Papa Bear

June 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

I found this delightful story in Readers Digest: My husband’s cousin married a former Marine who now works for United Parcel Service. They bought their four-year-old son two stuffed bears — one in a UPS uniform and the other in Marine garb. When the boy seemed confused, his father brought out a picture of himself in full Marine dress. “See, Connor?” he explained, pointing to... 

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Creating a Vision Board with Your Kids

June 10, 2010 by  
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Vision boards with your kids

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto radio series update: June 10, 2010: What to do when you hear: “Mom, there’s nothing to do.” School is out—and for the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing on ways to spend time with your kids; last week we discussed lots of fun activities to do—on the cheap. But even all the fun things you mentioned, like going to the zoo, baking... 

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Family Movie Party!

June 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting

I have the privilege of being the parenting specialist for Nickelodeon’s website, parentsconnect.com. This week, they are giving away DVD’s, Director’s Chairs and Tubs of Popcorn at our Movie Party. Tune in June 9th. If you miss this event, there are lots of others coming up very soon. Go to parentsconnect.com and sign up for their free newsletter so you will be notified of all... 

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Kids Across / Parents Down

June 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Family

“Kids Across/Parents Down” is the #1 family crossword in newspaper syndication. Created by Jan Buckner Walker, the puzzle–with down clues geared to parents and across clues geared to kids–encourages families to have fun together. It’s an entertaining, educational puzzle for kids ages 5-13. Kids Across/Parents Down gets parents actively involved and draws young people... 

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Time With The Kids On The Cheap

June 3, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto radio series update June 3: Spending time with your kids doesn’t have to cost a lot. The important thing is spending some time with your kids. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate activity and it doesn’t have to cost much money. It’s the time together that’s priceless. Here are some freebies or inexpensive activities you can do: Free matinee... 

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Are You Nurturing Your Children’s Dreams?

American Idol Top Ten 2010

Well, the American Idol 2010 has been revealed! For those of you who are not familiar with this show, it is a vocal talent show to choose the most talented singer in America. To the winner goes a million dollar music contract and international exposure. Starting out with about 10,000 hopefuls, the top 24 are chosen and then each one is eliminated until the top 10 are chosen. These talented singers... 

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School’s Out For Summer

May 27, 2010 by  
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“Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto” Radio series update May 27: Time with your kids: There tends to be a lot of stress and pressure during the school year, what with homework, cramming in extracurricular activities, and early bedtimes. But the summer offers a chance to slow down, be less scheduled and more laid back. Now, I know that many of you probably have to still get... 

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Kids ‘Sold’ As Slaves?

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting

How far do you take a history lesson? I was called by the Delaware News Journal to comment on a story about a history lesson in a Delaware school, that had, perhaps, gone too far. The article, as published in the journal on May 4, 2010 read, “Eleven-year-old Micaela Reyes’ best friend and four other students were sold into slavery last week during a private-school lesson in Roman history... 

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Summer With The Kids: Attitude Is Everything

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

A day at the zoo

“Kids are from Krypton: Parents are from Pluto” Radio series update May 20: School’s getting out:  Is that a good thing?  What I find is parents fall into one of two categories:  those who are thrilled to have the kids home, and the others who dread summer and can’t wait for school to start again.  For some, summer is a friend; for others a foe.  Same event; different responses. ... 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Discipline

May 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Discipline, Parenting

Focus on thumbs up!

Kids are from Krypton Parents are from Pluto Radio series update May 13: Today’s show focusing on the do’s and don’ts of discipline actually had only one ‘don’t.’ That being: Don’t use don’t! What? We are so conditioned to tell kids what not to do, that we very rarely tell them what they should do. For instance, “Don’t Hit,” can be taught the same way by saying, “Keep your... 

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