Celebrity Baby Scoop: Nia Vardalos on her adoption journey: ‘A peacefulness came over me when I met our daughter’

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Jenny Schafer Actress Nia Vardalos stole our hearts in the sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and her good friend Tom Hanks co-wrote “Larry Crowne” which is in theaters this weekend. Nia opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her adoption journey while shattering myths about the American foster care […]

Parents should separate own self-esteem from child’s performance

There’s become a common phrase for what used to be called “stage moms”. Today it’s “tiger moms!” This is not exclusive to moms, though. In the sports world there have always been dads pushing their boys to be the next great something. So just what is that all about? Lest we think this is only […]

When is the best time to start potty training?

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Tonjia: Developmentally speaking, there are two important things to remember about potty training children. First, girls typically reach developmental milestones more quickly than boys and thus potty train earlier than boys do. Second, potty training depends upon a child’s ability to control bladder and bowel functions. In most children, awareness of these functions does not […]

Are parents chilling out more at kids’ sporting events?

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By Jeremy Olson A national survey of youth soccer officials finds the majority of parents are behaving as well or better at their kids’ matches than they did two years ago. While the survey by Korrio is promotional in nature —

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Melissa Rycroft talks about life with a newborn

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By Jenny Schafer Reality TV starlet Melissa Rycroft is reveling in new motherhood. The gorgeous “Bachelor” alum and her “amazing” hubby Tye Strickland welcomed their first child, Ava Grace, on Feb. 16. The 28-year-old first-time mom — who is teaming up with Huggies and the Every Little Bottom campaign —

Seven things not to say to your picky eater

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Jeremy Olson Do any of these sound familiar? Clean your plate or no dessert! Why do you have to be so picky? There are starving people in China! If so, then you’re likely a parent who has gone to battle at the dinner table with kids who refuse to eat the meals prepared for them. […]

Parents of special-needs kids must plan for current, future financial demands

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Niesha Lofing Moms and dads plan for family trips, college and weddings, but life sometimes throws a curve called autism. And it’s hitting more and more families. An average of one in every 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. These neurodevelopmental disorders can make communication and social interaction difficult, sometimes […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: ‘Y&R’ star Sean Kanan says ‘Our family is a benevolent dictatorship’

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Jenny Schafer Sean Kanan plays the role of bad boy Deacon Sharpe on TV’s popular soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” The 44-year-old father of five has been heavily involved with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) this past year, lobbying on the topics of anti-bullying and sexual orientation inclusion. The soap star opens up to […]

Family Meals Matter: Easy weeknight meals

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From MealsMatter.org Healthy eating on hectic weeknights might seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. By planning ahead and having a few key ingredients on hand, you can prepare healthy meals, even dessert in less than 30 minutes. This week’s featured family meal comes together in a flash. Prepare Ham and Swiss […]

Five-minute recipe to get thousands of Twitter followers for your business – But why do you want them?

Shelley Straitiff How many Followers do you have? Who cares? By the stacks of books and blog posts, obviously someone thinks the number means something. You can even sign up to get paid for tweets based on how many followers you have. That will soon be proven worthless. Social media needs to be about strategy […]

Building resilience in children: Set reasonable expectations

Kenneth R. Ginsburg Now more than ever, it’s critical that families, schools and communities understand how to raise children and teens to be emotionally and socially intelligent so they will thrive in both good and challenging times. The following excerpt is taken from “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” (American […]

Help your kids make a personalized Father’s Day gift

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Have your kids make a home-made gift this Father’s Day _ and deliver it wrapped in something they made, too. Decorated Dad-Clips Binder clips are indispensable tools for the modern dad. Beyond fastening papers together, they hold chip bags closed, keep computer cords organized, and can even be used as a money […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Jessica Seinfeld celebrates 10 years at Baby Buggy

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Jenny Schafer This week marked the 10th anniversary of Jessica Seinfeld’s nonprofit organization Baby Buggy, which is dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, clothing, products, and educational tools and services for their children. To celebrate, the Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld hosted the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in Central Park. The busy mom […]

Readers’ tips for handling Disneyland

Niesha Lofing The best spot to watch a parade, when to arrive at the park, how to save money on food without skipping meals. These are just a few of the topics that Bee readers weighed in on when I asked for cost- and sanity-saving tips regarding Disneyland travel. As many families (mine included) head […]

The stars shine bright in Bardstown, Ky.: Take the whole family on a great getaway to see Thomas the Tank Engine and more

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Kathy Witt This summer, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt will join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion – and Toto, too – in Bardstown, Ky., a small town known far and wide as “The Bourbon Capital of the World” owing to its preeminent spot on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Liquid gold […]

Memorial Day on a budget: Affordable family fun

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Andrea Pyros Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and it’s increasingly become an occasion for families to spend time together. But with the economy still not fully back on its feet and gas prices climbing past the $4-a-gallon mark, the name of the game is affordable fun. We’ve come up with 10 traditional […]

Safety first as kids join the bicycle commute at a young age

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Niesha Lofing Raleigh White, 2, is an entertaining front-seat driver. Snuggled in the Bobike safety seat atop the front of her mom’s bicycle, she points out other cyclists to Mina White as they pass by, providing a running commentary during the five-mile trek from their Tahoe Park, Calif., home to downtown Sacramento. From her vantage […]

Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

Modern hero names: Monroe is just the beginning

I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names – you know, like Palin and Winslet – when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. She’d given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, […]

Teaching children love for reading

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Parenting is a difficult job. Parents are expected to raise their children, discipline them, clothe and feed them, provide for them and care for them. And parents are expected to teach them rules, courtesy, manners and proper behavior. Further, parents are expected to assist in the educational process and get them ready for school and […]