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Homeschooling Through Challenging Times

Homeschooling Through Challenging Times

Isabel Shaw

When difficulties arise, families sometimes give up on homeschooling, believing that children will be in the way, or will be unable to cope with a challenging situation. Family illness, a new baby, moving, job loss, divorce, and other family issues are reasons why parents may think about putting their children back in school.

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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.

Updated: March 2, 2021

8 Days of Hanukkah Gifts for Kids

kids lighting Hanukkah menorah

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So you have eight nights of gift giving to contend with and don't even know where to begin? Hanukkah is a perfect time to choose gifts that the whole family can participate in to make the most of the family aspect of the holiday.

Updated: March 31, 2021

75 Activities for Kids at Home

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Without packed schedules, school, sports, friends and clubs, filling our days with our kids at home can feel daunting. Read the list below so that you’ll be confident and prepared with these indoor activities for the next time you hear, “I’m bored!” These indoor activities are perfect for playtime, during a break from distance learning, or even on the weekends.

Updated: February 12, 2020

How to Use Your Family Vacation to Spark Inspiration and Learning in Kids

Family hiking near a waterfall on vacation

Have kids, will travel. Just like backpacks, kids can be transported from one place to another. (Although chances are, unlike your kids, your backpack doesn’t whine, “I’m bored!” or “I’m hungry!”) Family vacations can be more than just lounging on the beach, roasting marshmallows at a cabin near the lake, and visiting out-of-town relatives (not that there is anything wrong with that!) There are so many ways to make your annual family gathering educational and, of course, fun.

by: Alvin Poussaint, M.D. and Susan Linn, Ed.D.

The Senior Prom and Drinking: How to Start a Conversation

Senior Prom Drinking

The Scene: Your 18-year-old daughter and her date are invited to a pre-prom party at a friend's and several post-prom parties. You want her to have a wonderful time, but you're worried about her drinking. When you raise the issue with her, she rolls her eyes. "Don't worry, mom," she says. "I can handle it."

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by: Katy Abel

Ten Ways to Make More Time for Your Kids

Ten Ways to Make More Time for Your Kids

The Frenzied Family
As you head into the back-to-school year, you wonder: Can you really do it again? Pack lunches at dawn, dash from carpools to business meetings, apply mascara at stoplights, help with homework, race to piano lesson pickups -- only to return home, rush everyone off to bed, and then wake up to a go-go weekend of hockey practice, soccer games, and birthday parties?

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Rushing home and frantically pulling together something fairly nutritious (that the kids may or may not eat), while listening to the cherubs arguing about whose turn it is to pour the milk, is no way to spend precious family mealtime. Try putting the kids in charge once a week. If it doesn't work, at least they'll know what it feels like to be totally frazzled and unappreciated.

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Party Basics

Hosting a Theme-Based Party

Of course, some parties are innately based on themes: costume parties, decade parties, parties based around specific entertainment ideas, or "girly" parties, such as beauty nights, craft groups, or product parties (Tupperware, anyone?).

Some of the best parties are thrown because the host wants to explore an interesting thematic idea. For example

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When Your Aging Parent Moves into Your Home

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Financial Implications

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A new trend is Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity, or ECHO housing. ECHO homes are modular units that can be moved onto your property for as long as they're needed. Mom lives in the ECHO home, in close proximity to you and your assistance. When the additional housing is no longer needed, it can be removed. Find out more about ECHO housing using an internet search engine or your local phone book.

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by: Christy Matte

How To Limit Your Child's Data Usage

kids starting at phones

Adding your child to the family mobile plan has become a new tech-oriented milestone, but for parents, it may also mean higher data costs. Unless you’re willing to pay for an unlimited data plan, you’ll want to have a serious discussion with your kid about data usage.

Realistically, a single chat won’t do the trick for most kids. Instead, you’ll need to model, educate, and regulate — and possibly pay the occasional overage fees when things don’t go as planned.

by: Erin Dower

12 Simple but Special Traditions for Your Child's Birthday

12 Simple but Special Traditions for Your Child's Birthday

Planning a picture-perfect, creative, straight-off-of-Pinterest birthday for your child is so last year (not to mention LOTS of work). The most meaningful and lasting birthday memories can come from simple gestures you repeat each year to make your child feel special.

Resist the urge to go overboard and try one or two of these easy birthday traditions for your child. We promise they'll be thrilled!


Top 5 Best and Worst Gifts for Babies First Birthday

Check out the best and worst presents for a first birthday party.

 

Updated: June 26, 2019

3 Essential Tips to Survive a Long Plane Ride with Your Children

Child Using TAblet on Plane

Airplane travel with kids can be easy and fun for the whole family. Not long ago, in the days before electronic devices were allowed to be used during takeoff and seat backs featured televisions with built-in video games, you had to pack a huge busy bag to keep kids of any age from being bored, acting up, and driving each other — and you — crazy.

Now, traveling for some families is as easy as making sure you have enough devices, chargers, games, pre-loaded movies, and comfy headphones to last the duration of the flight.

A Quick Lesson for the Mother of the Bride

A Quick Lesson for the Mother of the Bride

Rachel Menke and Ryan Borland got engaged on Friday night. On Monday morning, Rachel's mom began showing signs of wedding madness. She was sitting in the rain drinking coffee with a friend at 7 A.M. waiting for the office of the cathedral to open. She was determined to reserve it for her daughter on the wedding date they had chosen.

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