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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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Airing Out the Family's Money Secrets

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Airing Out the Family's Money Secrets

So you've made the decision to be more open about money matters with your child. Good for you! Whether or not you're entirely comfortable with this decision, you need to decide exactly what information you're going to share—and when. You don't have to share everything, and what you do share is dictated in part by the age of your child.

You'll want to consider two general areas when sharing information:

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Living Far From Family Sucks, Especially During The Holidays

Living far from family sucks, especially during the holidays

Living far from family is hard, especially during the holiday season. We may live in locations that are far from where we grew up for various reasons: job opportunities, lifestyle choices, proximity to our partner’s family, or financial reasons. For most of us, it’s a mixed bag of emotions to know that the families we grew up with are not physically close to the families that we have created.

Updated: November 25, 2019

Cuteness Overload: How to Organize Your Baby Pictures

Cuteness Overload: How to Organize Your Baby Pictures

“Quick! Get the camera!” How many times have you heard that in the first couple of years of your child’s life? Every year, people take thousands of photos of their children. With today’s technology, cameras are easily accessible on our phones and tablets, digital cameras are cheaper than ever, and everyone in your family is going to take their own photos. How do you manage all of that digital photo overload? Follow these tips!

Updated: December 14, 2021

60+ Get To Know You Questions to Ask Kids (and Get Them Talking)

Mom and daughter having a conversation

One of the biggest challenges busy families face is finding quality time to connect with one another. With work, school, extracurriculars, screen time, friends, and more all competing for time, parents can be left feeling unconnected as their kids quickly grow into themselves. Many parents worry their kids are growing too quickly and that they're not creating lifelong memories.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Top 10 Ways to Explore a City

Top 10 Ways to Explore a City

Ready for a Road Trip?

These tips can help your family get to know a new city -- or even explore the hidden treasures in your own hometown:

1. Take a city bus/trolley tour. Get settled in your hotel, grab a quick bite, and then buy tickets for a city tour. Within an hour you'll get a "feel" for the layout of the cityand an idea of the places you may want to visit.

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Top 5 Money Concepts to Teach Your Kids

Establish good financial habits

Top 5 Money Concepts to Teach Your Kids

1. Save for a rainy day

The cornerstone of healthy personal finance is also something many people struggle with: saving money. From the time your kids are old enough to desire toys, books, and other entertainment items, you should teach them how to save for the things they want to buy.

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by: Katy Abel

Menorahs, Mistletoe, and the Meaning of Holidays

Menorahs, Mistletoe, and the Meaning of Holidays

Kids Can Get Confused
The little boy was only four or five, out for a drive with his father. "What's that?" he asked, as they passed a synagogue.

"That's a temple, where Jewish people go to pray," the father explained. "People who are Christian go to church."

The boy thought for a minute, then said, "And people who are both don't go anywhere at all."

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Updated: May 15, 2019

The Best Holiday Photo Gifts

The Best Holiday Photo Gifts

The holiday season is here! You’ve been taking pictures all year, and when it comes time to decide on gifts for family, they are your best resource. Check out our favorite photo gifts, and find tips on how to make the most of them!

How to Pick Photos

If you keep your photos fairly organized throughout the year, separating your favorites will be a breeze, but if you’re a little behind, that’s no problem at all. Try these quick and easy ways to sort your favorite photos from an unorganized archive:

Updated: October 21, 2020

8 Alternatives to Trick or Treating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

8 Trick or Treat Alternatives for 2020

October has arrived, and families have one of the most exciting holidays for kids to look forward to at the end of this month, Halloween! Yes, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, but that also means that families are in need of some normalcy and SAFE fun more than ever.

More: 14 COVID Masks that Can Be Worn as a Halloween Costume for Kids

Updated: August 5, 2019

10 Back to School Traditions to Start With Your Family Now

Back to school traditions to start now

Going back to school doesn’t have to be a drag! Make it fun by incorporating fun memory-making ideas and traditions that you’ll want to carry on for years to come when the first day of school rolls around. 

Aside from just snapping a photo on the first day, there are a few ways that you can ensure your kids will actually look forward to going back to school for years to come with these traditions that they could one day pass on to their own children. 

What Should We Play?

What Should We Play?

No matter what game you play, some kids are just not going to get into it. The trick is to start them young and keep the games alive. Try setting up tournaments and championships. Once you get them hooked, they'll come back to the table fast enough—after all, their survival instincts are sometimes even stronger than that of the tired and weary adult. Shut off the TV, computer, and video games and let the answering machine screen the calls.

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Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go?

Lately it seems that the two of you have been like ships passing in the night. You are either at work, out grocery-shopping, or with the kids. You just collapse at the end of each day. Six months ago you went away for a long weekend with your spouse, but that reconnection only lasted for a week or two. Now you are back to the same grind and are forgetting each other and your relationship. The effort of doing nice things for each other, or even showing appreciation, just seems like too much work.

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Updated: March 31, 2021

75 Activities for Kids at Home

75 Activities to do at Home_Featured

Without packed schedules, school, sports, friends and clubs, filling our days with our kids at home can feel daunting. Read the list below so that you’ll be confident and prepared with these indoor activities for the next time you hear, “I’m bored!” These indoor activities are perfect for playtime, during a break from distance learning, or even on the weekends.

Updated: January 13, 2021

At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak

Resources for learning at home during COVID-19 school closures

Every working parent has time management challenges. Most of us have systems that we rely on to manage our family and work responsibilities (thank you Google Calendar and Wunderlist!). One of those systems is our schools.

Thousands of those schools have closed their doors due to COVID-19. Many parents are working remotely, and many of us are wondering how to structure our days. Teachers have been tasked with developing remote learning plans and using them to keep students on track. The organizational challenges we are facing at home and in our schools are unprecedented.

Connecting With Your Son

Connecting With Your Son

Fathers usually build relationship with their sons through active play and stimulation; they "do stuff" together. For mothers and boys, the process is a little different. The bond between a mother and son often grows out of simply spending time together.

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