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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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by: Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.

Building Bridges Between Home and School

Building Bridges Between Home and School

You can enjoy a healthy, respectful, and supportive relationship with your child's school. These steps will help you strengthen your communication skills and make this school year a positive experience for you, your child, and your child's teacher.

1. Two-Way Communication

2. Building a Foundation

3. Realistic Expectations

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How to Play Double Solitaire

Double Solitaire

Double Solitaire also called Klondike Solitaire is the exception to the solo-game rule that we've come to learn. I had to include it, though, because it is how I learned to play Solitaire (not to mention the antics of my Solitaire-crazed parents).

The object is to build eight foundation piles starting with Ace and building up in ascending order to King. The game is played with two decks—by two people. You each get a deck and you each layout your own tableau.

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The Trouble with Termites

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The Trouble with Termites

Termites are wood-eating insects. Although they like to eat things like trees and shrubs, they're also extremely fond of residential structures, as well as anything made of wood, including a wood product that's inside a structure they've already infested. Unfortunately for homeowners, their passion for cellulose -- the fiber in wood -- comes with a huge price tag. Every year, termites cause billions of dollars in damage to wood structures.

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Taking on Termites

Taking on Termites

Around the House

Depending on where you live, a soil pretreatment might have been required when your house was built. These treatments are typically covered by a multi-year warranty period, but problems can still happen, especially if structural changes are made to the home. Anything requiring breaking or cutting into a concrete slab or digging into the soil around the foundation of a structure can disrupt and even destroy the treated barrier.

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Q&A: Self-Esteem

Q&A: Self-Esteem

Does your child come home from school feeling downtrodden? Does she give up easily? Sometimes, kids beat themselves up emotionally. Add LD or ADHD to the mix and the issue becomes even more complicated. Our experts answer parents' questions about self-esteem, confidence, and resilience.

Q&A by Carleton Kendrick, family therapist

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How Brick Crumbles

How Brick Crumbles

Around the House

Brick-veneer siding is applied to a wood frame over building paper. It can cover an entire wall, or serve as an accent to other exterior surfaces. You can tell the difference between a brick veneer and structural brick by the brick pattern. Structural brick normally requires two layers of bricks tied together every few rows. The ties are bricks placed on edge so you can see a row of the short ends of the brick.

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by: Lindsay Hutton

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How to Get Your Kids to Love Math

Laying the foundation

How to Get Your Kids to Love Math

When it comes to mathematics, most U.S. kids just aren't making the grade. A recent study conducted on students in grades 4 and 8 by the American Institutes for Research found that children in the United States consistently score below most of their peers around the world on math. As students progress to the high school level, the worrying trend continues, with the U.S placing ninth out of the 12 countries included in the study.

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Updated: June 20, 2019

Is it Okay to be Naked in Front of Your Kids?

Mom and baby at bath time

There are so many decisions to make when it comes to having a baby. From getting the necessary baby gear to planning a college fund to having hypothetical questions about disciplining kids, it can get overwhelming...and that's just the beginning. Once your tiny human is here, you'll be faced with "quick set decisions." These are decisions you'll have to make in the moment and have no way of knowing that curveball was headed your way. Welcome to parenthood. 

Teach Kids About Giving to Charity

Teach Kids About Giving to Charity

Piggybank on It

If the dollar amount that's appropriate for your child to spend seems too little to buy what he might consider to be a decent present, suggest that your child pool his funds with a sibling (when it's a gift for you) or a friend (when it's a gift for another friend). Just make sure that the joint gift-givers agree on what the present should be.

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Rooting Out Wood Rot

Rooting Out Wood Rot

In the Nick of Time

If you're doing any repairs to wood on your home, building a deck, even building wood flower planters, always use pressure-treated lumber or lumber substitutes. Yes, they're more expensive, but they'll save you money in the long run.

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Winning Over Your Partner's Child

Winning Over Your Partner's Child

Who should you be when you are around your date's children? Besides the obvious answer (“You should be yourself”), there are some other things to consider, and to strive for:

Stepping Stones

As you think about your role as a stepparent, remember to turn the tables, and consider your own kids' needs and your partner's relationship with them.

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Sanitizing Your Home to Keep Rodents Away

Food & outdoors

Sanitizing Your Home to Keep Rodents Away

Sanitation means keeping food away from rodents and making your home and its sur-roundings less rodent-friendly.

Food Sanitation

A Fine Mess

All three control measures -- sanitation, rodent-proofing, and reducing populations -- are essential for a successful rodent-control program. Don't skip one of these steps!

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Updated: April 7, 2022

My Teenager Sleeps All Day: Is It Normal?

Teens and Sleep

At a lot of high schools, classes begin around 7:30 in the morning. Your teen may complain that that’s too early, and that this schedule keeps them from getting enough sleep.

Guess what? Sleep experts agree.

Although teens need the same amount of sleep as the rest of us, at some point during adolescence the circadian rhythm changes. As a result, the ideal teen sleep cycle looks a bit different than that of younger children, or even of adults.

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Calcium and Healthy Bones

Calcium and Healthy Bones

Why bother with calcium?

Imagine your bones as your calcium bank. Over the years, you can develop quite an extensive savings account by taking in plenty of calcium-rich foods and supplementing your diet with calcium pills. Keep up the good work as an adult and your bones stay calcium-rich!

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ADD: The Challenge for Parents and Siblings

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ADD: The Challenge for Parents and Siblings

The treatment of an ADD child begins in the healing home--not at school, not at the psychologist's or doctor's office. If a child's parents and other family members do not invest their time, effort, and love in his treatment, there is very little doctors or teachers can do.

A child's response to ADD treatment reflects the family's dynamics. That is not to say a family must be perfect and without conflicts. There are problems in all families, whether they are the Osbournes or the Osmonds.

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Age-Appropriate Visitation

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Age-Appropriate Visitation

It's a famous biblical story: Two women were fighting over a baby each claimed as her own. Wise King Solomon had the women brought before him. Appearing to rule fairly, he ordered that the baby be cut in half, with one half given to each woman. While the pretender agreed with this decree, the real mother was horrified and screamed, “No! Give the baby to her!” King Solomon then knew that she was the real mother.

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