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The Parent's Guide to 'Vamping'

'Vamping' is the latest tween lingo bound for the English language dictionary. You probably haven't heard the word, but as a digital parent, its very likely that you know what it refers to. If you have a tween or teen in the house, see if you can get a quick primer on this latest Internet and …

What a Pair of Boots Taught Me About Parenting and Fads

When my daughter was 3, I wasn't sure how to dress her for her first ballet class. Did little girls still wear tutus, or did they dance in black sequined bike shorts and crop-tops? I settled on the standard pink outfit. At the dance studio, every girl was dressed exactly like my daughter. My heart …

Just Say 'No' to Team Snacks

It's 9:42 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and he's just finished an hour-long basketball practice/game. We got him up in time to feed him at home: cereal, banana, milk to drink. Now, he's eating a bag of cheese crackers and drinking a juice pouch. And thank goodness, because it's been exactly 72 …

How To Win at Parenting

At the movie theater last weekend, my three young children were each bargaining for their own jumbo <i>we-won't-make-it-through-the-movie-with-all-this-sugar</i> box of candy. No chance, I said, we're just getting one. As they continued to negotiate with me, I flashed back to an economics class I took in …

Whatever happened to G-Rated Movies for Kids?

In the past decade, Summer G-rated movies geared towards kids ages 10 and under have become alarmingly scarce. Consider this year's offerings, namely, "Maleficent" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2", both highly entertaining stories, yet each movie has a PG rating based on assorted criteria such as …

Age-by-Age Guide to Lying

Yes, kids lie. (But so do adults.) The good news: If parents take a strong lead on a no-lying policy, most children will learn to walk the straight and narrow.<p>As the primary role models in children's lives, parents play a vital part in showcasing honesty. They also have the most influence when it …

Tired of Nagging? Try This Clever Cleanup Strategy

One mom's creative plan to get her kids to do chores<p>All those times I'd driven by that corner, there'd never been a stop sign there before. This unfamiliar sight grabbed my full attention, and I braked carefully. As I stepped on the gas again, I had an idea: If stop signs could help me do what I'm …