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Toni Vitanza

Why Praising Our Kids is So Important

My last blog posting included a list of "15 Things I Want To Do With My Son Before He Is 16". So, as you can guess, I am a member of that breed known as Listmakers. The story I want to share with you in this posting has stayed in my computer... Read more »

15 Things I Want to Do with My Son before He Turns 16

Well, we've finally gotten our back-to-school routine going, and that has brought with it a set of not-so-unusual challenges. We are coping with an increase in the amount of responsibility a 15-year-old boy (now in ninth grade) should be expected to fulfill in terms of a morning routine. (I'll be writing more about that soon!)... Read more »

Have You Caught Your Child Lying?

I guess this comes up because, if you're watching "Nancy Grace," or even just the news and have heard about the Casey Anthony story, you have a front-row seat to a family where parents have been listening to a child lie for, well, apparently quite some time. But it shouldn't take some ... Read more »

Does Abstinence-only Education Work?

Now, look, I know this isn't a political blog. But Sarah Palin's situation -- having a 17-year-old daughter who is pregnant -- provides a teachable moment for ourselves, and, more importantly, for our kids. Obviously the abstinence-only message didn't work for Palin's daughter. Do you think that abstinence-only education works, in... Read more »