Becky LaFollette

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Five Reasons Time is the Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids

Richard Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab reports that the enormous tsunami-spawning earthquake off Japan last year not only shifted the planet’s …

Parenting

How to Keep Night Terrors in Children at Bay so the Whole Family Can Sleep

13 tips for handling night terrors<p>Dr. Markham offers these tips for parents:<p><b>1. Do try to keep calm yourself.</b> It is likely that your child is not …

Born to Learn

Is Your Child Ready to Read? A Checklist

We live in a culture deeply devoted to getting its citizens to read at the earliest possible age. Whether it’s flashcards, alphabet-focused toys, …

50 Of The Best Kids' Books Published In The Last 25 Years

Little kids may insist you read the same books over and over at bedtime (sometimes more than once in the same night), but that doesn't mean you can't stop trying to add variety to the mix. This new list, compiled by Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that advocates for literacy, and book …

Parenting | Carol Tuttle

18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children

All of us that have children have too many toys scattered throughout the house. No matter how diligent we are at keeping them at bay, it seems to be …

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?"<p>And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot.<p>AND I WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT!!!!<p>Or at least get a full sentence. …

How to Handle Child Temper Tantrums

How to Handle Temper Tantrums: Coaching Kids to Calm Down<p>When I answered the phone, I heard the shrieks immediately. It was obvious that a child was …

Parenting | Carol Tuttle

Fall Crafts: Playing with Leaves and Twigs

There are so many wonderful things that happen in the Fall: the crisp air, the apple cider, the glowing trees. But my favorite part may be all the …

Good News! 3 Out of 4 Kids Eat Fruits, Veggies Daily

Consider it an old wives' tale that kids turn their noses up at fruits and veggies. The Centers for Disease Control just released the results of a health survey, that shows that more than 75 percent of kids eat fruit daily, while a whopping 92 percent got at least one helping of veggies every …

Kids School Lunches - Questions Parents Have

01 of 05<p>Should I pack a lunch or buy?<p>Before we can decide much else about our child’s school lunch first we have to answer the age-old question: bag …

Kids

Healthy Snacks: Quick tips for parents

Try these healthy snack ideas.<p>Make “ants on a log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins).<br>• Add fruit (fresh, frozen, dried, or canned) to fat-free or …

Healthy Eating

10 back-to-school books for first-day fears

With the school year looming ever closer, first day nerves might be starting to appear in your household. You and your little one can calm those …

Children's bedtime stories on the wane, according to survey

A bedtime story used to be a way for children and parents to bond at the end of the day, but the tradition has undergone a dramatic decline in a single generation.<p>A poll of 2,000 mothers with children aged 0-7 years, carried out by the clothing and homeware retailer Littlewoods, highlighted the …