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Teaching Young Children About Nutrition
While getting various vitamins and minerals in a child's diet is important, almost more important is teaching children habits which will lead to their making nutritious decisions on their own. So what is appropriate to tell a young child about nutrition?

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.

The First Day of Kindergarten
The first day of Kindergarten is a huge milestone for children and parents. My experience with my daughter's first day of Kindergarten and thought on how to honor a child's and a parent's need to transition on this important day.

The Gift of an Ordinary Day - Book Review
While "The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir" by Katrina Kenison, may at first appear to be for mothers of teenagers or at least adolescents, I would actually consider it a must-read for mothers of young children.

The Media and Mommy Wars
Thoughts on the media's use of the overused and harmful term, "The Mommy Wars."

The Power of Half - Book Review
A review of the book "The Power of Half" by Kevin and Hannah Salwen. Commentary on the story of this family who sold their home and gave half the proceeds to charity, as well as thought on what reading about this journey can mean to parents of young children.

The Princess and the Peanut Book Review
"The Princess and the Peanut" by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and illustrator Micah Chambers-Goldberg offers and allergic-twist on a well-known fairy tale that provides a wonderful starting point for discussion with children about peanut allergies and peanut bans.

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.

The War on Moms by Sharon Lerner - Book Review
Sharon Lerner's "The War on Moms: On Life in a Family Unfriendly Nation," explores how American women, children and families systematically suffer from a lack of public policy, support and services routinely available in numerous other nations.

Three Common Car Seat Mistakes
Three common mistakes parents make using car seats.

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