Your Parenting Style Impacts Your Teen’s Autonomy

One of the many goals of parenting is to raise children who become successful adults. Ideally, teens should develop the skills they need in order to become adults who can function in the “real world”. A study shows that your parenting style impacts your teen’s autonomy and the quality of his or her romantic relationships as an adult. Developmentally speaking, teenagers are at a stage when they are beginning to separate from their family and seek out their own, individual, identity. Little kids typically have a strong desire to seek approval from their parents. Teens, however, are much more interested … Continue reading

Helicopter Parenting is not Helpful

It is natural for parents to want the very best for their children. They make sure their kids have brushed their teeth, feed them healthy foods, and check to make sure that their homework is done. All of this is done because of love. That being said, there is a point where things become too much. It turns out that helicopter parenting can actually harm a child’s future prospects. What is a “helicopter parent”? Parents Magazine says that the term originated in 1969 in a book called Parents & Teenagers written by Dr. Haim Ginott. Some of the teens he … Continue reading

Effects of Being Bullied Last Longer than you Might Expect

It is obvious that being the victim of a bully is unpleasant. What you may not realize is that the effects of being bullied last much longer than you may expect that they would. A study that was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that children who were bullied have their health, relationships, and even their economic status, affected into middle age. The researchers used data that was collected from the U.K.’s National Child Development Study. They focused on more than 18,000 people who were born during a specific week in 1958. The researchers asked the parents of … Continue reading

The Importance of Not Sharing

It’s one of life’s most important lessons and it doesn’t come easy. Sharing is a challenging concept for many adults to master, so imagine the toll it takes on preschoolers. Most preschool curriculums incorporate a slew of opportunities for four year olds to learn the fine art of sharing.  They are taught to be generous with their possessions so their peers don’t feel left out.  However, is sharing really caring?  Does it really matter if kids share and share alike? Some educators don’t think so. In fact, a growing number of preschools are putting the kibosh on forced sharing in … Continue reading

Protect Your Parents Money: Budgeting

You may be caring for aging parents now or in the future. Protecting their financial assets is an important part of that care. What you might not know, though, is that the financial status of your mom and dad could have a big impact on your own family budget. You’ll need to take the following steps as soon as possible to protect their and your future. Just to clarify, you are not legally responsible for your parent’s debt, unless there is no debt that you acquired jointly or no joint assets that have claims against them. Still, it often falls … Continue reading

Summer LEGO Mania

My 8-year-old is a LEGO Friends fanatic. My dishwasher is not. I know this because of the horrible sounds it’s been making since swallowing one of the tiny plastic bricks meant to stabilize the slide on my daughter’s Heartlake City Pool set. I’m this close to tossing out the rest of the set and booking a trip to New York City.  That’s where Nathan Sawaya’s massive LEGO display is being showcased for kids of all ages to enjoy.  Perhaps, immersing my child in another LEGO lover’s colorful brick designs will take her mind off her mother’s moratorium on LEGO play. … Continue reading

To Preschool or Not to Preschool That is the Question

Did you know that many preschools begin accepting students when they are two and a half years old? It may seem like just yesterday that your little one said his first words and took his first steps. Could it really be time for preschool already? Maybe, but then again, maybe not. Deciding when a child is ready for preschool is not a simple task. There are some questions that you can ask yourself to assess whether now is a good time to send your child to preschool. For example, ask yourself whether your child is fairly independent, meaning that she … Continue reading

Save on a SoCal Spring Break Escape

With abundant sunshine, gloriously warm temperatures, 70 miles of gorgeous beaches and a slew of world-famous attractions, San Diego is a hot spot for families looking to enjoy a fun-filled spring break.  Fortunately, the popular Southern California city is also a haven for frugal travelers.  Right now, several area hotels are offering incredible package deals catering to budget-conscious clans. Some of the money-saving getaways include: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa:  From now through May 23rd you can escape Old Man Winter’s wrath and luxuriate at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, located within minutes from La Jolla; one … Continue reading

Emerging Readers: Best Selections

  1.  Logic of English No frills.  Straightforward.  Simple to use and implement. One program for all ages.  Suggestions for proper use for each age group. Teaches from a solid Orton-Gillingham method. The phonogram is associated with the sound so the letter becomes the image.  This is especially important for dyslexics. Lessons teach phonics, phonograms, spelling, dictation, and grammar. As the name of the program suggests it is taught in a logical and orderly fashion. All sounds for a vowel are taught at one time.  This is to prevent confusion and frustration when a child learns short “a” and then … Continue reading

Study Provides Clues to How Autism and Schizophrenia Develop

A study done with mice may have provided some clues about how disorders such as autism and schizophrenia develop. It seems that the genes that are connected to these two disorders might only be active for a short period of time while brain is developing. This could be a first step towards understanding more about the genetic links to the disorders. What causes autism? There have been several studies that have tried to determine the cause of autism. Many different potential factors have been identified that may, or may or may not, be a clue in the quest to find … Continue reading