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To sick for school? Take quiz to find out

This is a great tool to have to test wether your child is too sick for school.

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Blogging Makes New Moms Happier

Via ‘Motherlode – Adventures in Parenting’ a NYTimes blog.   By KJ DELL’ANTONIA

Blogging may make new mothers feel happier. Fellow mothers, do you remember that feeling of isolation that came with staying at home, alone, with that tiny, needy, crying, confusing baby they handed you at the hospital? Fathers, More >

Secrets to cleaning with Kids

15 ways to make helping out fun and easy for kids (really!).

Cleaning the house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing,” the comedienne Phyllis Diller once said. But though it can be challenging to keep things clean, neat, and orderly when you’ve More >

Developmental Milestones at Age Two

Break out those party hats and bake up some cupcakes — it’s party time! As your child approaches his second birthday, think about all the milestones he’s met this year, from walking to toddling to running like the wind (plus subtler new skills like pointing and pretending). Pretty amazing, right? More >

Mother-Toddler Bond Linked to Teen Obesity

Toddlers who have poor relationships with their moms are more likely to pack on extra pounds as they grow up, a new U.S. study shows. Tracking nearly 1,000 kids into their teens, researchers found more than a quarter of those who scored lowest on mother-child relationship tests as toddlers went More >

Advice from Dr. Spock’s 9th Edition: Less Materialism, More Nature

In the pantheon of parenting gurus, Dr. Spock appears to have legendary staying power. Nowadays, there are shelves full of niche parenting books, offering advice on raising twins or singletons, high-spirited toddlers and attention-starved middle children. But this week, the good doctor weighed in yet again with his generalist and More >

17 Great Indoor Games and Activities for Kids!

When my family moved from snowy Massachusetts to sunny Austin, Texas, I breathed a sigh of relief. No more cold, wet days cooped up indoors with a restless toddler. I’d just open the back door, pour a Texas-sized glass of iced tea, and watch my daughter frolic in the sun. More >

Toddler Pretend Play: Tips for Boosting Your Child’s Imagination

It may not seem like a milestone, but if your toddler snaps your photo with a wooden block (it’s a camera, silly!) or bundles her bear into a blanket, she’s made an important development leap. Engaging in pretend play (also called symbolic play, imaginative play, dramatic play, or good old More >