Top Ten Job Traps Teens Should Avoid: Work is Never a Waste
    May 22, 2012
    Top Ten Job Traps Teens Should Avoid: Work is Never a Waste

    Many teens want their jobs to be exciting, glamorous and be the envy of their friends.  But those jobs only exist on MTV.  Or, at least they don’t exist unless you have experience.  You can’t g…

    Top Ten Job Traps Teens Should Avoid: No Career Path Necessary
    May 21, 2012
    Top Ten Job Traps Teens Should Avoid: No Career Path Necessary

    Many teens become stressed over following or choosing their career path by the time that they graduate high school.  While it would be nice to have everything in place, it is not necessary.  The mai…

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    October 31, 2011
    Pediatricians’ Trick-or-Treat Bags

    Each year thousands of pediatricians gather for a national conference to catch up on the latest science and with each other. There’s also a huge exhibit hall, as in so many professional and trade co…

    Homemade Foods - Healthier for Your Kids and for the Planet
    October 17, 2011
    Homemade Foods – Healthier for Your Kids and for the Planet

    As back to school shifts into full gear, a recent study examining the relationship between   commercially prepared foods and the rise in childhood obesity concerned us. The findings concluded that a…

    Digital Footprint
    October 14, 2011
    Digital Footprint

    Most kids do not know what is meant by the term “digital footprint”.  In fact, if you are a parent that isn’t sure of what a digital footprint is or why you need to be concerned about it, you a…

    The Power Tool of Parenting
    October 12, 2011
    The Power Tool of Parenting

    Have you ever wished that you were more in tune with your children?  Had more insight into their needs and not just their wants?  There are many times that I wished that I had a crystal ball that wo…

    Top Five Ways to Protect Your Family on Facebook
    October 11, 2011
    Top Five Ways to Protect Your Family on Facebook

    1. “Friend” your kids and family members on Facebook If your child won't friend you, don’t be discouraged.   The reason why kids do not want to friend their parents is not what you think.  It…

    Be at the Crossroads
    October 10, 2011
    Be at the Crossroads

    Have you ever had one of those epiphanies when you suddenly realized that you were guilty of being a naïve parent?  I remember the day that happened for me as though it were yesterday.  It was Than…

    The Lessons of a Rainy Birthday
    September 16, 2011
    The Lessons of a Rainy Birthday

    On my son’s 19th birthday, it rained. It didn’t just rain.  It poured.  Which would be no fun in any circumstance, but we were on vacation at the beach—and Zack had just one more day before we…

    How young is too young for Facebook?
    September 15, 2011
    How young is too young for Facebook?

    A law proposed in California would require that social networking sites like Facebook take down content from the profiles of children under 18 if their parents request it. (more…)…

    Young Girl Playing in Outdoors Water
    June 14, 2011
    Skin Damage Starts with Your Child’s First Sun Over-exposure

    It’s taken a long time for science to quantify what mothers have always known: the skin of babies and toddlers is very different from the skin of older children and adults. Babies’ skin is softer …

    Future Leaders
    April 8, 2011
    Future Leaders

    Yesterday, we were asked to talk about leadership to a group of middle-schoolers.  Specifically, we were asked to address how we used leadership skills to develop and run and a business.  (more&hell…

    Green Teen
    April 7, 2011
    Green Teen

    Recently, I was talking to the LunchSkins team about raising our kids green, and the challenges of doing so with teenagers at home.   As my oldest is about to enter adolescence, I recognize that the…

    The Cheating Crisis in our Schools
    March 25, 2011
    The Cheating Crisis in our Schools

    Most American students cheat. In nationwide surveys on college campuses, about seven in ten students admitted to some cheating.  Three in five high school students admitted that they had cheated on a…

    Measuring success in School – What is the True Indicator?
    March 24, 2011
    Measuring success in School – What is the True Indicator?

    When trying to assess our children’s adjustment to and experience of school, we typically turn to the obvious indicators — grades, participation in extra-curricular activities, social involvement,…

    Peer Support Can Prevent Bullying
    March 23, 2011
    Peer Support Can Prevent Bullying

    For at least three different families whose lives were irreversibly changed by the suicides of their young sons, last April was a tragic month in this country that starkly illustrated the dangerous co…

    The College Waiting Game
    March 22, 2011
    The College Waiting Game

    Parents can help their teenagers through the oftentimes stressful waiting game of college acceptance. How?  Here’s how parents can help their college-bound children understand that a rejection is n…

    Understand your Job as Parent
    March 21, 2011
    Understand your Job as Parent

    Adolescence is a time when kids can be off-track.  Moods swing in all directions, experimentation and rebellion against authority are commonplace, and kids are often misdirected, misguided, and belie…

    Tasty Creamed Dill Potatoes Recipe
    February 17, 2011
    Tasty Creamed Dill Potatoes Recipe

    [star-rating][yields] Nothing complements the flavor of dill like potatoes. Make this yummy dish for your little ones! CLEAN IT Dirty Dozen Alert: Potatoes – choose Organic please GREEN IT Compost y…

    Sweet Tarragon Carrots Recipe
    February 11, 2011
    Sweet Tarragon Carrots Recipe

    [star-rating][yields] Carrots are super sweet when pureed. Adding tarragon, an herb typically used in (more…)…