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Communicating with Your Child: Door Openers vs Door Slammers

Communicating with Your Child: Door Openers vs Door Slammers

One important listening skill to have when communicating with your child is being certain to use "door openers," as opposed to "door slammers." Door openers are open-ended responses that do not convey evaluation or judgment. Door slammers are just the opposite; they convey to your child that you do not wish to have this discussion with her.

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Install a Prehung Door

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Install a Prehung Door

A “prehung” door is sold attached to its jambs. Anybody who has hung a door to existing jambs recognizes the miracle that is the prehung door. Instead of worrying about an error of 116" here or 18" there, prehung doors come perfectly fitted. Your main challenge is to avoid ruining that perfect alignment during installation.

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Install a New Combination Storm-Screen Door

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Install a New Combination Storm-Screen Door

Storm doors may try to put on airs, but their basic job is simple: keeping out airs—and other annoyances, like mosquitoes. If your storm door is AWOL, bandaged with duct tape, or swinging in the breeze, attaching a new aluminum door is one of the simplest home improvements imaginable. You'll need an electric drill and a few hand tools; but unless the doorway is savaged or seriously out-of-square, it's a one-afternoon project, and a short one, at that.

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Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

With this Christmas calendar, you and your loved ones can enjoy the daily surprises under each door. Melissa LeBon, of Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, designed this clever house-shaped Advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas.

Level: Moderately easy

Time involved: Two to three hours

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Build a Front for an Existing Cabinet

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Build a Front for an Existing Cabinet

Building Smarts

In this project, I've listed the ideal tools for each step. Here are a few alternative techniques if you don't have those tools:

  • Make the doors with a simplified design, using corner moldings and plywood. You'll save a ton of time. Definitely choose this option if you don't own and can't borrow a bunch of clamps.

  • Instead of routing the dado for plywood and/or the rabbet for glass, cut them on a table saw.

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Safety Precautions for Residential Pools

Safety Precautions for Residential Pools

Tales from the Safety Zone

We're making headway in protecting kids from drowning and near-drowning. The National SAFE KIDS Campaign reports that child drownings declined 30 percent in the last decade. The rate of bathtub-related drownings has declined even more, in part because parents have gotten the prevention message. Children ages 1 to 4 are at greatest risk for drowning, with a rate 2.5 times that of other children.

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Dealing with the Visually Impaired

Dealing with the Visually Impaired

In general, guide dogs are working animals, not pets. So don't pet them. In fact, don't call their names or distract them in any way. Allow the dogs to accompany their owners into all stores and buildings. These dogs are trained to pay no attention to strangers while working except as objects to be avoided. Attempting to pet them while they are in harness is like urging someone to abandon a good, carefully formed habit.

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Suffocation Hazards

Suffocation Hazards

A baby can suffocate if something covers his mouth and nose, thus preventing breathing. Plastic bags and soft bedding are the main culprits. A portion of the deaths that have been attributed to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the past are now thought to really have been cases of suffocation on soft bedding.

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Updated: September 18, 2019

Is It Okay to Take My Baby Trick or Treating?

young couple taking baby trick or treating

As with any holiday, your child’s first Halloween is almost like a rite of passage. What could be cuter than a tiny little baby in an adorable costume? It is the perfect picture opportunity and excuse to show your precious little one off to the neighbors. Of course you want to document this milestone and begin making memories, but is it ok to take your baby trick or treating?

More: 8 Things Your Newborn Will Do That Might Surprise You

Child-Proofing the Kitchen

Child-Proofing the Kitchen

The kitchen area is full of knives, scissors, small appliances, breakables such as dishes and glasses, hot things such as ovens and toasters, and several intriguing little cupboard doors to tantalize a curious tot.

Just where do you begin? For starters, put child-resistant latches on the cabinets where you store breakables, sharp utensils, and cleaning supplies, and use high cabinet shelves instead of under-the-sink storage. We also recommend plastic safety covers on stove knobs so a child can't turn them.

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Safety Rules for Children Who Stay Home Alone

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Safety Rules for Children Who Stay Home Alone

If you've decided to go forward with self-care, you'll need to give your child some basic training. Take a tour of your house together. Make sure your child can lock and unlock the doors and windows. If he's allowed to operate certain appliances, make sure he knows how. The same goes for adjusting the temperature on the thermostat.

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Build and Install Drawers in Your Kitchen Cabinet

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Build and Install Drawers in Your Kitchen Cabinet

Got enough storage in your kitchen? Neither did we. We thought about “growing” our kitchen by drafting the driveway or enlisting the dining room. Those solutions, however, were expensive. We chose a middle ground in the war on kitchen clutter: drafting our base cabinets into storing more junk better.

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Make Halloween Fun, Not Fearful

Make Halloween Fun, Not Fearful

Halloween can be an exciting, entertaining time for your children. But Halloween events may cause them to be unduly scared, even traumatized. By understanding what your youngsters can cope with, you'll be able to prevent them from being scared out of a good time.

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Determining the Best Way to Approach Your Daughter

Determining the Best Way to Approach Your Daughter

Moms need to be up front and approach their daughters if they are concerned about a new newfound friendship group or boyfriend. The trick is in how you say it. One slip of the tongue and these kids won't listen to a thing you have to say.

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Childproofing Your Home for Your Toddler

Childproofing Your Home for Your Toddler

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If you want to discourage your young climber from scaling the pantry shelves and kitchen counters, you might find it worthwhile to store foods that are safe for her on lower shelves and in lower cabinets.

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Inventions We'd Rather Not See

Inventions We'd Rather Not See

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The world of science and engineering brings us all kinds of great and useless things. But what about the truly useless or silly things that haven't been invented yet? Here are some ideas to get your kid's creative juices flowing.

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

They're Baaaack!
They invade from every corner of the country, arriving in trains, planes, and automobiles. They're sleep-deprived and burned out, bearing laundry bags instead of gifts. Yes, the holidays are here, and our college students are back home!

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Foundation Faults

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Foundation Faults

A Fine Mess

The soil that sits under a building's foundation is technically part of the foundation. For this reason, foundations are only as good as the soil they're built on. Some soils are worthy elements in a foundation system. Others can cause big problems.

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