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A Happy Halloween Safety Guide

(Oct. 02, 2007) - It's easy to become overconfident about Halloween safety. In fact, I'm guilty of it myself. We feel safe in our neighborhood. The children trick-or-treat as a group and are always accompanied by several adults. We hold their hands when they cross the street and at all times the adults are just a few feet away. What could happen, right?

Sleep disorders:When things go bump and grind in the night

(Mar. 21, 2003) - The sight of a sleepwalking child can be a frightening experience for any parent. Your first instinct may be to contact your pediatrician or child psychologist. But you may want to wait before you make that call.

Surviving the Holiday Merry-Go-Round

(Dec. 21, 2002) - Last year, I could barely wait for January 2 to roll around. After two months of frenzied baking, shopping and decorating, it was such a relief to finally be able to relax and catch my breath. I love the holidays, but like most mothers, I sometimes get caught up in my own expectations of how things should be and in the process manage to become exhausted, cranky and exactly the opposite of how I want to be.

“Best of the Web” for Halloween

(Oct. 21, 2002) - The anticipation usually begins weeks before. "What should I be for Halloween this year?" is my daughter's biggest concern; whereas mine is how I'm going to entertain a classroom full of children during the school Halloween party. Frankly, after hosting the party for several years, I've run out of creative ideas and I suspect the children may be getting tired of store-bought orange cupcakes.

“How will I find my classroom?”Preschoolers’ Top 5 Concerns

(Sep. 21, 2002) - The first day of kindergarten can be an exciting but stressful day for both you and your child. Many parents try to prepare their child academically for kindergarten but sometimes forget to teach the really simple things that can make the difference between the first day of school being a success or a disaster.

Going on a family reunion vacation?SURVIVAL TIPS

(Aug. 21, 2002) - Last year, my extended family, ranging from age 2 to 80, embarked on our first family reunion vacation. Even though we all returned home with cherished memories, there were several things I would definitely do differently the next time. Like, discussing in advance how to distribute the cooking and childcare responsibilities. Or perhaps renting one more car than we thought we needed — to prevent some family members from being stranded, while others went off on day-trips.


(Apr. 21, 2002) - Just when you think you've finally figured out the trick to birthday parties … your child jumps to the next stage of maturity and you have to start from scratch all over again.

Holiday Traditions: Our Children Need Them Now

(Dec. 21, 2001) - As rational adults we know it really doesn't make a difference if we change the way we do things from one year to the next, but to children it can mean everything. In today's unstable and changing world, our children need every source of comfort we can give them. Holiday traditions instill a sense of security in children and provide a source of strength for the entire family.

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