The idea of having their kids cooking in the kitchen may prove to be a scary thought for some parents that might be imagining scenarios involving a lot of blood and wailing. However, for kids, cooking is an activity that many of them find interesting and fun. Having a young chef or two in the family can even work out to a harried parent's advantage when vacation time rolls around. Let's say that you're a Disney fan (or that your kids are at least) and have decided to take a trip to Orlando. READ More on Cooking Kids – Chefs in the Making

by Michelle Donaghey

For most families, the lists seem to be getting longer and more expensive while wallets often are not as fat as we wish they would be. While many of us would like to shout, “Bah, Humbug!” and totally forget about gift exchanges with family, friends and teachers, there is an easy alternative that will not only keep your budget in the green, but also will be greener for our planet.READ More on Easy Gift Ideas

Parenting UK offers wisdom you can trust – Hampstead and Highgate Express

21 Dec 2006 at 8:13am

Parenting UK offers wisdom you can trust
Hampstead and Highgate Express, UK – 6 hours ago
WHEN TV producers feed our gleeful fascination with watching other people's badly behaved kids, they can give parenting advice a bad name. ….

Parenting UK offers wisdom you can trust (The Ham&High Network)

21 Dec 2006 at 8:18am

WHEN TV producers feed our gleeful fascination with watching other people's badly behaved kids, they can give parenting advice a bad name.

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by Michelle Donaghey

Great gifts don’t need to cost a lot of money! Here are some thoughts:

Creative ideas for gifts for kids to make and give

With the price of gas, milk, heating and other necessities, many budgets are being stretched to their limits making it hard to even think about holiday gift giving. Credit cards can be an answer, but it is only temporary when the bills come in after January 1st. Why give yourself  that kind of stress when there are PLENTY of  creative, inexpensive possibilities for everyone on your gift list including family, friends and kids!READ More on Budget Gift Ideas

by Stacey Schifferdecker

Spanish writer Jose Bergamin wrote that traditions mean we “continue what is worth continuing.” You may not remember why your family always opens one present on Christmas Eve or why you always eat lasagna for Christmas dinner—it’s just your tradition. Substitute Chinese food instead, and someone is sure to whine, “But that’s not our tradition!” 
Traditions are often part of the glue that binds families together, providing comfort, security, and a feeling of belonging. “These are my people,” your brain says as you join in on the traditional Christmas carols sung around the piano. “This is where I belong.” Traditions connect us with our past, our home, our memories. give us a link to the past and something to look forward to in the future.READ More on Building Holiday Traditions and Lasting Memories

Parenting in uncharted territory – Boston Globe

18 Dec 2006 at 4:03am

EDGE Boston Parenting in uncharted territory
Boston Globe, MA – 12 hours ago
Lesbian parenting is, of course, a tiny part of this trend, which is driven primarily by out-of-wedlock births and divorce among heterosexuals. ….
White House maintains stance on gay parenting Concord Monitor
Bush glad for Cheney's daughter, but still leery of gay parenting San Francisco Chronicle
Snow: Bush not shifting views on gay parenting Houston Chronicle
Austin American-Statesman (subscription) – The State
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Online vote says Spears worst dog owner (AP via Yahoo! News)

18 Dec 2006 at 3:45pm

When it comes to celebrity dog-parenting skills, Oprah Winfrey is tops and Britney Spears is the world's worst, according to an online vote by readers of two dog magazines.

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by Dr. Caron Goode
Compassion is the desire to assuage feelings of suffering in others. A compassionate person considers the sufferings of others as his own. But compassion is not pity and it is also different from altruism, which is simply an action of helping others. Compassion is a combination of feeling for someone else, experiencing the suffering and a positive move to reduce the suffering of others.  READ More on Teaching Compassion to Children

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