delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:02:33 +0000 Lost in Suburbia: Killing me softly with your song Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now As a loyal shopper at your grocery store, I thought it was time to acknowledge the contribution you make to my weekly food shopping experience. I imagine that yours is an often thankless job, so I figured you would appreciate some feedback for the obvious effort you put into your unique music selections.
First off, I must give you kudos for being so consistent in your playlist. You'll be thrilled to know that all of us [...]]]>
Dr. Elaine Heffner: Accept children for who they are Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now Were the children having fun? Perhaps, but not in the usual way we think of children having fun. They [...]]]> Family Time: 5 steps for planning a great vacation Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:01:00 +0000 If you want to take an unforgettable family vacation this year, the idea of planning might seem overwhelming. But travel experts agree that planning ahead and researching your options are important steps to ensure your trip is stress-free and full of fun. Follow these five steps to plan a trip your entire family will love and remember for years to come:
- Step 1: Make a travel wish list: Kick off your travel planning by talking to all family members about what they'd like [...]]]>
Healthy Habits: Poison-proof your home Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:01:37 +0000 By Betsy Cross More Content Now More than 3 million calls were made to America's 56 Poison Control Centers in 2012. You might think that [...]]]> A League of Her Own: Part of the team Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:54:15 +0000 By Heather Harris More Content Now It's in that moment you recognize that you are smiling. Not a fake, or posed-for-selfie-shot, but a sincere, broad, takes-over-your-face smile.
I love the moments that create these take-over-your-face grins. I was witness to such a moment on a recent Friday night during a hometown high school boys [...]]]>
Cooks’ Books: Possibilities for a special shower season Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:57:10 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate How to dazzle at a seasonal soiree — like a bridal or baby shower, spring tea party, picnic or potluck — when you have barely a second? Freeze these showstoppers ahead.
How to keep the children happily occupied at the kids' table? Let them draw on the paper tablecloth, eat in costumes or play with an interactive [...]]]>
After-Work Gourmet: Mini chefs can inspire big ideas Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:28:59 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate Instead, make it a point to partake in the practice meals prepared by the budding kid cooks in your circle. As they learn, they're usually searching the Internet, cookbooks and family members' prized recipe boxes for examples that are simple, impressive and [...]]]> Lost in Suburbia: Hair of the dog that smelled bad Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now "No, sorry," she replied. "I have to take Tyra for a wash, cut and blowout."
If I hadn't known this person very well, I would have assumed she was talking about her daughter or mother.
But she was not.
She was talking about her dog.
I had forgotten that Tyra had a standing appointment at the poodle parlor every four weeks to get groomed. She had her own stylist who understood all the nuances of Tyra's coat, [...]]]>
Dr. Elaine Heffner: The changed goal of parenting Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now A major change has been that of women's roles, which has changed both child-rearing [...]]]> Family Time: Tips for interpreting nutrition facts labels Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Take a trip to the grocery store and you'll encounter miles of aisles stocked with thousands of food products. Every product has a story to tell or better yet, sell. Information printed on packages is helpful but it's often confusing and even a bit misleading.
While lists of ingredients and the nutrition facts panel are there to help shoppers choose foods to fit their nutritional needs, it's not always easy to interpret. Learning how to decode the jumble of numbers and [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Un-Cruise Adventures takes passengers on voyage through history Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:38:08 +0000 Creators Syndicate
If sailing through U.S. history sounds appealing, check out the latest offering from Un-Cruise Adventures — weeklong voyages along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Un-Cruise, which is best known for trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico's Sea of Cortez, has inaugurated voyages based in Portland, Ore., that blend river sailings with stops for hiking, city exploring and museum-going. They are designed for travelers who want to explore and become engrossed in [...]]]>
Travel and Adventure: Why take a cruise? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:29:32 +0000 Creators Syndicate
I love cruises. I have cruised the Arctic Circle, the Australian Gold Coast, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and even crossed the Atlantic twice. My shortest cruise was five days (Greek Isles), the longest 27 nights — a Celebrity cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal that ended in England.
And I have friends who would love to cruise if only they could talk their spouses into it. Some reluctant ones think they'd be bored floating on [...]]]>
A League of Her Own: Real moments are not scripted Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:29:27 +0000 By Heather Harris More Content Now I was excited to watch Gracie Gold try for a medal in figure skating and interested to see how my fellow New Hampshirite, skier Bode Miller, would fare at his fifth Olympic games.
This year, however, complications with my appendix had me in the hospital during the Olympics. I'm embarrassed to say it, but I pretty much slept through the entire games.
While I enjoyed what little action I did see, I was less than impressed with some of [...]]]>
Lost in Suburbia: That’s why they call it the blues Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now It wasn't that my jeans were too small or too big, they were just old and out of style. Or maybe my body had changed and the jeans that used to fit right were now too low and gave me a muffin top, or too baggy and looked like clown pants, or too high and looked like (shudder) mom jeans.
Whatever the reason, [...]]]>
Ask Dr. Norm: It’s a dog’s teeth’s world Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:51:34 +0000 By Dr. Norm Stillman More Content Now Dear Molly,
Thanks for your question. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so it's very appropriate. You specifically asked about your dog, but in this case everything I'll tell you will apply equally to a cat as well.
I do encourage folks to brush their pets' teeth, but there's more than one way to try to promote good dental health and prevent the onset of dental decay and periodontal disease. As I'm sure you [...]]]>
Dr. Elaine Heffner: Teaching kids the best way Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now The feeling that "I want it my way" or "my way is the right way" is often a source of conflict between parents or [...]]]> Family Time: Gadgets and great outdoors can co-exist Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Advancements in technology over the last decade have children spending more time with gadgets and gizmos and less time enjoying the great outdoors. In fact, kids are now indoors up to 10 hours a day, according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But kids' increasing use of technology and opportunities to appreciate Mother Nature do not have to be mutually exclusive.
A new National Wildlife Federation report shows that kids' media habits can both positively and negatively [...]]]>
A League of Her Own: Season on the brink Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:02:40 +0000 By Heather Gillis Harris More Content Now I coached my son Dexter's third-grade basketball team. Ten boys filled out the roster: Dex, Patrick, Owen, Teddy, Zach, Collin, Ryan, Grady, Leo and Daniel.
Prior to the first practice I researched drills online, attended a coach's clinic and asked the local high school varsity boys coach for some tips.
"Wine," he offered. "That and have fun."
During that first practice I realized a few [...]]]>
Bullying Bulletin Board: Can technological solutions fix technological bullying? Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elizabeth Englander More Content Now Dr. Elaine Heffner: Children and compromise Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now Aside from the physical care needed by young children, emotional interactions with children [...]]]>