Talking About Volunteering
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FOR AGES: Five and up
There's no doubt about it -- it feels good to give! A recent landmark psychological study shows that people feel the best about themselves and about life when they're giving to others.
When we encourage kids to volunteer their time and energy, we're helping them develop feelings of self-worth. This is a critical component of their moral development.
The Words: How do you help other people? How does helping them make you feel?
11 Life Skills Every Child Should Know
Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency — but it also allo... read more
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.
People often have a specific idea of what parenthood will look like for them. Perhaps you've imagined they'll have all boys, or one baby boy and one baby girl. Maybe they've hoped for twins for as long as they can remember. Some couples will try to follow old-wives tale practices to conceive a certain gender baby such as eating lots of vegetables and fish to get pregnant with a girl or only having sex on certain days of the month.
The Importance of Personal Goals in a Marriage
When you are married and have a family, it's still important to keep in mind personal goals. Your goals might be small, such as reading a new book every month, or they might be larger, such as developing a new hobby or learning a new skill. Personal goals will help you grow as a person and will enrich your life and your marriage.
Marriage Q & A's
Q: Now that I'm married, is it still okay for me to have individual goals?
Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia
Eating disorders are diseases in which weight control and eating behaviors have gone so far as to become life- and health-threatening. They can result from a diet taken too seriously, a hope to improve performance, a desire to please others, goals of becoming a model or making a weight class, or an extreme sense of perfectionism and even competition to be thinner than others.
The first trimester is the most critical time in your pregnancy. Although the fetus at the end of the first trimester is only about 4 inches long and weighs less than 1 ounce, your baby’s development is in full swing. Their major organs and nervous system, heartbeat, arms, fingers, legs, toes, hair, and buds for future teeth have begun to form, making it vital for mom to start right off the bat with a healthy pregnancy.
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.
When Relatives Visit
Keep the Holidays Harmonious
Holidays, as much as they're supposed to be full of warmth and laughter with friends and family, have the potential for disaster. Because we expect so much, and are often overtired and overstressed, emotions -- and tensions -- tend to run high by the time family gets together. In this atmosphere, even the most innocent comment or minor infraction can open old wounds or cause major new battles.
Is your college teen coming home for winter break? If so, you probably feel a gamut of emotions ranging from excitement to see your baby to anxiety about how dynamics might feel different.
For many years we’ve been on the losing end of climate change. An unexpected byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, our planet has seen some improvements it hasn’t seen in decades. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the gains made will continue as stay-at-home orders around the world are eased.
While the summer can be fun and a highly anticipated season, it can also create a new level of stress for working parents as they try to figure out how to balance setting up child care, creating a summer schedule, and making sure there are plenty of opportunities for fun. Making summer memories can be some of the most special times of childhood, but leaving the summer plan completely up to chance is not actually stress-free for parents or for children.
Why Choose Homeschooling?
Stepparenting: Preparing to Meet the Kids
Whether it is early or later in the relationship, the “First Meeting” is an important event. For a most successful time—and let's define successful as an experience where everybody walks away feeling more comfortable, not less comfortable—I suggest some advance planning. Ideally you want the first meeting to feel casual but to be carefully orchestrated to avoid pitfalls. Before the first meeting, follow these tips:
One of the few parties you throw for your own benefit, housewarming parties give you an opportunity to show off your new home to your friends and family and meet your new neighbors.
Being pregnant is challenging enough but when you add additional complications on top of that it makes it such a struggle. Nine months can quickly stretch into an eternity. Women are far more likely to suffer migraines and that continues to increase during a woman’s childbearing years. The good news is that for many women pregnancy helps with this issue or at least resolves itself after the first trimester. But for some, migraines can increase. For the women who experience migraines during pregnancy, it can be horrendous. Can you relate?
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a new mom, a seasoned mom, a mom of one, or a mom of multiples, burnout can affect us all. It’s common for moms of any stage to experience very real mommy burnout regardless of if your little ones are home with you 24/7 or in daycare or school. Let’s take a look at what exactly mom burnout is and how best to avoid it.
When you decide to try for a new baby, consider doing a bit of research into your family history. Why? You will want to know whether your future child is disposed to any illnesses or genetic abnormalities, so you can best prepare.
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Going back to school doesn’t have to be a drag! Make it fun by incorporating fun memory-making ideas and traditions that you’ll want to carry on for years to come when the first day of school rolls around.
Aside from just snapping a photo on the first day, there are a few ways that you can ensure your kids will actually look forward to going back to school for years to come with these traditions that they could one day pass on to their own children.