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Parenting

Parenting Aug-12

Parenting magazine is the nation's premier magazine for moms. Each issue contains age-specific child development guidance, information and tips on health and safety, and the best proven ways to stimulate your child's learning. Parenting is a great source of knowledge for new, expectant, and experienced moms everywhere.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
Back issue only
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in this issue

1 min.
baby teeth

Times are tough—even for the Tooth Fairy. The money left for that baby incisor dropped more than 40 cents last year, according to a recent survey by Delta Dental. The winged one now leaves just $2.10 on average. The TF apparently has her ear to the ground on Wall Street: Her giving has been in sync with the stock market, paralleling the Dow's peaks and valleys over the last few years. But the news isn't all plaque and cavities: Nearly 90 percent of moms—and yes, it's almost always them—say they tiptoe into their kids' bedrooms to slide cash between the sheets (some big spenders give as much as $100, says the survey, though most don't stray from the single digits). Even dentists take advantage of the magic. Mary Hayes, D.D.S., a…

1 min.
morning

6:40 a.m.: Two-year-old Violet acts as my alarm clock. She's never late and doesn't need batteries. Somehow, Dad sleeps through her desperate calls for “Da-da!” 6:55 a.m.: Olive, my 4-year-old, joins us in the kitchen for breakfast. She shows her sister how to mix four different kinds of cereal together for the perfect blend. I sweep up. 7:30 a.m.: Storytime. Violet chooses a book with Diego, Dora's cousin. We've read it at least 15 times this week (I meant to hide it last night but forgot). 9 a.m.: In a Dora writing meeting with our New York team via video conference. I try to avoid passing along the story notes Olive gave me last night. Afternoon 2 p.m.: I finally emerge from the meeting. I do yoga stretches in my office while fantasizing about watching…

1 min.
1 dabble in doses

Admit it: Your tablet or smartphone plays babysitter anywhere an eardrum-piercing crying fit isn't acceptable. No big deal, says Nancy Darling, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Oberlin College whose focus is on parenting. Just stick to these ground rules: Tech tools are sensory-dead environments: no textures, smell, or taste. Too much time spent with them also means time your baby won't develop fine motor skills (like holding a crayon) and vision (like depth perception). “It's not what they're doing, it's how long they're doing it,” Darling warns. 2Pick the right apps Choose apps that grow with your baby (start simple and become increasingly complex), like drawing, coloring, and puzzles. YouTube videos don't fit the bill: They're the same as watching TV. We like Baby Games My First Shapes ($1; itunes.com) and Uncolor…

1 min.
23%

I don't think spending a lot of money on goody bags is a bad thing. If you have the money to do it, and your heart is in the right place, then by all means fill those bags. —Alyssa H. We're not giving junk-filled goody bags at my 6-year-old's birthday party. Each girl will get fairy wings, a tiara, a wand, and a tutu. They can play dress-up well after the party's over! —Lucia A. I support goody bags with durable items, something kids can keep for some time. Any goody bag containing rubber balls, tattoos, and candy is quickly forgotten. —Lisa K. 77% We got $10 Cold Stone creamery gift cards, and my infant got soft-soled shoes! They spent more on the goody bag than I did on the gift! —Joanne K. Goody bags…

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5 minutes

Create a “yes” jar. Every time you say “No, not today,” have the kids write down the activity you nixed on a piece of paper and drop it in the jar. Mark off special “yes” days on the calendar to pick out one or two. 15 Minutes Squeeze in extra bonding at bedtime. Children love it, but not for obvious reasons. “My kids think ‘keeping the conversation going’ tricks me into letting them stay up past their bedtime,” says Melanie Lundheim, a mom of two in Minnetonka, MN. 30 Minutes Get them started on a Kiwi Crate (kiwicrate.com). For $20 a month, your kid receives a curated “crate” with all the materials needed for multiple arts and crafts and science projects, from designing stained glass to creating fossils. 60 Minutes Len Saunders, children's health expert and…

2 min.
the protectors

Ask a “money psychologist” (yes, they exist) and he'll tell you your attitude toward money is tangled up with your upbringing, and like your prized antique armoire, you just might hand it down to your kids. Gulp. Identifying your money personality (be honest!) is the first step to sanding out the rough spots. Your Money MO Your kids may not have designer clothes on their backs, but they'll always have a roof over their heads! “You're the squirrel who knows winter is coming,” says Brad Klontz, Psy.D., author of Mind Over Money, so you hoard money like nuts…but may have trouble enjoying “spring” with your fam. Strategy Odds are you have solid savings and low debt. Great. But there are also risks to being overcautious, notes Linda Descano, president and CEO of…