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help for parents of multiples

Single? Where to Find Help For Parents Of Multiples?

No longer are single moms a rarity: The current U.S. Census Bureau figures are high, says Andrea Engber, director and founder of the National Organization of Single Mothers, single mother columnist for Working Mother magazine and the editor of single mother newsletter. In the book, The Complete Single Mother, co-author single moms Engber and Leah Klungness, Ph.D., noted that “28 percent of all (U.S.) births were to single moms.” And today, the phenomenon of single motherhood “crosses every demographic stratum. In fact, […]
Teens Experimenting With drugs

What Are Your Options When Your Teen Is Trying Drugs

Let’s assume you have a 16-year-old boy who is starting to experiment with drugs. Let’s say he smokes a bit of dope and just tried mushrooms. If you have talked about this with him and he seems to understand the dangers, what options are you left with that will not alienate him? This is one of those ongoing issues between many parents and teenagers. Drugs and alcohol are dangerous to adolescents development. In a worst case scenario, they put a stop to […]

10 Ways To Bring Creativity Into Your Every Day Life

1. Sing in public. 2. Make up your own words. Call a fortune cookie a “pork chop cookie”. 3. Wear funny hats. 4. Believe anything is possible. 5. Make a big mess. 6. Recycle. 7. Draw on napkins in restaurants, on bill envelopes, on the walls, on the screen door, on your body, on anything you can get your hands on. 8. Be inspired. 9. Anthropomorphize everything. Make the salt and pepper shakers talk to each other. 10. Build your dream home.

Monday Mug OCD

So as I’ve mentioned before, I have a few OCD tendencies. Nothing major, and nothing that really slows down my day, just a few things that if not done properly leave me with an impending sense of dread. One of these is my morning coffee mug rotation. The morning mug rotation began when I was single and had moved into an apartment that had a dishwasher. I wasn’t going to wash mugs out one at a time when I could just stack […]
Moms Cranberry Relish

Comfort Food to Soothe the Soul

It’s pretty much a well-known fact that whenever life starts to get out of hand (either from a personal or world perspective) people turn to the traditions of their youth for a little comfort. And what exemplifies “getting out of hand” more than the holiday season hot on the heels of a political election? Holiday Pre-Stress Fortunately for those of us who are already suffering holiday pre-traumatic stress disorder, Thanksgiving is tailor-made for traditions. There are some good ones—like my Mother’s pie […]
Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo

Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo: Civilization and its Discontented Babies

by Laura Bassi Zaff, Ph. D. Parenting is a huge responsibility and a wonderful part of life. Of course, most parents want to do what is best for their families. Sometimes, in our culture, the way we were parented or the way that others tell us we should parent our children is inconsistent with what comes if we parent from the heart. When this happens, people sometimes begin to question their instincts, and instead of going with what is in their hearts, […]

Growing A Man

You should know going in that I had rather delusional visions of grandeur about this whole fathering business. I knew right away when my eldest son, Benjamin, was born that I was going to be a Father with a capital F. Sure, anyone siring a child is a father in name, but I planned to father with purpose! I wanted to impart to my sons all that it means to be male. Despite my good intentions, however, I quickly discovered that this […]
How to Choose the Best Daycare Center

How to Choose the Best Daycare Center

Initial Phone Call The first thing to do when looking for a daycare center is get together a list of the centers you want to call. You may get this information from the phonebook, the Department of Human Resources or other agency in your area that monitors daycare centers, or a private company or organization in your area that maintains a current referral list. When you sit down to make the initial call, you need to have a list of questions you […]
The Mom Zone and The Turd Geyser

The Mom Zone and The Turd Geyser

“What’s that?” asked Mom, pointing at something moist and forbidding reclining on the front lawn. “A turd,” sighed my brother, Donald. Earlier that day, my husband, Tracy and I met up with Donald at Mom’s vacation house in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, for a community yard sale. You had to own a house to participate. After signing up, homeowners would put sale items out on their front lawns, driveways, or porches. Donald was helping her set up her stuff. My brother lives […]