by Stacey Schifferdecker

When I think back on my childhood Christmases, one memory stands out above all others. I was probably ten and we lived in a suburb of Denver. One cold December night, we—my mother, stepfather, two older sisters, and me—bundled up and drove downtown, where we walked around looking at the lights and the courthouse Nativity scenes. Then we went home to sit cuddled on the floor together in front of the fireplace drinking hot chocolate.  READ More on Simple Holiday Joys

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Paris defends Brits? partying, er, parenting – Boston Herald

13 Dec 2006 at 12:15am

E Canada Now Paris defends Brits? partying, er, parenting
Boston Herald, United States – 5 hours ago
…. her MySpace [website] page yesterday to defend her new BFF, Britney Spears, who is under fire for spending lots of time partying and not enough time parenting .. ….
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Paris Hilton Defends Britney Spears' Parenting (

12 Dec 2006 at 11:39am

Paris Hilton has hit out at critics of Britney Spears, insisting she can party and still be a good mother.

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I just finished reading an article by my friend Dr. Neill Neill that really grabbed my attention. His article is Help Your Kids Grow, and Then Let Them Go. What really hit home for meis the importance of letting your children make their own mistakes and don’t fall into the trap of trying to protect them and gain control as they get older. They will natually rebel. Ideally as our children grow we should grow with them our relationships needs to become more supportive and encouraging. This can be very hard and I want to help and protect my kids.

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In a recent article in the Daily Mail, questions have been raised about Britney Spears poor parenting skills. According to the article social service workers are investigating and are concerned about her childrens welfare. Miss Spears, recently seperated from her second husband, Kevin Federline, has been photographed at nightclubs and some very uncomprimising situations, one minus her underwear. There have been reports of her tripping with one of her sons falling head first only to have one of her body guards catch him. Another report of her driving with her son Sean Preston on her lap while not wearing a seatbelt and yet another report of one of her sons falling from a highchair and hitting his head while under the care of a nanny.READ More on Britney Spears Parenting Concerns

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Being a step-parent can be a real challenge. A step-parent is somewhat like being in middle management – you get the complaints from 'above' and 'below'. It is important to try and not get caught in the middle. One way out of this dilemma is to step out from the middle and simply be part of 'senior management'. Successful employment of that strategy will require cooperation from the biological parent. But if you don't have that already, that may well be a major source of the difficulty to begin with.READ More on Step-Parenting: Building Relationships and Communication

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Parenting Jewish teens, a guide for the perplexed – Ynetnews

9 Dec 2006 at 10:31am

Ynetnews Parenting Jewish teens, a guide for the perplexed
Ynetnews, Israel – 8 hours ago
Joanne Doades " Parenting Jewish Teens, a Guide for the Perplexed" is a pleasant, familiar book by a mother sharing her insights about raising teenagers, the ….

Divorced mom should reconsider move to California that would upset parenting …

8 Dec 2006 at 3:06pm

QI am divorced and have had shared parenting with my ex-husband for four years. We have two children, ages 8 and 10. They have done very well under this parenting arrangement.

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With the holiday season fast approaching, lets not forget the teachers that influence our childs life. They are so important, usually underpaid, and many times not too much thought is given to them.  Here are a couple ideas to do something extra special for them this year.READ More on Gifts For Teachers – Lets Not Forget Them!

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