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Updated: February 12, 2020

Snapchat 101: A Helpful Guide for Parents of Teens

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Snapchat is a great example of the evolution of social media, and it gives teens practically everything they’re looking for in an app: a way to creatively share chosen moments with friends while simultaneously making themselves look awesome. 

Just like every other social media app, video game, and mainstream teenage interest, Snapchat has gotten some bad press. But this article isn’t providing you with recycled warnings and statistics. In fact, it’s doing just the opposite.

Updated: May 29, 2020

Avoiding Homeschool Burnout

Avoiding Homeschool Burnout

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Yes, there is one downside to homeschooling. Does it happen to everyone? Are some moms more prone to burnout than others? How can you cope, and more importantly, how can you prevent it? To find out, I asked my team of experts -- dozens of homeschooling moms -- if they experience burnout, and how they deal with it. Their answers may surprise you.

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How Much Fiber Do You Need in Your Diet?

How Much Fiber Do You Need in Your Diet?

Although there's no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for fiber, most health experts agree that we should aim for 25 to 35 grams of dietary fiber each day (a mix of both soluble and insoluble). The following menu shows a few ideas to help you raise your intake of fiber.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

These Were the Top Baby Names and Trends of 2019

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It’s hard to believe 2019 is over. Now that the year is over, we can see it was quite a year for baby names. According to the Social Security Administration’s list, which they’ve kept since 1879, Liam and Emma are the most popular baby names in the United States. These two have dominated the list for several years. But there were some up-and-comers that tried to give them a run for their money. Here are some of the biggest baby name trends of 2019.

Updated: August 26, 2019

What Teachers Want Parents to Know About the First Week of School

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Back to school time is quickly approaching. You’re probably stocking up on backpacks, pencils, and other school supplies for your children. In just a few short weeks, you will be turning them over to a teacher who will spend more hours each weekday with them than you. 

More: 5 Positive Phrases To Say To Your Anxious Child About School

Here are 12 things teachers want you to know about that first week of school.

Preparing Yourself for Childbirth: Packing Your Hospital Bag

Preparing your Hospital Bag

Preparing Yourself for Childbirth: Packing Your Hospital Bag

When you are close to delivery you may have some time on your hands. You will be thinking about the big moment, playing it over and over in your mind. If this is your first baby, you're likely to over-prepare, because you really have no idea what to expect. One thing you can do during this time is pack your hospital and baby bags.

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Exploring History: My Life Timeline Activity

Exploring History: My Life Timeline Activity

One of the hardest things for a child to grasp about history is that at some time or another, all those historical events were the present. Not to mention that at the time, people probably didn't know they were making history! Your child, too, has a history marked by important events. Making a My Life Timeline can help her see that, even in her short life, she has accomplished great things.

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Updated: April 23, 2022

I'm Having a "Geriatric Pregnancy." Am I Really At Risk?

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There are many things that could use a facelift within the birth world, but one of the most disturbing things to me is the language that is used to speak to and of pregnant people. It’s absolutely incredible the level of disrespect and twisted thinking passed down in the mere way we talk about pregnancy and the entire reproductive journey. Our medical system has diagnostic words like "failure to progress," "failure to thrive," and "incompetent cervix." These terms are not reserved for the  worst of the worst either.

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Getting the Mortgage That's Best for You

Getting the Mortgage That's Best for You

The two most common types of mortgages are fixed-rate and adjustable-rate. There are some other kinds that we'll mention briefly, but fixed-rate and adjustable-rate are the big two.

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Finding a Good Boyfriend

Finding a Good Boyfriend

The teenage world is filled with all kinds of boys; some are frogs, but the majority of them—around 75 percent—are perfect princes. These princes do not ride up to your daughter's door in a coach and whisk her off to a ball in a castle, but they are special boys, just as your girl is a special girl. They are usually the boys she knows from school, her neighborhood, or her house of worship.

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Deciding on a Car: New or Used, Big or Small?

Deciding on a Car: New or Used, Big or Small?

Regardless of whether you decide to buy or lease a car, you need to consider the value of the car you're getting and what you can realistically afford. Sure, you might be able to borrow $20,000 or $25,000 to buy that Toyota Camry, complete with all the op-tions, but why would you? If you want a new car, look at everything available.

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Updated: July 12, 2021

Flying While Pregnant: Is it Safe? What You Need to Know

Flying While Pregnant

From the moment you find out you're pregnant, your life changes. You suddenly have another person to consider with every decision you make. Pregnant women have a lot on their plate when it comes to their health and their baby's health. Many women wonder if they can still do the things they used to, including air travel or if that will prevent them from having a healthy pregnancy.

Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Sweet Gender-Neutral Nursery Themes

Animal-Themed Gender-Neutral Nursery

1. Sweet Animals

Long gone are the days of bordered walls with Disney characters. Enter adorable and sweet animals that are sure to soothe both baby and parents. Neutral colored animals work well with most colors Think: elephants, llamas, giraffes, bunnies, etc. Since the animals are similar to a blank pallete, you can have fun introducing complementary colors like gray and yellow, beige and orange, or black and green.

More: 5 Sweet Gender-Neutral Nursery Themes

Updated: April 16, 2022

10 Baby Names Inspired By The Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! If you love the holidays, then there are many ways you can express that love throughout the year. One of the least obvious ways is giving your baby a name that is inspired by the holiday season. A holiday inspired name is a low key way to let everyone know just how much you can’t get enough of the December holidays. And with the fact that there are several holidays in December, it really expands your baby name options. They can range from the more obvious to something that you have to dig into the meaning a bit more.

What to Do When You Suspect Child Neglect

What to Do When You Suspect Child Neglect

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Willful neglect is likely to trigger Child Protective Services intervention. A parent who is unable to provide the necessities of life due to poverty may, instead, seek assistance from agencies that provide financial assistance, health services, housing, or other basic services.

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Updated: December 29, 2020

15 Great Children's Books About Autism

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Updated: February 12, 2020

A Parent's To-Do List for the Summer Before Your Teen Heads Off to College

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The summer before your teen heads off to college for the first time seems to fly by faster than any previous summers! Once your teen has committed to the school of their choice—and continues to deny they have “Senioritis”—it’s time for them to hunker down and tackle all the last-minute stuff. They’ll (hopefully) appreciate your help, especially because you may not always be there physically if they’re dorm-living in another city come fall.

Determining the Legal Requirements for Your School System or Local Government

Determining the Legal Requirements for Your School System or Local Government

If you live in a state that requires some type of oversight of your homeschool by the local school system, you will need to figure out exactly what that means for your homeschool. (If you live in a state that doesn't require you to interact with a local school system, consider yourself fortunate and skip the rest of this section.)

There are several basic ways in which you might be required to be under the auspices of a local school system:

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Positive Body Image: 5 Steps to Get There Now

Positive Body Image

Summer is upon us, which usually means bathing suits, tiny shorts and overuse of the phrase "beach body" by every fitness and diet commercial out there.

If you're struggling with body image issues, particularly after having a baby, summer can be pretty tough.

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Goal Setting for Your College-Bound Child

Goal Setting for Your College-Bound Child

College students are treated very differently than they were in high school. The entire system is geared toward making them responsible for their choices and actions. They are expected to really want to grow up. If they resist too much they are going to wind up confused, depressed, or out of touch with their peers. And the school will let them know if they aren't making the grade.

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