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Safety in Cyberspace

Setting the rules

Safety in Cyberspace

Safety Savvy

One of the most effective strategies for keeping your child safe on the Internet is to place your computer in the family room or kitchen rather than in the child's bedroom. He'll be less tempted to access inappropriate material if he knows another family member could walk by at any moment.

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Online Trading for Kids

How to set up an online trading account

Online Trading for Kids

Kids with an interest in computers and computer games probably read PC, Wired, EM2, and similar magazines. They see people in their 20s who were formerly called geeks but now are creating the fastest-growing Internet companies. Kids also see how these companies have gone public and have made these young owners instant millionaires.

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Updated: May 29, 2022

5 Warning Signs of Screen Addiction

5 signs your kid has a screen addiction

Many parents today are just as concerned with the amount of time that their kids spend using screens as they are with how difficult it often is to pry them away from a screen. Though many experts in the field are split as to whether or not digital and media consumption can be defined as an addiction, many parents have no problem using the terminology as a way to describe what their child’s behavior is similar to.

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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by: From the National Center for Learning Disabilities

Syl-la-ble Clapping

Syl-la-ble Clapping

What you need:
Picture books

What you do:
1. Point to a picture of something that has more than one syllable in its name and say it.

2. Say it again slowly as you clap out each syllable: "ba-na-na." Have your child clap out the syllables, too.

3. Have your child point to another picture, say its name, and clap out the syllables.

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by: Erin Dower

8 Tips to Protect Your Kids from "Catfishing" Online

catfish prevention, mother protecting teen online

8 Tips to Protect Your Kids from "Catfishing" Online

If you're like most parents, you probably didn't learn what "catfishing" means until the news of the Manti Te'o hoax broke and the new MTV documentary-style show Catfish became a hit in early 2013.
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Updated: May 29, 2020

5 Ways Kids Can Stay Connected and Social While Social Distancing

5 ways to keep kids connected and social during social distancing

In these unprecedented times, we are all dealing with the effects of social distancing. Though we know it is absolutely essential to stay home whenever possible during this global pandemic, the physical distance from friends and loved ones can be extremely difficult for people of all ages to deal with. Children are not immune to this experience. Whether children are expressing it or not, they do need interactions with others for the sake of their social emotional health.

Updated: April 22, 2022

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Upcoming School Year

How to talk to your kids about going back to school in Fall 2020

This summer parents have been waiting anxiously for their school districts to release reopening plans. Afterall, until we know what school will look like, we can’t help our children get ready! It’s hard to plan when you don’t know what you are planning for. Some schools opened their doors last week, and over the next few weeks more schools will begin (whether online, in person, or a combination of both).

More: At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak

Tweens and High-Tech Entertainment

Tweens and High-Tech Entertainment

Zack was an outdoorsy, athletic boy who enjoyed everything from bicycling and skateboarding to hockey and gymnastics. He was the only kid on the block whose parents didn't own a television set or a computer, although Zack was sure that he was the only kid in the world.

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Genealogy: The Mechanics of Correspondence

Genealogy: The Mechanics of Correspondence

Tree Tips

Keep a copy of the letters you send, at least until you get an answer. On the computer it is easy to create a file or document of “outgoing mail” and just add each letter as it is written. Periodically you can delete older letters that you don't need to keep, though the small amount of computer space may make keeping them indefinitely a better choice.

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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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Savings Quick Tips: Reduce Back to School Spending

Savings Quick Tips: Reduce Back to School Spending

Everybody knows holiday spending and the annual vacation will be big-ticket expenses throughout the year. But back-to-school shopping seems to sneak up on many families. And, in fact, some families might spend more money on getting kids ready to go back to school -- especially if college students are involved -- than any other spending event of the year.

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Genealogy Classes, Lectures, and More

Genealogy Classes, Lectures, and More

Readin', Writin', and 'Rithmetic

Seek every opportunity to attend classes and lectures on genealogy. Become familiar with the names of outstanding genealogists, and look for opportunities to hear them lecture. Read their published articles.

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Boredom Busters: Sixty-Second Word Family Naming

Boredom Busters: Sixty-Second Word Family Naming

The Sixty-Second Word Family Naming game is an easy game to play to keep your child occupied when you're standing on a line somewhere or in the car. Once you've introduced the game to your child and played it a few times, you'll probably be able to play it in the car without even saying you're going to play the game!

Skills Being Practiced

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Rhyme recognition
  • Sound manipulation

What You Need

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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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by: Kristine Petterson

Parenting Mindfully When Life Spirals Out of Control

mindful parenting when things seem out of control

My yoga teacher Tiffany Wood loves to say, “You may not be in control of every situation, but you can always take charge.” It took time for this teaching to sink in, and becoming a mother gave me a whole new perspective on being out of control. Parents are handed a tiny human with their own agenda and pretty strong opinions out of the gate. It’s physically and emotionally exhausting and it only gets harder when your child is old enough to look you in the eye and shout, “NO!”