Parenting Pointers

From your baby’s first cry until the day they head out on their own, life brings many challenges and joys. Here are some of the tips, and suggestions to make the journey an exciting one.

  • Talking to Kids About Money

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    Talking to Kids About Money

    When a child begins to edge into adulthood, how do you make sure they have the knowledge and skills to make smart financial decisions? more

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    Helping our kids make sense of money more

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    Boy toy or girl toy?

    This Rochester dad wishes there were no gender divisions in play. more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    This issue Dr Amy Jerum discusses navigating the waters when your kid only sees the sharks and has advice for helping your shy kid deal with social situations. more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    Dear Dr. Amy: My daughter is 14. I don’t understand half of what she says, and I only hear her voice when she talks to her friends! I feel totally invisible. Any advice? more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    This month Dr. Amy's advice is about helping your kids learn to fail. more

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    Playing (by the rules) with Grandma

    Author Janet Schwan shares her tips for parents and grandparents teaming up to teach kids best behaviors. more

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    The Cynical Mother July/August 2017

    There are five words that cause me extreme anxiety: I am a dance mom. more

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    The Pomp & Circumstance of senior year

    One mother's musings on growing up and letting go. more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    This month, Dr. Amy takes on ... more

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    Ask Dr. Amy

    As a pediatric primary care provider and mother of three boys (ages 11, 11, and 13 – I know, right?), I get asked a lot of questions about healthcare and parenting. Here is a recent favorite: more


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    Daddy-Daughter Destinations

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

  • Caring for the Caretaker

    Caring for the Caretaker

    Tips on how to support parents of children with special needs 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

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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

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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

  • Parent Cliques

    Five Ways to Handle Parent Cliques

    Cliques among children typically begin forming between the third, fourth and fifth grades and usually settle in around the sixth grade. But long before kids decide who's in and out, parents may unintentionally influence their kids' social network. 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

  • 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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    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

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