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Deborah Song

Deborah Song is a Los Angeles-based writer and the mother of two girls. She received her master’s in journalism from New York University and writes about parenting, business and kid entrepreneurship. You can read more of her work at lemonadepost.com.

Articles by Deborah

Kids Kitchen: Flower Fruit Skewers

Kids are more prone to eat visually appealing foods. Try constructing this artful display with your child for an afternoon snack and craft all in one.

Kids Kitchen: Mini Pot Pies

Potpies are great hiding places for vegetables. Try baking mini ones in a muffin pan with shape cut outs.

Why Firstborns and Only Children are Perfectionists

There are always exceptions, of course. But the perfectionist instinct in firstborns and only children are strong for two reasons, mom and dad.

Seeing the Mug Half Full

Learn about Max and his invention and how the parental support for one child’s dyslexia helped launch a best-selling product and successful business!

How to Get Your Kids to Read (Without Telling Them To)

Getting a child to read through her tears is hardly the path towards a lifelong love affair with books. Instead, try a more tacit approach that won’t require any nagging at all. Here are 4 tips to get your child to read, without forcing, nagging or telling them they have to!

10 Tips For Hosting a Successful Playdate

A little planning goes a long way when hosting a playdate. This doesn’t mean you have to label water bottles or print out menu cards. But children tend to get territorial on their own home turf. Playing host is a great opportunity for your child to learn to be gracious and gain confidence.

Christmas Cookie Pops

There’s something decadent about eating off of a stick. Try putting a twist on holiday cookies this season with these cookie pops.

Reindeer and Santa Hot Cocoa Cones

Rein in the holiday spending with these reindeer and Santa Claus hot cocoa cones. Kids love to give as much as they receive. So put them in the driver’s seat this holiday season and empower them to make their own gifts.

Are Preschool Friendships Real?

Preschool friendships may be formed at a young age, but are they real? The answer can be found when your kids move on to Kindergarten. We’ve discovered some tips and insights that have helped children cope and grow stronger from the experience. Here are 5 ideas for helping your children make the transition.

10 Tips for a Smooth Road Trip with Kids

Road trips can be one of the easiest modes of travel, especially when you have small children in tow! But the key to a good road trip is planning ahead. So if you're thinking of squeezing in a few road trips this year, here are 10 tips to get you ready.

Dealing With Loss

In this heartfelt article, author Deborah Song writes about her family's experience when Great-grandmother passed away. We hope this insight can support parents to help their children cope with loss. When your child loses a loved one, how do you explain this concept of death?

Why Your Child Has the Final Say in Tantrums

Tantrums are often cited as one of the most frustrating behaviors from parents. But how do you control the outcome, in a positive manner, without allowing your child to have their way and without losing your cool? Here are four empowering tips to help your child make the right choices.

Three Parenting Mistakes Sure to Ruin Your Next Family Vacation

According to child psychologist Dr. Randy Cale, parents make the biggest mistake by trying to make vacations perfect and going to great lengths to make their children happy. Here are three parenting mistakes you don’t want to make on your next family vacation.

DIY Jack and the Beanstalk

Watching a plant grow is magical for kids. But you don’t need magic beans to grow a beanstalk (nor will it cost you a cow), especially when beans are one of the easiest and cheapest vegetables to grow. All they need are sunlight and water. Within 7 to 10 days of planting, your child will see he’s planted "magic" beans as well.

Art Activities for Kids: Blooming Flowers Stamps

Help your child’s inner artist blossom by creating this blooming flowers stamp artwork. Using repurposed materials, this kids activity is also eco-friendly!

Kids Activities: How to Make a ScareGrow

Looking for a unique kids activity? Let’s make a ScareGrow! It functions as a scarecrow but the decoy head also grows its own head full of grass!

Kids Kitchen: St. Patrick's Day Tostadas

The luck of the Irish can belong to both parent and child this St. Patrick’s Day with these Shamrock Tostadas that are both healthy and festive. Try this kid recipe and let your children help make a tasty meal to celebrate!

How Changing My Language Changed My Child's Outlook

Trying to teach my oldest daughter anything has always been a frustrating feat. Several parenting strategies I had tried seemed to fail or didn't fit in with my beliefs. However, when I changed my language, it changed my child's outlook.

Kids Activities: Valentine’s Day Gratitude Tree Craft

Make this Valentine's Day Craft that can be meaningful for children too! A Gratitude Tree shows children how to show love for friends and family!

Parenting: Teaching Success Through Failure

High monkey bars are disappearing from playgrounds everywhere. It’s the telltale metaphor that reveals a zeitgeist sweeping the nation: we’ve become obsessed with trying to engineer failure out of our children’s lives.
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