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Child Cries to Get Her Way - How Bad?

A letter came in from a father recently, and the part that stood out was: "My wife has a habit of just letting things go where I feel there might be the need to address a situation. This usually ends up with my daughter in my wife's arms in...

Child is a Little Overweight: How Bad?

"I have a 10-year-old son that I have concerns about," writes an upset mom, who says that her son is not interested in any sports, and that there's not much physical activity at home. "He loves the computer and is an advanced student," Mom...

Parenting + On the Cell = How Bad?

How often do you see moms talking on the phone while pushing a stroller? Everywhere? "Is it bad?" asked a friend. "I mean, what if the baby's asleep?" Well? To find out, I called my Mommy Advisor Rosanne director of Calm and Sense Therapy,...

Kids Watching Grownup Cartoons - How Bad?

So, lately I keep overhearing young children at the playground talking about ... The Simpsons. I asked a few friends who revealed they sometimes watch Simpsons and other "for grownups" cartoons with their kids (the children ranged in age from 4 to...

Can't Ride a Bike at 8 - How Bad?

"Hi Sabrina," the email began. (Hi! Thanks for writing!) "My 8 year old son has not learned how to ride a bike yet. Is this really bad? I feel guilty that at this age he doesn't know how to ride." Low bike-skills guilt -- I get it. As moms we...

Sippy Cup Full of Soda -- How Bad?

"Is it just me or is every child in a stroller at this mall drinking biggie-sized soft drinks? I mean, it's practically in their sippy cups." Looking around the mall ... my friend seems to be right about this. Hmm... How bad is soda for kids? To...

Playing Outside, No Coat - How Bad?

"My son refuses to wear a coat," reports a worried mom. "He's 9 years old and it's 20 degrees outside here. How bad is it for him to go out without a coat? Is it unsafe?" Ah, the old at-the-door, put-on-your-coat drama. Is it dangerous for a...

Revving Up Kids Before Bed - How Bad?

"Oh never mind that," a mom friend yells into the phone, "That's just daddy doing the 'Nightly Bedtime Revving Up of our Children Just Before Sleep.'" She sounds frustrated, yet at our house, I can't help but notice that Daddy manages to run the...

One Sibling Hits Another - How Bad?

"How should a parent take sides when a younger child is hitting his or her older sibling -- and "don't hit" doesn't always work? How can we make sibling hitting stop once and for all?" When siblings are hitting each other, the mom feels...

Mom Tricking Her Husband into Having Another Baby: How Bad?

Overheard at the playground: Mom 1: "I want another baby but my husband's not into the idea." Mom 2: "Why are you talking to him about it? He'll be happy once you have the baby. Just have it." Um, really? Would most marriages survive that?...

A Childhood Without Sports: How Bad?

"Sports are not for every child," says a mom next to me on the playground bench, as her son watches a ball whiz past him and roll to a stop in the sandbox. "What if a child is simply disinclined to be competitive? And why..." she leaned in closer...

Missing a Child's Big Event - How Bad?

How bad is it to get stuck at work and miss your child's big event? Credit: jupiterimages
Back-to-school night just passed and some mom friends were talking about how special these nights are... and how awful it is if a parent has to miss it....

Caffeinated Tea Party: How Bad?

Using caffeinated tea at your children's tea parties is just fine. Credit: Rick Takagi, Flickr
What 5-year-old doesn't love a tea party? But there is caffeine in tea ... which seems like an iffy idea for little ones. No? Hmmm, well ... is a...

Non-Natural Peanut Butter: How Bad?

Natural peanut butter isn't the only option for your child. Credit: Wendy Andrews, Flickr
The peanut-butter aisle used to be a simple place. In fact it wasn't an aisle, there were just a few jars -- the kind Mom used to use, and the other...

Forcing an Apology: How Bad?

Should you force your child to apologize? Credit: Photodisc At the playground recently, a tussle over sand toys ended with one mom demanding her child apologize. He wouldn't. The wronged child stood there for five minutes while the parent of the...

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