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Parenting a Young Adult

Parenting a Young Adult

Children grow up whether you're ready for it or not. They begin to make choices and decisions—and even have relationships—that you know nothing about. In other words, they begin to build lives that are separate from their parents. And they seem to start the process when you're not looking. While you're still relating to the traumas of teendom, they're quietly making the shift to adulthood.

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The Cost of Utilities

The Cost of Utilities

Just when you think you've got your financial situation pretty well under control, you start getting these pesky little bills. Nothing too big—$30 here, $19 there. When you add them up, though, you've got some significant expenses.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Stupendous Sandcastles

Stupendous Sandcastles

An Imagination Station Activity

Materials needed:

  • Sand
  • Water
  • Patience
  • Pail or bucket
  • Shovel or spade (optional)
  • Plastic knife, and spoon (optional)
Few things make a longer lasting impression than great sandcastles. Memories of individual summers may fade, but the recollections of the castles of summer will stay with us to the end of our days.

A Family Project

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Calculate Your Cost to Stay at Home

Calculate Your Cost to Stay at Home

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Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

When your puppy or dog does something you don't like, you need to teach her not to do it. Here are three general ideas that should help you deal with most problems.

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Developing Special Interests

Developing Special Interests

One of the biggest advantages homeschooled teens have over their schooled peers is "time." Homeschooling takes less time than classroom-based learning. Even the most structured homeschooler rarely spends more than two to four hours a day studying. The rest of the time is spent pursuing interests and developing talents. Michelle Bolton is a case in point. She has been homeschooled since the second grade. Because she set her own schedule for schoolwork, practice, and lessons, she was able to enjoy flexibility not available to classroom-bound students.

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Is My Child Ready for Swimming Lessons?

Is My Child Ready for Swimming Lessons?

Many parents wonder how old their child needs to be to start swimming lessons. The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines in Spring 2010 and now advocates swimming lessons for kids as young as age 1. They previously advised waiting until age 4 but lowered the age because new studies have shown that toddlers who have had at least some swimming instruction may be less likely to drown if they fall in a pool.

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Updated: March 22, 2019

How to Handle Parent-Teacher Conferences After a Divorce

How to Handle Parent-Teacher Conferences After a Divorce

Your first parent-teacher conference after a divorce or separation can be uncomfortable and stressful, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Not only are you worried about the issues the teacher might address, but seeing your ex can be a nerve-wracking experience. It can bring back unwanted memories, or it could stir up feelings that you may not want to resurface. Plus, you don’t want the teacher to feel the tension in the room.

Assimilation Names: From Yaakov to Jacob

Assimilation Names: From Yaakov to Jacob

Almost all of our favorite names come from other countries; however, we generally use English or Anglicized versions of them. These assimilation names have always been very much a part of the name pool in the United States, where the names of immigrants—especially their surnames—were changed more often than not when they landed here from their countries of origin.

by: Dr. Kyle Pruett

Tips for Avoiding Parent-Teacher Conflicts

Tips for Avoiding Parent-Teacher Conflicts

With over twenty years of experience as a teacher and a school administrator, Dr. Kyle Pruett knows a thing or two about parent-teacher conflicts. Here are some ideas for parents to help them avoid the pitfalls.

  • Expect that your child's teacher knows what he or she is doing and that your child faces something worth anticipating. Odds are he or she does and this will help your child be open to a good connection. Cynicism is its own reward.

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The Effects of Divorce: Is It Harder on Boys?

The Effects of Divorce on Boys

Reams and reams of research exist on the long-term effects of divorce on children, and on boys in particular.

Some experts believe that divorce and life in a single-parent home permanently damages children, while others claim that children with divorced or separated parents suffer no negative long-term effects. The truth is undoubtedly somewhere in between.

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Teaching Kids About Shopping for Clothing

Teaching Kids About Shopping for Clothing

Whether your child pays for his clothes out of an allowance, spending money specifically for clothes, or personal earnings, having the responsibility of purchasing his own clothes will teach many things.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Top 10 Sources of Stress for Kids

mom comforting kid with stress

In addition to minor aggravations like running late or having a bad hair day, kids (like the rest of us) have to cope with major life events. These events don't have to be negative to be stressful. Remember: the key component to stress is change.

More: The Hallmarks of a Stressed Child

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Updated: February 4, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to a Belly Only Pregnancy

How to Have a Belly-Only Pregnancy

For some women, the ideal pregnancy is belly-only. A belly-only pregnancy means gaining weight only in the belly while keeping your limbs and behind toned and fit. While a belly-only pregnancy may be possible for some women, what’s really important is that pregnant women strive for a healthy pregnancy.

Is a Belly-Only Pregnancy Possible?

Yes, a belly-only pregnancy is possible, and for someone already in great physical shape, a great goal, but don’t stress if you gain some extra pounds. Pregnancy weight gain is normal, expected, and healthy.

What to Do When a Friend Is Depressed

What to Do When a Friend Is Depressed

You know that these school years can be complicated and demanding. Deep down, you are not quite sure of who you are, what you want to be, or whether the choices you make from day to day are the best decisions.

Sometimes the many changes and pressures you are facing threaten to overwhelm you. So, it isn't surprising that from time to time you or one of your friends feels "down" or discouraged.

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Updated: November 11, 2020

Easing Up On House Rules During the Coronavirus Pandemic

4 house rules to ease up on during coronavirus

Now more than ever, you can let go of your attempts to be Mary Poppins or the perfect parent. The rollercoaster of events caused by COVID-19 has forced us to dig deep and rethink what is most important in life. But meanwhile, we are required to #stayhome with our families while also attempting some degrees of normalcy with work, homeschool, and botched social interaction.

More: The Ultimate Guide to Working From Home With Kids

Updated: May 15, 2019

Homeschooling Dads

Homeschooling Dads

Extending the Role
Most folks assume homeschooling dads go off to work each day while moms stay home to teach the kids. For many families, that's certainly the case. However, there's a new breed of homeschooling dads: those not satisfied being merely an observer. They don't want to come home from work and ask what Johnny learned today -- they want to be a part of that learning experience and learn it with him. These fathers are fostering a love of learning in their kids, and rediscovering it for themselves.

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What Sons Learn from Their Mothers

What Sons Learn from Their Mothers

Boys learn their earliest lessons about love and trust from their mothers. According to William Pollack, Ph.D., "Far from making boys weaker, the love of a mother can and does actually make boys stronger, emotionally and psychologically. Far from making boys dependent, the base of safety a loving mother can create—a connection that her son can rely on all his life—provides a boy with the courage to explore the outside world.

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Social Skills and Homeschooling: Myths and Facts

homeschooled girl works on school assignments

Social Skills and Homeschooling:
Myths and Facts

Isabel Shaw

 

The Debate


I've heard it a hundred times. If you're thinking about homeschooling, it probably troubles you. "What about socialization?" is the major homeschooling question people have about a homeschooling lifestyle.

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