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The Social Side of School Readiness

He can write his name and count to 20, but what milestones tell you that your child is socially and emotionally prepared to start kindergarten? We asked two early childhood experts, Brenda Nixon, MA, and Deborah McNelis, M.S.ed, to give us the scoop on school readiness.

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Beneficial Screen Time?

Trash talk abounds when it comes to the deleterious affects of media on our kids, but are there any benefits? Renown media expert, Dr. Dimitri Christakis says yes, and explains how parents can create a healthy media diet.

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The Power of “Yes”

“Don’t!” “Stop it!” “That’s not okay!” Feeling like a broken record when speaking to your child? Mary Hartzell, early childhood development expert says, injecting more (reasonable) “yeses” in a day will help everyone feel better.

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Mom? Or personal assistant?!

Kelcey Kintner, popular blogger behind “The Mama Bird Diaries,” shares her thoughts on how to maximize the pleasure of parenting and minimize the pain.

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What Prop 8 Meant to My Family

The day before Prop 8 passed in California in 2008, blogger Ana Garza found herself at the threshold of a major life decision: to race to the alter or not? On this historic day, Ana reflects on the repercussions the initiative had on her own family and celebrates the possibilities of the future.

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Being a Dad: A Q & A with humorist Joel Stein

Joel Stein, author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity (one of our favorite books about becoming a parent), talks with us about his experience with fatherhood so far.

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A Prescription for Busy Parents – VIDEO

Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, President of The Mother Company shares her prescription for “multi-tasking fatigue.” Enter, “Special Time,” a technique all busy Moms should try!

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When Medicating Children Makes Sense

After exploring every other avenue, how do we know when it might be appropriate to look at medication to help our children? Dr. Mani Pavulari offers some insight into this tough decision.

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Parenting Partner? Exploring the Caregiver Relationship

Our relationships with caregivers can be very tricky. Candi Windgate, child expert and founder of Nannies 4 Hire, gives us the tools to navigate through this often blessed – and often conflicted – relationship.

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