Alternative Parenting Styles

Before you roll your eyes at the term "alternative parenting," and assume it encompasses some new wave, holistic theory, consider the fact that concepts known to strengthen parenting skills have been around for years, some since the days of antiquity. These include theories on nurturing children, natural infant hygiene and extended breastfeeding.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

Labor Day weekend signals the end of vacation season, and many dogs and cats will be joining their owners for a final summer getaway. Although car trips can be stressful for many household pets, experts agree that they do not have to be if drivers take some simple precautions.

At Home: Vintage Chic in the Nursery

When Kerry Leasure, a Dilworth homeowner, found out three years ago that she was pregnant with her first daughter, she knew instantly that she wanted to design her dream vintage nursery.

Letter to Myself - Molly Barker

Molly Barker is an inspiration to many girls in Charlotte. A runner, a single mom and a tireless promoter of sefl-esteem, she spends her life teaching girls how to get out of the "girl box" and believe in themselves. In this letter, she looks back at her teenage self, reflecting on self-doubt and offering hope and solidarity.

The Learning Dilemma: Educating your special needs child

Raising a child with special needs, whatever his or her limitations might be, is challenging. Trying to find a program or a school that fulfills all his or her education needs may be even more difficult. The public school system has specialized programs, but, for some, exploring alternatives outside the public school system just might be the answer.

Make Johnny Appleseed Proud!

If Johnny Appleseed would love North Carolina! Our state has an abundance of fresh farm apples to pick this fall, so take advantage of it. Try any of these fun activities or recipes to make the most of the season.

Toy Recalls: Getting Back to the Basics of Playthings

Remember when Pound Puppies and Tinker Toys were all the rage, and you didn’t have to worry about whether or not the cars in your Matchbox collection were covered in lead paint? In June 2007, toy manufacturers began a series of toy recalls after discovering that numerous products, mostly manufactured in China, contained dangerous levels of lead paint.

Asking Saves Kids

Is there a gun in the home where your child visits? Find out about an awareness campaign that helps ask about gun safety in the home.

At Home: Sharing Bedrooms

Sharing a bedroom is usually done out of economic necessity. Although it can be challenging in many ways, it's also beneficial from more than just a financial perspective. Find out how.

Letter to Myself - Sheri Lynch

Sheri Lynch first published a letter to herself in her blog. Inspired by Ellyn Spragin's book, she set out to write a letter - addressing it to her troubled and tormented 14-year-old self.

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