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Harsh Words Can Hurt


by Beccastone Editorial

It’s not easy to figure out what kind of discipline works for your child.  There is lots of trial and error, and what works at one stage doesn’t necessarily keep working.  At some point, most parents, even those who might not engage in physical discipline, resort to yelling at children when they do something wrong.  …

Make Reading Cool…Even in the Summer

Culture & Entertainment / Parenting

by Beccastone Editorial

As the days get hotter, it can be quite challenging to get kids to tackle their summer reading lists.  Beccastone spoke with Katie Titterton, communications director for the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF), for some tips on why summer reading list are important and how we can get our children to read more.


Isn’t summer the time for kids …

Encouraging Girls in STEM Studies


by Beccastone Editorial

We should encourage our girls as well as our boys  to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Job growth is likely to be higher in these areas and the jobs can provide long-term career opportunities.  Girls in particular may need more encouragement to focus on STEM study.

 How do raise and encourage girls to study …

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The Power of Character [excerpts]

Values & Beliefs

by Sylvester Monroe

Sylvester Monroe, an award winning journalist and author, shared with Beccastone an essay he wrote that appeared in a collection titled, The Power of Character, edited by Michael Josephson and Wes Hanson.

When I was eight, I could never have imagined that I would be- come a journalist. I didn’t know any reporters or writers, …

A Remedy for Bad Language


by Gail Goode

My beautiful, poised, smart 17-year old daughter had a problem — she had become a casual and regular user of curse words. She must think it’s cool to use certain four letter words all the time. She used to do it only around her friends. But then she started slipping and using bad language at …

Traveling Tips


by Pholesha Johnson

When you’re traveling with preschoolers, some advance planning will provide for a smoother trip for all. Here are some of the things I do to prepare, whether going by car, bus or train, or for a day trip or longer.

Getting ready…

Google the city or location you’re traveling to and include mom blogs in your search …

Budget Activities!


by Clarissa Murray

With the economy the way it is and money pretty tight, I have had to be more creative in finding activities to do with my grade schoolers that are fun, inexpensive and educational. Here are a few recent favorites that have worked pretty well for my two kids, a girl aged 9 and a boy …


Values & Beliefs

by Kathleen McGhee Anderson

Editor’s Note:
This is a very thoughtful essay by Kathleen McGhee Anderson, a noted author, playwright, screenwriter and television producer who has worked in the movie and television business for more than three decades. Most recently, Kathleen was Executive Producer of the TV series “Lincoln Heights”. The essay talks about how images in the media shape …