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Unusual Presidential Names

Unusual Presidential Names

Name Dropping

Don't forget vice presidential names on your search. Ones to keep in mind include: Schuyler, Garret, and Nelson.

Although many U.S. presidents bore names that seem to be the hallmarks of tradition, there were others that weren't quite the average Tom, Dick, or Harry. They may be on the unusual side, but are interesting names for parents on the search for something out of the ordinary.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Encouraging Your Teen's Musical Talents

Encouraging Your Teen's Musical Talents

Brought to you by MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Is your teen a music buff? Encourage his interests and talents with the following tips.

1. Expose your teen to all kinds of music.
Try listening to music that's outside your usual range: classical (opera, symphonic, chamber music), pop, country, folk, ethnic music of other cultures, jazz -- you name it!

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by: A.S. Braverman

How to Make the Most of the Summer During the Pandemic

Making the most of summer during COVID-19

While times are challenging and the future remains uncertain, quarantine has helped all of us learn to make the most of the present moment. It’s given us the opportunity to step back and reflect on all the things that really matter, large or small. Now, we all know this will be a summer unlike anything we've experienced before. The question is: How can we all make the most of it anyway?

More: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Camping This Summer

Avoiding Dog Bites

Avoiding Dog Bites

Dogs may be man's best friend, but they're not always friendly to children.

Whether it's your own or a stranger's pet, your child should be taught how to approach a dog or deal with one that appears threatening. It's best if kids avoid dogs they don't know and remember not to chase, tease, or pull the tail of a dog they do know.

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How to Play the "Names of ..." Game

How to Play the "Names of ..." Game

Names of … is a game you may have played at camp or in Girl or Boy Scouts when you were a kid. Your kids are probably well versed in the game and could teach you a thing or two. It's a clapping game that requires a certain amount of hand and brain coordination. I was always terrible at the game because I have no rhythm. It does take a little bit of practice and skill.

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Responding to Other People's Concerns About Your Decision to Homeschool

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College
The ability of kids who have been homeschooled to get into college is of concern to many. This might have been a challenge at one point, but the situation now is that many colleges allow, or actively support, homeschoolers into their programs. This is because several studies have shown that homeschoolers tend to perform well above the average in college. And, many colleges recognize that homeschoolers tend to be more mature and have less potential for "getting into trouble."

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Updated: August 5, 2020

Stop the Summer Brain Drain!

Stop the Summer Brain Drain!

Kids Lose One to Three Months of Learning

Did your child's brain shrink last summer? Probably not, but it may have shifted into reverse, according to a study by Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The study found that when students return to school after a long summer vacation, they've lost one to three months worth of learning.

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Updated: January 23, 2020

Evaluating the Year-Round School System

Evaluating the Year-Round School System

earlygular.gifAlmost 2 million students attend year-round schools today, an increase of 400% in the last 12 years. Will your kids be the next to kiss that long summer vacation goodbye? If your school system is busting at the seams, your school board may already be considering the idea. Year-round schooling can reduce overcrowding, while avoiding the high cost of building new schools. How does it work?

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Over-Scheduled Kids

Over-Scheduled Kids

I wish that it was make-believe, like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. But the phenomenon of parents over-scheduling their kids' lives and stealing their childhood is all too real. Many parents fill up their kids' lives with one "enrichment activity" after another, starting in the early preschool years, all in an effort to help them "get a leg up" so that they will eventually gain admittance to a top-ranked college.

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Stepparenting: A Smooth-Sailing Household

Stepparenting: A Smooth-Sailing Household

How will your new household be run? Many experts suggest establishing guidelines for important family behaviors, especially divisions of labor and difficult areas such as telephone courtesy and mealtimes.

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Reward Positive Behavior

Reward Positive Behavior

Rewarding your child when he has done a good job, made progress on a tough problem, or achieved something he's worked for is a great way to accentuate positive behavior (and prevent problem behavior, too). A rewarded child learns, “When I do well, I'm appreciated and rewarded.”

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Books for Older Teens and Adults

Books for Older Teens and Adults

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez
It's a long way from Santo Domingo to the Bronx, but if anyone can go the distance, it's the Garcia girls. Four lively latinas plunged from a pampered life of privilege on an island compound into the big-city chaos of New York, they rebel against Mami and Papi's old-world discipline and embrace all that America has to offer.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

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Summer Jobs for Teens: Assessing the Options

Summer Jobs for Teens: Assessing the Options

Now's the time to get an edge over the competition and start looking hard for that hot summer job!

"Do you, like, want fries with that?"
While it's true that most "real world" jobs available to high school students are in the service sectors, like working at the video store or flipping burgers, you aren't restricted to these "traditional" high school jobs if you start examining your options now.

Here are some tips to follow for summer success:

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Updated: May 29, 2020

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Making the Transition from Parent to Homeschool Teacher

Making the Transition from Parent to Homeschool Teacher

Parents often tell me, "I'd love to homeschool my kids, but I don't think I'm qualified." Other parents are intrigued by homeschooling, but couldn't possibly imagine themselves as both parent and teacher. Is it possible for average parents to take on the enormous job of educating their children? Aren't years of specialized training required to become a good teacher?

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Updated: September 21, 2021

15 Gift Ideas for Two Year Old Boys

Best Toddler Gifts

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The Athlete or Outdoor Girl

The Athlete or Outdoor Girl

If your girl has some or a lot of athletic ability, you are again fortunate because there so many opportunities for her to practice what she likes. Whether it is tae kwon do, soccer, or lacrosse, you should be glad your girl can find something she is passionate about.

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