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Updated: November 11, 2020

The 60 Best Dad Jokes of All Time

The best dad jokes of 2020

There is something about dad jokes that foster a weird mixture of satisfaction with a dash of annoyance. Maybe it's the fact that dad jokes are short, corny, and relatively harmless that makes them so lovable. Or perhaps it's the sparkle in dad's eye when he knows he's about to get super cheesy?

More: 40 Thanksgiving Jokes For Kids

Parenting a Young Adult

Parenting a Young Adult

Children grow up whether you're ready for it or not. They begin to make choices and decisions—and even have relationships—that you know nothing about. In other words, they begin to build lives that are separate from their parents. And they seem to start the process when you're not looking. While you're still relating to the traumas of teendom, they're quietly making the shift to adulthood.

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School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety

Watch Out!

If your caregiver drops off your child at school, make sure she has a copy of the school traffic rules and abides by them.

Most children injured by school buses aren't riding inside them during a crash. They're outside the bus in the blind spots around it, where they are hidden from the driver's view; kids don't realize that the driver can't seem them.

Sometimes a child in the roadway is hit by a passing car whose driver fails to stop for the school bus, as required by law.

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Updated: June 26, 2019

Our Top Tips and Tricks to Deal with Differing Parenting Styles

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There are many parenting styles, and what works well for one child may not work for another kiddo. Learning to respect and appreciate differing parenting styles will help avoid conflicts with other parents. You may not get along with the parents of your child's friends and classmates, and you don't have to, but we've got tips and tricks to help you navigate the sometimes awkward interactions.

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Dealing with Postpartum Depression: One Woman's Story

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Dealing with Postpartum Depression: One Woman's Story

After my third child was born I developed what I thought was postpartum depression. I was in a stressful second marriage and noticed that all during this pregnancy (following so quickly on the heels of my second child's birth) I was more emotionally volatile, insecure, and weepy. I needed a lot of support that my husband did not know how to give me.

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Choosing Party Venues

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Although hosting a party removed from your home presents its own unique challenges, you will also reap incredible rewards, such as having help with the party planning and leaving cleanup to someone else. The following sections help you consider a number of options for away-from-home celebrations.

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Reducing Rodent Numbers

Reducing Rodent Numbers

Once you've made your home less hospitable to your furry guests by sanitizing your house, it's time to eliminate the ones that have already taken up residence.

There are several effective approaches for doing so, including trapping, poisoning, electrifying, and fumigating.

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Your Asperger Child: How to Teach New Skills

Your Asperger Child: How to Teach New Skills

When working with your child, you must become the boss, the rule maker – a "sphere of influence." This is someone who has the power to make things happen. It does not always mean you will give him orders and he will follow them. Rather, you need to be the type of person who can exert influence in a situation to achieve appropriate results. You are a person who has the answers for every problem your child needs to solve. You are the problem solver, not just the problem causer.

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Updated: November 11, 2020

Teaching Kids About Autism

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Autism is a developmental disability, which can be difficult for children to understand when they witness their peers, family members, or strangers who struggle to communicate verbally or interact socially. Opening up the conversation with your children about autism can bring clarity for them, and aid their compassion for others.

Mapping Your Strategy for a Genealogy Research Trip

Mapping Your Strategy for a Genealogy Research Trip

Become familiar with the county you're interested in and its surrounding counties by studying several kinds of maps before your trip. You need present-day highway maps to find your way around and to give you an overview of the local scene. But even if your ancestor's town still exists on present-day maps, try to find maps contemporary with his life.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Talking About Date Rape

Talking About Date Rape

Spotting a Predator

Did you know that somewhere in America a woman is raped every two minutes?* If you've ever waited anxiously for your daughter to come home from a night out, now you can find out how to teach her to protect herself from sexual predators.

Don't miss this exclusive interview with Gavin de Becker, author of Protecting the Gift, and America's leading expert on violence.

Q: How can parents prepare their daughters to recognize the behaviors of "predatory" men?

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Setting Limits and Staying Sane

Setting Limits and Staying Sane

Too Strict or Too Lenient?

Here's a surefire recipe for conflict: Mix together one parent (whose job is to make rules) and one child (whose job is to question rules). The resulting power struggle can turn a happy home into a war zone in seconds flat and drive a formerly rational person to the brink of insanity. Sometimes it's tempting to enact martial law -- or go to the other extreme and dispense with rules altogether.

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Updated: August 22, 2019

Using Baby Books as a Genealogy Tool

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Looking at old baby books may be a good place to learn more about your family and its history. 

Many people seek to learn more about their family history. Some wish to preserve this information for future generations, while others may want to research a hereditary illness. Those who have lost touch with their past yearn to rediscover their relatives. All of us have a deep desire to know who we are, and where we came from. Plus, learning about family history can be just plain fun. 

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Flies in the Home

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House-invading flies typically come indoors when the sea-sons change, and especially when there's a big difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Hot air lures them indoors when it's cold outside; cold air lures them indoors when it's hot.

You can do everything possible to manage fly-breeding sites indoors and out and still have problems with house-invading flies, as some of them are attracted to things other than filth.

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Animals in the Home

Animals in the Home

A Fine Mess

While they can seem somewhat scary, most wild animals are harmless. However, this doesn't mean you should relax your guard around any animal that has entered your home. There's a chance the animal could be ill, and some wild animals can carry diseases that you're better off not being exposed to. Always approach them with caution. If you see a nocturnal animal — a raccoon, opossum, or skunk — during the daytime, definitely approach with care.

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Early Lessons About Personal Safety

Early Lessons About Personal Safety

Human touch—hugs, kisses, stroking—are a basic part of healthy lives. Such warm and intimate relationships between young children and parents are essential for healthy development. That's why it's tricky to explain to a young child that some kinds of touching are wrong.

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