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What to Teach Your Kids About the Economy

What to Teach Your Kids About the Economy

In school, children may learn that the United States has a capitalist economy. They also may learn about historic events such as the Great Depression, but until they take a course in economics in college or their senior year in high school, they don't usually learn a lot about how the economy operates.

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Prepping Your Kids to Meet Your Partner's Kids

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Prepping Your Kids to Meet Your Partner's Kids

Before the kids — your kids and your new love's kids—meet each other, you'll need to prepare. Don't just throw them all in together and expect it to work; it might, but then again it might not, and this is too important to leave to random chance.

Here are some steps to take to make sure the meeting goes as smoothly as it possibly can:

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Strangulation Hazards

Strangulation Hazards

The first rule for preventing strangulation is never tie a pacifier, teether, or necklace around a baby's neck. The cord can catch on crib posts, toys, and pieces of furniture, among other things, and strangle a small child. Never tie one to the crib or playpen either. Remove bibs or other clothing tied around your baby's neck before putting him in the crib or playpen.

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Staying at Home: It's Not All About Cooking and Cleaning

Staying at Home: It's Not All About Cooking and Cleaning

Do not be put off by the thought of staying home just because you don't like doing dishes, laundry, and other housework. The main focus when you stay home should be on caring for your family. Housework is a potential extra, but you'd be doing some even if you worked outside the home. Caring for your baby can be a lot of fun and very rewarding.

Teaching Basic Money Concepts to Children

Teaching Basic Money Concepts to Children

As song writers Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson once said, the best things in life may be free—but most things cost money. Buying toys and candy, going to the movies, and renting video tapes all cost money. While our ancestors may have bartered for much of what they needed, trading a chicken for a doctor's house call or a basket of eggs for a bolt of calico, today we use hard cash.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Is It Enough to Abstain?

Is It Enough to Abstain?

Sex Ed in Schools
Does sex education belong in public schools? Yes, say 90 percent of parents around the country. But that doesn't indicate parental consensus on what sex education means. Should it be health-and-safety oriented? Informed by moral principles? Focused on contraception or celibacy? School boards everywhere are wrestling with different perspectives on a very touchy subject. This article explores the "abstinence only" approach.

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Debunking Myths About Summer Camp

Debunking Myths About Summer Camp

by Maya Cohen

Thinking about sending your kids to overnight summer camp, but unsure of what to expect? We dispel common myths about camp, so you can confidently send your children packing this summer. For many children, summer camp activities are the most fun they'll have all year!

1. Camp is for the children of wealthy parents; I can't afford it.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

What to Do When Your Child Is Sick

Mother checking body temperature of sick daughter

You're thinking of the big meeting you have today when your child says, "I don't feel well!" As parents, we dread hearing these words. But when we do hear them, do you know what to do? "Are you sure?" you ask, as you put your hand on his forehead. His head does feel a bit warm. But is he really feverish enough to keep home from school? As a nurse practitioner working in a school setting, I've seen many parents struggle with these issues. While having a sick child is never easy, these guidelines might help you figure out what to do when your child says, "I don't feel so good."

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Raising Your Adopted Child: Problems

Raising Your Adopted Child: Problems

Adoptinfo

An adoption issue is a problem that preoccupies and distresses an adopted child and is related to adoption. For example, fear that a birthparent might kidnap the child is an adoption issue.

So what is not an adoption issue? Any problem not related to the adoption. For example, a child who is temperamentally shy or a child who hates his teacher isn't experiencing an adoption issue. Remember, many problems adopted kids experience have nothing to do with being adopted.

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Avoiding Moody Mornings

Avoiding Moody Mornings

In some families, the kids are up at the crack of dawn, everybody has a leisurely breakfast together, and, right on time, they cheerily march out the door to work and to school. In far more families, days begin with the jangle of alarm clocks, clattering dishes, shouts (“Isabel, out of bed now!” and “If you aren't at the table by the count of three, young man!”), fights over the bathroom (“Mo-om!

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by: Katy Abel

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From Spiderman to Mom: How Kids Choose Heroes

From Spiderman to Mom: How Kids Choose Heroes

"My Hero"

Seven-year-old Ben S. has three heroes in life: Superman ("because he's really strong and he can punch your head off"), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ("because he's really great at football"), and his mom ("because she works really hard at my school").

Eleven-year-old Jacqueline L. cites her parents as her heroes, and rejects the idea that a hero must be famous or especially brave.

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The Importance of Chores

The Importance of Chores

Here's the reality, and American society's dirty little secret-many kids don't learn how to wash their clothes, cook a meal, mow a lawn, make a bed, or even effectively wash a dish until they've moved out of the house. (In other words, you're not the only one with a demanding slug for a child!) Yet, most people agree that kids do benefit from having a role in the daily operations of the family.

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Stepparenting Myths

Stepparenting Myths

Stepparents don't get a lot of credit. History and literature are filled with stepparents, from Snow White's jealous witch of a stepmom, to the pharaoh's daughter, who took Moses from the bulrushes and raised him as her own son.

I Kid You Not!

Famous stepparent in literature: Hamlet's stepfather (the guy was also his uncle) was not a very caring man. He killed Hamlet's dad and then married his mother, grabbing the kingly throne for himself in the process!

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Stepfamily Problems

Stepfamily Problems

As we've learned, problems leak. It's rare that only one person in a stepfamily is troubled or sad. People affect each other. Then there are all the interdynamics of living together….

Problems in Your Marriage

With all the usual strains of a stepfamily, it's no wonder marriages have such a high failure rate. Pay attention to your marriage, and keep your priorities straight. Watch for problems. Sometimes they can sneak up on you when you aren't looking.

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Explaining Adoption to a School-Aged Child

Explaining Adoption to a School-Aged Child

As children grow, they start to ask even tougher questions about adoption. For example, if the birthmother was poor, why didn't someone give her money so she could be a parent? Or, if she wasn't ready to be a parent, why didn't someone teach her what she needed to know? Why did she think a child had to have two parents? Your child might know lots of kids who have just their mom or dad. In fact, maybe you're a single parent yourself. If so, why couldn't the birthmother be a single parent?

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An Interview with R.L. Stine

An Interview with R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine is the author of the wildly popular Goosebumps series for kids and he is one hard man to get in touch with. When Tim Harper was writing his article, Horrors! Those Books by R.L Stine for the FamilyEducation Network, he managed to track down Stine via email. Here's what ensued...

Tim Harper: "What does R.L. stand for?"

R.L. Stine: It stands for Rabbit Leavings. No. Sorry! It stands for Robert Lawrence. Everyone calls me Bob.

How do you relate so well to kids?

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Updated: December 14, 2021

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

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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.

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Holiday Logistics for Stepfamilies

Holiday Logistics for Stepfamilies

So who's gonna spend the holiday where? Sometimes holiday plans are predetermined by custody agreements, but sometimes there's flexibility built in. If you've got some options, discuss them with the kids and try to be flexible about their desires. Rigidity won't help.

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Stroller Basics

Stroller Basics

Strollers are the ultimate way to get your baby out and about. This item makes taking your baby out with you easy on you both. From getting exercise to simply strolling through the mall, a stroller can help you get out of the house and enjoy other activities. The key is choosing the right stroller for your lifestyle, or purchasing multiple strollers for different needs. (These video reviews of strollers can help.)

How to Tell If Your Baby Likes a New Food

How to Tell If Your Baby Likes a New Food

Don't ignore your baby's signals about eating. Don't be deceived by facial expressions, though. If your child makes a face when tasting something new, he may be reacting to the novelty of the experience as much as the new taste itself. So, despite the face he makes, offer your baby a second spoonful. If he opens his mouth for more, you know you have a hit.

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