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What Kids Need to Know About Guns

What Kids Need to Know About Guns

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The concept behind a trigger lock is that if a child found an unloaded handgun, he still wouldn't be able to load and fire it. A trigger lock should not be used on a loaded gun, because it is possible that the gun could still discharge, even with the lock on.

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by: Alvin Poussaint, M.D. and Susan Linn, Ed.D.

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Toy Guns: Just Fun and Games?

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Toy Guns: Just Fun and Games?

Are We Steering Our Sons Towards Violence? The shelves are stocked with weapons of every kind: handguns, rifles, shotguns, submachine guns, and sci-fi light sabers. Are you in the exhibit hall of an NRA convention? No. You're strolling down the aisles of a toy store in search of a birthday present for your six-year-old son.

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Updated: May 27, 2022

The Texas School Shooting: Explaining Tragedy and School Shootings to Kids

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When I saw the news about the school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, I felt as though my heart had collapsed. There are no words to explain the cascade of emotions one feels reading about an elementary school shooting, especially when you have your own precious children in school.

Events like this shake up our hold on reality. They are scary and confusing for us, let alone our kids. You may be wondering whether you should talk to your children about the Texas shooting and what you should say if you do.

by: Alvin Poussaint, M.D.

How to Help Your Child Deal With Fears About School Violence

Helping Your Child Deal With Fears About School Violence

In the last week, the Parkland shooting has dominated traditional and social media coverage. You're probably wondering how it's affecting your children, and what you can do to help them process it all. Dr. Alvin Poussaint, psychiatrist, professor and Harvard faculty member, answered these questions for us after Columbine, and they still ring true today.

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Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child?

Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child?

Child development experts say few kids younger than 8 can reliably distinguish between real guns and toy guns. And they can't fully understand the consequence of their actions. Little wonder, then, that the natural inclination of a child who encounters a real gun that's loaded is to imitate what he has seen on television.

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by: Katy Abel

How Kids Get Guns, Part I

How Kids Get Guns, Part I

"I Don't Know"

On Monday Dec. 6, 1999, a 7th grader at a middle school in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma walked up to a group of classmates waiting for the morning bell and allegedly opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, wounding four classmates. When asked by a sheriff's deputy why he did it, the unidentified 13 year-old reportedly answered, "I don't know."

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Magnetic Seashells

Magnetic Seashells

An Imagination Station Activity
Age: 3 and up
Time: 20 minutes
Type of Activity: Arts and crafts

When you take your kids to the beach this summer, have them bring home some seashells for this fun activity! Magnetic seashells will hold up just about anything on your refrigerator -- especially those crazy pictures of you and your kids at the beach!

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Updated: May 29, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Coronavirus for Parents

family wearing mask to protect against coronavirus

Regardless of where you live and how old your children are, if you are a parent, it is completely valid and natural to have concerns about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. With breaking news by the hour and panic and fear spreading, it is important for everyone to follow the facts. More importantly, as parents, it’s essential to model healthy behaviors, make smart decisions, and talk openly with our children about age-appropriate details and healthy practices.

New Year's Hats

New Year's Hats

Festive Facts

The origins of the celebration of a new year can be traced back to the Egyptians and Babylonians more than 4,000 years ago. Each year in September, the Nile River flooded, enriching the farmland and signaling a new beginning for the farmers. The Egyptians would parade statues of the god Amon and Amon's wife and son on a boat on the river and feast for a month. The Babylonians celebrated the new year on March 23 to signify the beginning of a new cycle of planting and harvesting crops.

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For the Birds

For the Birds

Feed Mother Nature's birds by recycling trash into a bird feeder. Be sure to have your binoculars and bird identification book handy when you put up your feeder. You might want to encourage the kids to keep a diary of the birds that take advantage of your feeder.

Holiday Hassles

If you have a lot of squirrels in your backyard, you might want to invest in a squirrel-proof pole birdfeeder. I like to throw peanuts in the woods for our four-legged friends and save the bird seed for the birds.

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Communicate Effective and Reasonable Limits to Your Kids

Communicate Effective and Reasonable Limits to Your Kids

Words to Parent By

Limits are behavior boundaries. Some are set by nature (humans can't fly, I can't keep track of my sunglasses), some by the state (you can't drive the wrong way down a one-way street), and some are set by you. It's up to you to define and make explicit each child's limits.

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Funny Bunny

Funny Bunny

Help your kids to make their own bunny ears and then spend some time hopping down the bunny trail with them playing follow-the-leader. This would be a perfect opportunity to get them to eat some bunny food—especially something healthy such as carrots and celery with a veggie dip!

Level: Easy

Time involved: Half to one hour

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Updated: December 29, 2021

Everything You Need to Know Before Piercing Your Baby's Ears

baby with pierced ears

As a mother of two young girls with pierced ears, I figured there’s no time like the present to outline what ear piercing entails when it comes to babies, toddlers, and older kids. Thinking about piercing your child’s ears? Here’s an A-Z guide on what to expect, what you should look for in a piercer, and why the decision to pierce a baby’s ears (or not) isn’t anyone’s business but your own.

Involving Your Children in Your New Relationship

Involving Your Children in Your New Relationship

When you find someone you care about who seems to have some future potential for you, you are going to want to bring your children into the picture. Of course, you want your significant other to already know that you have children. Otherwise, you may find a situation on your hands. Not every man is capable of accepting children that he perceives as belonging to another man. And some men may be frightened of the responsibilities children represent.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

A Guide to Testing Accommodations

A Guide to Testing Accommodations

Accommodations are a favorite topic of mine for a simple reason: Instead of focusing on strategies to "fix" kids or to make kids perform better, we are focusing on how the environment can be changed to integrate kids who think differently. The test and the testing environment can be disabling and needs to change to accommodate your child's individual differences. I love saying that, and your kids will love to hear it.

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Sibling Struggles

siblings fighting over the remote

Fighting and fisticuffs

Sibling Struggles

Where are most tensions in the household? Between siblings, of course! Brothers and sisters share parents, family, love, jealousy, resentment, admiration, and, a lot of times, a bedroom. You can help keep tensions to a minimum.

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by: Katy Abel

When Parents Lose a Job: Talking to Kids About Layoffs

When Parents Lose a Job: Talking to Kids About Layoffs

Pink Slips and Blue Moods Affect Children
Stock market meltdowns, dot-com deflations, bull and bear markets -- it's all lost on kids. But as America'slong-running period of prosperity loses steam and reports of layoffs make headlines, the term "economic downturn" is literally brought home.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Thanksgiving Dinner Table Topics That Don't Involve Politics, Religion, Or Your Ex

thanksgiving dinner table

We all know we should stay away from controversial topics at the dinner table, especially during the holidays. (Many of us learned that lesson during the election.) But, somehow they always work their way into the conversation. There’s always one family member who won’t stop talking about the latest White House memo, or trying to push his own political agenda.

Do You Really Like Dogs?

Do You Really Like Dogs?

The dog you bring home will hopefully be a part of your life for a decade or more. If you have never had a dog, or haven't had one or been around dogs for a long time, you might want to take a little time to be sure you like the reality of dogs before you take the ownership plunge.

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