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Is it okay to force our kids to give relatives a hug or kiss? "Come on now - give Auntie Jane a kiss!" These words and similar are told to our children daily, upon meeting, visiting or otherwise interacting with their various relatives or parents' friends. What's the big deal, right? Shouldn't the kids…

Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned play? The news that Toys R Us had filed for bankruptcy was, sadly, not surprising. For those of us who’d been navigating the crazy world of parenting in today’s digital age, the writing had…

WE Scare Hunger Food Drive Halloween's a time of the year that so many kids look forward to. From the lead-up to the big day, picking out a costume, planning the trick-or-treat route and decorating the house, October 31st is…

Maybe it's time to rethink the whole "back-to-school" season Many kids stress about going back to school, but not for the reasons you may think. Ever hear of "keeping up with the Joneses? You're a parent, I'm a parent. We've…

The Ultimate in Low-Maintenance Pets Would you buy a rock in a box? Probably not. But back in the latter part of 1975, so many people did. "Pet Rocks" were all the rage, and the lowest of low-maintenance pets.…