Too much coddling?
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:24:51 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131218/BLOGS/312189942/-1/blogs01 Change often brings controversy. That is certainly true these days about the new Common Core curriculum in education. An attempt to establish more rigorous education standards, it has created much debate about an emphasis on testing and its impact on children.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:18:04 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131114/BLOGS/311149982/-1/blogs01 Three recent stories in the news reflect changes taking place in the way children are developing. They reflect not only children’s exposure to technology but also the influence of a current emphasis on brain development and early academic achievement.
]]>Help nurture kids' love of nature with these backyard bird-feeding tips
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:24:57 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131112/BLOGS/311129949/-1/blogs01 Parents and children enjoy spending quality time together, but it's not always easy to find shared interests. The backyard, however, can provide the perfect place for generations to meet when parents help kids learn the delights of bird-watching and bird-feeding.
]]>Learning about differences
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:25:17 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131108/BLOGS/311089973/-1/blogs01 Justifiable concern has been expressed about the exposure of children to bullying on social media and in school. Less attention is paid to those who do the bullying, and how to address what is clearly destructive both for them and their targets. It would seem that education has an important role to play here, since both the bullied and the bullies are usually in the same classrooms or schools.
]]>Five simple steps to being a great pet owner
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:30:28 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131106/BLOGS/311069970/-1/blogs01 Brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care too - like avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of their paws safe from ever-changing weather conditions, and getting regular veterinary care. [...]]]>Fun and affordable fall activities your family will love
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:23:24 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131022/BLOGS/310229933/-1/blogs01 Crisp air, changing leaves and cozy knit sweaters signify the return of autumn. Fall can be a busy time for most families, juggling back-to-school routines, carpools, homework, after school events and sports practice. Now is a great time to slow down, bring the whole family together and enjoy all of the exciting activities fall has to offer. Here are a few fun ways to spend quality time with your family and relish in fall [...]]]>Learning your child's protests
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:28:22 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131017/BLOGS/310179977/-1/blogs01 Several parents of young babies were having a discussion about sleep issues. The main controversy seemed to be about "letting babies cry," whether or not it is a good idea, whether or not it is damaging to infants and whether or not it really works.
]]>Treat guests to a hair-raising Halloween experience
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:29:01 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131015/BLOGS/310159973/-1/blogs01 Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:27:15 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131010/BLOGS/310109983/-1/blogs01 As parents, we at times "lose it" with our children and may say or do things of which we are not very proud. By way of explanation, we often say that kids know how to "push our buttons." There are ways in which our children seem to know how to get to us. Like a match to a wick, children can engage in behavior that touches some nerve within us. There is something about that behavior, or something within ourselves that is set off, or some combination of the two that causes a [...]]]>Tips for a pet-friendly Halloween
Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:30:46 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20131008/BLOGS/310089970/-1/blogs01 With its sweet, spooky treats and devilishly cute costumes, Halloween is a fun night for the whole family to spend together, including the family pet. When everyone is prepared for a safe evening, you're guaranteed to have an exciting and memorable time. Here are some ways to help your pet stay safe, well-behaved and well-dressed during the Halloween festivities:
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:28:09 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130926/BLOGS/309269976/-1/blogs01 Last month I received an email from a man in Mantova, Italy, which he gave me permission to quote. His name is Dario Ferrari, and his subject line says: "A personal experience with a Good ENOUGH parent."
]]>Simple ways to optimize your mornings
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:31:32 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130924/BLOGS/309249974/-1/blogs01 Even the most chipper of morning people can sometimes wake up groggy and tired. And if their children wake up feeling the exact same way, mornings can definitely drag. There are, however, little things you can do - from scheduling exercise at optimal times, to packing protein into breakfast, to planning daily goals - that will make a big difference.
]]>Teaching kids to be responsible pet owners
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:13:06 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130919/BLOGS/309199973/-1/blogs01 While it may feel like your children will never stop asking for a pet, there are a number of positive reasons for bringing one into your home. In addition to the love and companionship a pet brings, having one can be a great way to teach children accountability.
]]>Ways we learn
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:14:20 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130917/BLOGS/309179971/-1/blogs01 With school in session again, education is front and center. Soon, if not already, there will be homework, and familiar struggles with children who would rather be doing something else. With so much pressure these days on both children and parents for academic success, this may be a good time to think about how our children learn best, and how we as parents can best be helpful.
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:12:58 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130912/BLOGS/309129973/-1/blogs01 The start of the school year is a new experience, even for children who have been at school before. And parents, this will be a learning experience for you as well. Many of you may be apprehensive about separation; will your child be upset or protest your leaving? "Separation anxiety" seems to be one of these bugaboos that have become heavy with meaning. Where did this come from and why do parents worry about it? [...]]]>How to throw the ultimate football party this season
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:20:14 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130910/BLOGS/309109977/-1/blogs01 Football season is here, and whether you're a diehard fan or just a fan of all the Sunday parties, chances are you're going to attend or host a get together centered around the country's favorite sport sometime soon.
]]>Book Report: 'Creepy Carrots!'
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:14:28 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069973/-1/blogs01 "Creepy Carrots!" by Aaron Reynolds (author) and Peter Brown (illustrator)
]]>Savvy money tips to share with your teen
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:25:08 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049940/-1/blogs01 Most parents have learned things about money they wish they had known at a younger age. But when it comes to broaching the topic with their own teenagers, about a third would rather talk to them about smoking, drugs and bullying than money. Parents can take the angst out of teaching money management by working it into everyday routines.
]]>Do your homework before selecting a pet
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 06:00:48 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130827/BLOGS/308279919/-1/blogs01 What is it about a tiny, fluffy kitten that makes them so hard to resist? For many, it's their looks. Appearance is one of the primary factors when choosing a feline friend, while dog owners tend to focus on size.
]]>Crafty back-to-school projects for kids
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:12:14 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130820/BLOGS/308209915/-1/blogs01 Back-to-school time is one of the busiest of the year. Kids love the excitement of catching up with friends, learning new things and meeting new teachers. Teachers and moms see this time as hectic. Both have to buy supplies, organize and get kids back into a routine. And routines can be the biggest challenge. Some kids finish work fast, leaving them bored and waiting on their siblings or classmates to finish up. Jo-Ann [...]]]>Ways to help kids hone their homework habits
Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130813/BLOGS/308139940/-1/blogs01 Helping children with their homework requires more than an understanding of the subject matter, whether it's algebra or world literature. To help children succeed throughout the school year, it's important for parents to nurture positive study habits and organizational skills, and provide kids with a home environment that fosters concentration.
]]>A fun approach to teaching kids nutrition wisdom
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 06:00:57 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130806/BLOGS/308069940/-1/blogs01 As children across the country head back to school, life for families becomes a little more hectic. Just because days are busy, don't let nutrition fall by the wayside. Teaching children nutritious eating habits now can mean a lifetime of health, plus it can be a lot of fun to eat, laugh and spend time together.
]]>Three ways to help kids embrace a blended family
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:00:50 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130730/BLOGS/307309913/-1/blogs01 About 1,300 new stepfamilies form each day in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And of the 60 million American children younger than 13, half are currently living with one biological parent and that parent's partner. As a result, couples are trying to find ways to include their stepchildren in the marriage ceremony and commemorate the union of all members of the new blended family. [...]]]>The best lawn games for players of all ages
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 06:00:46 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130723/BLOGS/307239931/-1/blogs01 As long as the sun is shining, it's time to get outside and enjoy that beautiful lawn you've been working so hard to maintain throughout the year. Barbecues and picnics are always a good excuse to get family and friends together but after you've finished eating you don't want the kids (or the adults) wandering back inside to waste a glorious day staring at a television or a computer [...]]]>Helping moms get finances on track for now and the future
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:50:23 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130716/BLOGS/307169919/-1/blogs01 Being a mom is a full-time job. No matter how old the children are, a mom is on call at all hours of the day and night, responding to injuries and broken hearts, handling homework questions, setting household rules, and establishing consequences if said rules are broken. But moms often have other jobs as well, juggling household chores, managing finances and often holding a full-time job.
]]>Don't let summer skin woes put a chill on warm weather fun
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 06:00:15 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130709/BLOGS/307099939/-1/blogs01 Nothing says summer is in full swing like long days on the beach, camping trips and family barbecues. But sometimes all that outdoor fun in the sun can irritate your skin. The last thing you want to worry about as you head out on your warm weather adventures is feeling uncomfortable because of itchy, dry skin. Here are some simple tips to help you relieve common summer skin problems when they [...]]]>Tips to protect your pet - and your home - from fleas and ticks
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 06:00:13 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130702/BLOGS/307029931/-1/blogs01 Fleas and ticks are on every pet owner's radar when warm weather flourishes. This is the season when both pets and people are itching to get outside, but without proper protection, four-legged friends can end up itching even more. However, if fleas and ticks take hold, and an infestation starts, this seasonal concern can turn into a year-round headache. That's why many veterinarians advocate parasite prevention all year long.
]]>Book Report: 'The 5th Wave'
Sat, 18 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130518/BLOGS/305189958/-1/blogs01"The 5th Wave," by Rick Yancey
]]>Family Movie Night: 'Iron Man 3'
Thu, 16 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130516/BLOGS/305169864/-1/blogs01"Iron Man 3"
Length: 130 minutes
]]>Fun tips for fantastic family vacations
Tue, 14 May 2013 10:19:55 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130514/BLOGS/305149912/-1/blogs01Family vacations are always a great time for family bonding and exploring new places. With some careful planning, the trip can be packed full of fun from the minute you lock the front door to the minute you arrive back home, exhausted and ready to share stories of your adventures with friends and family.]]>Book Report: 'Thirteen Reason Why'
Sat, 11 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130511/BLOGS/305119978/-1/blogs01"Thirteen Reasons Why," by Jay Asher
Ages: 12 and up
]]>Family Movie Night: Summer forecast
Thu, 09 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130509/BLOGS/305099904/-1/blogs01Here’s a look at some of the most-anticipated family-friendly (PG-13 and PG) movies of the summer.]]>Toddlers and tech - reasons to share your smartphone
Tue, 07 May 2013 10:21:57 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130507/BLOGS/305079923/-1/blogs01A lot of things change when you become a parent. The shows you watch, the restaurants you go to and the concept of sleep as you once knew it all evolve when your family structure transforms from a "me" to a "we." And increasingly, personal gadgets like smartphones are following the same trend.]]>Book Report: 'Dreams Come True: All They Need Is You!'
Sat, 04 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130504/BLOGS/305049964/-1/blogs01"Dreams Come True: All They Need Is You!" by Mike Dooley]]>Family Movie Night: 'Oblivion'
Thu, 02 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130502/BLOGS/305029904/-1/blogs01"Oblivion"
Length: 124 minutes
]]>Does your pet have seasonal allergies?
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:12:08 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130430/BLOGS/304309915/-1/blogs01According to the Pet Allergy Worldwide Survey (PAWS) sponsored by Novartis Animal Health, 44 percent of pet owners are unaware that their pet can suffer from chronic seasonal allergies.]]>Book Report: 'The Elite'
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130427/BLOGS/304279975/-1/blogs01"The Elite," by Kiera Cass
]]>Book Report: 'Lenobia's Vow: A House of Night Novella'
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130223/BLOGS/302239986/-1/blogs01"Lenobia's Vow: A House of Night Novella," by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast]]>Family Movie Night: 'Struck by Lightning'
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130221/BLOGS/302219980/-1/blogs01"Struck by Lightning"
Length: 90 minutes
]]>Tip of the week: Money advice for expectant and new parents
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:11:44 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130219/BLOGS/302199959/-1/blogs01New parents don't always prepare for the expenses associated with having a baby. A survey by Redbook Magazine and Visa found that less than 50 percent of expectant parents create a new budget that includes baby expenses. And while 76 percent of parents-to-be felt financially prepared for a baby, after the tyke arrived, 41 percent of new parents said they weren't as prepared as they had thought. Taking steps like clipping [...]]]>Book Report: 'The Scorpio Races'
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130216/BLOGS/302169989/-1/blogs01"The Scorpio Races," by Maggie Stiefvater]]>Family Movie Time: 'Warm Bodies'
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130214/BLOGS/302149976/-1/blogs01Family Movie Time: 'Warm Bodies']]>How to find the right vet for your pet
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130212/BLOGS/302129966/-1/blogs01To help make sure your pet receives high quality medical care, several veterinarians offer advice on how to find the right vet for your pet.]]>Book Report: 'The Steele Wolf'
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 11:16:32 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130209/BLOGS/302099992/-1/blogs01Book Report: 'The Steele Wolf']]>Dogged by pricey pet care? Cost-cutting tips for pet owners
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:31:55 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130205/BLOGS/302059887/-1/blogs01These days, everyone is searching for ways to save money and stretch budgets. Consumer experts advise people to sniff out deeper discounts, saving opportunities and additional ways to cut costs. For pet owners, it can feel challenging to cut costs without compromising on care. Being vigilant is key, according to pet expert Charlotte Reed.
Book Report: 'Bad Kitty School Daze'
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 01:10:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130202/BLOGS/302029978/-1/blogs01"Bad Kitty School Daze," by Nick Bruel]]>Family Movie Night: 'The Last Stand'
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:03:07 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130131/BLOGS/301319918/-1/blogs01Family Movie Night: 'The Last Stand']]>Tip of the Week: Use allowance to teach kids money skills
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:03:05 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130129/BLOGS/301299947/-1/blogs01One of the most exciting parts of parenthood is watching your children learn as they grow. Of course, life's lessons can be tough just as often as they can be pleasant. And as you want to protect kids from falling off their bike or scraping a knee, you also want to set them up for a successful financial future, as free from worries as possible.]]>Book Report: 'Captain Underpants'
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:03:04 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130126/BLOGS/301269988/-1/blogs01"Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers," by Dav Pilkey]]>Family Movie Night: 'Gangster Squad'
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:03:04 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130124/BLOGS/301249925/-1/blogs01Where "Gangster Squad" ranks on a family-friendliness scale.]]>Parents: Reduce stress and feel your best
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:11:46 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130122/BLOGS/301229925/-1/blogs01Some simple tips can help you reduce stress and feel your very best while being a good mom or dad to your family.]]>Book Report: 'Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You'
Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:07:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130119/BLOGS/301199997/-1/blogs01"Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You," by Nancy Tillman]]>Family Movie Night: Oscar-nominated edition
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:07:00 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130117/BLOGS/301179994/-1/blogs01Looking for a good animated movie to watch with your family? Check out one of the Oscar-nominated films in the animated category.]]>Tips for guiding your dog through the 'teen' years
Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:11:49 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130115/BLOGS/301159943/-1/blogs01Most pet owners can tell you that the first few days with a puppy in the house can be a handful, but the job of being a good pet parent does not stop when your new pal sleeps through the night for the first time. After you finish guiding your pup through his earliest life stages, it is important to keep in mind that he will be going through his own version of the "teen" years and will rely on a guiding hand.]]>Family Time: Swimming: Not just for summer anymore
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:21:22 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130108/BLOGS/301089997/-1/blogs01Weekly family rail, with tips on winter swimming, a review of "Les Misérables" and more.]]>Family Time: Tips and advice to tackle parenthood's messes and stresses
Tue, 25 Dec 2012 11:20:39 +0000http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20121225/BLOGS/312259993/-1/blogs01Weekly family rail, with parenting tips, a look at the top family-friendly films of 2012, and more.]]>