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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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What age did your kids lose interest in toys?

M. G. asks from Portland

Hi moms At what age did your kids stop playing with things like Barbies, Littlest Pet Shops, etc.? A friend of mine was by, and commented that my kid and friend were still playing with them. I guess her daughter had given them up years ago. I'm cool so long as ...

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Teenage weekend away with SO and family?

J. B. asks from Boston

What are your thoughts on whether or not you would be (or are) OK with your teenager going away overnight with a boyfriend/girlfriend and his/her family? My 15yo son is dating a girl whose parents each have vacation properties. Mom's is about an hour away and is a place ...

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Airsoft gun for 14 year old boy?

D. D. asks from Cherry Hill

My son is 14 years old and several of his friends have a CO2-cannister airsoft gun; my son is now asking for one. My instinct and limited research/understanding says this is not a good idea from a safety and legal perspective, even though all the kids wear eye protection...

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Parental guidance - friendship, relationships, education/jobs.

V. Y. asks from New York

I had an argument with my mom tonight. She made a comment like “you don’t have really many frineds” and also I get a sense that she believes I could have found a better husband (looks and personality wise). She told me that her friends’ two daughters have a bu...

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Wine recommendation for a gift please

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

Hi all - I have been invited to a high school grad party for the daughter of a fairly new co-worker. The invite states no gifts for the graduate are necessary. However, I'd like to gift a nice bottle of wine to the parents (my co-worker and his wife). As a mom who gra...

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How to deal with a distant SIL?

V. Y. asks from New York

When my brother met his future wife, my parents and I were thrilled. She was beautiful, smart, nice, kind, down to earth. He was in love with her and started spoiling her with gifts (she is a few years younger than him). She subsequently got her degree in business and...

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Speaking of birthday gifts . . . *ETA

M. 6. asks from Woodbridge

Racking my brain trying to think of a good gift for my soon to be 1 yr old nephew. I don't have much in the way of contact (brother and I are not close), but we do send gifts to the little kids. This little one is an only child of parents in their 40's and literally ...

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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