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Updated: August 7, 2019

How to Choose a Baby Name Inspired by Your Family Tree

How to choose a baby name inspired by your family tree

Choosing a baby name is part of the legacy you pass down to your child. It’s an opportunity to keep a family name, quality, or history alive in a very unique way. Choosing a baby name inspired by your family tree is a wonderful option to consider to provide your child with a strong foundation and connection to the past. Fortunately, there are many creative ways to utilize your family tree for baby name inspiration.

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.

Your Grown Child: How Much Should You Help?

Your Grown Child: How Much Should You Help?

Don't Go There

A study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling shows that 64 percent of all students graduating from college owe at least $1,843 on their credit cards. Twenty percent have credit card debt of $10,000 or more.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

How to Handle Reflux & Spit Up in Your Infant

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Most babies spit up, and some babies are diagnosed with acid reflux. I was a naive, mother-to-be who envisioned my son sleeping peacefully in his beautiful new crib -- a girl can dream, right? Fast forward a few months, and my son had two extremely sleep-deprived parents who were desperate to make him more comfortable. We knew that newborns didn't sleep for long periods of time, but we were concerned about how much pain our son seemed to have. He was diagnosed with reflux and a dairy intolerance when he was about 7 weeks old.

Have Your Teenage Daughter Test Her Safety Know-How

Have Your Teenage Daughter Test Her Safety Know-How

As you begin to enter adulthood, you will become increasingly independent from your parents. Do you know how to keep yourself safe when you are on your own? Read through the scenario below from Gavin de Becker's book Protecting the Gift and see how much you know about decreasing the risk of being attacked or abused.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

How to Freeze and Thaw Leftovers to Reduce Waste

Freezing and Thawing Foods

Have you ever been left with so many leftovers after a party or a big dinner that there's no way you'd ever be able to eat them all before they go bad? (Or before you got sick of eating the same thing over and over again?)

You can greatly the extend the life of your food — even food that's already been cooked — by storing it in the freezer. You just need to make sure you're packaging it right and that you thaw and reheat it fully before eating it again. Here's some tips on how to safely freeze, thaw, and reheat foods.

Updated: April 23, 2022

10 Positive Affirmations for Kids + How to Use Them

10 Positive Affirmations

As parents and caregivers, we want our children to be happy, healthy, and safe. Protecting and nurturing their mental health is one incredibly important way to do this. Mental health affects everything from physical health to self esteem and self-confidence. For little ones to thrive, we need to start early with a focus on helping them to develop a growth mindset and to utilize positive self-talk.

Updated: February 4, 2022

Breastmilk Storage: How Long is Breast Milk Good For?

How Long Does Breast Milk Last

Breast milk is called liquid gold for a reason. Regardless of whether you pump milk to bottle feed or nurse your child right from the breast, babies get necessary nutrients and antibody protections from human milk. Since breastfeeding takes time and energy, make sure you are storing breast milk properly to make it last. Knowing breast milk storage guidelines is important for any nursing parent.

How to Know Whether Your Parents Need Help

How to Know Whether Your Parents Need Help

Sometimes, the fact that your parents need your help is painfully obvious. Your dad has a stroke; Mom falls and breaks her hip. You go to visit and find that the house is a mess and there's no food in the refrigerator.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Overload: How Much Is Too Much?

St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks

When you were a kid, St. Patrick's Day likely felt like nothing more than a small blip on the radar — a bit of fun drawing shamrocks and wearing green in between making President Lincoln hats and dying Easter eggs. If you were Irish, maybe you also ate corned beef and cabbage that night. Now, however, the day seems to have morphed into a holiday that requires hours of prepwork to come up with detailed recipes or intricate creative projects. Sound familiar? Here are a few signs that your family's St.

Updated: February 12, 2020

How to Survive When the Stomach Flu Strikes Your Home

Sick Child Laying in Bed

When the stomach flu strikes your home, there's usually an overwhelming feeling of panic, dread, and uncertainty. When my son had the stomach flu for the first time, I remember feeling unprepared and worried, but rest assured that you will get through this! Take comfort in knowing that there are several at-home remedies and tips that will help ease the symptoms, all while keeping your child a bit more comfortable.

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Updated: December 2, 2020

The Key Signs Your Child Has Selective Hearing and What to Do About It

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Concerned about hearing loss? It could be selective hearing. Selective hearing is the natural process by which we filter out background noise, picking up the auditory information that is important to us. Selective hearing is a helpful phenomenon, but it can become problematic if the brain filters out what it should be paying attention to.

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Teaching Your Child About Strangers

Teaching Your Child About Strangers

One of the most troublesome safety concerns for parents is the issue of dealing with strangers. You certainly don't want to quash your child's friendliness if he is naturally outgoing. Nor do you want to terrorize your child, making him paranoid and scared of everyone by dwelling on such unpleasant possibilities as kidnapping, rape, and murder.

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Succeeding at Standardized Tests

Succeeding at Standardized Tests

Parents: Do Your Homework
Standardized testing -- two simple words that often strike fear for children, teachers, and parents alike. Many states use proficiency testing as a way to assess children and evaluate teachers. In some states, a low score on a proficiency exam is grounds for holding your child back. Whatever the policies are in your state, your job is to prepare your young learner for the testing challenge.

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Updated: March 2, 2021

How to Make the Transition from the School Schedule to Summer Mode

transitioning from school schedule to summer mode

While the summer can be fun and a highly anticipated season, it can also create a new level of stress for working parents as they try to figure out how to balance setting up child care, creating a summer schedule, and making sure there are plenty of opportunities for fun. Making summer memories can be some of the most special times of childhood, but leaving the summer plan completely up to chance is not actually stress-free for parents or for children.

by: Sabrina Bradley

How to Teach Your Child Entrepreneurship According to a Real Momtrepreneur

lessons in entrepreneurship from a momtrepreneur

Sabrina Bradley, owner of SKIN by Sabrina, knows all about the hard work and dedication needed to achieve building a successful business. A passion for skin-care and environmentally-friendly products, she worked hard to turn her dreams of owning her boutique spa and creating a line of holistic treatments into a reality.

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