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The rules for 7-year-old Riley Krieger's Valentine's Day party recently arrived from school: Bring one valentine addressed to each child on the list attached. Make a heart-covered shoe box on your own time or just bring a bag. Any treats for the class must be individually wrapped and, as always, peanut-free.

Modified: 02/13/13 03:06:32 AM

You want to teach your teen to do his own laundry. He'd rather wear dirty clothes. How to proceed?

Modified: 02/13/13 03:06:31 AM

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I try to set a good example for our kids by buying - and eating - only the healthiest foods along with quality vitamin and mineral supplements. But lately it's getting nearly impossible to keep track of what's good and what's bad. Is there any sure way to know?

Modified: 02/12/13 08:11:07 AM

When the father of my children goes away for a whole month, it might mean I am lonely and sad.

Modified: 02/12/13 08:11:07 AM
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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Debra-Lynn-Hook-Bringing-Up-Mommy/195642263780710.hjyuti7867

For men, the most terrifying aspect of a wedding is that the ceremony is followed by food which is often followed by dancing. Many men would rather rivet their own thumbs to plywood with a nail gun rather than be dragged onto a dance floor.

Modified: 02/12/13 08:11:07 AM

Dios aprieta pero no ahoga . (God squeezes but doesn't choke.)

Modified: 02/12/13 08:11:07 AM

The principal of a middle school recently confided in me that "this bullying thing has gotten completely out of hand."

Modified: 02/12/13 08:11:06 AM

Q: I'm a lesbian with a son from previous hetero marriage. My ex-partner and I raised my son together for 7 years. We split up 2 years ago, but she is still in my son's life and spends a few hours with him every other week. My new partner is resentful of even the small amount of time my son spends with his ex-step mom and demands that I no longer allow my son to see or have anything to do with her. Should I end my son's relationship with his ex-step mom in order to make my new partner happy?

Modified: 02/12/13 08:11:06 AM

I was looking this morning through the list of baby names that have entered the U.S. Top 1000 since the turn of the decade - more, much more, on that later - and I was struck by how many of them overstate the case.

Modified: 02/11/13 08:15:13 AM
Link
http://nameberry.com

With a new study showing a correlation between multiple sclerosis and obesity, we have yet another reason for insist on good eating habits when our children are young. My research in this area and the senses has shown that there is a definite path for each different sense to view weight loss, exercise and eating. Obviously family habits do make a difference, but also how these habits are communicated to the child can mean the difference between resistance and enthusiasm.

Modified: 02/11/13 08:15:12 AM

Parenting:  Q: Our 17-year-old is a highly spoiled underachiever. As a junior in high school, he's failing two classes and borderline in the rest. We know that his problems are largely due to our parenting style. We read your book on teens and have made some progress, but we're feeling a sense of urgency. We're ready to do some drastic things. Where do you think we should start?

Modified: 02/11/13 11:23:17 PM

If you show up at your office and hand out Valentine's Day cards to everyone on your floor, your co-workers are going to think you're nuts (though no one is ever going to turn down a baked good or piece of chocolate). Fortunately, a kid who totes 20-plus cards to school to give to all her classmates and teachers is just flat-out adorable. As it should be. Your child can show her friends the love on Feb. 14 with these sweet options, many of which are downloadable and free.

Modified: 02/11/13 08:15:12 AM
Link
http://secret-agent-josephine.com/blog/2009/02/06/free-valentines-for-you/
Link
http://afieldjournal.blogspot.com/2010/02/grade-school-valentines.html
Link
http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/robot-cards/
Link
http://theinsider.retailmenot.com/
Link
http://theteacherwife.blogspot.com/2011/12/you-make-my-glow-v-day-freebie.html

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