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Why don’t teenage boys show excitement over anything?

J. F. asks from Milledgeville

I have a 13-yo boy (almost 14) who is sweet, smart, good-natured, well-adjusted....and SUPER low-key to the point where he never seems to get outwardly excited about anything. We’ve been lucky enough to travel to Europe with him multiple times, take him to pro sports e...

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Somewhat ghosted by mom friend but kids still play

G. O. asks from Brooklyn

I’ve been friends with this mom friend for 5yrs and our kids get along very well. I’ve always had an easy-going comfortable relationship with both parents (like when you find your tribe). The kids don’t get together regularly but when they do now, the mom barely ta...

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My 16 year old daughter is sexually active, what should I do?

C. N. asks from Rolesville

I just found out recently that my 16 yr old daughter is sexually active. I’m thankful that she came to me first to tell me about it, however, I think it was because she thought she may be pregnant or have an STD. As soon as she told me, I took her too the doctor, and t...

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Weird question about flies

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

My assistant decided yesterday to prop the front door to the office open (it's a direct to outside door from the reception area). About 4 hrs later, she comes to tell me she has to shut the door because the lobby has about 100 flies in it. Because we have really tall w...

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4 year old boy refuses to poop on potty

B. S. asks from New York

He's my third child, peeing he has down. He's 4.5. Other 2 did not give me this trouble. He flat out refuses to do it. Any pointers appreciated.

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Lovebug

by Susan Feigenbaum

This email was sent to the email account I created to collect memories for my 7-yr old daughter.

Dear Evie,

Tonight as I was saying goodnight to you and Lily, Lily asked me how bedbugs get into people’s homes. In an effort to calm this latest, and admittedly most legitimate, of her many bedtime fears, I told her that Uncle Dan’s friend Jeremy is an exterminator and he’s checked our home a few times and she can rest assured that we do not have bedbugs.. and if we did, he’d come right over and kill them…. More

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How can I get my sister to understand why she needs to wear a jacket?

J. M. asks from New York

Hi peeps, my sister is 6 yrs old and is not prone to wearing a jacket, unless its bitterly cold. But, her teacher asks all the kids to wear a jacket for recess but my sister refuses, even when its cold or raining, so the teacher has asked me to talk to her to get her un...

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A good book for a girl in 4th grade

V. Y. asks from New York

Hi, my little daughter has a reading buddy in the 4th grade whom she adores. She wants to give her a book as a present for the summer. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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Why, When & How to Toilet Train a Toddler

by Joan Lowell

Is toilet training in your near future?

You’ve survived your baby’s infancy. Congratulations! Let’s get onto those exciting toddler years, when kids are so easy to please. (Trust me!). Now let’s talk about toilet training. Spring and summer are a great time to start…. More

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Is Disney Educational? Of Course It Is!

A couple years ago, there was a discussion about taking your child out of school for a trip to a
Disney theme park. Many people—mainly teachers—were complaining that parents take their children out of school as a learning experience, and that it didn’t seem like a valid excuse. Then one mom actually said that Disney was not a learning experience. I have to 110 percent disagree with Disney World not being a learning environment…. More

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Libraries Need Love, Too!

In this day and age of computers, electronic teaching toys, and educational DVDs, public libraries may seem too old-fashioned to be of use to parents of younger children. (Or even older children, as they no longer have to go to the library to do research.) I think that is far from the truth!… More