Parenting Pointers

From your baby’s first cry until the day they head out on their own, life brings many challenges and joys. Here are some of the tips, and suggestions to make the journey an exciting one.

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    Goodbye Summer, Hello School!

    Changing routines can be difficult. Transitioning your kids from summer to fall can be difficult. One mother shares what she has gleaned from her experiences. Read more

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    Five Benefits of Afterschool Activities

    Parents, do you ever wonder if we all may be taking the whole over-scheduling taboo too seriously? Read more

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    Talking to Kids About Money

    When a child begins to edge into adulthood, how do you make sure they have the knowledge and skills to make smart financial decisions? Read more

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    Helping our kids make sense of money Read more

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    Boy toy or girl toy?

    This Rochester dad wishes there were no gender divisions in play. Read more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    This issue Dr Amy Jerum discusses navigating the waters when your kid only sees the sharks and has advice for helping your shy kid deal with social situations. Read more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    Dear Dr. Amy: My daughter is 14. I don’t understand half of what she says, and I only hear her voice when she talks to her friends! I feel totally invisible. Any advice? Read more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    This month Dr. Amy's advice is about helping your kids learn to fail. Read more

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    Playing (by the rules) with Grandma

    Author Janet Schwan shares her tips for parents and grandparents teaming up to teach kids best behaviors. Read more

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    The Cynical Mother July/August 2017

    There are five words that cause me extreme anxiety: I am a dance mom. Read more

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    The Pomp & Circumstance of senior year

    One mother's musings on growing up and letting go. Read more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    This month, Dr. Amy takes on ... Read more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    As a pediatric primary care provider and mother of three boys (ages 11, 11, and 13 – I know, right?), I get asked a lot of questions about healthcare and parenting. Here is a recent favorite: Read more


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    Daddy-Daughter Destinations

    A dozen daddy-daughter date destinations ... for Father’s Day and every day Read more

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    Caring for the Caretaker

    Tips on how to support parents of children with special needs Read more

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    Black History is American History

    Two well-known Rochesterians have generously shared their perspectives on the significance of black history for all Americans. Read more

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    Dealing with Grief during a Time of Joy

    Holidays have a way of resurrecting grief from difficult happenings. According to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children's Health, nearly half of America's children will have suffered at least one childhood trauma before the age of 18. Read more

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    Creating a Clutter-Free Home

    According to a 2012 study conducted by UCLA’s Center for Everyday Lives of Families, families are overwhelmed by our “stuff.” This clutter creates stress for both parents and children, and is a common source of household tension. Read more

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    Five Ways to Handle Parent Cliques

    Cliques among children typically begin forming between the third, fourth and fifth grades and usually settle in around the sixth grade. But long before kids decide who's in and out, parents may unintentionally influence their kids' social network. Read more

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    The Mother of Invention

    My ten-year-old son Brendan agonizes over his Halloween costumes for weeks in advance. This summer, after watching all six Star Wars episodes, he decided to dress up as Darth Vader for Halloween, and started assembling his costume in August. Read more

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