Even the most well-behaved kids sometimes get in trouble at school. Whether your kid is five or 15, what do you do when you learn that your child did something wrong in school? How do you, as a parent, handle the situation and discuss it with a defiant child? Or a quiet, shy child? Or a remorseful child?
A study, published in Nature Communications, is the first to show that an environmental factor can change a baby’s DNA long term during the first few days of development. Conducted for two years across 34 villages of The Gambia in Western Africa, the results show a child’s genes could be differently interpreted based on the mother’s diet.
Finding a Reputable Financial Advisor
Dollars and Sense
Just because your father has been working with the same financial guy for 25 years doesn't necessarily mean that you should work with him, too. Perhaps, though, that service record should point you toward the firm the guy works for, where you might find someone else that you'd like.
The World Through the Eyes of an Older Teen
The older teen is more secure than he was in early adolescence. He's beginning to understand who he is, what he's good at, and which friends he can depend upon. These are important—and rewarding—developmental steps.
In this article, you will find:
- For Ages: 4 to 7
- For Ages: 8 to 10
Talking About Sex
Talking About the Birds and Bees
What do you do when your youngster asks, "Where do babies come from?" Whether your child's in preschool or elementary school, we've got sound advice on how to talk about sex. Just click on your child's age group:
For Ages: 4 to 7
You and your five-year-old son are grabbing a quick bite for dinner at the local eatery. Suddenly, he asks -- in a clear, loud voice -- "How did I get inside you, Mommy? Did you swallow a seed?" You start choking on your tuna sandwich.
It was 9:02 am on September 11, 2001, when I watched United Airlines 175, the second plane, fly into the World Trade Center’s south tower. The scenes from the flames, flying debris, and desperate jumpers are indescribable. My first thoughts soared to my cousins who live and work in Manhattan, then to all the people below and around the buildings, then, to my absolute horror, the people who were in the airplanes and still in the towers.
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Preparing for a Move
Moving is a tiring and stressful time. Any advance planning you can do may make the event a little easier. As soon as you find out when you'll be moving, make a list of everything you need to do.
Prioritize the jobs on your list, and try to estimate about how much time you'll need for each task. Then start enlisting help.
What Kind of Investor Do You Want to Be?
Not all investors are created equally. Some are the aggressive, make-me-rich-quick kinds, who want to make a killing on their investments. They rarely do, or at least not for long, mind you, but they're sure willing to give it a try. This type of investor is the person at the amusement park who has to go on every roller coaster twice, except for the really big one that loops upside down. He has to go on that one three times.
Kids and Money: Gassing Up the Car
A depreciating asset is one that grows to be worth less over time. Unlike a work of art or real estate that can grow in value, a car (other than certain antique or specialty cars) is almost certainly guaranteed to be worth less over time than on the day it was bought.
Adoption: Single with Children
Every state in the United States allows single people to adopt. As a result, marital status isn't a legal barrier to adopting a child anywhere. At least, not officially. Many adoption agencies and attorneys, however, still perceive the married couple as the ideal choice for the children they place. So sometimes the single man or woman drops to the end of the adoption line when it comes to priorities—depending on who the adoption arranger is.
The experience of giving birth and labor is different for all women. While we can make some generalizations, some women handle labor contractions better than others. Some women are unaware that labor has begun, while other women experience hours and hours of painful contractions and intense abdominal pain before giving birth.
With Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s televised testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the #metoo movement that swept through Hollywood and social media, this past year, the topic of consent has been a dominant topic of discussion for parents and kids alike.
Making a Budget
You can start your budget simply by identifying spending categories and listing all the money, either estimated or exact, that you spend in each category each month. Try to include everything you spend money on, right down to toothpaste and Juicy Fruit. Take a look at this to see just where your money goes. Feel free to revise it to best suit your needs.
There are so many decisions to make when it comes to having a baby. From getting the necessary baby gear to planning a college fund to having hypothetical questions about disciplining kids, it can get overwhelming...and that's just the beginning. Once your tiny human is here, you'll be faced with "quick set decisions." These are decisions you'll have to make in the moment and have no way of knowing that curveball was headed your way. Welcome to parenthood.
How to Say It: Drugs and Alcohol
Is Your Child at Risk?
(The following excerpt is taken from How to Say It to Your Kids, by Dr. Paul Coleman.)
Andy, age 12, is a great kid. He is likable, smart, and has a variety of interests. He knows about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. He attended a D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) program at school and has no obvious inclination to try drugs. Is he at risk?
From the moment you find out you're pregnant, your life changes. You suddenly have another person to consider with every decision you make. Pregnant women have a lot on their plate when it comes to their health and their baby's health. Many women wonder if they can still do the things they used to, including air travel or if that will prevent them from having a healthy pregnancy.
You may have heard about genetic testing for Down Syndrome during pregnancy. But what exactly is Down Syndrome? What are your chances of birthing a baby with this condition? Researchers do not know a lot about what causes Down Syndrome, but they do know a lot about how it works. There is also a lot of knowledge out there about some specific risk factors that increase your chances of having a baby with Down Syndrome.
Your Credit Report and Credit Score
When you applied for your first credit card (probably back in high school or college), your name and a lot of personal information got zapped into a computer, and your personal credit report began. Since then, every time you applied for another credit card or a store card, took a vacation loan from your bank or credit union, or applied for a car loan, information was added to your credit report as well as to what is known as a credit score.
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The summer before your teen heads off to college for the first time seems to fly by faster than any previous summers! Once your teen has committed to the school of their choice—and continues to deny they have “Senioritis”—it’s time for them to hunker down and tackle all the last-minute stuff. They’ll (hopefully) appreciate your help, especially because you may not always be there physically if they’re dorm-living in another city come fall.
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.