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Amy Graff

Florida school district considers dress code for slovenly dressed parents

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Most schools have dress codes for students. Short-shorts, mid-riff tops and ripped T-shirts are often on the “do not wear” list. A Florida school district is considering extending its dress code to parents who are showing up at drop-off and pick-up… [Read More]

Study says parents’ help with homework does more harm than good

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Finally some parenting advice that doesn’t create more work for Mom and Dad: Don’t help your kids with their homework. This bit of wisdom comes from a story in the Atlantic reporting on what’s being touted as the “largest-ever study of how pare… [Read More]

Experts are saying ‘grit’ is the key to a child’s success

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If you haven’t already heard, the parenting buzzword of the month, possibly the year, is “grit.” Parenting experts and academic researchers are using this word du jour to define persistence, determination, stick-to-itiveness. If you’ve got grit… [Read More]

Five-second rule revisited: The type of food and surface matters

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In the past decade research and experts have revealed that the five-second rule is a myth. A new British study shows that the type of food and the floor surface are important factors in addition to time when assessing whether it’s safe to eat a morse… [Read More]

Study: Smartphones are making us bad parents

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No doubt. People are addicted to their smartphones and parents are as guilty as anyone. You see them chatting on their cells while pushing their babies in strollers. You see them talking to their bosses on their headsets while playing in the sandbox wi… [Read More]

Photo: Baby girl welcomes military dad with ‘Call Me Maybe’ sign

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When a soldier returned home from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan his baby girl was waiting for him with a giant fluorescent pink sign reading, “Hey I just met you and this is crazy but my name’s Harper and I’m your baby!” The sign was i… [Read More]

Parents rush to show the world to their child who’s going blind

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Louis “Louie” Corbett is only 12 years old but within a year he might never again be able to see the rain fall or look into his mother’s eyes or watch his favorite Boston Celtics players on TV. This young New Zealand boy has an eye disease called… [Read More]

Video: Watch kids react to rotary phones

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Warning: This video will make those over 16 years old feel ancient. Remember the rotary phone? You used to sit on the kitchen stool with the hand set squeezed between your ear and shoulder as you fiddled with the spiraled cord with your fingers and cha… [Read More]

Video: Watch strangers react to a freezing child

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What would you do if you saw a child freezing outside in the cold? Would you loan him your wool cap? A YouTube video created by the Norwegian charity SOS Children’s Villages to raise money for Syrian children aims to answer this question. In the vide… [Read More]

Study: Today’s teens more stressed than adults

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Maintaining college-worthy grades, making the varsity soccer team, looking cool on Facebook — there’s lots to worry about as a teen in modern-day America. But are thestressors experience by a typical teen equally nerve-racking as those an average a… [Read More]