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2008 Toys & TrendsTop DVDs at the Discovery Channel! Dinasours are hot items! Kids are watching Discovery Dinosaur DVD Sets!
Top Winter Toys in
Back To School 2007
Favorite Toys Of 2007
When your boys are all grown up, they will think back and remember their XBOX 360 with fondness, much like you may remember "Pong". You will also remember your son's XBOX 360, because at $899.99, you might still be paying for it!
How to Protect Your Children From MonstersOnce the "No Spanking" Law goes into effect, Monsters will be everywhere! Here are some tools to safeguard your kids!
SURVEY OF THE DECADES - CHILDREN & FAMILY
Raising Children in the 2000s
Off to College - My daughter will be a senior next year and the college planning has already begun! I am posting articles I found to be helpful on the site. Here is the first one on getting waitlisted Gone To College - Well That just flew by, didn't it? Same daughter is now off at college - on the other side of the country. Thank God for the Interweb... At least we IM daily, and I have spent more than one late night proofreading the odd essay that is due first thing in the morning.
The Trend Toward Homeschooling
One reason parents choose to homeschool is the advantage children have in learning at their own pace. However, even homeschoolers must learn how to meet a deadline. Balancing these two approaches to learning required creativity as I prepared my lesson plans. Since I knew deadlines would teach my children to manage workloads, I assigned specific projects and assignments to complement their curriculum. Whether they expounded on a science concept by researching a hypothesis or wrote a lengthy paper for composition, they learned to gather the information and materials necessary to finish their assignment by a fixed date. Years later, they thanked me, as they saw the importance of meeting deadlines in the workplace. From Alpha Omega DailyFocus Homeschooling Newsletter.
The overall homeschooling rate in the United States in 2003 was 2.2%, which represents an increase from the 1.7% homeschooling rate in 1999. Source
Some Homeschool Websites: I have come across: www.homeschool-curriculum-savings.com
“Mommy I think I know why I’m sometimes tired… because I was born in Russia and they are sleeping when we are awake” Connor (6 years old (2009))
Lego Fact: The world's children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks (February 2008).
In 2004, almost one out of five women in their early forties were childless compared to one out of ten in 1976.
"In recent surveys, parents report lower levels of marital happiness than non-parents." The State of Our Unions 2006, The National Marriage Project, Rutgers University
A Girl's Room
Here we are in 2007. 30+ years of argument and debate about the inherent differences between girls and boys. Have things changed now that we know girls can grow up to be CEOs? Do boys and girls dress the same? Are girls' rooms now indistinguishable from boys'? Judge for yourself! Here are some of the top selling sets at Montgomery Wards Kids:
Camo Girls Comforters, Bed skirts and Sham
Teahouse Comforter, Sham and Pillow ==>>
Lest you think it is just Wards trying to thrust pink and frill upon girls, regard the dreamy bedroom sets that are favorites at YourKidsDirect.com! And tell me truthfully, wouldn't you have loved to climb into a pink canopy bed, with matching pink drapes? (From left to right: Alainas Heart Panels, Bristol Canopy Daybed, Kathryn Twin Bed..)
A Boy's Room
Boy's Bedroom decorated with the American Sports Twin All-in-One Set
(2007). To the right, a Pirate's Treasure bedspread for boys...One of
the top sellers at YourKidsDirect.com So...What do you think?
In the News:
Some legislators have proposed banning spanking of children. Parents who spank could be sent up the river for up to a year. This has caused parents to seek other methods of disciplining their children, since the threat of a spank could cause your toddler to pick up the phone and call child welfare, the police, or Dominoes Pizza!
Many parents are resorting to an old (but still legal) method of discipline! The Monster in the closet. Monsters can be an effective method of controlling your child's behavior; indeed, they are so effective that parents have begun stashing them in places other than the traditional closet.
The lunch pail monster, for example, can be sent with the child to school, ensuring he or she will behave in class, listen attentively and finish all homework assignments in a timely fashion.
THE PRETENTIOUS MOTHER'S GUIDE TO RAISING HORRID CHILDREN
What's My Name?1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
Top Baby Names of 2000
Top Baby Names of 2001
Top Baby Names of 2002
Top Baby Names of 2003
Top Baby Names of 2004
Top Baby Names of 2005
Top Baby Names of 2006
Top Baby Names of 2007
Top Baby Names of 2008
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"Parents have always had the primary responsibility for taking care of their children’s needs. What is new is that those needs are greater today. In a dynamic society and global economy, the task of nurturing, guiding and preparing children for flourishing adult lives requires higher investments of parental money, time and attention than ever before." 1
"The Cultural Devaluation of Child-Rearing"
"Most notably, the choice of motherhood is now contested terrain, with some critics arguing that the tasks of mothering are unworthy of educated women’s time and talents. Along with the critique of parenthood, a small but aggressively vocal “childfree” movement is organizing to represent the interests of non-parents."1
Cool Teens With Websites
This little cutie is my niece!
1 The National Marriage Project from The State of Our Unions, 2006
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