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Choosing the Right Dog for You

Doggie disposition

Social Butterfly or One-Man Dog?

One of the best reasons to choose a purebred dog is that you have a pretty good idea what to expect in terms of the dog's temperament. Let's face it—temperament (what people sometimes call “disposition”) is essential in our day-to-day life with a companion. That's another good reason to buy from a responsible breeder who considers temperament to be as important as physical health.

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Collecting for Fun and Profit

What to collect

Before your child decides to spend time and money pursuing a collecting passion, it's a good idea to know more than just a little about what she's collecting. This will help her define what she's looking for and avoid getting taken (for example, spending too much to buy something that, with a little research, would have been revealed as overpriced or a fake).

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Your Toddler's Development

Fostering healthy development

  • New parents often believe that kindergarten readiness means understanding the ABCs, counting, and understanding colors and writing. While these are important skills, what teachers really want to see is your child's ability to listen, focus, learn, and socialize with other children and adults. Develop these skills by having your child around other children as well as teaching your child to play alone.

Giving Teens Money

Giving Teens Money

Is Our Guilt Causing Their Greed?

American teenagers are spending more than my father took home in his paycheck when I was a kid, and more than I received in my first job out of college. My father toiled in the textile mills for his money. My first job was teaching fourth grade. Our teens get more than $104 every week...for doing nothing. That's right, $104 a week! According to a national survey conducted by marketing firm Teenage Marketing Unlimited, the average American teenager spent over $104 per week in 2001.

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Stepparenting: Preparing to Meet the Kids

Stepparenting: Preparing to Meet the Kids

Whether it is early or later in the relationship, the “First Meeting” is an important event. For a most successful time—and let's define successful as an experience where everybody walks away feeling more comfortable, not less comfortable—I suggest some advance planning. Ideally you want the first meeting to feel casual but to be carefully orchestrated to avoid pitfalls. Before the first meeting, follow these tips:

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Gifting Your Niece or Nephew This Holiday Season

The Ultimate Guide to Gifting Your Niece or Nephew This Holiday Season

Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items featured in this post, we may receive a small commission for it.

It’s that time of year where you are supposed to buy your adorable little niece or nephew a gift. What do you get? What is age appropriate? Should you stick with trends or classics? With kids, it is best to stick with classics.

Updated: December 18, 2019

How to Have a Minimalist Christmas with Kids

close-up of a minimalist Christmas tree

Having a minimalist Christmas has become a goal for many parents, and for those parents who are not quite ready to go with a minimalist approach, there still seems to be interest in downsizing the overall gift-giving experience. There are many substantial reasons to attempt a more minimalist approach this Christmas. The benefits impact your children, the earth, and your wallet for the better.

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Safety in Cyberspace

Chat rooms, spam, and more

Safety Savvy

If you or your child receives information online that you think is illegal or threatening to you or others, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's 24-hour, toll-free child pornography tip line. Operated in cooperation with the U.S. Customs Service and the Postal Inspection Service, the CyberTipline may be reached at 800-843-5678 or on the Web at www.missingkids.org.

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How Your Child Spends His Allowance

How Your Child Spends His Allowance

Whether or not you put strings on receiving the allowance, once it's his, you really can't make your child use it as you want. That's just not fair (not that everything has to be fair, of course). After all, you want your child to think for himself when it comes to money. According to a survey on teens and money consulted by USA Weekend, 75 percent of kids had complete control over their money.

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Updated: January 23, 2020

Teaching Math for Homeschoolers

Teaching Math for Homeschoolers

Isabel Shaw

One Step Ahead
How can you teach math to your children if you struggle with it yourself? Yes, there are those among us who truly love math— people who grasp math concepts quickly, remember the laws and formulas easily, and retain this information over theyears. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. And, judging from my contact with families around the country, most parents are in the same boat.

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by: Alvin Poussaint, M.D. and Susan Linn, Ed.D.

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Toy Guns: Just Fun and Games?

Saying no

As you think about buying your kids toy weapons, consider the following:

  • Every toy we give our children carries the message that we approve of that toy. Kids play with toys, at least in part, to rehearse for real life. As they play store, house, school, and firefighter, they're trying on roles and practicing being an adult by using the tools that adults use. Do we want them to practice using guns?

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The Best Montessori Toys For Babies and Toddlers

best montessori toys by age group

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by: Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Bubble Contest

Bubble Contest


Nothing to do on a summer afternoon? Organize a bubbleblowing contest! Mix up some bubble solution, assemble some tools for blowing, and you're set. These contest ideas come from the book Science Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams.

Materials
  • Bubble solution
  • Bubble-blowing tools: drinking straws, funnels, wire loops, and so on
  • Marble or other small toy

Directions

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The Best Water Toys for Kids This Summer

The best water toys for babies, toddlers, and big kids

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Parents, Teens, and Alcohol: A Dangerous Mix

Parents, Teens, and Alcohol: A Dangerous Mix

Parents Playing It Cool
Mike and Molly throw the best keg parties in town. The beer flows freely as burly varsity-football players collect car keys at the door. Teens mill around, shouting over the pounding music, hugging and "high-fiving"the couple. The problem? Mike and Molly graduated high school 25 years ago, and this is their 18-year-old son's summer beer bash.

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Conversing with Tweens

Conversing with Tweens

It is important to continue talking to your tween about important issues even though he is silent, distracted, and preoccupied with people and events outside the family. Just don't expect him to respond with words — at least, not right away. Tweens often appear not to have heard, but they take in a lot unconsciously. They may respond a week or a month later as if you had just finished speaking a moment ago.

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Crib and Bed Safety

Crib and Bed Safety

Hand-me-down clothes may be okay but second-hand cribs often aren't. More infants die every year in crib mishaps than with any other nursery product. Cribs made before the federal government issued mandatory safety standards in 1973 will likely be unsafe. Additional voluntary standards were adopted by manufacturers in 1992, so it's best to use one made after that time.

Updated: September 30, 2020

The Best Fidget Toys for Kids with ADHD

best fidget devices for kids with adhd

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Updated: February 12, 2020

I Give My Kids an iPad or Phone at Restaurants and I Am Not Ashamed

toddler using iphone at restaurant

Whenever I get ready to take my son out to dinner, there are two things I make sure of. One is that he has a small toy or two to carry, and the other is that my phone is charged. Because I know that at some point during the meal, I’m going to hand him the phone to keep him occupied. And you know what? I’m not even a little bit ashamed. 

Updated: December 11, 2021

The Ultimate 2021 Holiday Gift Guide by Age

Ultimate Gift Guide

Trying to find the perfect gift for your child is no easy task. With technology ever-evolving and your little one's interests ever-changing, how do you know exactly what to buy? How do you know what is appropriate for your child's age? Well, look no further because I am about to lend a helping hand. In this holiday gift guide, we are going to discuss the best gifts for every age from 1-12 years old, which you can easily find on Amazon!