Formal Wedding Etiquette
Before people get married, they become engaged. Engagement marks the interval between the day the couple agree to get married and the actual wedding ceremony. What happens during this period depends on the people involved, but some basic rules apply.
Oh, Grow Up
First, tell you parents the good news!
The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field is growing every day, with new and interesting career paths emerging that weren't even a possibility a few years ago. Careers in the STEM field are some of the fastest-growing occupations in the country and feature amazing growth and salary potential. Here are a few of the most exciting STEM careers kids can explore.
Finance: Learning to Balance Your Accounts the Old-Fashioned WayOkay, I admit it: There is really no need to balance your checking account by hand. With all of the software and online options available, the ability to maintain your balance with pencil, paper, and calculator is no longer required.
Nonetheless, knowing how to balance your account the old-fashioned way has its advantages. Even if you never plan to do the math yourself, it is valuable to understand what's happening as the software chugs away, so you can more easily resolve problems when they occur.
Joint Checking Accounts
Conquering Money Madness
When Peter Q. went out and bought a sleek, new, red Porsche a few years ago, his live-in girlfriendof three years thought he was being silly, but she didn't harbor any feelings of resentment.
"I never had to give anything up for him to have that car," Gina A. reasons. "We decided from the very beginning that we didn't want to manage each other's money."
Should students be allowed to have their cell phones in middle school and high school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most high schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting.
The Census and Genealogy
A census is an official population count that often includes related information used for government planning.
Why are the censuses so important to your quest for information on your ancestors, and why are they among the first records to search? Widely available, they place your ancestors in a specific place at a specific time, and the related information on them leads you to other locations and records.
Parents' Custom Report Card Kit
How Will You React?
Whether it's As, Ds, or grades in between -- what's the best way to react to your child's report card? Read on to find your situation and a custom list of tips, along with ideas to help your child improve.
Come on, admit it. We’ve all dreamed of being a TV or movie star. If American Idol allowed you to audition in the shower, you would have taken over the music industry. How often did that hairbrush serve as a makeshift microphone? You know you had that perfect voice to call the big game, “bottom of the ninth… two outs…bases loaded.” Fifteen minutes of fame wasn’t going to be enough time for you.
For decades when parents and educators discussed learning and education, the focus was on academics and how well a child performs in school and tests. The concept of focusing on social skills is still reasonably new, yet it is equally important, and some may argue more.
Giving Significant Money to Your Kids
You probably give things to your kids each day, and you may also give presents on special occasions. Chances are, you don't think of this as being generous or making gifts—still, they're gifts just the same. Maybe it's only a visit from the Tooth Fairy, a reward for a good report card, or a birthday present: All are gifts.
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.
As you scroll social media these days, you probably see a variety of memes dedicated to capturing some aspect of the generations. Whether it’s the Millennials talking about the “Karens” of Gen X or their supposed need to side part their hair, or the Baby Boomers commenting on the helicopter parenting style of the younger generations, we continually see stereotypical personality traits and habits of generations boxed into neat definitions.
Starting high school is an exciting time in your child’s life. The transition from middle school to the big campus involves new teachers, new friends, and an abundance of new school activities, including clubs, electives, sports teams, and musical organizations.
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It's the most wonderful time of year — as those festive lyrics state — with memories to cherish forever. The holidays are just around the corner, which means fun, food, family...and finances. When it comes to holiday spending, it can also be a downright stressful time of year.
Naysayers will argue that dogs are smelly, messy, and time-consuming—but wait until you hear about the great and unique ways that owning a dog can benefit you!
If you’re interested in adopting a dog but some family members are still on the fence about Fido, just share this article with them to sway them to your side. After learning about these four benefits your whole family can get from having a dog, it will be impossible not to be convinced to get to the shelter or breeder immediately.
Best Books for Babies and Toddlers
This list of seventy authors and their books is in no way complete. Each author may have written many titles, of which only one or two are included here. Many great children's authors and books have not been included not because they are not worthy, but because to include them all would require another volume! This list includes books and authors that are recommended by experts in the field of children's literature. Our family has read and enjoyed many of these books over the years.
ADHD and Giftedness: What Do We Really Know?
What Is ADHD and How Is It Diagnosed?
What do we know about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and gifted kids? ADHD, especially in the gifted, has been in the spotlight of attention, concern, and passion. Three experts in the field conducted an exhaustive study and share their findings with us.
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Preparing Your Tax Returns
April 15 is fast approaching, and you have taxes on the brain. You know you have to get a return prepared and in the mail, but you've been putting it off. Preparing a tax return is one of those things we tend to build up in our minds as a big deal, when it doesn't have to be. It's like painting the living room. You know it's a one-day job, but the longer you think about it, the bigger a task it seems to be. Eventually, it's like a monster looming over you.
How Do I Explain War to My Kids?
The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has dominated the news streams and social media with images of violence and outrage.
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Fall is a magical time of the year! The trees change and glow with bright, fiery colors, there are trips to pumpkin patches and apple picking farms, and a crisp, cool air descends upon us, reminding us of fuzzy socks and warm apple cider.
The summer before your teen heads off to college for the first time seems to fly by faster than any previous summers! Once your teen has committed to the school of their choice—and continues to deny they have “Senioritis”—it’s time for them to hunker down and tackle all the last-minute stuff. They’ll (hopefully) appreciate your help, especially because you may not always be there physically if they’re dorm-living in another city come fall.