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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.)

Updated: May 15, 2019

Everyone's a Poet

Everyone's a Poet

What kind of poems appeal to kids? Writer and teacher Matt Sharpe says students of all ages like this exercise. Give it a try with your kids!

1. Think of anyone you know who is older than your parents.

2. Close your eyes, and picture this person. Picture their hair, their skin. Do they have facial hair? Glasses? Makeup? What kind of skirt are they wearing? Shirt? Shoes?

3. Does this person smell like anything? Tobacco? Garlic?

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Explaining Adoption to a Child: Handling Sensitive Situations

Explaining Adoption to a Child: Handling Sensitive Situations

In many cases, parents can tell their children that birthparents made a positive choice to place them for adoption. But sometimes the situation was not so upbeat or easy to explain. Here are a few situations that make telling problematic for some adopters:

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Names and Personalities

Names and Personalities

It's been said and written many times that we become our names and our names become us. From this, several obvious questions evolve: Can something as simple as our names have a profound impact on who we end up becoming? Can they shape our destinies? Going back to my friend Beth as an example, would she have been less popular if she had a name like Bertha or Bess? Even though she was talented and intelligent, would a name like Bambi or Barbie have forever relegated her to bimbo-land? Would she be less happy if Brunhilde was her name?

Choosing a Veterinarian

Choosing a Veterinarian

Your dog's vet is an important person in his life, even if he doesn't much like going to see her. With your help, she'll give him regular examinations and provide vaccinations and preventive medications to keep him healthy. If he's sick or injured, she'll diagnose the problem and offer treatment options.

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by: Katy Abel

Coming Out in Class: When Teachers Tell Students "I'm Gay"

Coming Out in Class: When Teachers Tell Students "I'm Gay"

Teacher Talks with First-Graders
It began as a classroom discussion about families. First-graders at the Burr Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts, asked teacher David Gaita whom he lives with. According to press accounts of the exchange, Gaita told the children that he is gay, and that he lives with a partner, "someone you love the way your mom and dad love each other."

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Updated: May 15, 2019

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Leaving School and Learning at Home

Leaving School and Learning at Home

Removing your kids from school—permanently—can be both frightening and exhilarating. Having the freedom to choose your child's educational path is thrilling—and assuming responsibility for your educational choices can be overwhelming. Confidence in your ability to teach your child will help you through that (sometimes) challenging first year of transition.

Parents are often unsure about their ability to homeschool because they lack a teaching degree.

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Updated: January 6, 2021

14 Classic Toys That Still Rock

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Updated: August 16, 2021

Helping Your Kids Through Puberty

Helping Your Kids Through Puberty

Whoever said "appearances don't count" never shared a home with a child in the throes of puberty. Carefree kids suddenly become bundles of self-consciousness between the ages of about 10 and 15. As the mother of a 12-year-old, I've seen my daughter and her friends agonize over body size, shape, hair, complexion, and clothes. At the same time, their moods and energy levels rise and fall with fluctuating hormone levels.

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Six Dubious Discipline Techniques

Six Dubious Discipline Techniques

Here are six disciplinary techniques that fall into the category “dubious.” Dubious techniques may have their place, with certain kids, certain families, in certain situations. I present them to you with a lot of caveats. Read closely! (You'll find a few here that are often considered essential and effective.)

The dubious six disciplinary techniques are:

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Inside the Mind of a Tween

Inside the Mind of a Tween

Tweens see the world in black and white and have great difficulty discerning shades of gray. Accordingly, they consider people nice or mean, situations fair or not, and can easily categorize almost everything else in the world under the headings of "good" and "bad." They are not rigid, however, because they change their minds at the drop of a hat and have no problem deciding that someone they previously regarded as nice is really mean, or that something that they thought was terribly unfair is really just, after all.

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Updated: September 21, 2021

15 Gift Ideas for Two Year Old Boys

Best Toddler Gifts

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Playing with Your Toddler: Rules of the Game

Playing with Your Toddler: Rules of the Game

During your child's second year, you will remain his favorite plaything. He will enjoy jumping on you, climbing all over you, and having you toss him up in the air (please catch him, too). He will love dancing with you, chasing you, and having you chase him. He will listen intently as you talk and sing and he will delight in trying to make you smile and laugh.

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10 Tips for Living in Peace with Your Preteen

10 Tips for Living in Peace with Your Preteen

Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association

The explosive preteen
They can be temperamental and unpredictable -- one wrong move could set them off. Living with a preteen can sometimes feel like a walk through a minefield. How can you keep the peace and still make sure that homework and chores get done? Here are 10 tips that can help.

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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.

Making Puzzles, Toys, and Games

Making Puzzles, Toys, and Games

Puzzles are not only fun to make and to solve, they also make kids think, improve manual dexterity, and teach patience and tenacity. The following puzzle has probably the least number of materials of all – only two 60 penny nails.

Project: Nail Puzzle

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When You Are Turned Down as an Adoptive Parent

When You Are Turned Down as an Adoptive Parent

Rejection doesn't happen much in adoption, because most families who think they might get rejected by an agency drop out of the home study process before it ends. But once in a while, a family is surprised by their rejection. Here are a few reasons why prospective adopters might not be approved for adoption:

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Working Parents and the Holidays

Strategies for Working Parents and School Holidays

Working Parents and the Holidays

One of the great things about being a kid is the number of vacation days you get. One of the not-so-great things about being a working parent is figuring out how to accommodate those you don't get -- like the days between Christmas and New Year's, for example. What strategies might work for you?

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