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A Valentine’s Day Gift for Daughters and Dads

A Valentine’s Day Gift for Daughters and Dads

My daughter’s 7th birthday was last week. We had our family’s traditional “cupcakes for breakfast” celebration in the morning and finished the evening with her favorite dinner, chicken tikka masala, and gifts. She had asked ...

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Crib Note: Daughters & Divorce

Lisa Belkin wrote an interesting article about research that shows that parents of daughters are more likely to divorce than parents of sons. Previous examinations of the data has focused on the benefits of sons ...

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Helping Children Make Sense of Tragedy

Helping Children Make Sense of Tragedy

My youngest daughter was barely a grade schooler when the planes came down on September 11. I remember lying next to her on her bed before she went to sleep, watching her face as she ...

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The Real Reason Working Parents Need Vacations

The Real Reason Working Parents Need Vacations

  Common wisdom has it that working parents need vacations to recover from the exhaustion that accompanies regular life. Nooooo. The real reason we need a vacation? The two weeks leading up to it. With ...

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The Work-Life Equation Ep 26: Single Mom Life

The Work-Life Equation Ep 26: Single Mom Life

You wake up one morning and your child is sick. You may discuss with your partner how to tackle the curve ball, e.g. “Who will stay home from work? Who will take the child to ...

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Teaching Children About Safety and “Stranger Danger”

Teaching Children About Safety and “Stranger Danger”

My daughter’s preschool teacher recently mentioned they were learning about “stranger danger.” The children were out on the playground when someone walking a dog caught their attention. They stayed in the playground, but gathered at ...

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What is Emergent Curriculum?

What is Emergent Curriculum?

What a year it’s been! My daughter has gone from a clingy stage where the teachers had to pry her from my arms at drop-off to running off to her friends after a swift kiss ...

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Dealing with Childhood Fears and Phobias

Dealing with Childhood Fears and Phobias

My daughter has always been a little more on the sensitive side. It takes her a while to warm up to new environments, people, and situations. That’s why I think her transition to child care ...

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7 Fun Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Family

7 Fun Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Family

The holidays are here! Toy catalogs! TV specials! Decorations that have been around since Halloween! In the words of a favorite comic strip, “Good grief.” One way to tame the chaos: bring in a little ...

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The Pros and Cons of Siblings Sharing a Room

The Pros and Cons of Siblings Sharing a Room

One of my first thoughts, when I found out that I was having a second girl, was “Oh great, they can share a room for forever!” Now, we live in a  two bedroom condo so ...

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