Family Matters
Home Alone: At What Age is It Safe?

Home Alone: At What Age is It Safe?

  Q.  My wife Marian and I are discussing when one or more of our kids ages 12, 8 and 6 can be left home alone and for what length of time. We also wonder how old a child has to be in order to be left in the car if one of us quickly runs into the store for one or...

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Raising Respectful Kids

Raising Respectful Kids

  Q.  We have young children ages 3 and 5. My wife and I want to raise them to be respectful. We’ve observed disrespectful kids running in restaurants, kicking the seats in front of them on airplanes and even calling their parents names. It seems kids are less...

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Celebrating the Special Attributes of Dads

Celebrating the Special Attributes of Dads

Q.  My husband and I parent very differently. He is laid back, lives in the moment and has fun with our kids by doing simple things at home or in the neighborhood. On the other hand, I am more structured with our kids. I’m a planner and a doer who likes to stay busy...

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Dealing With Mom Guilt

Dealing With Mom Guilt

Q.  How can I get rid of nagging guilt for not being the ideal mom? I went back to work after each of my three children was born. I felt guilty about leaving them either with a caregiver or at daycare. I still feel guilty about missing milestones like their first...

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Education
Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?

Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?

When it was time for my first baby to start kindergarten, I couldn’t believe the time had gone so quickly. How could this little person be ready to spend all day away from me in the big school? Was she actually ready? By the time my twins were kindergarten-bound, I...

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Pack your bags! Benefits of Family Travel

Pack your bags! Benefits of Family Travel

Just hearing the word “travel” makes me want to pack my bags and go! Well, that’s not entirely accurate. It makes me want someone else to pack my bags so that I can just go! I’ve always loved to travel, even as a little girl. I loved the new sights, experiences,...

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Exploring Your Child’s Passions: Inspiring a Childhood Hobby

Exploring Your Child’s Passions: Inspiring a Childhood Hobby

It has been interesting to watch my children during this strange school year of hybrid learning with its mixture of Zoom and in-person classes. The first weeks of school were spent finding our rhythm, and those early days required a not-insignificant amount of my time...

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COVID Slide: Use This Summer To Close Learning Gaps

COVID Slide: Use This Summer To Close Learning Gaps

Being a former teacher, I typically get questions at this time of year about how to address the dreaded “summer slide,” the loss of learning that takes place when kids have months off from school during the summer. If a long break makes parents nervous, reflect on an...

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