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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Goal-Setting Activities for Kids
    Goal-Setting Activities for Kids Learning to set goals plays an important role as your child starts to gain independence and feel as though she has some control over her own life. When she begins figuring out what she wants to achieve and accom...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Sportsmanship
    Kindergarten Prep: Sportsmanship Being a good sport is a tough concept for kids to wrap their minds around. Young children naturally want to be the first in line or the winner of every game, and when they don't win or get to be first, they can ...
  • Kids
    Stealing
    Why Kids Steal -- and What to Do About It
    Why Kids Steal -- and What to Do About It Point 1: Kids steal. Little kids steal a lot—from poor impulse control. It's a developmental stage; they want it, they take it. Older kids often steal, too. Your child is probably not evil or destined ...
  • kids mindlessly watching something on a computer or tablet
    Kids and Cell Phones
    8 Quick Tips for Curbing Your Family's Screen Time
    It's dinner time and everyone in your family is nose-down, glued to their phones and mobile devices, rather than making good ol'-fashioned eye contact. Sound familiar? Setting limits on screen time — and remembering to put down our own devices ...
    Erin Dower
  • tween girls taking selfie with smartphone
    Internet Safety
    What Is Digital Citizenship? Teaching Kids to Be Smart & Safe Online
    What Is Digital Citizenship? Teaching Kids to Be Smart & Safe Online We've all read news stories about the downside of mobile technology and social media: cyberbullying, harassment, stalking, sexting, catfishing, and the list goes on. It's enough...
    Erin Dower
  • what is the right age, baby with TV remote
    Fostering Independence
    Parents Weigh In: What's the Right Age for Kids to ...
    Start watching TV, choose their own clothes, have a cell phone, wear makeup, and stay home alone? Knowing when your child is ready for these responsibilities really comes down to knowing your child, but seeing how other parents weigh in can give ...
    Erin Dower
  • The Best Children
    Dealing With Bullies
    11 Children's Books About Bullying, Teasing & Empathy
    Bullying is a serious issue, and reading children's books on the topic can help kids understand it better and have healthier relationships with their peers. Whether your child has been a victim of bullying or a participant in bullying or he just ...
    Erin Dower
  • Kids
    Teen Independence
    The iConnected Parent: Are You Making Life Too Easy for Your Teen?
    The iConnected Parent: Are You Making Life Too Easy for Your Teen? iPhones. Email. Skype. In this day and age, keeping in touch with people is almost always just a click, dial, or keystroke away. And this includes your college-aged child. Nobody...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • fair trade chicken Christmas ornament
    Gifts
    8 Charitable Gifts That Give Back
    These gifts pull double duty. Find something for everyone on your "nice" list, and your hard-earned money goes to a good cause like AIDS research, help for endangered animals, support for the homeless, and much more. This year, bring a little joy...
  • Allowance
    The Benefits of Paying Your Kids an Allowance
    Pay an AllowanceAs your children get older, even interest earning will have its limitations, because it won't teach them to budget for themselves. The best way to do that is to give them an allowance and make them learn to use it wisely. Genera...
  • Addition and Subtraction Printables
    Play Money
    Print this play money to help kids learn to count and manage dollars and cents! Cut out the realistic bills and coins for hours of math-related fun. ...
  • Kids
    Decision Making
    Decision-Making Techniques for Children
    Decision-Making Techniques for ChildrenThe most important thing you can do to help your children make their own decisions is to keep asking them questions, so they can come up with their own answers. There are lots of techniques you can teach the...
  • Kids
    Instilling Values
    How to Instill the Right Values
    How to Instill the Right ValuesSo, how are you going to instill these values in your children? Setting an example is vitally important, of course, but you can also make sure that you spell out what you believe in and why. Instead of saying, "I k...
  • Kids
    Money and Kids
    Your Child, Your Money, and Online Auctions
    Your Child, Your Money, and Online AuctionsTo Bid or Not to Bid?The toy section of eBay reads like a Christmas list, and for consumers of all ages, this is an irresistible way to make a purchase: Place a bid, then bid higher, then hope against ho...
    Katy Abel
  • Kids
    Interacting With People
    Dealing with the Disabled
    Dealing with the Disabled Here are 10 practical tips that will help you avoid feeling socially disabled when dealing with the disabled: Mind Your P's and Q's Remember, everything is relative: Some disabled writers have referred to nondisabled p...
  • Child, Boy dressed up as a superhero
    Social and Emotional Development
    Top 10 Ways to Foster Your Child's Creativity
    By fostering creativity in your child, you can help her mature mentally, emotionally, and socially. As a child grows, her imagination is tamed by society's constricting rules, pressures, and do's and don'ts. Creative freedom is essential in helpi...
  • Woman with packing boxes
    Teen Independence
    Preparing Your Child to Leave the Nest
    Preparing Your Child to Leave the Nest By the time a child is ready to move out of the house, either to college or to an apartment across town, it's important that she be prepared with the skills she will need. There are a number of basic areas ...
    Liz Casler
  • Kids
    Letting Go
    Are You an Overprotective Mother?
    Take this short quiz to see if you are an overprotective mother. ...