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Books That Will Help You Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Books That Will Help You Talk to Your Kids About Sex Many parents live in fear of the question, "where do babies come from?" The idea of talking about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, peer pressure or oral sex can fluster the most competent of parents. But parents need to be their children’s first and […]

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Helping Kids Cope with the Newtown Shooting

December 14th a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire. Minutes later 26 people were dead, 20 of which were children. Regardless of whether or not you are a parent, have kids in elementary school or have been a victim of gun violence this kind of trauma shakes us all to the […]

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Helping Your Family to Go Green

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau Earth Day has come and gone but the impact doesn’t have to. Let the day and its experiences serve as a jumping off point for your family to go “green.” There are two […]

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Tips for a Bath Resistant Toddler

Dear Dr. Jenn, I listen to your show every day on my way from work on Cosmo radio. You are such a gift and give such great advice! This time I am in desperate need of your expert opinion! I have a 23 months old and she is petrified of taking baths. Last summer, when she was around 18 […]

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A New Hanukkah Tradition of Giving

This year we did something different for Hanukkah. Inspired by a comment one of my twin four-year-old daughters that she likes birthdays “because of the gifts,” my wise husband suggested that we start a new Hanukkah ritual of giving, instead of receiving. In order to prepare them for the new tradition, I let my daughters […]

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Win a Free Naturepedic Mattress at the Los Angeles SuperBaby Events!

I am so thrilled to announce that Naturepedic is very generously giving away one free Naturepadic mattress at each of the four SuperBaby events next week! Naturepedic is considered to be the gold standard in organic mattresses. My kids sleep on these mattresses themselves and I recommend them in SuperBaby:12 Ways to Give Your Child a […]

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Keeping Score

In my first book, The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids, I talked about how this new mentality of not keeping scores at kids’ games and giving awards to everyone who participates is actually harming our children. It prevents them from realistically assessing themselves, creates a sense of entitlement (“I showed up! Where’s […]

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The Transformation from Husband to Father

During pregnancy women have nine months to adjust to the idea of a baby. We put the baby’s needs before our own from the start. We take our prenatals even if we don’t usually take vitamins. We suffer through morning sickness that sometimes lasts all day. We forsake our favorite foods and drinks—sushi, Cesar salad, […]

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Tv and Relational Aggression

We have all heard that television viewing can make kids more aggressive and even violent. But physical violence is not the only type of aggression that is effected by television viewing and violent shows are not the only shows parents need to be concerned about. In a study of media exposure and preschooler age children, […]

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Thinking About Going Vegetarian? 5 Reasons for Your Whole Family to Make the Change

There is a movement in this country towards more conscious eating; eating that requires thought about how food choices effect the environment, how animals are treated and, of course, how foods affect our bodies. It has been estimated that 7.3 millions adults follow a vegetarian diet and of those 1 million are vegan (do not […]

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