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11 clever ways to utilise narrow spaces in your home

It doesn't matter how large your home is, there will be some narrow, hard-to-use spots that drive you wild. However, don't fret! We've found some …

11 Basic Manners Kids Often Forget

Even if it takes a few reminders, encourage your child to be more mindful of some basic etiquette.<p>Over the eight years that I've been an etiquette expert, and the 12 years that I've been a parent, I've seen children of all ages make similar mistakes when it comes to manners. A lot of these mistakes …

Kids

L.A. literacy program unites families, boosts kids' reading skills

It's bath, book and bed for 5-year-old Nathan Flores. No TV. His parents learned the importance of routine and reading when they began taking him to a local family literacy program two years ago.<p>Now, a sibling is on the way. Leslie Flores, Nathan's mother, said the program would be great for the …

U.S. classrooms prepare for flood as migrants become pupils

The record flood of Central American children crossing the U.S. border is stretching funds and setting off improvisation at public schools.<p>While politicians spend the summer fighting over how to turn back the tide, school leaders across the country are struggling to absorb a new student population …

Immigration

Working Mothers: Lean In But Don't Tip Over

This is a year of special occasions. We are celebrating 35 years of <i>Working Mother</i> magazine. Imagine! And in just six months, my family will be celebrating my daughter Julia's wedding to Matt Vernon. I was surprised when Julia Rose got engaged -- surprised on a generational level: I was 33 when I …

9 Tips That Helped Me Beat My iPhone Addiction

I consider myself to be a particularly hands-on stay-at-home mom of three. I rarely miss a pick-up or drop-off at school. I eat with the kids almost every meal. I chaperone their field trips, attend their school chapels, and try to be a shout away from them at home. But I do all of it holding my …

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Five Ways to Nurture Talent (Without Being a Psycho Parent)

<b>Learn more about The Talent Code here.</b><p>Pop quiz for parents: When you see the word wisdom, which of the following people come to mind:<p>A) Socrates<p>B) Thomas Jefferson<p>C) Oprah Winfrey<p>D) Yourself<p>Whatever answer you chose, it was probably not (D). Because the truth is, being a parent these days does not …

Associated Press News

The Most Important 10 Minutes of a Child's Day

In previous posts, I have discussed the importance of positive emotions in child development and offered some suggestions for how we can strengthen positive feelings in our children's lives -- how we can engage children's interests, nurture a spirit of kindness and generosity, support their …

Building Our Future: Top Toys That Empower Young Girls

When I was growing up, I was not raised the way my mom was. While my<p>grandparents wanted their daughters to find wonderful husbands, my parents taught my sister and I that an education and a career should come first and the husband would come sometime down the road. Both of us took that route (and …

Simplicity Parenting

• <b>Author:</b> Kim John Payne & Lisa M. Ross<p>Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now …

Hands-On Toys Help Kids Prep For School And Life, Research Says

BY ALLISON BOND<p>NEW YORK Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:21pm EDT<p>(Reuters Health) - Blocks, puzzles and other hands-on toys that have long been mainstays of children's play are still best at teaching some skills needed for success, according to a research review.<p>Although so-called "screen-based" entertainment - …

Sheryl Sandberg Launches 'Ban Bossy' Campaign to Empower Girls to Lead

Can banning one school-yard word really change the world? Sheryl Sandberg says yes.<p>Sandberg -- the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of …

Lunch Letters: The Little Things We Can Do to Brighten Our Child's Day

I'm a sap, I admit it. I love my children with every cell in my body and I would move heaven and earth to help them.<p>While making lunches for my 7- and 8-year-old every day, I almost always include a small note. It isn't anything fancy, just a little piece of paper that tells each of my children how …

5 Secrets Of Super-Happy Parents With Well-Behaved Kids

Parenting from your child's point of view means shifting your orientation, and seeing the world from a new perspective. Instead of understanding your child from a "top-down" adult position, think and look at the world as if you were their age and size. It's something I think about every day as the …

Five Ways to Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship with Technology—and You

<b>By Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.</b><p>Photo: Claire Holt<p><i>Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D., author of</i> The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age<i>.</i><p>The single most important relationship in your child's life is the one she finds with you. What happens when you add a …

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

When you're a parent — even when you're a miserably sleep-deprived parent — sometimes magical things happen in the dead of night. Jennifer Senior's son was 1 month old when, during a late-night feeding, he looked directly at her and cooed. "It was this recognition, like 'Oh, you're my mom,' " she …

Single-Sex Education Does Not Improve Girls' Self-Esteem, Math Achievement: STUDY

Do students really learn better when separated by gender? New research indicates that they do not.<p>Study results released this week by the American Psychological Association found that students do not perform better in math, science or verbal subjects when they attend single-sex schools, or …

Readers' Best Ideas for Birthday Traditions

Our readers' best creative birthday traditions.<p>Write a Magical Message<p>My kids wake up to a note and a picture on their bathroom mirror from the Birthday Fairy. She uses a bar of soap to write "Happy Birthday" and draw a picture that represents something they are interested in at the time. The kids …

Kids

30+ Easy Paper Crafts for Kids

Jump-start your child's creativity with these simple crafts made from all varieties of colorful paper.<p>Transform leftover cardboard into a menagerie of animals and get ready to monkey around together!<p><b>What You'll Need:</b> Animal templates, corrugated cardboard, craft paint, paintbrush, pipe cleaners, …

Crafting

Parents sinking some kids with their puffed-up praise, study finds

Moms and dads who bathe kids in exaggerated flattery to boost low self-esteem are stifling the very children they hope to elevate, a new study shows.<p>In experiments involving groups of about 1,000 adults and 500 children, scientists found that kids who self-identified as lacking confidence shied …

88 Books That Teach Important Lessons

A Picture Book of Helen Keller (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler tells readers that we are all different with different abilities but are …

How Birth Order Affects Your Child's Personality and Behavior

Whether you're firstborn, middle child, last-born, or only child, birth order can have a big effect on your personality and behavior.<p>"The one thing you can bet your paycheck on is the firstborn and second-born in any given family are going to be different," says Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist who …

Psychology

Welcome to Dinovember

A month-long imagination invasion.<p>Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children that, while they sleep, their …

Kids

18 Easy Christmas Ornaments to Make With Kids

Get your family crafting this holiday season: These easy handmade Christmas ornaments are sure to keep everyone busy until Santa arrives.<p>Place 3/4- to 1 1/4-in. beads from a craft store onto thick pipe cleaners, folded in half so kids can easily hold while painting them. Remove pipe cleaners. …

Christmas Ornaments

The 20 Best Snacks for Kids

Toss out the junk food and start making snack time fun again! See how these 20 kid-friendly ingredients can turn into healthy homemade snacks. Try the low calorie snack recipes that will keep your kids happy and healthy.<p>1 of 24<p>10 Smart Snacks For Kids<p>1 of 24<p>2 of 24<p>Whole Grain Cereal<p>2 of 24<p>Tina …

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