Monday, November 26, 2012
What's the Rush? Why Not Nurture Baby In the Process A. Scott Walton Believe it or not, there are esteemed scientists whose duty is to track how and when toddlers 'go dooty' in the bathroom instead of their Huggies. Companies like Pampers and Pull-Ups rely heavily on this knowledge. And the sort of parents who lean on such literary canons as "Potty Training Your Toddler in a Weekend". The Stir does a good job of weighing the book's pros and cons in a recent (hindsight) review. But the essential question remains: is potty training a process parents rush through for their own sake, or for the enduring well-being of their kids? Here's a song in praise of letting nature take its course...
Is this comic actor still funny 'ha-ha' or funny 'strange'? Is the prospect of pairing Bette Midler with Billy Crystal as a long-married couple in a major holiday movie as preposterous as it sounds? Sound off if you're planning to see "Parental Guidance" when it debuts in theatres this Christmas. And let us know if it was worth it.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Observe the Holiday by Honoring Household Rules "Passport to Parenting" online radio show beaming out of Portland. Hostesses Ann DeWitt and Kim DeMarchi apply their experience as family counselors and educators to spry conversations about the pleasures and pitfalls involved with raising kids. They recently aired an episode related to wise gift-giving that worth a listen.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Don't Let Grandparents Get Blind-Sided by College Funds timely tips to consider; especially when grandparents mean well by starting a college fund, but aren't fully informed. Read it, and reap.
When Is It Time to Give All That Cuddling A Rest?
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"Parental Guidance Suggeted" Ask yourself: What about Elmo? Elmo’s not even immune to a sex scandal these days, who is? Now that the creator and voice of the lovable and lucrative Sesame Street character has just resigned his post amid allegations of inappropriate contact with a same-sex partner, where can parents turn for answers? Kevin Clash has his own problems to deal with. Parents who've turned their kids into Elmo accolytes have theirs too. For many years, newborns and toddlers have been kept occupied by Elmo in his varied incarnations while the grown-ups could attend to other needs around the home. Now, somehow has to explain the bad news behind that man who made Elmo if the details and rumors reach their tender ears. As a parent, can you separate the muppet from the man? Which matters most: questions of character, or the “character” itself?