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Updated: April 20, 2022

Best Experience Gift Ideas Perfect For Sweet 16s

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Sweet 16 is a milestone to celebrate and a time to make memories. Finding the perfect sweet 16 birthday gift is important, and there’s no better way to do it than by giving the gift of experience. Memories of a special time can last a lifetime, and there are so many that you can gift your birthday girl with that will be poignant experiences. Here are the top ten best sweet 16 experience gifts.

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May Day Dessert Party

May Day Dessert Party

Traditionally observed by dancing around a maypole or anonymously gifting someone with a basket of flowers, May Day is the perfect holiday for hosting a dessert party. Because May Day is no longer celebrated with traditional elements (unless you happen to be at the Renaissance Faire), your guests won't expect over-the-top festivities; instead, you can host this simple, tasty party.

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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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Updated: July 24, 2019

Children Spend Half of Their Time With Grandparents In Front of a Screen

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Children under their grandparents’ care spend about half of that time on screens, according to a new study. The amount of screen time that grandparents’ allow exceeds the current recommendations by twofold. 

Researchers looked at how children aged two through seven spent their time with their grandparents. They found that grandparents who watched their grandchildren over a 40-hour time period allowed them about two hours of screen time. 

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Beginning Your Genealogical Search

Beginning Your Genealogical Search

Brought to you in association with The Ellis Island Foundation.

Sometime in that great parade of American immigration, your family arrived. Your ancestors made a long and difficult journey through space to get to this country. Now you are about to make a journey through time to find them. Your trip will be easier, less expensive — and a lot more fun.

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Halloween Costume Party

Halloween Costume Party

The classic Halloween Party, a costume party, encourages even the most boring adults to find their inner children, dressing up in costumes that range from silly to spectacular.
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The M2 Generation: Are Your Kids Too Dependent on the Media?

The M2 Generation: Are Your Kids Too Dependent on the Media?

The M2 Generation: Are Your Kids Too Dependent on the Media?

Is the media taking over your child's life? That's what a nationwide survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation seems to suggest.

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Start Playing Games at a Young Age

Start Playing Games at a Young Age

The trick to avoiding difficulty with teenagers is to start playing games with them when they are little kids. Keep the lines of communication with them open. Talk and listen when they are little, and never stop. Always make yourself available to them. There's no better way to establish a rapport than to get down and dirty with them in a good old-fashioned game: Chess, Checkers, board games, card games, Pool, or Darts—anything that will keep the interaction alive.

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Updated: December 30, 2021

35 of the Best Board Games for Kids for 2021 and 2022

Best Board Games

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Board games are a great, inexpensive way for families to spend quality time together, especially on cold or rainy days. Check out our favorite classic board games for kids, plus the top games of this year.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Allowance Tips: Good Money Management Begins with an Allowance

Allowance Tips: Good Money Management Begins with an Allowance

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The best tool parents have for teaching financial responsibility is an allowance. Even very young children should have discretionary funds to spend as they see fit. Saving, decision-making, planning, sharing, charity, and responsibility are just some of the lessons that can be taught through an allowance.

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Updated: September 24, 2019

10 Trunk or Treating Decorating Themes Your Kids Will Love

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Do you have a trunk or treat event coming up? If you’re not familiar with trunk or treating, this has become a popular way for families to set up a contained and safe environment for kids’ trick or treating

By decorating the backs of their cars, they are able to showcase fun and innovative themes for the “houses” where children can trick or treat.  We’ve got 10 creative trunk or treating ideas for you to try! 

Updated: August 1, 2019

5 Ways Danielle Busby from TLC’s Outdaughtered Keeps Her Girls Learning All Summer

Danielle Busby from TLC’s Outdaughtered Keeps Her Girls Learning All Summer

A 2018 study revealed that moms want summer to end after just 13 days. When you are a parent of not one, not two, but SIX little girls including the only all-female quintuplets in the United States, it’s important to have a serious action plan and significant resources to keep the peace all summer while ensuring you don’t lose momentum from the previous school year.

Updated: February 12, 2020

7 Pinterest-Approved Halloween Party Treats

Collage of Halloween snacks

The sight of pumpkins, ghouls, Hocus Pocus on repeat and spooky Halloween decorations are all around us. Halloween is such a fun time of year as a kid! I remember spending all of October debating with friends about what to dress up as and spending weeks formulating our ultimate trick-or-treating route to get the best selection of candy.

Five In-Law Power Tactics

Five In-Law Power Tactics

In-laws, like all other people, use several different tactics to get power. If they're smart, they go with the ones that work best, but for some people, any power play will do in a pinch. Here are some of the most common techniques people use to assert power over other people. Which ones describe how your in-laws get their way?

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