Category: Family Life

TV in the Bedrooms: Pros and Cons

| February 27, 2013 | 24 Comments

Over the past few  months, my kids have been asking if they could have televisions in their bedrooms. We have an old TV with an attached VCR in our closet that we drag out on occasion if we want to watch something on VHS, and my son has been clamoring for that, while my daughter […]

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When Kids Don’t Have Health Insurance

| February 25, 2013 | 16 Comments

According to, there are about 7.3 million uninsured children in the United States, which is nearly 10 percent of all of the kids in the country. That means that about 1 in 10 of our readers may be struggling with the problem of not being able to afford health care for their children. Since […]

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How to Choose a Pediatrician

| February 21, 2013 | 8 Comments

When we moved from New England down to Florida, it was difficult to choose a pediatrician. We had a wonderful doctor for our children up north, and I was pretty sure that we wouldn’t find someone to fill his shoes. For a short time, we actually coasted by with no primary care physician for our […]

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Today is Random Act of Kindness Day

| February 17, 2013 | 33 Comments

Today is Random Act of Kindness Day! Although doing an act of kindness today wouldn’t exactly be random, it’s still a wonderful concept: Do something nice for someone else with no expectation of anything in return. It could be something big or small. The idea is that if people performed random acts of kindness all […]

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When Your Toddler Bites

| February 11, 2013 | 18 Comments

I was recently at a playground and witnessed a biting incident between two toddlers. Like all biting incidents, it happened very quickly and no one was the wiser until the bitee let out a shriek, so I’m not sure what provoked the bite. As I often do when I’m around misbehaving teeny ones, I was […]

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When Your Child Won’t Wear a Coat

| February 8, 2013 | 16 Comments

Does your child kick up a fuss about wearing a coat in the winter? My daughter used to when we lived up north. This morning my sister was complaining to me that it’s very difficult for her to get a coat on my five-year-old nephew. I started wondering whether this was a common problem and […]

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month

| February 2, 2013 | 6 Comments

February is Children’s Dental Health Month. If your child is in school, he’ll probably learn about good oral hygiene this month. In some areas, dentists and hygienists will be visiting elementary schools in order to give presentations and give free dental examinations. You know that healthy teeth and gums add up to a pretty smile, […]

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Saving Money on Kids’ Haircuts

| January 29, 2013 | 19 Comments

How much do you pay for kids’ haircuts? My son, who used to be happy with my home-haircuts, has recently informed me that he would like to have his hair cut by a professional. Since he is a pre-teen and has his own sense of style, I agreed that that would be fine… then had […]

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Recess: Is It Really Necessary?

| January 28, 2013 | 28 Comments

When I was a kid, we had recess before school, at some point in the mid-morning, and again after lunch. Do you remember those days of playing four-square and kickball on the blacktop? I sure do! Many elementary schools across the nation are cutting out recess, however. In my town, the goal is to let […]

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Ice Skating: Tips to Stay Safe and Have Fun

| January 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are the ponds and lakes frozen over where you are? One of the wintertime pleasures of those living in cold climates is ice skating! I have fond memories of skating on a local pond when I was younger. Of course, those of us living in warmer areas can still go skating at ice rinks, but […]

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