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Parent night pointers!

It's here...Back to School time...the season of Open Houses...Meet the Teacher events...and Parent Night! What exciting...occasionally unnerving...sessions of information overload for both parents and teachers!! Hence the offering of a few points to ponder as you meet those who will…

For the New Dads In the Room …

When you buy a house or a car there are a lot of details and a mountain of paperwork. Having a kid? They’ll let pretty much anyone have a kid. Show your insurance card, arrive at the hospital, and leave…

Parent-Teacher Conferences!

Wow. So here's the deal. You have 15-20 minutes to speak about or hear everything you need to know about your little one. Perhaps you'd like to ponder a few pointers to maximize the use of those precious moments!!! •…

Civility is The New Cool

Have you heard the news? It’s cool to be kind and caring again. The other stuff isn’t working. Rude, obnoxious, behavior might get ratings for a “reality TV” show, but it won’t get your child into a good college –…

The Father Life: Old Dog, New Tricks

As dads, busy with family and career, we often don’t leave time for ourselves. And if we do, it’s frequently just enough time to catch a football game or grab a beer. That’s nice, but it hardly helps us be…

Beware of Your Slow Cooker

I call myself a “Naptime CEO.” There are millions of moms like me – running a business from home and accomplishing some pretty major things during our kids’ naps. Yes, my days are crazy. But the truth is, I wouldn’t…

Don't judge me!

Don't judge me. What does YOUR house look like? *My name is Erin. And I have a pile problem.* Let's get one thing out of the way before I get into this post - I am not a neat freak.…

Parenting is really inconvenient

The first time I heard the definition of parenting, I was about seven years old. I was on a sleep over at my best friend's house at the time. We'll call her Betty. So, Betty and I tell her Mom…

Get going on a home management plan!

Every morning when the alarm clock wakes us up, with or without realizing it, we begin one of the most important challenges we have as mothers, our job as HOME MANAGERS! All of us, yes, all, dream about an organized…

To Santa or not to Santa ...

To Santa or not to Santa . . . I love Christmas. It’s such a MAGICAL time for me. I love being with my family. I love the spirit of the season. I have fond memories of Santa Clause. I…

Halloween & Hounds

Halloween is "fright night" for humans not dogs. Screaming, running, spooky children in masks make many dogs uncomfortable, nervous and frightened. Halloween costumes are fun and are meant to disguise our normal appearance. Dogs do not understand this change in…

Oh, You Better Watch Out ...

'Tis the season to use the incentive that "Santa's watching" to keep your little ones on track with good behavior. I've done it. Oh yes, when my girls were little, upon observing any contrary moods or misbehavior, many times I…

Twilight: What You Need to Know

Hearing that there is a series of books that moms and daughters have not only been reading together but actually devouring, I was curious. Pairs would pre-order the next book, stand in line at midnight to receive their latest installment…

Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolina

Everyone said the first few months with a newborn baby would be the hardest; filled with sleep deprivation, diaper changes, and midnight feedings. And while the constant scrambling to meet his every need was a challenge, the hardest part of…

Getting ready for Kindergarten!

Your little one is about to embark on the learning journey of a lifetime! What can you do to ensure that he or she is ready? First of all, enjoy every moment that you have before they begin! Take lots of…

JPMA Starts Safety Web site for Parents

Attention Parents! The JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) has just launched a new section of their Web site, specifically for you, called The Parenthood.Caregivers can get access to important information, recall announcements and tips on safety from well-renowned safety experts…

Celebrate Mom-hood with these Books!

Enjoy these Mother's Day themed books, for busy moms, kids and some for sharing, reviewed by Karen Alley, Web Editor, Piedmont Parent, Carolina Parenting Publications: Someday Alison McGhee, author Peter Reynolds, illustrator Billed as a children’s book, this is really more…

Mom guilt hits home!

Last week I went to Los Angeles for a business trip. On Monday morning, I woke up, showered, finished packing and then went up and got the Bug out of bed. My sweet little man was sitting up, just waiting…

To Retain or Not To Retain?

It's Parent/Teacher Conference time. You are aware that your child is having some difficulties in school . . . with handwriting, or reading, or listening, or staying on task. The teacher mentions that you might want to consider the possibility…

Tot tantrum trouble?

Too Many Tantrums? Expelled from Pre-K? Where to turn when you’re overwhelmed by your child’s “challenging behaviors” It’s no secret that raising young children can be challenging. Every parent of a pre-schooler can relate to a child’s refusing to eat,…