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Creating Storage and Archive Areas for Your Homeschool

Creating Storage and Archive Areas for Your Homeschool

From the textbooks you include in your curricula to supporting resources such as videotapes and DVDs to completed projects and homeschool documentation, you will need to handle lots of "stuff" related to your homeschool. When designing your homeschool area, you need to include lots of storage room.

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Choosing an Adult Cat

Choosing an Adult Cat

Kittens are cute, but, like all babies, they require time, effort, and patience. Besides, the cute little fuzzball stage lasts only a few short weeks out of a lifetime of more than a decade. For many people, a grown-up cat is a better choice. Many, many young adult cats need homes, and a mature, healthy cat of 5, 6, 7 years or even older can be a wise and wonderful companion for years to come. With good care, cats commonly live well into their teens.

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Updated: September 8, 2020

How to Create a Homeschool Schedule That Works For Your Family

Creating a homeschool schedule for new homeschoolers

Congratulations on your decision to homeschool! We are living through a very unique and challenging time in our lives as we make our way through a global pandemic, and following your gut to make the right decision for your children and your family as a whole is important. Beginning a homeschool journey as a family can feel both exciting and nerve wracking until it starts to feel like part of your routine.

Common Stepfamily Discipline Issues

Common Stepfamily Discipline Issues

This section covers a few of the most common disciplinary complications of living life "in step."

"You're Not My Parent!"

Resentment often boils out in those four little words. You might also hear, "You're not my mom, you can't tell me what to do!" These words hurt—they're meant to. Respond with calm authority in your voice, and you'll soon hear the last of this particular plaintive cry. Here are three not-so-snappy comebacks to help arm you:

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A Parents' Guide to Religion in Public School

A Parents' Guide to Religion in Public School

Parents are recognized as having the primary responsibility for the upbringing of their children, including education. For this reason, parents need to be fully informed about school policies and practices, including all issues concerning religion and religious liberty in public education.

The following questions and answers provide general information on the subject of religious expression and practices in schools.

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Updated: November 11, 2020

Teaching Kids About Autism

teaching kids about autism

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.

Updated: April 21, 2022

Cell Phones at School: Should They Be Allowed?

Pros and cons of allowing cell phones in school

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.

Defining the Successful Child

Defining the Successful Child

A successful child is one who uses her abilities to develop ever-increasing skills that help form the positive personal attributes that will lead her to a successful life. A child's individual abilities make her unique. She uses her skills to develop positive experiences.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Natural(ish) Parenting: A Lesson in Flexibility

mother and baby hugging

Before getting pregnant and having my son, I had a lot of plans for the kind of parent I wanted to be. When I thought about what my parenting philosophy would be, it would have been heavily categorized under the “natural parenting” label. Leave it to my strong-willed and life-lesson-teaching son to show me a thing or two about being flexible with my plans.

Updated: April 28, 2022

Is Personality Genetic? Understanding Inherited Personality Traits

are personality traits genetic?

You joke you’re “type A” and your child’s other biological parent is lazy and carefree. Does that mean your child will be like you - organized and detail-oriented - or your partner? Parents have always wondered how their little ones end up with certain personalities. Turns out that science has some answers. What’s the truth behind the genetic transfer of personality traits? Will your baby have your strong genes?

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Stepfamily Discipline Issues

Stepfamily Discipline Issues

All families have issues. Stepfamilies, however, while sharing the average issues with fully biological families, have a set of issues particular to their circumstances and configuration. Here are a few of the major, common issues stepparents face, and some suggestions for getting through them. You'll see that there are special sections for stepfathers and stepmothers, too; that's because, while most of the issues are the same, there are some issues particular to stepparents of each gender.

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The Earliest Names

The Earliest Names

The earliest names were very simple, given the rudimentary form of language millennia ago. It's a pretty sure bet that none of these names survive in their original form today (although “Ugh” could have formed the basis for “Hugh”).

St. Patrick's Day Progressive Party

St. Patrick's Day Progressive Party

It always seems that every bar in town has something special going on for St. Patrick's Day. This year, instead of limiting your fun to one spot, check out several by hosting a progressive party.

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When You Need to Make a Decision About Your Sick or Injured Cat

When You Need to Make a Decision About Your Sick or Injured Cat

Your decision to euthanize your cat might be influenced by a number of factors, which you will need to consider in order to make the right choice for your cat, yourself, and your family.

Your cat's health is the most important factor. Barring the presence of severe, acute pain, you'll have some time to decide. Discuss your cat's condition, treatment options, and chance for recovery with your veterinarian.

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Choosing the Right Dog for You

Choosing the Right Dog for You

When it comes to dogs, size does make a difference. Most big dogs don't belong in an apartment, or with people who can't manage them physically. Of course, energy and temperament also enter into the picture, but think carefully about the adult size before you get the puppy. One of the saddest things I remember seeing was a sign on the shelter cage of a sweet, normal-size (meaning enormous!) one-year-old St. Bernard. The sign stated the reason his owners gave him up: “He growed too big.”

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by: Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist below to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.

Check the skills your child has mastered. Then recheck every month to see what additional skills your child can accomplish easily.

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Aches and Pains in Pregnancy

Treatments for Pregnancy Pain

Backaches

Lower generalized backaches are extremely common during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester; around two thirds of all pregnant women suffer from backaches.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Teaching Good Sportsmanship

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Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Tips for Parents
"You don't win silver. You lose gold." That's the sour message of a sneaker advertisement that aired on TV during the Atlanta Olympics.

Such omnipresent multimedia messages combined with a "winning is everything" philosophy embraced by increasing numbers of parents and coaches - makes it harder than ever for adults to teach kids that it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game that's important.

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