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Teaching Kids to Navigate the Streets

Teaching Kids to Navigate the Streets

Tales from the Safety Zone

Close to 1,000 child pedestrians ages 14 and under die each year as a result of being hit by motor vehicles on streets and in parking lots and driveways. Pedestrian injury is a leading cause of unintentional deaths in children ages 5 to 9. This is one reason we think children under age 10 aren't ready to deal with traffic. More boys are hit than girls. Their upbringing may make boys bolder about taking risks.

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Talking About Internet Safety

Talking About Internet Safety

FOR AGES: 9 to 12

THE SCENE
"I don't get it," your 11-year-old complains. "You're so paranoid about the Net. I mean, I don't give out my phone number or anything. Don't you trust me?"

The Internet is adding a new twist to the age-old tug-of-war between a preteen's growing need for independence and a parent's understandable concern for safety.

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Are You Ready for Adoption?

Are You Ready for Adoption?

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Adoption-readiness refers to your state of mind when you feel ready to explore adoption. The adoption mind-set is an attitude in which you not only want to adopt a child, but you need to adopt a child, and you plan to act on this need.

More: Am I Ready to Have a Baby? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Updated: April 25, 2022

Kids and Extreme Sports

Though traditional sports like football, basketball, and hockey aren't exactly going out of style, the world of so-called extreme sports keeps growing in popularity. Kids and adults alike are participating in increasing numbers in these risky -- if not sometimes downright dangerous -- sports. But why?

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by: Lindsay Hutton

Expert Advice: Strangers and Safety During the Holidays

Expert Advice: Strangers and Safety During the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyful time of year, but it's also a time of year when you need to be extra-cautious when out and about with your child. Between frenzied trips to the mall for holiday shopping, crowded airports, and holiday parties, it can be hard to keep track of your little one in the crowds.

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Things: We Own Them, They Don't Own Us

Things: We Own Them, They Don't Own Us

How do we become more skillful in our relationship to things? Much of our lives is spent purchasing, returning, taking care of, cleaning, putting away, moving, and getting rid of things. We acquire possessions through purchase, gifts, and inheritance. Once we are owners, possessions demand a large portion of our life energy. What do we do with the things we no longer use and the things that belonged to the people we loved dearly? Our choices about possessions shape our lives.

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by: Katy Abel

Your Child, Your Money, and Online Auctions

Your Child, Your Money, and Online Auctions

To Bid or Not to Bid?

The toy section of eBay reads like a Christmas list, and for consumers of all ages, this is an irresistible way to make a purchase: Place a bid, then bid higher, then hope against hope that you're not outbid by someone else.

For adults, being outbid on a coveted Beanie Baby may result in mild disappointment. For a child, it can be a crushing loss.

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It's Not Whether You Win or Lose: Teaching Good Sportsmanship

It's Not Whether You Win or Lose: Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Danger Zone

Here are some comments not to tell your teen:

“You've got to play your best; it's the championship, and the team's counting on you.”

“If you play well, we'll be so proud of you.”

“I've got ten bucks riding on you getting a home run.”

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Updated: July 7, 2021

The Best Outdoor Activities for Kids

Summer Activities

Summer break has arrived and it’s time to get the kids out of the house and into the busy outdoors. The sun, fresh air, and physical activity should make for some happy and tired kids at the end of the day. Taking a break from the screens and playing outside can ramp up the imagination, increase activity level, and get your kids some much-needed Vitamin D.

Start Playing Games at a Young Age

Start Playing Games at a Young Age

The trick to avoiding difficulty with teenagers is to start playing games with them when they are little kids. Keep the lines of communication with them open. Talk and listen when they are little, and never stop. Always make yourself available to them. There's no better way to establish a rapport than to get down and dirty with them in a good old-fashioned game: Chess, Checkers, board games, card games, Pool, or Darts—anything that will keep the interaction alive.

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by: Katy Abel

The Price of Motherhood: An Interview with Ann Crittenden

The Price of Motherhood: An Interview with Ann Crittenden

Moms Pay High Cost for Caring
In a new book, The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued, author and former New York Times economics reporter Ann Crittenden looks at how a lack of social supports for American moms forces them to make bitter choices, while women in other industrialized societies enjoy a year's worth of paid leave after birth and other benefits that women in the U.S. can't begin to imagine.

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Preventing Unwanted Behaviors in Your Cat

Preventing Unwanted Behaviors in Your Cat

Preventing troublesome behaviors requires some planning and a effort but is usually far easier than fixing them later. Let's review some of the most important factors that affect behavior, both good and bad.

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by: Cynthia Thayer

5 Activities for Kids During the COVID Pandemic

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COVID-19 is here with us for a bit longer. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this winter season a fun one.

Parents are reporting their children’s screen time has increased by 60% with remote learning and the use of social media. It’s a challenge we’re all facing, and we may see a further increase this winter, so activities that don’t always involve more screen time can be a great option.

Deciding on Money Values

Deciding on Money Values

Now that you've examined your own attitudes and values toward money, you may want to think about the things you want your child to understand. Take a look at these old adages: Some have weathered the years because they continue to be true, and others may be tomorrow's classics.

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Your One-Year-Old and Play

Your One-Year-Old and Play

Let your baby be challenged. That's how she learns. This is the time when baby is most interested in the world around her. Introduce the basics—try naming objects around the house and explain their purposes. Babies like to know as much as possible about everything.

  • Teach your baby the right way the first time around. For instance, when baby is learning how to pick up a spoon or a rattle, take the time to show her the correct way to hold it.

The Benefits of Living with a Cat

The Benefits of Living with a Cat

Your child wants a pet, and you think pet ownership is a good way to teach responsibility. Besides, you're getting tired of the whining and pleading. How much trouble can a little cat be, anyway?

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Updated: March 15, 2019

Why Independent Play is Vital for Raising Empowered Children

toddler playing independently

Today, children’s play is often tainted with boxes to check and points to score. So often teachers will say things like, “They think they’re playing, but really they’re learning” to which I think: “What’s the difference?!” and further: “Why isn’t playing enough? Why does there have to be a quantifiable, measurable end”?

Play IS the point.

More: The Importance of Play in 21st Century Learning

Games Are Everywhere!

Games Are Everywhere!

Thank goodness for “everywhere games.” These games have been handed down through the ages and are great for kids' parties and long car trips. Car games are inspired by the imagination and can be played just about anywhere (and had to be the brainchild of desperate parents on long road trips with bored children). For these games you don't need any accessories—just a creative mind and the ability to keep the kids interested for lengthy periods of time.

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