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Social Skills and Homeschooling: Myths and Facts

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Social Skills and Homeschooling:
Myths and Facts

Isabel Shaw

 

The Debate


I've heard it a hundred times. If you're thinking about homeschooling, it probably troubles you. "What about socialization?" is the major homeschooling question people have about a homeschooling lifestyle.

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Winter Sports Safety

Winter Sports Safety

Snow? Yippee! Get out those sleds, skates, snowboards, and skis! Here are some safety tips to keep these winter sports injury-free.

Watch Out!

Know how to protect your little snow bunnies from both frostbite and winter sunburn. For information on skin protection, see Sun Safety for Children.

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Updated: March 11, 2022

Is Gripe Water Safe for Babies? (Acid Reflux, Colic, and More)

Gripe Water

Babies cry -- It is a fact of life. However, for some, the crying never seems to stop. Many desperate parents of colicky babies, like myself, find themselves wishing and praying for a magical elixir to help soothe their baby's aches and pains. Gripe water is toted as a solution to the unsolvable curse of colic, but is it safe for babies? We investigate this product to determine if it is the cure-all answer to your child's inconsolable tears!

Updated: December 16, 2021

Top 15 Teen Birthday Gift Ideas in 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Gifting Your Niece or Nephew This Holiday Season

The Ultimate Guide to Gifting Your Niece or Nephew This Holiday Season

Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items featured in this post, we may receive a small commission for it.

It’s that time of year where you are supposed to buy your adorable little niece or nephew a gift. What do you get? What is age appropriate? Should you stick with trends or classics? With kids, it is best to stick with classics.

Updated: August 19, 2020

How to Make Homeschooling Less Stressful

How to make homeschooling less stressful

Homeschooling can be stressful for the entire family, but it doesn’t have to be. Now that schools in many states have shut down, parents all over the nation have become their children’s teachers and many have never done anything like this before. Diving into something new and unfamiliar is bound to cause some level of anxiety, but there are a few things parents can do to make crisis homeschooling less straining on everyone in the family.

Updated: March 2, 2021

10 Sustainable Gifts for Everyone On Your List

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Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items featured in this post, we may receive a small commission for it.

The Pros and Cons of Preschool

The Pros and Cons of Preschool

When your child is potty trained you have the option of sending her to preschool. Most preschool programs last a half day and provide structured activities and some preliminary studies to prepare your child for kindergarten. Preschool is not required: Your child doesn't need to go to preschool to get into kindergarten. For most children, however, preschool can be great.

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Updated: August 5, 2020

My Baby Looks Nothing Like Me: A Genetic Explanation

Help! My baby doesn't look like me!

The creation of a human body goes far beyond simple building blocks. For around nine months, the womb meticulously assembles microscopic fragments of DNA from both parents to create a unique individual. During that time, parents anticipate how the baby will look. Will she be tall like the father, have dark skin like the mother, or soft green eyes like both? 

Excitement builds as the time approaches to lay eyes on your mini-you…until your baby is born, and you notice, “My baby looks nothing like me!” 

Updated: February 12, 2020

Extra-Curricular Activities for Girls that Promote Leadership

extra curricular activities for girls to help them become the next president

Our girls are strong, bright, and capable of changing the world. Your daughter could become one of our next presidents, and helping your girl stand in her own power and embrace all that she has to offer is one of the key ways we can contribute to making this happen. We know the value of girls’ leadership, and fortunately, there are organizations that have exciting extracurricular activities and programs to help girls develop leadership skills.

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Updated: March 5, 2021

The Ultimate List of International Women's Day Activities to Do With Kids

International Women's Day

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This is your ultimate guide to celebrating International Women’s Day with kids. We’ve got everything from themed food to activities, books, TV shows, movies, and online resources.

Updated: August 27, 2019

Staff Tips: 9 Morning Routine Hacks to Get Your Kids to the Bus Stop on Time

Morning Routine Hacks

It's 7:29am, the school bus is pulling up in front of your house, and your child has one shoe on, can't find the other one, her homework is still on the kitchen counter, and the contents of her backpack may or may not actually be what she needs to bring to school that day. The morning routine is way off course.

You open the front door and wave the bus driver away...looks like another day of driving your kid to school, being late for work, and generally watching your morning collapse in chaos. Or is it?

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Maintaining a Good Relationship with Childcare Providers

Maintaining a Good Relationship with Childcare Providers

No matter if you have outside or in-home childcare, one of the best things you can do for your child is to keep up a good association with the child­care provider. The most crucial element of a good relationship is communication. It goes without saying that you should feel comfortable bringing any of your concerns relating to your child's care to the day care provider. Remember, however, that it is just as important that the caregiver be at ease bringing up her childcare-related issues to you.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Homeschooling on a Budget

Homeschooling on a Budget

You Really Can Do It
Most parents believe educating their children is an expensive proposition. According to The Homeschooling Book of Answers, public schools spend nearly $7,000 per pupil per year. What if I told you there were families providing an excellent education for their homeschooled child for $50 per year? And even for those of us who splurge on a few beautiful books occasionally, we can easily manage to keep our total expenses under $200 a year. Sound impossible? Here's how:

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