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Avoiding Moody Mornings

Avoiding Moody Mornings

In some families, the kids are up at the crack of dawn, everybody has a leisurely breakfast together, and, right on time, they cheerily march out the door to work and to school. In far more families, days begin with the jangle of alarm clocks, clattering dishes, shouts (“Isabel, out of bed now!” and “If you aren't at the table by the count of three, young man!”), fights over the bathroom (“Mo-om!

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Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

If you're like many baby boomers, you've got two or three kids of your own. And depending on how old you were when they were born, they may be anywhere from toddlers to adults living on their own. We know 50-somethings who are just now making the rounds of elementary school concerts and parent-teacher conferences, and other 50-somethings who are happily playing with their grandkids.

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The Importance of Saying "I'm Sorry"

The Importance of Saying "I'm Sorry"

There is an expression that we use when we make a mistake: “I'm only human.” We're saying that everybody makes mistakes, so what we did is okay. And it is okay, as long as we take personal responsibility for our wrongdoing. Saying “sorry” but not meaning it or not intending to improve our actions will cause a lack of trust to develop. Saying “I'm sorry” and admitting that we did something wrong is the first step to self-improvement. Being unable to apologize is a recipe for a brittle marriage.

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Surprise Custody of Stepchildren

Surprise Custody of Stepchildren

It can happen. You marry your Sweetie aware that there are children in the picture but way in the distance, perhaps a little blur on the horizon. Though you know your partner has kids, you've downplayed their importance. After all, they aren't going to live with you. Maybe they live far away, and maybe there are regular, short visits. But basically, your house is your own.

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Updated: March 15, 2019

10 Baby Names Inspired By The Oscars

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Every year, we watch films wondering which ones will have the distinction of becoming Oscar nominees and winners. We host watch parties and sit with tissues in our hands as we watch actors, directors and more make passionate speeches about how grateful they are to have received such an honor. These names are inspired by some of the most distinct Oscar winners in the history of the awards.

More: The Top Baby Name Trends You Can Expect To See in 2019

Updated: May 29, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Coronavirus for Parents

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Regardless of where you live and how old your children are, if you are a parent, it is completely valid and natural to have concerns about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. With breaking news by the hour and panic and fear spreading, it is important for everyone to follow the facts. More importantly, as parents, it’s essential to model healthy behaviors, make smart decisions, and talk openly with our children about age-appropriate details and healthy practices.

Updated: August 17, 2020

The Ultimate List of Victorian Girl Names

Victorian Girls Names

Looking for a name for your baby girl can be challenging. There are simply so many beautiful names. If you’re searching, looking at a certain point in history can prove to have wonderful results. The Victorian era is known as a time of elegance and properness. Named after the rule of Queen Victoria, much like her reign, these names are long popular and withstand the test of time. 

More: Vintage Baby Names Making a Comeback

What to Do About Clothing Battles

What to Do About Clothing Battles

What kids wear, and how they wear it, becomes an issue for many families. I imagine that cave kids battled with their parents about skins (“Grog, leopard skin skirt too short!”). Hair styles, too, have always been a bone of contention (“Get gazelle thigh out of hair, Ug. You want neighbors think you too primitive to build fire?”). Look, anything can become a battleground. Clothing and hairstyles are one way kids can assert their personal tastes, independence, and choice-making abilities.

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Collecting for Fun and Profit

Collecting for Fun and Profit

Collecting has been around forever. People like to save things. The wealthy have been collecting antique paintings, porcelains, and furniture for generations. Today, however, collecting isn't limited to the rich. It seems that everyone—young and old, rich and poor—is getting into the act.

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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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Updated: May 4, 2021

12 Meaningful Rainbow Baby Gift Ideas

12 meaningful rainbow baby gifts

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Updated: April 21, 2021

When Do Babies Recognize Their Name?

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What’s in a name? A lot if you ask an expecting or new parent. When a woman is going to have a baby, she puts a lot of time and energy into deciding what she’s going to name her baby. So, it should come as no surprise that many parents are eager to have their baby recognize their own name when it’s said. For many parents, it can't come soon enough!

Storing Your Genealogy Files on the Computer

Storing Your Genealogy Files on the Computer

At first you'll keep every scrap of paper. You photocopy a marriage record from a book and photocopy the title page; now you have two pieces of paper in the file. Multiply this many times over, and you'll be overflowing with paper unless you find a way to reduce the stream. The problem is not limited to providing the space needed to store all the paper. Consider that some day others will use the records. Unless your files are condensed sufficiently, others will not want to store them.

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Updated: May 19, 2020

A Teacher Shares the 5 Steps That Homeschooling Parents Need to Take to Make Distance Learning Work

5 tips for homeschooling parents from a teacher who did it herself

I never planned to homeschool, and I know I am not alone. Like many parents across the country, taking on the responsibility of teaching my kids wasn’t optional. I was a middle and high school English teacher for eight years, and I have a MA in English Education. When COVID-19 shut down our schools, I thought: I’ve got this.

Boy, was I wrong.

Updated: July 1, 2020

My Kid is Nothing Like Me

My Kid is Nothing Like Me

From the moment a baby is born, most parents have a certain idea of what their kid will be like. Maybe they hope their child will grow up to be a lawyer like their mom or a college athlete like their dad.

However, very rarely do children grow up to be exactly what their parents expect them to be.

Take it from Maureen Emily. Maureen is a self-proclaimed extrovert through and through and always assumed her daughter, Georgia, would be as outgoing and bubbly as she was.

Have a Positive Influence on Your Toddler's Behavior

Have a Positive Influence on Your Toddler's Behavior

Bribes and rewards, punishments and threats don't work at this age. So if you want your toddler to behave in a certain way, you'll have to resort to trickery (though some might call it "guidance"). Remember, your willful one-year-old will "be good" only if he wants to do what you want to do. So all you have to do is figure out a trick that will make good behavior something your toddler wants to do.

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Software Solutions for Preschoolers

Software Solutions for Preschoolers

The best computer programs for preschoolers who can't read must feature bright and entertaining graphics, clear sound, and simple instructions. If your pre-reader has any chance of using them on her own, software programs should require no reading or minimal reading. Instructions should be rendered graphically or through spoken words that your child will be able to understand easily.

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Calming Activities

Calming Activities

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Although many people associate the term stress with psychological stress, physicians use this term to denote any force that impairs the stability and balance of bodily functions. By definition, exercise is stressful, but its health benefits are unquestionable. Some stress is good, as long as it doesn't overwhelm you.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Co-Ed Baby Shower

friends at co-ed baby shower

As our times change to have a more inclusive world, we are seeing this pattern ripple into the birth world, too! Sayonara to the days of separated baby showers where mom disappears for most of the day, most likely whisked away looking fit to see the queen, her partner is summoned at the end to help deliver the carloads of gifts back home. As women are taking control of the births, their partners are also becoming residually empowered to be more involved in the birth process.

by: Marc Broussard

The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Camping This Summer

Backyard camping guide for summer 2020 staycation

As the country slowly reopens, parents are trying to figure out the annual summer vacation. With social distancing still imperative, backyard camping makes for an ideal family staycation.

While you might not be able to camp in the forest, or make new friends over a nightly campfire, you will avoid noisy campsite neighbors, enjoy an extremely inexpensive “getaway” and have access to indoor plumbing. The trade off might not be so bad after all.