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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

Articles by Deborah

Kids Kitchen: Rice Krispies Christmas Trees

Decorating Christmas trees is just as much fun when it's a Rice Krispies tree you're dressing up. These festive treats are fun, economical and oh-so-easy to make! Definitely try this Christmas Kids Kitchen recipe!

Parenting: Is Modeling Right for Your Child? Is It Right for You?

Is Modeling Right for Your Child? Is It Right for You? Read these 10 parenting questions to determine what is best for you and your family!

10 Tips to Help Your Child Grieve the Loss of a Pet

The death of a beloved pet may seem like too much for your wide-eyed and bewildered child to handle. But kids are more resilient than we often give them credit for. Most kids will be able to adjust to the loss of a pet if your approach is honest, gentle and patient. It’s important to support and guide your child through the stages of grief that may involve denial, sadness, depression, guilt and anger, and provide the necessary outlets in order to reach a healthy recovery. Here are some parenting tips to help your child deal with the loss of a pet.

Kids Activities: Colorful Pasta Garland

My kids love putting up the tree each year. But their faces really light up when they get to decorate it with crafts they made.

Child Modeling and Why It's Probably Not for Me (or My Kids)

The first thing you need to know about child modeling is that money can’t be your motivation. When a friend of mine booked an amazing family modeling gig (they were flown out to an all-expense paid trip to Aspen worth thousands of dollars and compensated monetarily as much), I became very interested. Getting my whole family involved in modeling wasn’t a viable option with my husband’s demanding work schedule, but child modeling seemed definitely doable. I thought college fund – and more, I won’t lie. So I got the agent’s contact info my friend used and turned in pictures of my two daughters, 4 and 2. But child modeling seldom goes this way, I would learn. Read on for my experience and maybe some parenting tips that will help you decide if it's for you and your kids.

Parenting: Ways to Give the Gift of Time this Holiday

Nothing says I like you like spending time with someone. And yet, parents and children are finding it increasingly challenging to spend time together because of modern demands.

Parenting: 10 Ways to Help Your Highly Sensitive Child Thrive

High sensitivity is not always convenient, but it is a gift. Or at least it can be. As Dr. Elaine Aron, the author of The Highly Sensitive Child says, “It is primarily parenting that decides whether the expression of sensitivity will be an advantage or a source of anxiety.” So how do you get your HSC to thrive? Here are ten places to start.

Parenting: 10 Ways to Drop Your Preschooler Off at School in a Peaceful State of Mind

As a mom of two preschoolers with separation anxiety, I was first inspired to write an article about executing a tear-free drop off. Then realized the goal shouldn't be about how your child reacts to saying goodbye to you, which he may have very little control over, but about how to leave him on solid footing in a peaceful state of mind. Read to find out more parenting tips on a stress free drop off for both you and your child.

Learning to Embrace My Highly Sensitive Child

She is very hard on herself and can't stand losing. If she can't get something right the first time, she gets upset, walks away and doesn't want to continue, usually with tear-filled eyes. She's a perfectionist. Above all, she feels things deeply. Read on for more on parenting highly sensitive children.

Top 8 Air Travel Must-Haves

A flying experience for any family with young children involves enough mishaps and hiccups to make a drama-filled, knee-slapping scene worthy to be featured in the next Look Who's Talking (it could only be funny in hindsight, of course).

To Redshirt or Not: 10 Things to Consider

Do you have a child born close to the kindergarten cut-off date? You may be one of many parents in the throes of deciding whether or not to hold your child back from kindergarten until he reaches 6 years of age. Rest assured, you're not alone. But redshirting, as this practice has been popularly dubbed, is a personal decision that involves careful consideration of many factors. Here are ten parenting tips to consider.

Baby: 10 Tips to Coax Your Baby to Take the Bottle

Is your baby refusing the bottle? If so, you're not alone in what can be an exhausting battle. I remember all too well the dirty looks my baby used to give me at the sight of a bottle, how she flicked the bottle away from her face with repulsion when I tried to feed her.

Parenting: 8 Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten

Is your child ready to take the first step on his academic ladder? While it's true that many kindergartens have become more academically rigorous than previous generations, the good news is that the skills he will need to acclimate and thrive haven't changed much. Kindergarten readiness is about balance, both academic and social, behavioral and mental. Here are eight parenting tips to get your little one ready.

Parenting: Can't Get Your Kid To Eat? Make Mealtime a Fun Activity

If it feels like your kids are on a perpetual eating strike (no matter what you make), try luring them in with this 3-step parenting & kids activity: whet appetites with a story, give veggies silly names, and put them in the chef's seat. They may just bite.

Road Trip Rules: 10 Tips For a Smooth Ride

What are your top tips for taking baby on a road trip? What to bring and what not to do! Read on for more parenting tips!

6 Ways to Prevent Stroller Theft From Happening to You

We returned to our stroller 10 minutes later to change diapers, when I noticed the 3-foot minion doll we just won lying on the ground with the mommy hook still attached to it. I knew in that instant someone didn't mistakenly take our stroller. It had been stolen.

Relational Bullying - How to Handle Mean Girls

While the term relational bullying may not be familiar to most, many parents have had to experience a time when their child got bullied. Relational Bullying happens mostly with girls, but it can occur in many forms. Read on for some great parenting tips on how to deal with mean girls.

7 Ways to Inspire a Child to Practice an Instrument (Without Tears)

Playing the piano wasn't always fun for me. In fact, it was dreadful at times. But starting from age 4, I remained a dedicated pupil for almost two decades, thanks in large part to my parents. There are things about my training that worked well to inspire me and things I wish I could've changed. Here are some parenting tips to help inspire your little one to stick with it.

15 Tips to a Smoother Flight with a Baby

Few things in life are more stressful than flying with a baby. Nothing ever goes as planned (an important expectation to have), but there are things you can do to make the flying experience better. 

Parenting: Three Simple Steps to Healthy Eating

Figuring out what to feed kids can be complicated and stressful. We are bombarded with advertisements and a plethora of food choices, not to mention the long and esoteric list of ingredients in packaged foods. It seems impossible to decipher the good from the bad. And not least of all, children between the ages of 18 to 24 months become extremely picky eaters. But healthy eating, argues food writer Michael Pollan in his book "Food Rules", can be made simple: Eat real foods. Mostly plants. Not too much. Follow these parenting tips for helping your children eat healthfully.
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