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Parenting School Years

Parenting School Years May-13

On the day a mom puts her child onto the kindergarten bus, her life – and her child’s – will be forever changed. School alters everything in a kid’s world. The new edition of Parenting magazine captures the joys and explores the questions and unique challenges that moms face with their school-age children.

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in this issue

1 min.
grain of truth

Even the low-sugar cereals can contain HFCS. Mix a sweet favorite in with a healthier variety to tone it down a bit. On Top of Spaghetti Red sauce on pasta is another perennial kid fave, so serve one that lists “tomatoes” as the first ingredient—and little else. Out to Lunch Yup—some bread contains this sweetener (even the healthier wheat varieties), so check labels carefully. Got Juice? Pouches, boxes, bottles, and cans—sweet sips are easy to pack, but unless they're 100 percent juice, don't tote them along. The Big Apple Kids usually gobble applesauce, but it's not always made with just fruit and H2O. Check labels carefully before you buy. Red Alert Ketchup is a kiddie staple alongside hot dogs, fries, and chicken nuggets—and a prime source of HFCS. Go organic if you can swing it.…

1 min.
no. 1

Buy organic produce as often as your budget allows, but even just choosing produce that's in season and grown in the U.S. will help. No.2 Make sure your child's school or daycare practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This approach includes sealing cracks, wrapping trash securely, and using traps and gels to minimize the need for spraying pesticides. No.3 Go all-natural outdoors, too, and avoid using lawn and garden products that combine fertilizers and pesticides or herbicides. No.4 At home, keep household bugs at bay with more natural insecticides like boric acid. No.5 Bathe pets regularly to help kill fleas—so you can keep more-toxic treatment use to a minimum.…

1 min.
parents say:

“I will respond ‘It doesn't matter. You need to make your own decisions based on what you know and feel, not based on what other people have or have not done.’” —Jamie H., Lakeville, MN “I say I made stupid choices and regret them. I want him to know that I made mistakes and paid for them.” —Cari A., Jacksonville, FL “My husband and I both answered, honestly, that we smoked marijuana when we were in high school and college a few times. We also said that the marijuana when we were kids is a totally different drug than it is now—that today, from what we understand, it's very powerful.” —Elizabeth B., Long Beach, CA The Expert Says: “Give an honest answer or don't answer at all. However, you don't have to share every grim detail. A…

6 min.
a kid's-eye view

It was not my proudest parenting moment. My 7-year-old daughter, Chloe, was begging for Star Wars on a recent movie night in our house. She'd seen it before and seemed to take its gore-free violence in stride. The problem was my 3-year-old son, Julian, who was already familiar with a galaxy far, far away through the movie's massive licensing reach. He knew who Chewbacca was; would it really be so bad for him to see the movie? He started pew-pew-pew-ing the next day. Julian turned everything (Tinker Toys, tennis rackets, you name it) into a pretend gun and started running around the house like a pint-size Han Solo taking down Storm Troopers. With the events of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, still fresh in my mind, I was horrified. We…

4 min.
stuck in the middle

“There was a day where I was nursing a baby during a conference call and simultaneously searching for ramp installers online,” says Mona Shand of Brighton, MI. She and her husband help care for her 81-year-old father, who is wheelchair-bound and suffers from Parkinson's disease, and their three children, ages 5, 3, and 1, while balancing full-time jobs. The Shands are members of the sandwich generation, a colloquial term for those caring for kids and aging family members simultaneously. It's a demographic that's becoming increasingly crowded. In a recent poll from A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM), the nation's largest senior-living referral information service, more than half of the respondents (95 percent of whom were parents) said an older family member is either already living in their home or expected to…

2 min.
hawaiian bbq

Place diced chicken breast, large pineapple chunks, and pieces of green pepper on soaked wooden skewers. Baste with BBQ sauce and broil 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Fab Frittata Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a cast-iron skillet. Add roasted red peppers, diced onion, and a bag of thawed frozen hash browns. Sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Beat 6 eggs in a bowl and pour over the vegetables. Broil 5 to 6 minutes, or until eggs are set in the middle. Turn out onto a plate and slice into wedges. Buffalo Bites Cut chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring often. Add enough buffalo-wing (or BBQ) sauce to coat; stir until heated through. Serve with rolls and celery sticks. Fully Loaded Spuds Prick a potato with…