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Author: host Created: 6/16/2008 2:48 PM
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Right now in many places around the world, life is incomprehensibly horrible. I'm very tempted to try not to think about it. But that's not the right response for me or for my family. Now is the time to discuss natural disasters and war with the kids, to rally their interest in helping others, and to encourage them to begin forming their own opinions about foreign policy.

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A handy reference guide for parents that includes street names, what the drugs look like, how they're abused, and more.

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Seeing my daughter struggle for her place on the middle school food chain is painful to watch; both because I remember those days of self loathing and because I know she is so much better equipped for all of this than I was that I was hoping she wouldn't have to struggle at all. I feel the need to make a saying that I can imprint on her brain, that she can take with her for the rest of her life. "We don't change so someone will love us. The right person loves us for who we already are."

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Have your kids had a hard time remembering to do certain tasks? How have you gotten them to remember?

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Am I "conservative" for not wanting my 12 year old to have cleavage busting out of her school shirt? What are your thoughts about teens wearing push up bras?

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With a new school year rapidly approaching, it's a good idea to make sure everyone starts working their way back to the school year sleep schedule if it differs from what you were doing this summer.  Younger kids should be getting to bed between 8 pm and 9pm, if they get up around 6 - 7 am.  Elementary aged kids need 9 - 10 hours of sleep, and teens surprisingly need between 9 and 11 hours.

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Today's activity: learn about grains.  What grains were used in ancient civilizations?  What part of the world did corn come from?  What's the difference between whole wheat bread and white bread?  What do grains look like when they grow?  Where do they grow?  How are they transformed from the natural state into edible form?  Find a recipe for a grain you're not familiar with, and cook it.  You can boil it and make a hot cereal/porridge or grind it into flour. 

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The kids spent five fun-filled, no vegetable days getting to know Grandma and Grandpa while hubby and I spent the time doing all the things we don't while the kids are around.  And aside from the time for "just the two of us," I'm delighted the kids are experiencing the joys of time with the grandparents.

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A sampling of places my son's glasses have been besides his face.

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare issued a recall for children's versions of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration.

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