birthday, yet as I watched him get out of the car after his driver’s test I remembered him sitting in his first car.

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    Reflections on Unschooling

    John Holt coined the term “unschooling” to refer to learning that looks different from school. The term has taken on new connotations since his work in the 1970s.

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    Elite: Entering Into the World of Competition

    When is the right time for a child to enter into a competitive activity where skill and preparation matter?

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    How to Help Your Child Cope with Moving

    My husband and I have moved 13 times during our marriage. Some have been crosstown moves while others have been cross-country. Some have been eagerly anticipated while others have been unexpected.

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    Annoyed or Proud? A Parenting Conundrum

    Since my son has turned 13, parenting has seemed so much more difficult than I ever dreamed, with daily arguments over getting up, feeding the dogs, practicing the piano, and even attending family functions.

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    Saying Goodbye to Meg

    Cooper and I are snuggling; I am trying to get him to settle down and go to sleep despite the rumbles of thunder accompanying a rare summer storm. I wonder if he is aware of the fact that Meg is no longer with us.

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    The Benefits of Parenting Brain

    When I first became a mom, I noticed that I was in a fog. This mental fog was different from the teeming, sleep-deprived, caffeine-fueled mindset of my graduate school days.

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    Praise and Kids

    Should everyone get a trophy or a ribbon, just for showing up?  Does that little plastic trophy received at the end of the soccer season for laying on the sidelines looking at clouds enhance a child's self-esteem?

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    On Being a Single Parent

    I remember doing things. I remember being able to sit at my computer and amuse myself for hours at a time, reading, playing games. I remember having friends that I could see at any time.

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    From “Zombie Kid” to “Cooper”: Helping “Typical” Children Better Understand Their Special Needs Peers

    One of my favorite rituals is my morning walk to school with my son, Cooper. We park on a neighborhood street and walk the remaining quarter of a mile to his school. I enjoy this quiet time we have together.

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    Creative Play with Your Toddlers

    Some of the most memorable years in bringing up one’s children can be during those vastly creative and playful years when they are toddlers.

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    Kids Don’t Remember Teething—Parents Sure Do!

    The night my daughter’s first tooth came in represented my first epic fail as a parent. OK, that’s probably a tiny bit dramatic, but that’s what it felt like to me as a first-

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    Parenting and Going Back To School

    The thought of returning to school can be scary. Returning to school means less free time, less money, and more stress.

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    Doing Too Much?

    Before the last few weeks, I probably would have said that if everyone in your family is OK with how things are going, then you and your family probably have your calendar under control.

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    A Summer Reading Aloud

    When I found out I was pregnant, I must admit to being rather terrified. At age 34, I wanted this child, but I also worried that I would have no clue how to care for an infant.

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    Family Fitness

    Family fitness is a difficult topic at my house. My husband and I both hate to exercise, and for our 20s and 30s pretty much did not.

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    Sleep Training

    When my daughter Emily was born last September, I felt that it was important to keep her on a good schedule. I documented the different methods that I used to help Emily sleep over her first year.

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    Children and Music

    I have a confession. That black SUV you see on the way to golf camp in the morning? The one with Pitbull thumping out of the car? That’s my daughter.

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    Educational Apps? Yeah, They’re Fun!

    As a mom of two school age daughters who are both gamers like their daddy, I like to sneak in a bit of educational technology when I can.

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    The Parenting Zone

    It was another Saturday in my house. You could hear the parenting bouncing off the walls, a tone to make any kid stand up straight and quake with fear.

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    Waving the Parenting White Flag

    There are times where you survey life and realize you need to put out an S.O.S. – HELP! 

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    Welcome to Our Working Parents’ Blog!

    It’s safe to say that we have all, at one point or another experienced some kind of significant change in our lives.

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