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Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Thanksgiving Dinner Table Topics That Don't Involve Politics, Religion, Or Your Ex

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We all know we should stay away from controversial topics at the dinner table, especially during the holidays. (Many of us learned that lesson during the election.) But, somehow they always work their way into the conversation. There’s always one family member who won’t stop talking about the latest White House memo, or trying to push his own political agenda.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Kids and Inappropriate Behavior

Kids and Inappropriate Behavior

Your 3-year-old screams, "I HATE you mommy!" when you refuse to let her eat her Halloween candy before supper. At a family gathering, your 5-year-old calls his cousin a "poopie face". Or your 8-year-old pens a school paper describing a buttocks-baring Saturday Night Live TV comedy sketch.

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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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Whose Homework Is It, Anyway?

Whose Homework Is It, Anyway?

Homework may be hard to handle for kids, and it certainly is for grownups. We all want our kids to do well, and it's often hard to take the long view, let the child figure it out, and avoid rescuing her. In other words, parents tend to help (or even do) their children's homework in a misguided effort to help them succeed in school. In their book, 7 Strategies for Developing Capable* Students: *Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful, H. Stephen Glenn and Michael L.

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Updated: April 18, 2022

5 Alternatives to a Traditional Baby Shower

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Going to College Close to Home

Going to College Close to Home

Going to college close to home might seem like less of an adjustment than going away to school, but it's still a big change. While you know the general area, the campus is a city all on its own and you'll have to adjust to it all the same. You'll be meeting tons of new people and making new friends, and will have to juggle new friendships with old friends who might be going to school at your college or one nearby.

Here are a few hints about dealing with the transition to college if it's close to home:

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Updated: March 2, 2021

5 Ways to Bond With Your Teen Before College

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The time is approaching to send your teen off to her first year of college. How did this time possibly arrive so fast? Don’t you remember getting dropped off at college yourself like it was yesterday? Though your head and heart may be spinning with questions and emotions, this summer is essentially a milestone moment for your family. Thinking through how you would like to ensure that you get in some bonding time with your teen in advance is important so you can both make the most of this special summer.

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Hosting Wedding and Baby Showers

Hosting Wedding and Baby Showers

The purpose of this type of party is not only to shower the guest of honor with gifts, but to welcome her to this new phase of her life. We'll look at planning a wedding shower, but with a few minor alterations, this party can easily celebrate the birth or adoption of a child or pet.

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Updated: April 2, 2020

Teachers, Here's What Parents Want You to Know Right Now

teachers, this is what parents need you to know about at-home learning

No one is prepared for the transition to homeschooling and remote learners. Both teachers and parents have been thrown into this without warning. Let’s work together to do what is best for our kids. Let’s tell each other what we need, and help each other however we can. Here is what parents need teachers to know:

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

Updated: May 15, 2019

Top 10 Ways to Explore a City

Top 10 Ways to Explore a City

Ready for a Road Trip?

These tips can help your family get to know a new city -- or even explore the hidden treasures in your own hometown:

1. Take a city bus/trolley tour. Get settled in your hotel, grab a quick bite, and then buy tickets for a city tour. Within an hour you'll get a "feel" for the layout of the cityand an idea of the places you may want to visit.

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Steps to Start a Book Group

Steps to Start a Book Group

1. Choose what kind of book group you would like to start. Limit the number of participants by the type of group and the size of your meeting space, and the type of group. You may wish to limit the book group to 10-12 members. (A parent and child together count as one member.)

2.  Decide on a time and place to hold your book group. We recommend that you meet once a month. Don't forget school vacations and holidays when you're scheduling. Some book groups meet at the members' houses and rotate their locations.

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Books for Ages 5-6

Books for Ages 5-6

Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, by Jennifer Plecas
When she loses a tooth, Agapanthus discovers that she can make an angel hoot by blowing through the hole in her smile.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

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Halloween Costume Party

Halloween Costume Party

The classic Halloween Party, a costume party, encourages even the most boring adults to find their inner children, dressing up in costumes that range from silly to spectacular.
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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!”

Safety in the Nursery

Safety in the Nursery

If you're bringing home a newborn, start your safety survey in the nursery. Your child—and you—will be spending a lot of time here.

Cribs

Ideally, the crib is a place for blissful sleep. Well okay, we'll admit that the crib's not always a blissful place, especially when your baby won't go to sleep. But at least it should be comfortable and safe.