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Spring Flavor Inspiration

Do your spring recipes need a little inspiration? To liven up seasonal gatherings, look to simple dishes with flavorful variations that will surprise the palate for everyone’s favorite course – dessert.

Help Children Face Their Fears

<p align="left">Imagining themselves as stronger or bigger than they really are will help some children — and that's fine. This is not the time for a reality check, says Donna B. Marold, Ph.D., a psychologist and research associate at the University of Denver. For instance, when Eileen Mullen's 5-year-old son, Patrick, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, recently told her, "If a bad guy comes into the house, I'm going to go after him and kick him out," she didn't bother correcting him. Distraction can also work. For example, if you know a thunderstorm is on the horizon, pop in your child's favorite videotape or open a board game — and divert his attention with a treat, such as ice cream.</p>

Taking Care of Young Teeth

Healthy teeth and a healthy mouth give children more than just a beautiful smile. A healthy mouth supports overall health, and it can help children perform better in school. But far too many children have preventable oral health problems far too young.

Share Some Love with Cupcakes

There’s no better way to say “Be Mine” than with a collection of Valentine’s Day cupcakes – a great surprise for anyone you’re sweet on this February 14.

The Secrets to Staying Motivated

We ran a survey asking our visitors how well they do when it comes to setting and meeting their goals. What better time to do this than when everyone's making (or breaking!) New Year's resolutions?

Kid-Friendly Projects Fuel Winter Family Fun

Colder temperatures mean more indoor time, making it a challenge to find activities that will keep kids happy and engaged. The good news for parents is that even common household items can create hours of fun time. These child-friendly arts and crafts projects will allow you to spend quality, memorable time with your family this winter season with things you already have around the house.

I Love You, But... Please Don't Embarrass Me....

by: Kim Green-Spangler

The Phone is Devouring My Family

I was 3 years old and living life pretty close to the floor when I discovered a mysterious cord. It came out of the wall near the baseboard and extended way up out of my line of sight, onto a kitchen countertop. Sitting on the Linoleum, I reached up, grabbed the cord and gave it a few exploratory yanks. Yes, folks, it was a telephone cord.

Helping Kids Deal With ANGER.

Children today seem to have the weight of the world on their shoulders, or at least they seem to think they do. It’s not uncommon to walk down the street and see them dressed in black clothing from head to toe, hear them voicing their frustrations loudly to whomever will listen, or simply see them scowl at the world. Unfortunately, this behavior is not isolated to teens, who parents have accepted as the “angry, angst-filled” segment of the population; it can be witnessed in younger children aged, three to thirteen, as well. With busy social calendars, more toys, clothes, and gadgets to their names than any other generation in the history of the world, and more income at their disposal than previous generations – it brings to mind the question of exactly what do these children have to be angry about?

Minding Mobile Manners

Kids ages 8 to 12 are spending as much as two to three hours each day on mobile devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets or smartphones, according to a recent survey by Intel. That translates into a significant amount of time that parents can use to take advantage of teachable moments to reinforce good etiquette and safety.
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