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Laura Davis posted a discussion

Traveling with kids made easier

We will be traveling in the family van with three kids this summer and were wondering if it's a good idea to have them get out and stretch every couple of hours. I know this sounds simple, but one is in a wheelchair but she still likes to get out of the van as often as possible. My husband says every four to five hours is good enough but complains when the kids get restless.We always get a couple of movies for the kids on DVD. For whatever reason, they enjoy watching new movies over and over,…See More
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Middle school girl bullies

My daughter had a very hard school year. There are really mean, rude and crude girls in middle school. We went to the office several times and saw little done to improve the situation. How's the best way to handle my 13-year-old daughter's strange friends and threatening non-friends?Tell your daughter that those girls can only have the power that she and others allow them to have. If they feel that they are intimidating her, they will continue to do so. It sounds like they are either jealous or…See More
Jul 17
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Jul 12
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Home party for twins

We have one girl and one boy who are twins. They will be turning five in September and still want to have their birthday parties together. We also enjoy this but the older they get the more the party seems to cost. This year we would like to have a party at home to help save on the cost, especially since they now have school friends that they want to invite. Are there certain party themes that have been a success for a girl and a boy this age and maybe even for a birthday party given for two…See More
Jul 10
Laura Davis posted a discussion

Don't mention it

We're having our first baby in three months. Apparently, the popular thing to do is to ask grandparents what name they would like to be called by the child. In my day, the grandparent just waited to see what the baby came up with, which I really like. My husband's parents came up with some names that I simply dislike. How do I tell them this and should I do it or my husband? Or, should we not even mention it?It seems to me that you are worried about something that is pretty small in the great…See More
Jul 3
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Jun 30
Laura Davis posted a discussion


My two-year-old niece constantly says no. Why is this? It doesn't matter what or how we talk to her. I don't have any children but was wondering how can we get her to stop saying it?I had just about given up on getting my son to ever stop saying no. I asked his preschool teacher how she handled it. She said that they had a stuffed bear in one corner of the room and the children learned to talk to the bear when they felt the need to say no. I tried it at home using a stuffed monkey and after a…See More
Jun 26
Alexandra Grayson replied to Shawn Spivey's discussion Homework’s Emotional Toll on Students and Families
"We were always the "no homework" parents in our kids' elementary school (an urban public school). I didn't mind homework that had actual content; what I objected to was busywork disguised as homework. And my kids could tell the…"
Jun 26




Home party for twins

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Jul 10.

Don't mention it

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Jul 3.

Homework’s Emotional Toll on Students and Families 6 Replies

Started by Shawn Spivey in Announcements and Introductions. Last reply by Alexandra Grayson Jun 26.

No juice before age one

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn Jun 12.

What to do about head-banging 1 Reply

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn. Last reply by 18watt_fan Jun 6.

How to handle a whopper

Started by Laura Davis in Parenting Column by Jodie Lynn May 8.


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