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Monday, June 21, 2010

Keeping them safe when home alone

Family Health: There’s no doubt about it — a supervised home is preferable. However, work does not always allow it. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help ensure the safety of your children when they are home alone. Comment.

Eco fashionistas

New & Noteworthy: Every newborn needs a hat. Make your little one’s fashionable, comfortable and green with products from KinderCotton. Comment.

Song sung fun

New & Noteworthy: Going on a long family trip this summer? Don’t leave this at home. Comment.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Girl learns to play by her own rules

Cinematters: Alice in Wonderland Comment.

Autism economics

The daily demands of caring for a child with autism can be so overwhelming that future planning — particularly financial planning — can seem impossible. Yet the financial impact of autism is substantial and being on the autistic spectrum has current and future financial implications on the child, as well as on developing siblings and the parents of the special needs family. Comment.

Manual for mom

New & Noteworthy: Ever wish parenting came with a manual? Well, here’s one. Comment.

How to adjust to a special-needs child

Parents Helping Parents: Our son is not normal. I don’t want to go into details, but we’ve realized for some time that he has “special issues.” My question is not about him, it’s about us. We are overwhelmed and depressed and to say “disappointed” is to understate the reaction we’ve had to the discovery that our child is not what we were hoping for or expecting. My husband and I are trying to navigate the difficult road of special everything for our boy and we’re not doing badly, but it’s how it’s affec Comment.

The balancing act

It’s Monday morning and the start of a new week. Families all over America are getting ready to send their children to school. The Jones family, however, is late once again. Their child won’t get out of bed on time. Their child won’t listen when they say to get dressed. A simple routine of getting up, getting dressed and getting ready for school creates insurmountable obstacles, conflict, hostility and utter chaos. By the time he gets down the stairs for breakfast, the school bus has already left. Comment.

Dumpin’ the bingo wings!

Mom, you’re flappin’ your bingo wings!” Little did I know, when my teenage son said that, that he was talking about that lovely bit of wiggly flab on the back of each arm. Comment.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A virtual field trip

Growing Up Online: Most parents would like to show their kids the wonders of the world. Most don’t because travel is expensive and vacation schedules are short. In many families, grandma assumes everyone will use summertime for a family reunion and, to be honest, busy parents (and even kids) often need to recharge by doing nothing more challenging that lying on a beach or splashing in a hotel pool. Comment.

Father’s Day is the new Mother’s Day

Newbie Dad: Logically, I’ve chosen to write about Father’s Day for this month’s column. I’m a father. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20. Makes perfect sense. Comment.

When daddy cooks

Good Sense Eating: Like many contemporary fathers, Kirk Christensen not only brings home the figurative bacon, but cooks it, too. The suburban Chicago father of two enjoys cooking whenever he can, although it’s often limited to grilling outside on the weekends. Comment.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The dreaded curfw

Lions and Tigers and Teens: I grew up in a house at the bottom of a hill. This was a good thing. If I was past curfew, I’d turn off the headlights and engine, then glide down the hill, into the driveway...steadily... into park. The doors weren’t as accommodating, however. The squeaking always woke up Mom, who was inevitably perched on the couch watching late night TV. I swear my parents never greased those hinges to catch me. Comment.

‘Dust’ in the wind

New & Noteworthy: Boogeyman, be gone! Comment.

Green means get up!

New & Noteworthy: “Is it time to get up yet?” Comment.

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