The Best Toys Aren’t Toys at All

Posted June 19, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

Go ahead and spend that $100 for the ultimate in baby activity centers. Go organic, if you want, but don’t blame me when your tot comes running up to you begging to play with his favorite new toys – a rubber shoe cover and a piece of Styrofoam.

Which Kind of Little League Parent are YOU?

Posted June 18, 2008 by Maggie Wells

School is winding down and so is Little League season (June is national Little League month). You are almost finished carting junior around from school yard to baseball diamond to pizza parlor to game again. So it begs the question. Which kind of Little League parent are YOU?

Please Stop Giving Advice.

Posted June 18, 2008 by Corina Fiore

The picture represents how I feel about unsolicited or absolute advice: angry and annoyed. I often ignore advice, shake my head in agreement, and move on my way. I wasn't always that way, and I was reminded of the havoc unsolicited advice can reap on a family when reading a message board this week.

Dads, Be a Hero

Posted June 17, 2008 by Jason White

The May 2008 issue of Parents magazine featured a small section entitled, "Who's Your Hero?" Kids answered in the typical fashion citing their Dad, Mom, teachers, etc. But one answer really struck me. Six year-old David replied, "I don't have a hero."

Stretch Those Pennies with Watered-Down Cooking

Posted June 17, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Water is cheap (free in some areas.) Why are you not using it to stretch y our grocery dollars? Maybe you’re afraid of feeling cheap, or feel that you will somehow be robbing your children of precious nutrients. Put away your doubts, and learn the acceptable ways to dilute your dinners!

It’s Difficult to Give Our Families the Best

Posted June 14, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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My kids deserve the best. I want to give them everything they need and some of the things that they want, and I wish for it to come to them with relative ease and with as little heartbreak as possible. Why is it that I find it so trying to give them the best of me?

Your shower curtain is poisoning you

Posted June 12, 2008 by Will Chen

The new shower curtain smell may be hazardous to your health, warns a new study from the Center for Health Environment and Justice (CHEJ).

Plastic Bottle Concerns

Posted June 12, 2008 by Fred Lee

Plastic bottles are on everyone’s mind, but before you buy an expensive “safe” alternative, it’s good to know that not all plastics are that bad.

Hug Your TV Part 1: Turning it on won't suck your kids' smarts any more than making it a planter will get them into Stanford.

Posted June 9, 2008 by Katherine Turner

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Like any form of art or entertainment, TV runs the gamut from the horrendous to the sublime, and with only a little initial channel-surfing in the name of research, you can learn to enjoy the medium guilt-free and eventually advance to using your former nemesis for the betterment of your children.

Relaxing Won’t Get You Pregnant…or Will It?

Posted June 6, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

Relax and you will get pregnant. Is it a myth or truth?