girl and her pet dogChoosing a pet for your child is a very important decision that will last for many years. Some pets live ten to twenty years or longer, so the pet you choose today may become a lifelong friend as the child grows. Also, having a pet is a great way to teach your child responsibility.

What type of pet you choose for your child will depend on a variety of factors. How old the child currently is plays a role in your choice of pets, as does where you live, how much room you have, and how much time you as parents have too.

You see, when a child is still somewhat young, they won't be able to take care of most pets completely on their own. It's up to the parents to teach the children how to care for and love pets, and parents usually need to do a lot of the work themselves while their children are still young. So the amount of time you, as the parents, has available to devote towards the pet care, and the teaching of both pet and child will be an important part of choosing the proper pet for your child. READ More on Choosing a Pet for Your Child

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rainforestswing.jpgThis is a recall alert for the Rainforest Open Top Take-Along Swing.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there have been 60 reports of this with "cuts, bumps, bruises and red marks" occurring. If you have this product please stop using it immediately. Small infants and babies have been caught between the seat and the frame.

You can contact Fisher-Price at 888-303-5631, or visit their recall page on their website here. When you contact them they will let you know what you will need to do to replace the swing and get a voucher for a free replacement item.

Photo copyright Consumer Product Safty Commission

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By Dr. Caron B. Goode 

Kevin's comment: This is an excellent article that can be applied to children of all ages. Reading and reflecting on it really helps one understand not only your child but also yourself. If you ever wonder why you and your child continually butt heads, this article can help. It provides insight in understanding not only your childs personality but your own. It has given me a whole new perspective in understanding my children.

sisters doing their choresTweens have a lot on their plates. They have school, friends, extracurricular activities, and impending puberty. It’s no wonder they have a hard time remembering their chores!
Common sense tells us tweens don’t remember chores because they are not important—to them. To tweens, chores may seem senseless. To parents, however, regular chores represent a sense of responsibility and belonging. Chores introduce tweens to the concepts of teamwork and time management. They also help build self-esteem and self-worth through pride in a job well done.
Before chores can teach these lessons, however, children must actually do them. Therefore, chores can be an effective parenting tool only if you master the art of motivating your tween.
Charts, reminders, and well placed notes are all ways of motivating your child. These methods can be very effective, but they can also be very time consuming. If time is something you have precious little of, take heart. There is a way of motivating your tween that does not increase your already heavy workload.READ More on Parenting and Coaching Tweens to Get Chores Done

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Traveling with KidsWith summer almost here, many families are planning a family getaway. Traveling with kids can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit trying for parents, particularly when the kids are small. Small children often have very short attention spans, and they're not able to become absorbed in reading a book for instance, to while away several hours of a trip. Trips are hard on kids of all ages, because most kids want to move around and do fun things. Smaller kids have the most difficult time with traveling though, because on short hour can seem like a whole day to them. So keeping them occupied while traveling can be a challenge.

There are many things you can do to help make traveling with kids a more enjoyable experience though. Some things work well for smaller children, while others are usually best for kids a little older. Most of the techniques we cover here are for traveling with kids in a car, but some of the tips can be used for air travel, trains or buses too. READ More on Tips When Traveling With Kids

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CareBears Personalized Music   

Sure to delight the kids, More4kids ® is proud to annouce the release of a CareBears Personalized Music Album. What is personalized music? Personalized childrens music features your childs name sung withing the songs. It is not only fun, but helps build self-esteem and love for music.

Songs featured on this album are:

  1. Close Your Eyes
  2. Care Bears Are Here
  3. Nothing Like a Care Bear
  4. Life as a Care Bear
  5. Starlight's Dreaming
  6. A Beautiful Day
  7. Birthday Surprise
  8. A Care Bears' Best Friend

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astronaut on the moonI was reflecting tonight on my childhood role models and the effect they had in my life. As a child I idolized Neil Armstrong. He helped instill in me my sense of adventure. The most important lesson I learned from my hero is that there is nothing a person can't do once they set their mind to it. Unfortunately many young kids role models tend to be cartoons. Children need and want positive role models to look up to in their life. Real life role models. Knowing that their are people in the world that like the same thing that they do, and are accomplished, interesting, and committed, will fuel their optimism, desire, and persistence.

Below are 3 ways in which you can give your kids some great role models to look up to. READ More on Role Models – Giving your child somebody to look up to

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