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Telling your teen to “just say no” to sex may not be nearly as effective as helping him or her find their own best reasons for saying no. You might say to your teen: • First, say no if you don’t feel ready. Feeling ready, instead of pressured, can make sex, when you finally choose to engage in it, much […]

Don’t ask why–but if a child’s not interested in dinosaurs, you should consider calling the emergency room. Among the new books with dinosaurs, look at the low price Dinosaur Travel: A Guide for Families on the Go, by the skilled writer and artist team Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (Little Brown, paperback, $5.95, ages 6 to 8.). In full […]

Plain wooden blocks may be one of the best learning tools for a young child three to seven. their simplicity lends themselves very well to a multiplicity of uses. A child can use wooden blocks to make houses, cars, castles, ranches, robots, or anything else his imagination may dictate. World famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said it was his […]

Recent studies have shown that our kids possess a relatively meager understanding of the geography of the country and the world. Naturally this has been made even more difficult by the radical changes occurring in the boundaries of many nations around the world over the past few years. However, there are several things you can do at home to encourage […]

Competition for admission to top colleges has spawned whole new industries-from individuals who will coach a student and his family through the entire admissions process to firms that prepare students for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Some community centers, high schools and community colleges are getting in on the act by offering their own classes in test-taking […]

“What do colleges want?” is a question nervous high school seniors and their parents ask over and over–especially as the application season approaches. Individual requirements vary with highly selective private and public universities differing quite dramatically from less demanding community colleges of four year schools struggling to fill their freshman classes. Overall, however, the colleges that tend to be selective […]

Why is it so important that your unborn baby be active? You should begin to feel some fetal movement as early as 16 weeks pregnant. The exact timing will vary depending on the individual. When the baby becomes viable then your perception of the quality of the fetal movement becomes very important. This is your baby’s way of talking to […]

The question of whether religion should be taught in the schools has become one of the most heated educational topics of recent years. Some suggest that children should be able to pray, read religious materials, and even receive religious instruction in the public schools, while others contend that virtually no reference to religion should ever be made within the boundaries […]

Many kids grow up with little education about economic matters from their families or school. One poll indicated that only 35% of parents discuss money issues with their children. As a result of this neglect, kids approach adulthood poorly prepared to manage their own finances, make sound money decisions, or even understand what’s going on in the economic news of […]

A revolution seems to be taking place in contemporary culture. Many children, inspired by the new concern being placed on protecting the environment, are heeding the call and developing a new “eco-awareness” that may be transforming our society. All across the country, there are classrooms of kids working on projects designed to rid the planet of pollution and kinds of […]