What Loving My Adopted Daughter Taught Me About Racism

I heard a comment that made me wince while driving my daughter (who is adopted from China) and her friend to an afterschool activity the other day: "Chinese people are always smart and good at math."  This is a compliment, right?  The words usually come out before the person thinks…

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Why I Plan To Let My Kids Drink Booze Whenever They Want

No, I'm not going to give my toddler a Bacardi Breeze in his sippy cup or let my 4-year-old run around in his Superhero cape with a fifth of Jack. I'm talking about the precarious age when alcohol curiosity hits. Right now, my kids are perfectly satisfied with "mommy juice" or "grown-up…

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5 Easy Phrases To Stop Your Child's Whining Instantly

Every parent knows the familiar cadence and tone of a child begging for something, even after a parent says "no" because every parent has had to deal with whining and pleading that becomes a tantrum in their lives. But not every parent realizes that you can stop your child's whining —…

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Why I Make My Kids Use Electronics Every Day

“MOM! She hit me!” “Well, she called me a meanie!” “I did NOT!” “AND she told me she wished a coyote would bite my hand off!” I open my mouth for a reprimand, or a threat, but think better of it. Instead, I pick up my cell phone, turning my…

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If Your Child Has These 3 Qualities, They're Incredibly Gifted

Thanks to standardized tests, it's somewhat easy to tell whether a grade-schooler has above-average aptitude. But curious parents of preschoolers may have a more difficult time determining whether their children are "gifted," having fewer benchmarks against which to measure them. "Although I suspect my daughter is gifted, I am still waiting [until]…

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