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The Traumatic Teen Years

The Traumatic Teen Years

My 13 1/2-year-old daughter does not like school. In fact, in every class where she has a marginal (terrible) grade her teachers have kindly noted that she “does not work to her potential.” It is nice that they have seen her potential, but not one of them has told me how to cultivate a rose from a very thorny plant. She loves to draw and has no trouble motivating herself to follow her creative pursuits, but academics just give her the heebie-jeebies.

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by: Katy Abel

Understanding Your Gay Teen

Understanding Your Gay Teen

A Primer for Parents

As parents we cling to many fantasies about our kids. When they're babies, we tell ourselves: When they become toddlers, they'll never throw tantrums in the mall. When they're toddlers, we tell ourselves: When they become first-graders, they'll never have trouble learning to read or ever be sent to the principal's office. And when they're in grade school, we tell ourselves: When they're teenagers, they'll never do drugs, get pregnant, or come home and tell us that they're gay.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Drone Safety Tips for Your Family

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Is your tween or teen asking for a drone for a holiday gift this year? You’re not alone. Otherwise known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), drones have become all the rage for kids and adults alike, due to their increasing affordability, advanced technology, and wide assortment of uses, models, and designs—not to mention the cool aerial cinematography they allow. In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects that drone sales will increase from 2.5 million this year to 7 million by 2020.

by: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Barbecue Safety

Barbecue Safety

To help you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer of cookouts and barbecues,  the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  has released a few common-sense safety tips you should keep in mind when using gas or charcoal grills.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

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Civil War Records and Genealogy

Civil War Records and Genealogy

Lineage Lessons

Don't assume that your ancestor's record showing “deserted” means that he was a “coward.” There were many reasons for desertion: loyalty to the other side, going home for a few days because of sickness in the family and then returning, and more. He may even have been improperly listed as a deserter when he fell into the hands of the opposing army.

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Skill Building Through Play

Skill Building Through Play

Before his second birthday, your one-year-old will learn, practice, and perhaps even master a remarkable number of skills. He will move from crawling to walking to running. He will go from babbling to chattering. On his first birthday, he could just barely pick things up and grasp them. By his second, he can pick objects up with ease, rotate them, throw them, catch them (well, some of the time), and stack them. Toys play a critical role in these developments.

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How to Install a Pedestal Sink

How to Install a Pedestal Sink

A pedestal sink stands proudly on its own one foot, ignoring the little vanities found under the average bathroom sink. But a pedestal sink is only suitable when the wall behind it is in good shape. Still, pedestal sinks beat sinks mounted in vanities in one respect: There's no vanity to devour space in a small bathroom.

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The 8 Backpack Essentials Every Kid Needs This School Year

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There is a buzz in the air as the anticipation of a new school year draws closer. A clean slate and the promise of new beginnings mingling with the excitement of gathering with friends and sharing stories of the summer. A great way to foster this excitement and get your children set up for success are with these 8 backpack essentials.

Backpack Essentials

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Updated: May 15, 2019

How Children's Brains Develop

How Children's Brains Develop

Odds Bodkin is a master storyteller. He's also got some interesting ideas about our kids' brains. Read on to find out how to creativeley help your kids stay smart.

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Build Family Identity Through Family Time

Build Family Identity Through Family Time

In Spend Special Time with Your Child, you learned about the importance of special time—one-on-one sessions with each of your kids. It's also vital to spend time together as an entire family to cement your family identity.

Behave Yourself!

There's no two ways about it, watching TV together does not count as family time. Turn it off, stop focusing on the screen, and look at each other!

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When the First Child Leaves Home

When the First Child Leaves Home

The phone appears to have stopped ringing. It's quieter in the house...much quieter. You are often swept up by sudden moments of sadness. Your first child has left home. To college, to the military, to a job across the country. He's gone.

The daily rhythm and family interactions change considerably when your first child leaves home. Sometimes the void creates subtle but powerful changes, like one less good night kiss. Other changes can be easily measured, like the weekly food bill.

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by: the National PTA

15-Minute Reading Activities

15-Minute Reading Activities

Make 15 minutes go a long way. Try these quick reading activities with your younger kids.

1. License to read. On car trips, make it a game to point out and read license plates, billboards, and interesting road signs.

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The Pros and Cons of Preschool

The Pros and Cons of Preschool

When your child is potty trained you have the option of sending her to preschool. Most preschool programs last a half day and provide structured activities and some preliminary studies to prepare your child for kindergarten. Preschool is not required: Your child doesn't need to go to preschool to get into kindergarten. For most children, however, preschool can be great.

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Children and Airplane Safety

Children and Airplane Safety

Until your child is 2 years old, airlines will let her fly free as long as you hold her in your lap. We strongly urge you to buy her a ticket, however, so you are assured of having a seat in which to properly restrain her.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that parents of under-2s buy a ticket and use a car seat on the plane. The federal government has been weighing the benefits and disadvantages of requiring this through government regulation.

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Helping Children Learn About Reading

Helping Children Learn About Reading

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Why read a book to an infant who does not yet know the meaning of a word -- or of words at all? Why sing to a toddler who cannot understand your song?

Both activities help children make connections between words and meaning. They also help to create a warm, safe environment for children and lead to a lifelong love of reading and learning.

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Don't Jump on Grandma!

Don't Jump on Grandma!

If you won't want your dog to jump up on people when he's bigger, don't let him do it as a little puppy. A small dog that jumps up can be a big problem for children, and a major annoyance for adults. A medium or large dog that jumps up is downright dangerous.

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