Usually, I don’t like to copy/paste reasons for doing anything from a manufacturer. However, these reasons just...
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It’s almost always a good idea to shop used, especially for kid stuff, since they grow out of it so quickly. However,...
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Damn scientists making me look like a fool in front of my son

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Just a few short weeks since I told my son emphatically that there could never be a planet with 2 suns, NASA comes along and discovers one. The simulation in the video below is fascinating in that the reporters talk about a planet that “revolves around two stars,” which seems clearly impossible without defying all law of physics. However, there is a center of gravity around which both suns revolve. The planet revolves around both the two suns and this center of gravity – amazing. If you lived on the planet (of gas and hard rock with temperatures from -100 to -150 F) you’d have to get over how impossible that all seems and content yourself with enjoying light of two suns...

Review: Cybex Aton Carseat

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The first thing I noticed when unpacking the Cybex Aton is how impossibly light the carrier and base are. At only 8.8 pounds, the Cybex Aton is one the lightest carriers on the market. I’ve really come to appreciate this after making numerous trips up and down the two flights of stairs to our house. For me the base is one of the most remarkable features. The base was super easy to install in both our small sedan and minivan. One of the things I really like about it is the proprietary belt tensioning mechanism that works when installing using the latch connectors or seat belt. You simply press down and the lever clicks into place resulting in a snug and secure installation every time. For...

Potty training: How and when to try

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Bill Bounds
While we wish there was an easy way to go about potty training our toddlers, there just isn’t, and there isn’t even an easy way to know when to go about trying. It is commonly understood that the process will be much more difficult than necessary if we try to force training on children before they’re ready or go about it in a way that puts too much pressure on them. For us, we decided to let our daughter tell us when she was ready. Expectedly, she was apprehensive at first, so we eased her into the idea by just sitting on the toilet and chatting with her, so she understood this wasn’t a bad place to be. We’d also flush it so she wasn’t afraid of the noise it...

One Question to Help Stop a Tantrum

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Bill Bounds
The other night, our little girl had what my wife and I call a nuclear melt-down of a tantrum while we were in a store. It was one for the history books. It was our fault in that we went to the store with her after her bedtime, so the littlest thing was guaranteed to snowball into a melt-down of at least some proportion. This one, however, was a monster. Because I won’t tolerate a tantrum in a store or similar public place, I left my wife doing the shopping and took our girl outside. Normally, this separation from the venue and a firm talking to will start her calming down. This time, calming down wasn’t in the cards. After a short time, when it became clear to me she wasn’t going to calm...

Father’s Day ideas from radio’s Ernie D

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My first Father’s Day…its always special because in most cases you still have a “baby.” There was no real extravagant gift that I got that day, but just the fact of knowing that it was my first real father’s day made it special for me. Whether it’s his “first” father’s day, or his 20th, here are father’s day ideas all dads can enjoy. Last year, I had been talking all spring and summer about going to the beach. So my wife, on a small budget went out and got a beach pack for me for Father’s Day. The kids and wife had spent all morning making a quiche, which is one of my favorite breakfasts, and we packed up the car with food, my gift and headed off...

Mother’s Day ideas for new or pregnant moms

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Planning your wife’s very first Mother’s Day may seem like a huge task, because you may not be used to planning something like this and it is definitely NOT like getting something for your own mother. Sometimes it is just simple things that will make her the happiest.     Make a DVD of pictures or videos and use some of her favorite music or meaningful songs in the background. Use pictures from the time she was pregnant, to the hospital, baby’s firsts and everything special in between. A gift like this is priceless and always works! Obviously, you pamper your wife. Plan a special breakfast, include her favorite flowers and take care of the clean up. Then make sure...

The Dangers of Over-Complaining for Tween and Teen Girls

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GuyWinch
Kids love complaining and while parents usually pay attention to what their kids complain about, they don’t often give much thought to the quantity of their complaints. However, a recent study from the University of Missouri suggests we ought to pay more attention to how much our kids complain. The study found that engaging in too much ‘complaint-talk’ had a negative impact on tween and teen girls’ mental health. Tween and teen girls are big talkers to begin with and today, girls have more options than ever to communicate with their friends. The average tween and teen often begins texting, tweeting, IMing, posting and calling their friends before they even show their face at the breakfast...

Protecting your Children against Cyber Bullying

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  The media attention brought to the increasing number of young suicides as a result of bullying is causing families distress. But there are some things that parents can do to protect their children from the scrutiny of cyber bulling. When you know that your children are being bullied, as a parent you can feel very helpless. But there are a few things that parents can do to protect their child’s privacy. By taking a few precautions you can make sure that your children don’t have free reign over the internet. Here are a few ways parents can protect their children:   - Be open about it with your kids. As they say “honesty is the best policy”, this holds true when discussing...

4 Tips to improve time with kids

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John Badalament
In the following video clip you’ll meet Paul, a young dad whose story about coming to terms with his son’s illness is an inspiring, yet cautionary tale for all parents. After viewing the clip, ask yourself these questions: are you showing up for your children as much as you’d like and in the ways that they need? How far is your reality from your ideal? Finally, do any of your priorities need resetting? Here are four practical tips for improving the quality of your time together: 1. Make sure your child is the center of your attention, and not just a distraction while you do other things (errands, calls, emails, etc.) 2. During your time together, do activities you both enjoy—or,...

Review: Arc-a-teks

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Eric Cooper
Bulky. That was the first word that popped into my mind when I thought about Arc-a-teks. Now, I know that has negative connotations, but bulky is a parent’s best friend when it comes to toys. It means that pieces are easily grasped by small hands. Bulky – think of it in a different light from now on. Now, onto Arc-a-teks and what they are: it’s a pail, with a lid, filled with various bits and bobs that make up a couple different characters. While the varieties they come in are Earth, Sea, and Sky, I’ll be using Arc-a-teks “Type: Earth Modern” for simpler explanation. In the pail you’re going to get the pieces to build the two fabulous characters, two trading...
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