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    Renee Veniskey

    Daddy-Daughter Destinations

    A dozen daddy-daughter date destinations ... for Father’s Day and every day more

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    The Mother of Invention

    My ten-year-old son Brendan agonizes over his Halloween costumes for weeks in advance. This summer, after watching all six Star Wars episodes, he decided to dress up as Darth Vader for Halloween, and started assembling his costume in August. more

  • Honoring Black History


    Black History is American History

    Two well-known Rochesterians have generously shared their perspectives on the significance of black history for all Americans. more

  • Goal setting with your child

    7 Ways To Teach Goal Setting

    We are living in an age of constant interruption. So when it comes to setting and accomplishing goals in the future, kids who learn how to concentrate and focus will have a distinct advantage over those who cannot. more

  • Connecting with your child

    Ways to Connect with Your Kids

    As parents, we have been hearing for years about the many benefits of family dinner. Unfortunately, non-traditional work schedules, extra-curricular activities and other necessary obligations make routine family dinners all but impossible for some. more

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    How to Help Your Kids Distinguish Between Fake & Real News Online

    How do you make a good decision or form a sound opinion? For most adults, the answer is obvious. Find the best information you can from sources that have proved themselves to be reliable in the past. more

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    Video-chat visits with your grandkids

    Over FaceTime and through Skype, to Grandmother’s house we go! more

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    Dealing with Grief during a Time of Joy

    Holidays have a way of resurrecting grief from difficult happenings. According to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children's Health, nearly half of America's children will have suffered at least one childhood trauma before the age of 18. more

  • Getting Ahead

    Helping Kids Get Ahead

    It is a natural instinct for parents to want to help their children succeed and to give them assistance when they are struggling. It is, however, an entirely different story when it comes to deciding how much extra help to give a child academically. more

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    What to Consider before Adopting a Family Pet

    Before your family goes about adopting a new, four-legged member of the family, local animal shelters say there are several steps to follow to ensure long-term happiness, both for the family and for the pet. more

  • Girl Power

    Girl Power: Ten Ways to Help Your Daughter Stay Safe & Strong

    In recent years, it's become clear that the advancement of women's rights can recede if we are not persistent, insistent, and assertive in championing them. One of the ways we remain a country of empowered women is by passing on what we have learned more

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    Separation Anxiety:When YOU Need to Let Go

    Can you let go? That parents experience separation anxiety is one of those things that is seldom talked about so that the myth of our invulnerability can be maintained. In fact, parents often get it worse than kids. more

  • Identity of One's Own

    Lessons of LOVE, Acceptance & Gender Identity

    In Alex Gino’s book George, the main character is a transgender fourth grade girl named Melissa who the rest of the world sees as a boy named George. Dr. Barbara Jean Douglass has some valuable advice about how to talk about gender with kids, more

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    Resolutions for the Not-so-perfect Parent

    This year, instead of making resolutions about being a better parent, I decided to ponder a few resolutions on how to move past my imperfections and keep going on days I want to quit as a not-so-perfect parent. more

  • Saving for Baby

    It seems like not that long ago that my main concerns for my son were potty training and preschool. Suddenly, he's in middle school, and time is marching forward faster than I can say, "SATs, anyone?" College costs are marching along, too... more

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    How to Teach York Kids Financial Literacy

    You teach them the value of hard work and the importance of telling the truth, how to be a loyal friend and a good citizen. But you might be overlooking one of the most important lessons you can teach your children to help ensure they do well in life more

  • Caring for the Caretaker

    Caring for the Caretaker

    Tips on how to support parents of children with special needs more

  • Babysitters 101

    We’ve all suffered through it: Missing out on a party or a wedding because we couldn't find a reliable teenage babysitter. Is there a secret to locating that special someone your children enjoy, you trust, and who is also available on a Saturday... more

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    Creating a Clutter-Free Home

    According to a 2012 study conducted by UCLA’s Center for Everyday Lives of Families, families are overwhelmed by our “stuff.” This clutter creates stress for both parents and children, and is a common source of household tension. more

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