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Talking Race with Children

Talking Race with Children

| August 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

I raised my hand during kindergarten class in 1979 when I was five years old and announced that I’m black. I actually got up on my feet to say it. I am black. And then afterward I sat back down again. I don’t remember what we were supposed to be doing at the time. In […]

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A Light in the Dark: One Mother’s Journey from Fear to Love

A Light in the Dark: One Mother’s Journey from Fear to Love

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I remember it being eerily quiet in the hospital room. After twelve hours of hard labor I was exhausted but too anxious to sleep. My daughter had arrived only a few hours earlier, at just after 3 a.m. In the period leading up to her birth, the room had been full of activity. Monitors beeped, […]

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The Teen Brain: Risky Business

The Teen Brain: Risky Business

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Would you buy a car with no brakes? The teen brain is comparable to a car built and equipped with all the bells and whistles — but no brakes, experts say. Like the car without brakes, the teen brain is prone to risk-taking and accidents. Is it any wonder many parents find the teen years […]

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Contracts for Connected Families

Contracts for Connected Families

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

In general, families run better with good rules, so it’s not surprising that parents want to make rules about how kids use technology. Lots of organizations have offered well-intended versions of online dos and don’ts. (See box) And plenty of parents have written about their efforts to create guidelines governing what kids can and can’t […]

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The Sexual Exploitation of Children in Media

The Sexual Exploitation of Children in Media

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

When a person is repeatedly exposed to a certain stimulus, over time there is a tendency to become desensitized to it. It’s an important psychological and physiological reaction that helps protect the individual from sights, sounds, sensations or emotions that otherwise might be too much to bear. Most of us would probably be shocked at […]

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The Buzz on Teens and Alcohol

The Buzz on Teens and Alcohol

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Kerri Zane gave her then 16-year-old daughter, Rachelle, the go-ahead for a New Year’s Eve party at their house, Zane made it clear: no alcohol. Still, one underage teen found a loophole. Unbeknownst to anyone, he stopped at a liquor store and gave a passerby money to buy beer for him. After guzzling it […]

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Top 10 things to Know About The Oregon Garden

Top 10 things to Know About The Oregon Garden

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Oregon Garden, located in historic Silverton, Oregon, is full of beauty and wonder for your whole family! Here are the top 10 things you should know about this special destination: It’s FUN for the whole family! The Oregon Garden features a Children’s Garden with a hobbit house to play in, a miniature train garden, […]

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Where the Wild Things Are: Camping with Babies and Toddlers

Where the Wild Things Are: Camping with Babies and Toddlers

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the summer, campgrounds are crawling (sometimes literally) with babies, toddlers and young families. But many new parents may hesitate to head into the wild, as they wonder whether camping with a tot will be safe, enjoyable or worth the hassle. Don’t abandon your dreams of an al fresco vacation quite yet — camping with […]

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Blended Family Benefits

Blended Family Benefits

According to the U.S. Census, over 50 percent of U.S. families are remarried or re-coupled at any given time. At least 1,300 new blended families form every day! Fifty percent (half) of the 60 million children under the age of 13 are currently living with one biological parent and that parent’s current partner. Many marriage and […]

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We Are the 15 Percent

We Are the 15 Percent

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last year, I flew back east to visit family in Philadelphia. While my husband and I were ferrying our kids out to the car from the hotel, a black woman asked me, “Are those your children?” Weird question, right? Well, not when you’re an interracial couple with your mixed-race children; I am black and my […]

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