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'Don’t talk to strangers' not enough to keep your kids safe

A series of child abduction social experiments were conducted and shared through social media by YouTube sensation Joey Salads, and the results have parents second-guessing their methods when it comes to educating their kids about “stranger danger”.

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School letter puts an end to Mother’s Day crafts for mom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and like most moms, I’m excitedly anticipating the reveal of this year’s handcrafted gifts. I love how my kids tease me with hints while vowing not to tell me what they’ve been making at school, as if I don’t know what’s coming.

Parents need to cut down on screen time too

As my oldest child rambled on about her school day happenings, I shifted my eyes from her face to the screen of my iPhone, swiping my thumb across its surface while muttering, “Oh nice..” and “Mhmm, that sounds interesting…”

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Extending parental leave to 18 months is not the solution

Parents are swooning over the possibility of a parental leave increase from 12 months to 18 months, but what many don’t realize is that a longer leave does not equate to more money from the government.

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Unprepared parents are sulking as a soggy Spring Break approaches

There was a time when the words “Spring Break” conjured up images of college kids in a drunken stupor, partying it up in Daytona Beach, flashing their boobs and jostling their junk in hopes of making a cameo on MTV’s live broadcast of the Floridian festivities.

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Home Alone: How Young Is Too Young?

When I mention to parents of younger children that I sometimes leave my nine-year-old daughter home alone, they often react like Kevin McCallister in the movie Home Alone - their jaws drop, their hands slap their cheeks, and a deep and horrifying shriek bursts from their lips.

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Snow days have parents in a flurry of panic

Whether they work from home, or are office-dwelling nine-to-fivers, parents can be thrust into a flurry of panic when snow days occur - and it’s not just because of the cancelled classes and risky roads.

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Grades don’t determine your child’s worth

I recently chatted with a top chef in San Diego, who shared with me her arduous journey from daydreamer, to line cook, to executive chef for a top restaurant - despite the wishes of her traditional Indian family.

There’s no shame in 'sharenting'

There are three types of parents in the world of “sharenting” (sharing photos and details of your children online).

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Stop nagging and let your boys wear shorts In winter

Kids go through all sorts of wardrobe woes as they grow from toddler to teen. When my oldest was two, she would only wear dresses. Frocks were in, pants were out. Anything with tags elicited an immediate tantrum. Anything blue set her off. Every morning was a drawn-out, full-blown battle as I persistently persuaded her to put on her snow boots, or

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Don’t just buy presents, be present

In these last days leading up to Christmas, I’ve been running around in a panic, trying to collect last-minute Christmas gifts for my children while keeping up with my work. The parental stress is at an all-time high and the bah-humbug feelings are creeping in as the clock ticks down to the biggest day of the year.