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When to Worry About Your Child's Worries

It's normal for kids to be anxious from time to time, but how can you know whether your child's worries are cause for concern? Here are smart suggestions from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.<p>All kids have fears. Your baby may panic if a stranger picks her up. Your toddler may be afraid of …

Depression

12 Finger Foods That Don't Come From a Box

Skip highly processed finger foods for these natural, nutritious bites babies and toddlers will love to get their hands on.<p>Forget the mush and surprise your baby with a new taste and texture by offering whole peas. Green peas can be steamed, boiled, or simply offered frozen. Aside from wonderful …

Peas

The Simple Way Dads Can Influence Their Daughters To Be Ambitious

If dads want their daughters to pursue less traditionally gender-stereotypical careers, they'd better get to cooking and cleaning, a new study suggests.<p>The study, which will be published in the next issue of <i>Psychological Science,</i> concludes that it isn't enough for dads to just speak about gender …

5 Delicious Meatless Meals

Meatless meals don't have to be boring. In her new cookbook Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals, author and mom Dina Cheney serves up colorful, delicious dishes perfect for families who want to eat well, vegetarian or not.<p>Sautéed zucchini and smoked mozzarella stand in for …

Cooking

Secrets to Cleaning with Kids

15 ways to make helping out fun and easy for kids (really!).<p>"Cleaning the house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing," the comedienne Phyllis Diller once said. But though it can be challenging to keep things clean, neat, and orderly when you've got …

Kids

13 Things All Men Should Know About Pregnant Women

When it comes to dealing with pregnant women, I'm no expert. Hell, I still don't even know how to figure out women in general. In fact, I'm the antithesis of an expert. Luckily for you, I've made just about every single stupid mistake and placed my foot so far in my mouth during my wife's …

Pregnancy

My Daughter Has a BAD Attitude!

<i>My 10-year-old daughter has started using a sassy tone with me whenever I ask her to do something like clear the table or turn off the TV. Her teacher and friends' parents tell me that she has wonderful manners but these days, she is often rude to me. Even if it is just the age, I don't think she</i> …

Parenting

Parents vs. Legos

I love Legos.<p>I love how they can hold my kids' attention for 20+ minutes at a time, sometimes even longer. I love how my son intensely follows the directions to create fantastically-complicated Lego masterpieces, often within minutes of receiving them as a birthday or Christmas gift. I love how my …

Lego

Playing With Baby: Get Moving

A great way to encourage Baby to move is to surround him with toys on the floor. Here are some ideas to get your munchkin interested in crawling around.<p>Great way to play with your baby is just right on the floor with them. To have them down on the floor playing with toys really allows them to use …

Parenting

Guiding Teens: How Much Is Too Much?

<i>Written by Rosemary Strembicki</i><p>I recently received an email from my best friend from high school and I found myself flooded with crystal-clear memories of those times. And not only the memories, but the feelings that came with every new endeavor at that age.<p>I so often get preoccupied with the …

The Power of a Small Note

I blame my husband. He started them thinking about the notes.<p>One afternoon my 4-year-old girl asked why I hadn't put a note in her lunch.<p>"What?"<p>"Daddy puts notes in our lunch."<p>He'd been leaving notes on napkins when making their lunches in the morning: <i>Have a great day. I love you. Love, Daddy.</i><p>When …

Parenting

Why I Won't Be Sending My Child to Preschool... Yet

From feeding talk, to sleep talk, to baby-proofing talk, the talk at the mommy table has now transitioned to preschool talk. It seems like all the good parents have applied to half-a-dozen top-notch preschools in the area.<p><i>What languages do they offer? Do they have Mandarin-immersion? Full-time?</i> …

The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play

It used to be that play was just play. There wasn’t a whole lot to say about it. Kids climbed trees, hit balls, and did experiments on insects. But by the mid-20th century, children’s play was being extensively studied, classified, and taxonomied by pioneering psychologists such as Melanie Klein …

Periodic Table

A Sweet Way to Teach Kids Perseverance

To help her daughter cope with disappointment, this mom makes life's defeats oh-so-sweet.<p>Some families celebrate success, but in our home, losers rule.<p>This policy began when my daughter, Devin, was in third grade and decided to run for student council secretary. Her competition? A gaggle of fourth …

Parenting

4 Ways to Instill Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

Kids are notoriously finicky, but it's not entirely their fault. We humans are naturally inclined to dislike unfamiliar flavors. Imagine for a moment that you have to forage for food in the wild rather than at the Safeway. If you've eaten it before and lived to tell the tale, chances are good that …

Nutrition

Am I the Only Parent Who Calls Before Sleepovers?

<i>My almost-14 1/2-year-old daughter gets furious if I call to see if someone's parents are going to be home when she wants to go to a sleepover or a party. She tells me I am the only parent who does things like that and that I should trust her to make good decisions and not treat her like a baby. So</i> …

Why Is My Kid Shutting Me Out?

Our children are our lifelines. We have ideas and images of how we want them be, feel and grow. However, sometimes we are so wrapped up in our own perception of whom and how we want our children to be that we lose sight of who they uniquely are all together. This creates an emotional disconnect …

Parenting

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 …

Healthy Eating

How to Teach Your Children Basic Money Management Skills

<i>By Paula Pant</i><p>You want to give your kid the world. You want to make sure they have the tools and opportunities they need to live the happiest, most successful life. So you teach them everything they'll need to know, from how to tie their shoes to how to play well with others.<p>But are you teaching …

Personal Finance

3 Lessons Learned in the First 5 Years of Parenting

March is a strange time-space continuum in my world. In March, I celebrate my daughter's birthday. I also celebrate my mother's birthday, even though my mother has been gone for eight years. I spend much of the month gearing up and then winding down and reflecting on how family is always changing. …

Dear Family Whisperer: Battling the Gimmes

<i>Dear Family Whisperer,</i><p>My dear daughter (DD), who is almost 6, is generous by nature. She even had a party for her fifth birthday where she collected donations for a local shelter instead of receiving presents. She has never been showered with gifts and doesn't ever watch TV with commercials (we …

5 Easy Ways to Get a Raise at Work

<b>1. Schedule regular meetings with your boss.</b><p>Understand that your boss is busy, but inviting her to coffee once a month to do a quick check in or just getting to know her a bit better helps to strengthen your relationship. Those who have worked for me know I am a firm believer in the importance of …