Month: March 2010

Parenting – Tough Decisions Change Lives

It was a bright and sunny day but all I saw was dark clouds as I sat inside the school psychologist’s office looking with my son’s test results. “Your son’s behavioral problems can cause him to get in serious trouble later in life if they are not dealt with now. There are jails full of ...

Returning an Adopted Child: Acceptable or Unthinkable?

Last week I came accross this article by Kathy McManus and thought it was worth sharing: ************************ Return unused portion for refund. It’s the traditional safety net when a product fails to please or perform. But should returns be allowed for adopted children? The Tulsa World reports that parents Melissa and Tony Wescott want to ...

What are we feeding our children?

When I watched the “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”, I was outraged. Our children are getting pizza for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch, flavored milk as a snack… in their schools! This show is a must-see for all parents. If you haven’t watch it, I invite you to do so; and take action afterwards. Make sure ...

Reading to your Kids

I found what this father (and his daughter) did was fantastic! They read and read together, every day, for the past 8+ years! Inspiring story! Dad Reads to Daughter 3,218 Nights in a Row When his daughter was in the fourth grade, Jim Brozina offered her a challenge: He wanted to see if the two ...

The Importance of Sleep

This weekend I came across this great article, explaining the importance of ‘sleep’ for children; and I thought I should share it. Good, Sound Sleep for Your Child Making sure your child gets good, sound sleep ensures he or she will have a sound foundation for proper mind and body development. Sleep on These Following ...

Sandra Bullock honoring Moms

The moment Sandra Bullock stepped on the stage to receive her Oscar was amazing. Honoring mothers: “Not enough time, so I would like to thank what this film is about for me which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never ...

Baby Lola, 3 Weeks Old

Lola was born in October 2009, healthy, full term baby, after only 5 hours of labor to first time parents Alice and George. George had been wanting to have  a baby for years, but Alice was not so sure about it. In fact, she was the first one to be surprised when she got pregnant ...

Kids on a leash?

I have always disliked the idea of having kids on a leash. In fact, I remember having this conversation with my husband before our twins were born, and he was very much in favor of leashes and I thought there was no way I would put my babies on a leash. Well… since my babies ...

Parenting Styles

Developmental psychologists have long been interested in how parents impact child development. However, finding actual cause-and-effect links between specific actions of parents and later behavior of children is very difficult. Some children raised in dramatically different environments can later grow up to have remarkably similar personalities. Conversely, children who share a home and are raised ...

What makes a good nanny?

I’ve been struggling for months to find the right nanny for my twins. When they were newborn preemies, I needed someone with a certain set of characteristics that might not necessarily be the same I look for now that they’re 14 months olds. However, I believe that there are certain qualities that a good nanny must ...