I just read an intersting fact that the US Consumer Product Safety commission estimates that about 165 thousand kids 14 and under will be injured or trearted this year for toy related injuries. As a parent of two young boys, one 4 1/2 and the other 5 months it made me think about the toys we have and are planning on getting our kids this holiday season . will definitely be on my mind this year. In doing a little research here are some quick tips to remember:READ More on Toy Safety this holiday season

I ran across this recipe that is sure to delight with the kids this holiday season. Chocolate covered spoons!

Plastic spoons get dressed up just by adding a little chocolate! Take a bag of chocolate chips and melt it in the microwave cooking at half power in 30 second increments. Add a little bit of shortening (1 teaspoon to each cup of chips) if you want the chocolate to work better. READ More on Umm…Chocolate Spoons

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Parenting Early Intervention Project Manager – Guardian Unlimited

28 Nov 2006 at 6:03am

Parenting Early Intervention Project Manager
Guardian Unlimited, UK – 4 hours ago
…. developing an ambitious strategy for parental engagement, which is designed to ensure that children can benefit from confident, positive parenting from birth ….

Lawyer: Parenting techniques will be issue in caged kids trial today (News Jo…

28 Nov 2006 at 7:05am

NORWALK (AP) – Discipline and parenting techniques will be a key issue in the trial of adoptive parents accused of locking some of their 11 special-needs children in cages, a defense attorney said.

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This weeks Carnival of Family Life is being hosted by www.beagooddad.com. First of all, for those that don't know, what exactly is a blog carnival? Basically it is a place where bloggers can get together who same a common interest. We, for example, joined the carnival of family life. Once a week articles relating to families and parenting are submitted and the person hosting the carnival will make a short commatary with a link to the article.

For our readers here at More4kids going to a blog carnival is a great way to get a lot of good information from a variety of people. In this weeks carnival, topics include everthing from  Toddler stocking stuffer ideas to   Crafting for the Anti-Crafter: A Toddler Matching Game

One article we found particulary interesting was Reward Charts for Deserving Children, by Hsien-Hsien Lei, PhD. It is definitely on our 'must read' list for this week.

Finally, here at More4kids we presented our own article Establishing Communication in the Younger Years  which deals with communicating with very young children and the importance of non-verbal communication and cues in the early years when a child is first learning to talk and understand. At this age the child may find it difficult to grasp what we as parents are trying to say. For me, this was the most frustrating time with our first child and this gives some ideas to help us with our second child.

Enjoy the Carnival!

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by Stacey Schifferdecker

Have you see the big inflatable decorations that pop up in people yards now? Pumpkins at Halloween, Uncle Sam on the Fourth of July, snowmen at Christmas, etc. If you drive by our yard in December, you’ll see an 8-foot-tall inflatable snowman. But walk around the back of friendly Frosty and you see his duct tape “band-aids,” covering the gashes from last winter when someone spiked him. On our quiet, peaceful little street, poor Frosty was the victim of vandalism wrought by someone who doesn’t respect other people’s property. READ More on Teaching Respect For Property

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As parents it is important to understand our childs temperment and personality. It helps with the interaction with our children. A child that may naturally be shy for example, we may want to gently pull them out of their shell and be understanding when they need their 'alone' time. It is also important to understand that each child is different, and as such needs to be treated and interacted with a bit differently. Here is some good background information on temperment and personality. READ More on Parenting: Getting To Know Your Childs Temperment and Personality

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Parenting: Dad's overseas absence calls for compassion – Sacramento Bee

25 Nov 2006 at 3:13am

Parenting : Dad's overseas absence calls for compassion
Sacramento Bee,  USA – 2 hours ago
Q: I have an 8-year-old daughter who is an only child. My husband is in the military and left recently for duty in the Middle East. ….

Calls for changes to co-parenting laws (News Interactive)

24 Nov 2006 at 2:06am

A HARROWING account of a woman's struggle to escape her abusive husband has sparked calls from NSW Premier Morris Iemma for changes to co-parenting laws for separated parents.

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