Available Reprints

The following reprints are available for purchase. Please contact me at nimuesugar@gmail.com for information. The full text for many of these articles can be seen here.


Eight Ways to Connect with Grandparents Despite the Pandemic - 678 Words

Many grandparents have had to cancel trips to see their grandchildren because of the pandemic. Even grandparents who live close to their grandchildren may be playing it safe by reducing or eliminating contact. Parents are wondering how to keep up a close relationship between the generations despite these hardships.

My article gives eight ways parents can keep their children connected with their grandparents from a distance. Whether they are just down the block or across the world, parents will be able to use these ideas to help their children and parents bond.

Pandemic Teaching Through Play - 682 Words


Parents are concerned about learning time their children have missed due to Covid. As schools struggle to balance opening up with safety concerns, what a comfort to find out that something as easy and common as playing a board game has multiple educational benefits. 


10 Steps to Overcome Picky Eating - 847 Words

Food battles run rampant in parenting. Even experienced parents are always looking for ways to make mealtimes a more pleasant experience. My article helps address these problems.

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Child's Victories (Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot) - 730 Words

Many parents instinctively know that bribing their children is not the ideal way to get them to do the day to day tasks, yet it can be hard to come up with alternatives. My article helps parents negotiate the fine line between celebrating with a child and bribing them for their efforts and gives 10 concrete and healthy ways to celebrate.

A Parent's Guide to Sleepovers - 831 Words

Sleepovers can be a subject of great anxiety to even seasoned parents. In my article I answer common questions and include the advice of a clinical psychologist. 



Giving Your Child the Power of Music - 633 Words

Evidence confirms that music is great for kids (and adults!). Unfortunately not every parent can afford the time or money for music lessons. My article gives parents many ideas for incorporating more music into their children's lives without the expense and time commitment of lessons.


Ten Surprising Reasons to Give Your Child Chores - 713 Words


Giving children household chores provides many more benefits than just a helping hand for mom or dad. My original article "Ten Surprising Reasons to Give Your Child Chores" explains the benefits children gain from doing chores and will give parents reasons to persevere when children resist their chores. This article includes research from the University of Chicago and the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics as well as my own experience as a mother of four and a teacher of 13 years.

Fibbing and Fabrication: Guiding Your Child Toward Honesty - 840 Words

Parents rightfully get upset when their children lie. But all children go through a learning process when it comes to lying. My article, included below as text and available for purchase, helps parents gently guide their child through their development, giving practical tips on addressing lying and promoting honesty.


Seven Steps to More Helpful Children – 847 Words

Getting children to help with household tasks can be more exhausting than the task itself! I have used my 21 years as a parent and more than a decade as a teacher to discover ways to remedy this situation. My article titled “Seven Steps to More Helpful Children” assists parents in finding the more helpful side of their own children.

Stir It Up! Eight Benefits to Cooking with Children - 609 Words

For already hassled parents, letting children help out in the kitchen may seem like more trouble than it's worth. However, parents may be more willing to cook with their children if they understand the many benefits. I would be happy to research a sidebar for cooking classes in the area. 

To Bring or Not to Bring: The Etiquette of Siblings and Birthday Parties – 734 Words

Birthday parties are a time of fun and celebration. Still awkward situations can come up and frequently do! Parents may wonder whether or no it's okay to bring a sibling to a party. My article To Ask or Not to Ask: Bringing Siblings to Birthday Parties can help them figure out if they are imposing on the host or hostess. I would be happy to research a sidebar with fun birthday party ideas.


Catch Some Couple Time - 603 Words

Some parents are lucky enough to have family close by, grandparents ready and waiting to whisk the kids off for a weekend while their parents luxuriate in the quiet of a child free home. Others are not so lucky. This article takes a humorous look at finding that elusive time together while offering practical pointers.


Cell Phones in the Classroom: Friend or Foe? - Word Count 1200

As younger and younger children use cell phones schools are struggling with whether to treat them as a learning tool or an intrusion. My original article, available for purchase and attached as a Word document, gives an overview of pros and cons to allowing cell phones in the classroom as well as listing ways that parents can help teachers minimize disruptions by cell phones. As a teacher of many years myself I am well aware of how easily an entire class can be disrupted, and I have taken care in the article to present information from recent studies that parents will find useful.

Multivitamin Madness – 965 Words

Controversy on Facebook shows that when it comes to vitamins and supplements, parents are as confused as ever about whether or not they are necessary and if so which ones. When Bunmi Latidan cried out in frustration about children’s vitamins and supplements, parents identified with her plight in such numbers that 77,000 of them shared her post. In order to help shed some light on this dilemma, I interviewed Patty Martin Stewart, a dietician who also holds a Master’s in Public Health.


Seven Ways Sleep Away Camp is Great for Kids - 647 Words

Parents sometimes feel guilty for “sending their children away” to summer camp. Little do they know how much their children benefit! My article helps alleviate guilt by providing seven ways that sleep away camp is great for children. I believe reading this article would be comforting not only to parents sending their children to camp for the first time, but also to the parents of seasoned campers. I would be happy to research a sidebar with camps within driving distance.


Set Your Child on the Path to Success by Reading Aloud – 676 Words

A recent study has come out finding that reading aloud to children is even more helpful than we previously thought. My article lists many of the benefits to cozying up with a good book and presents the latest encouraging evidence!


Taming the Stuff Monster (In the Teen Years) – 594 Words

This article offers tips both humorous and practical for dealing with children’s possessions during their teenage years and after they have left home. It is helpful to readers as their own children become teenagers particularly after they have headed off to college.


Picture This! Using Picture Books to Introduce Baby – 824 Words

Parents are often at a loss when it comes to helping their child adjust to a new baby and may not realize what a valuable resource is right at their fingertips. My article helps parents understand how they can use picture books to help their children deal with the strong emotions children have when becoming a big brother or sister. It goes on to give suggestions for nine picture books they can use to help their children.


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