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Updated: August 19, 2020

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Homeschooling Pros and Cons

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Homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. There are about two million children currently learning at home. Homeschooled kids do well on standardized tests, are welcome at colleges and universities, and as adults, have a reputation for being self-directed learners and reliable employees.

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Thinking about Homeschooling? Here's What You Need to Know

Thinking About Homeschooling?
Here's What You Need to Know

Isabel Shaw

All parents want their children to be successful, and in today's world, a good education is the key to a successful life. For most kids, education means attending public or private school. But there are almost two million children in the U.S. who never set foot in a classroom, yet are receiving a first-rate education — through homeschooling.

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Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing Your Home

Danger is your baby's middle name. As she begins to crawl throughout your home in search of new adventures and discoveries, she will invent new ways of getting herself into trouble. You and your partner need to serve as your young adventurer's scouting party: Explore the terrain first and eliminate anything that poses a serious threat to your baby's health and safety.

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Divorce: Working Through the Issues

Divorce: Working Through the Issues

What if you and your spouse just can't agree? What if issues ranging from custody of the children and ownership of the dog to an inability of one spouse to let go promise to complicate the situation for years to come? Can you get a quick divorce anyway? Sometimes you can, with the help of a judge, but it depends on where you live.

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Teaching Basic Communication to Your ASD Child

Teaching Basic Communication to Your ASD Child

The first skill your child should learn is how to communicate. Some children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are verbal and are able to communicate effectively; others may have enough speech to at least get their basic needs met. Many have no speech whatsoever, or had speech and then lost it.

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Weaning Your Baby

Weaning Your Baby

Baby Doctor

If you breast-feed your baby, the gradual, one-meal-at-a-time reduction of her sucking will reduce the supply of milk produced in your body without causing as much discomfort. But be sure to wait until your breasts have adjusted to the elimination of one feeding before you try to cut out a second one.

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Family Travel with an ASD Child

Family Travel with an ASD Child

Traveling can be trying even at the best of times when you have small children. Traveling with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be even more of a challenge. Airports and train stations are areas that involve lots of waiting. Leaving the security of home for a new place can be off-putting for a child with autism. How you prepare your child depends on his age and how the ASD affects him.

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Updated: January 23, 2020

Valentine Rejection

Valentine Rejection

valentineKids can be mean. Really mean. Especially when egged on by peers. I know because of what I did to Billy M. in seventh grade. This Valentine's Day, share my story with your child and then ask her how she could have handled the situation better. Maybe it will prevent one more fragile heart from breaking.

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Reducing Rodent Numbers

Reducing Rodent Numbers

Once you've made your home less hospitable to your furry guests by sanitizing your house, it's time to eliminate the ones that have already taken up residence.

There are several effective approaches for doing so, including trapping, poisoning, electrifying, and fumigating.

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Making Every School Year Successful

Making Every School Year Successful

Alex swears he won't stuff erasers up his nose in reading group this year. Ollie pledges, hand on heart, that his handwriting won't look like hairballs. Another school year gets off to a promising start.

Alex and Ollie aren't the only ones who need to pledge they'll change their behavior, habits, and thinking to make each school year brighter than the last. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, principals, school bus drivers, mentors, and tutors need to take the pledge, too.

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Breaking Away From Bottles

Breaking Away From Bottles

I always dreamt that my babies would go directly from breastfeeding to drinking out of a cup, with no bottles in between. Well, it never happened that way. Tom and I were left with the task of weaning three children, all of whom loved their bottles and did not give them up readily. Everybody has to do things that he or she is loathe to do as a parent. Mine was taking away my children's baby bottles. Why? It comes down to convenience.

Updated: August 19, 2020

How to Make Homeschooling Less Stressful

How to make homeschooling less stressful

Homeschooling can be stressful for the entire family, but it doesn’t have to be. Now that schools in many states have shut down, parents all over the nation have become their children’s teachers and many have never done anything like this before. Diving into something new and unfamiliar is bound to cause some level of anxiety, but there are a few things parents can do to make crisis homeschooling less straining on everyone in the family.

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Super Foods for Kids (and Adults)

Super Foods for Kids (and Adults)

All foods may fit. But let's be frank. Some foods are better than others, especially for children.

When you are trying to feed a growing family on a tight budget and limited time, eating foods that offer the biggest bang for the buck takes precedence. That's why choosing the cheapest, easiest-to-prepare foods packed with the most nutrition is the way to go. To that end, I have put together my list of favorite, tasty super foods for children that won't break the bank.

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Your Credit Report and Credit Score

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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Genealogy: Using the Right Calendar

Genealogy: Using the Right Calendar

When the glossy new calendars start arriving in December, it probably doesn't occur to you that New Year's Day was not always 1 January. Furthermore, it may not be obvious how this can affect your genealogical research.

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Tips for Feeding Baby

Tips for Feeding Baby

How Often and How Much Should You Feed Your Baby?

At first, your newborn drinks very little-perhaps an ounce or two at each feeding. But she wants to eat as often as every two or three hours. Within several weeks, however, her appetite increases. Though she eats more at each feeding, she gets full enough to allow you to space feedings further apart.

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