To spank or not to spank? Study says early spankings make for aggressive toddlers

A new study of 2,500 white, Mexican American and black children from low-income families suggests that early spankings make for aggressive toddlers. According to the study, which is published in the journal Child Development, "Children who are spanked as 1-year-olds are more likely to behave aggressively and perform worse on cognitive tests as toddlers than children who are spared the punishment, new research shows." ...more

I have a huge problem with the quoted study "2500 low income 1 yr olds". First, why does a 1 yr ...more

How to Shop With Children: My Three Rules

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What Boys Do

Why is there a belly button in my soap? This happens to almost every bar of soap in my house. ...more

Active Supervision, the Unsung Hero

Ask 100 parents if they supervise their kids, and I bet every last one will say they do.Unfortunately, as someone who works in public health, my lie detector would start beeping immediately. I know better. ...more

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Active Supervision, the Unsung Hero

Ask 100 parents if they supervise their kids, and I bet every last one will say they do.However, as someone who works in public health and child safety, my lie detector would start beeping immediately. I know better. ...more

Miley & The Gang - Sexy Too Soon

Miley Cyrus and the stripper pole at Teen Choice awards - did you see it?  I saw it in the clips shown on TV and checked it out on You Tube, and while it wasn't a full pole dance, it was meant to simulate one.  Honestly it wasn’t a shock.  When the skirts on pre-teen and teen stars on TV rose up to crotch level, there wasn’t anyplace else to go except to take that next step into pretend-stripper territory.  No offense to strippers.  No offense to mini-skirt wearing ladies.  I was one of the latter and have nothing against the former. ...more

My New Label: ADD Mom

 Tomorrow my son begins first grade. I am of course filled with a myriad of emotions watching my first born take yet another step away from me being my baby, but on top of the normal jitters and excitement that surrounds the start of a new school year, this year I find myself battling emotions and fears that are a little more complex. Over the summer my son was diagnosed with ADD. ...more

Lights out: enforcing an appropriate bedtime

When it comes to my daughter's bedtime, people, I am like the Gestapo.  Seven p.m., it's lights out.  And at that time, every night, Alex is in bed, making not a peep.  She knows the drill.  Absolute silence by 7:01 p.m., man.  No excuses.  No exceptions. Kind of. ...more

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Sleepless in Cleveland

Remember how excited my hubby and I were when the neighbors who lived above us finally moved out? After they left, we were convinced that whoever our landlord found to replace them couldn't possibly be worse! And I suppose our new neighbors aren't that bad...Unless you are one of those types of people who view sleep a necessary part of life... ...more

Projectile Vomit and Glitter

I cleaned up both of these today within seconds of each other. The baby hasn't been feeling her best the last two days, so I've been doing lots of nursing, holding, mollycoddling. She doesn't seem to mind this extra attention, but my other girls are starting to feel a bit neglected. They've been picking fights with each other all day, so I sent #1 and #2 out to pick green beans and cucumbers. Ah, all I needed was just 15 minutes of calm...just me Me, The Animal (#3) and The Baby. ...more

Been there, done that, and can enjoy the memories now. At the time... I didn't enjoy it much. ...more

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