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Using Time-Outs with Young Children
Time-outs are an extremely common discipline tool to deal with unwanted behavior in children. The purpose of time-outs is to stop, and sometimes to punish, the behavior so that it won't happen again. Do time-outs work, and if not, what are the alternatives?

Hand Washing and Kids
Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent personal illness and reduce the spread of illness in the community. Teaching kids about when and how to effectively wash hands is an important tool in the effort to keep them healthy.

Disneyland with Kids - Top Tips
Disneyland is a great place to visit with young children. We are big fans and have taken both our girls frequently since before they were one year old. Here are some tips to make the trip more enjoyable for both the kids *and* the parents.

The Singing Machine Review - Karaoke for Kids
When I bought my 7-year-old daughter a karaoke machine for her "High School Musical" birthday party, I thought it was an extravagant luxury gift more than I would usually spend on a birthday present (even a *big* one). But I have been delightfully surprised at at how much it provides daily.

Gigaball Toy -- Product Review
My review of the Gigaball toy -- a giant inflatable "hampster ball" for kids. Overall, a great holiday gift or birthday present for kids. Positive aspects as well as cautions for parents when considering this toy.

No Playing Indian at Thanksgiving
In response to the ongoing debate in my daughter's school district about whether it is appropriate to make Native American costumes and re-enact what is generally known as the First Thanksgiving, I decided to do some research on what is at the root of those who object to these traditions.

The Claremont Thanksgiving Debate
In my suburban community in Southern California there are two public elementary schools that have traditionally celebrated together the week of Thanksgiving each year with a "Friendship Feast." But a debate over dressing as Native Americans and the authenticity of the event polarized my small town.

Treating Head Lice - Natural and Non-Toxic Options
For parents wishing to avoid chemical insecticides when treating lice, here is some information on natural and non-toxic treatment options, as well as my personal recommendations on products that have worked for us when treating lice naturally,

Writing Thank You Notes with Children
Tips and guidelines on writing thank you notes with children.

Gift Opening Tips for Children
Before children open presents in front of others at birthday parties or holiday gatherings, here's some important tips and skills to teach them about the manners and courtesy involved in graciously receiving gifts.

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