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Updated: March 2, 2021

The 5 Best Infant Car Seats According to Real Parents

5 best infant car seats in 2020 according to parents

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How to Be More Consistent with Your Children

How to Be More Consistent with Your Children

Mrs. Ellis and her five children moved into a school district where I worked. Within the first week, each child had been sent to the principal at least once. I asked Mrs. Ellis to meet with me. She agreed. I began to give her my pep talk on consistency. She interrupted. "I know I need to be consistent," she said. "Right now I am tired. I need a little vacation from consistency."

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Natural(ish) Parenting: A Lesson in Flexibility

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Before getting pregnant and having my son, I had a lot of plans for the kind of parent I wanted to be. When I thought about what my parenting philosophy would be, it would have been heavily categorized under the “natural parenting” label. Leave it to my strong-willed and life-lesson-teaching son to show me a thing or two about being flexible with my plans.

Books for Younger Teens

Books for Younger Teens

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing older.

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Updated: May 29, 2020

5 Ways to be a More Mindful Mama

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It’s August. We are eight months into this year. What have you done for yourself this year? If your answer is nothing, we gotta change that, sister. Have you ever heard someone say you can’t pour from an empty cup? Of course you have, but the reality is, it’s true. Moms are a superbreed of humans that always put their needs behind everyone else’s. While this sounds very caring and selfless, it actually has the potential to disrupt the functioning of your family in a big way.

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: May 29, 2020

6 Life Skills Every Teen Should Master Before College

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The stress of entrance exams, applications, narrowing down acceptance letters and choosing a college is finally behind your teen. Academically they have spent at least the last four years focused on getting to this point and feel ready to succeed. However, there are many life skills teens need to know in order to be successful as they embark on their college career, and most of them you won’t find being taught in a school setting.

Teaching Kids How to Behave with the Opposite Sex

Teaching Kids How to Behave with the Opposite Sex

Proper conduct between the sexes can be puzzling and troublesome even for those of us who have had years of practice. Imagine how difficult it must be for children and teenagers. No area of etiquette is changing faster. What was once considered polite might now be considered insulting. What was once common sense might now be irrelevant.

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Updated: April 13, 2022

These Were the Most Popular Baby Names of 2021 (and 2022 Name Trends!)

2022 Name Predictions

This year is coming to a close which means it's time to look on to 2022. If you are expecting a baby next year and are curious about the most popular baby names predicted for 2022, we got you covered. Below you will find lists of what baby names were popular in the past year, some fun baby name trends, and our best predictions for the biggest trending baby names to come.

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What Parents Must Teach Their Children

What Parents Must Teach Their Children

When children are very young, the role of teacher can be most frustrating. Getting a child to sit still long enough for a reasoned lecture or lesson is almost impossible—especially when the child is only newly acquainted with language and the subject of the lesson involves the word “no”! Spanking gets your child's attention—but only for about two seconds.

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Updated: June 30, 2022

My Son Doesn't Want to Go to College: What Can I Do?

No College No Problem

To hear a lot of people talk, a high school graduate has two options: university or a life of poverty and uncertainty. Unfortunately, not every teenager wants to go to college.

Fortunately, there are more options after high school than pursuing a college degree. And many of those options can lead to secure, well-paying employment, even without that four-year degree.

Here are a few.

Botanical Names

Botanical Names

The Victorians' fondness for two flower names – Rose and Lily – clearly ignited their passion for all sorts of names with botanical elements. Interestingly enough, neither Lily nor Rose actually had botanical origins. Rose is derived from the Old German word hros, which became the modern word "horse," and Lily was a pet name from Elizabeth.

What's in a Name

Susanna, a somewhat popular Hebrew name, means "lily."

Genealogy: Developing Your Home Support System

Genealogy: Developing Your Home Support System

Add to the references and resources you keep handy at home. Tapes, books, catalogs, computer programs, Internet subscriptions, and CD-ROMs can all advance your research from the comfort of home.

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Updated: May 4, 2021

12 Meaningful Rainbow Baby Gift Ideas

12 meaningful rainbow baby gifts

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Extra-Curricular Activities for Girls that Promote Leadership

extra curricular activities for girls to help them become the next president

Our girls are strong, bright, and capable of changing the world. Your daughter could become one of our next presidents, and helping your girl stand in her own power and embrace all that she has to offer is one of the key ways we can contribute to making this happen. We know the value of girls’ leadership, and fortunately, there are organizations that have exciting extracurricular activities and programs to help girls develop leadership skills.

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Updated: March 15, 2019

Ideas for the Perfect Godparent Proposal

Ideas for the Perfect Godparent Proposal

Have you heard of a godparent proposal? It’s the latest craze to make sure that the chosen people in your little one’s life have a memorable moment, along with a gift they can treasure to mark this special milestone in their lives. You can choose to make the proposal sentimental or comical depending on your family’s relationship with the godparents-to-be, but no matter which path you choose, you’ll create a memory for your families that will never be forgotten with any of the following ideas.

Updated: April 25, 2022

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Irish Twins

family with their irish twins

Imagine finding out you’re pregnant again while you still have a newborn. The term “Irish Twins” refers to siblings born within a year of each other, and it definitely does happen. While birthing two babies in the span of a year has its challenges, there are also many uniquely special benefits to raising siblings close in age. 

More: Do Twins Run in Families? A Genetic Explanation

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Preparing for a Move

Preparing for a Move

Moving is a tiring and stressful time. Any advance planning you can do may make the event a little easier. As soon as you find out when you'll be moving, make a list of everything you need to do.

Prioritize the jobs on your list, and try to estimate about how much time you'll need for each task. Then start enlisting help.

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Neighbors

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