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Summer Camps: for Better or for Worse

Like it or not, summer is right around the corner. The season comes with its own perks -- summer vacation -- and it’s own obstacles -- summer vacation. What do you do with kids who can’t stay home alone? New ...

Uniting Or Not For The Holidays

Q: My in-laws are really great, but the holidays bug me: They never come to see us—it’s up to us to arrange to drive a few states’ over to go see them—and yet they always go way overboard on gifts for the ki...

Too Young For A Cell Phone

By Jeanne Martin Q: My daughter is in the fifth grade and all of her friends have their own cell phones. I think she’s too young, but if all her peers have one, am I wrong? A: If all of her peers had P...

Surviving The Family Meal And Giving Santa A Budget

Written by Jeanne Martin Q: My parents always host Thanksgiving dinner at their house, and expect all of us grown kids with our children. My in-laws do the same. Feelings get hurt if we suggest visiting only o...

Summertime Sports Blues

By Jeanne Martin Q: I don’t know anything about summer swim teams. My son is six and likes to swim so I was thinking of signing him up. Is he too young? A: Oh, I miss the days of quiet innocence before I knew...

Strange Sleeping Spots and Looking Purty

By Jeanne Martin Q: My toddler’s favorite place for napping is the dog’s bed, which greatly disturbs my husband. Should I move (possibly disturbing) our son to his crib, or just let the sleeping boy be? A: No...

Streaking and Getting Less Love

By Jeanne Martin Q: Our three-year-old daughter loves to “streak” through our house and about the yard—to our annoyance and embarrassment. How do we stop this toddler girls-gone-wild behavior? A: Children lov...

Summer Camp with Friends or to Explore other Interests

“My 7-year-old daughter really wanted to go to dance and cheerleading camps this summer, but her friends are going to different camps and now she’s torn. At this age, what’s better—being with friends, or explor...

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