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12 Fun Ideas for Kids' Easter Baskets

Wednesday April 16, 2014
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Looking for ideas for kids' Easter baskets? The good news is that kids love small items that don't cost a lot. You can fill a child's Easter basket with small things like a small Lego set, some washi tape, or a Rainbow Loom kit and kids will be thrilled. Here are some ideas for small, fun things to put in kids' Easter baskets this year.

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A New Book About a Child's Hearing Loss and a Mother's Determination and Love

Wednesday April 9, 2014
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In her new book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language, reporter and science writer Lydia Denworth delves into the facts, history, and politics of hearing loss and impairment, balancing and enhancing her research with an honest and moving account of her own experiences after her youngest child is diagnosed with profound and progressive hearing loss.

Part science and fact and part compelling personal account, I Can Hear You Whisper is a must-read for anyone who has or knows someone who has a child diagnosed with hearing loss or impairment, or any other learning or developmental difference. And Denworth's skillful and brave recollections of her own family's experiences transport this well-researched and informative book into a beautiful testimony of the power and endurance of a mother's love.

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10 Essential Tips for Flying with Children

Monday April 7, 2014
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If you're planning to fly somewhere with the kids this spring, whether for vacation or to see family for the holidays, read my tips on "10 Tips for Flying with Children."

Flying with kids poses unique challenges: Kids can't make regular stops and get out to stretch their legs like they can during car trips; they have less room to move around than on, say trains; they have to stay quiet and patient; they have to go through airport security; and there's lots of waiting time before boarding. All those factors can create a minefield of disasters for parents, who need to keep kids entertained and comfortable during flights, especially if they're long.

Read my helpful tips before you get ready for your next airplane trip and you'll be more prepared to handle flying with kids. Your trip will be much more pleasant and relaxed, and even fun!

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Easy, Pretty Glittered Easter Eggs

Thursday April 3, 2014
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You can make these beautiful glittery Easter eggs with just a few simple materials--plastic eggs, glue, and glitter. Not only is this Easter craft for kids fast and easy, it'll last for many Easters to come.

When you're done, put these pretty eggs in an Easter basket or a bowl, or place them on a windowsill or mantlepiece. They make perfect Easter decorations, and your child will be so proud of his or her handiwork!

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Spring Cleaning and Chores for Kids

Friday March 28, 2014
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As you do your spring cleaning, it might be a good time to reevaluate which chores your kids can do. Here's a handy guide to what chores kids can generally do at certain ages to help you figure out what household tasks to give kids. (Keep in mind that it's a general guide--some kids can handle complicated tasks earlier while others may not be ready to handle anything difficult till at a later stage.)

Whether you're doing routine chores like dishes or spring cleaning chores like cleaning out closets, do them together and make things as fun as possible by turning on music and treating chores like family activities. Chores may not be on the top of your fun list, but at least kids can develop important skills, learn responsibility, and feel proud of their work!

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Spring Break Activities

Thursday March 27, 2014
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Whether you have a school spring break coming up or are in need of some fun activities to do with the kids this spring, check out these great ideas for spring activities. From making some colorful spring crafts to gardening with kids, you'll be all set to have some fun and celebrate warmer weather in the weeks to come. I, for one, am definitely ready for spring!

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Great Outdoor Games for Kids

Monday March 24, 2014
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Now that it's finally spring (although it still feels like winter in many parts of the country), get ready for warmer weather with some fun outdoor games for kids. These classic kids' games will provide the whole family and friends with hours of active entertainment. So get outside--even if you still have to bundle up a bit--and have some fun!

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Survival Tips for Traveling with Kids

Sunday March 23, 2014
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If you're planning to fly, take a train, or drive to a destination this spring break, you might wanna read up on my tips for traveling with kids. From ideas for what to do before the big day (make sure kids get plenty of rest the night before, for example) to what to bring (movies, travel games, books, and snacks, snacks, snacks), here are some helpful tips for making sure the getting there and coming back are as fun as the trip itself.

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The Risks of Spanking Children: Why Physical Punishment is Risky Behavior

Friday March 21, 2014
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Most parents wouldn't put small children in the car without a car seat and/or seat belt, nor would they let kids ride their bikes without helmets. Yet many experts today say that many parents still believe in and practice corporal punishment, which poses risks to kids that are as real as not using seat belts or bike helmets.

Read about the risks of spanking children and consider why child health and development experts are saying physical punishment is not an effective discipline method in the long term.

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School Corporal Punishment is Still Legal in 19 States

Friday March 14, 2014
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In some schools in the U.S., detention and other discipline techniques are not the only things educators use to discipline kids--sometimes a wooden or fiberglass paddle can be used to hit kids to punish them. Many parents today are surprised to learn that school corporal punishment is very much alive and being practiced on kids in as many as 19 states in the U.S. Being a lifelong New Yorker, I had no idea that this was the case until I read a recent news report about a Florida lawmaker who was trying to ban the practice there.

Read about the inherent problems with school corporal punishment, and what parents can do if their child's school allows corporal punishment.

My own personal experience with corporal punishment goes back to when I was a kindergartener in Seoul, South Korea, before my family emigrated to the U.S. My classmates and I were all lined up and when a child tried to get my attention to tell me something, I quickly turned to shush him so that we wouldn't get in trouble for talking. The teacher saw me and pulled us both to the front of the room where she slapped my hands and his with sharp, stinging force. (This despite the fact that I was one of the most obedient children and was an honors student.) It was humiliating, unfair, and typical of what can happen when human error (for all teachers are human and can make mistakes) mixes with unreasonable, harmful, and ineffective policy.

When I interviewed experts like Deborah Sendek, director for the Center for Effective Discipline, which works to end corporal punishment of children, I was shocked and saddened to hear similar stories of kids who'd been hit unfairly (one little girl--a first grader and also an obedient and good student who loved school--was reportedly paddled for mistakenly circling answers on a test instead of underlining them). It's time to stop stories like this in America. Over 119 countries have banned school corporal punishment. Why isn't America on that list?

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