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Updated: April 20, 2022

Should You Let Your Kids Use Uber and Lyft?

teen using uber

Ride-sharing services that are easily accessible from phone apps such as Uber and Lyft do not allow anyone under age 18 to use them—but it’s not like the driver checks your ID and teens (and honestly, even some parents) can find loopholes in the system, allowing their under 18 kids to ride around in a car, alone, with a driver from the ride-share app. (These companies insist their drivers go through a rigorous screening process.)

Updated: June 26, 2019

Discipline for Teens: 5 Teachable Moments for Tweens and Teens

Discipline for Teens: 5 Teachable Moments for Tweens and Teens

Discipline for teens can sound daunting. There are no longer stints in the time-out chair when your child is now probably taller than you are! Battles over eating mashed peas have morphed into more adult issues. So how do you handle these topics while helping your kid learn a valuable lesson and keep communication lines open all at once?

Here's the lowdown.

Teen Driving Car

by: Katy Abel

Rollercoaster Risks: Real or Imaginary?

Rollercoaster Risks: Real or Imaginary?

Can G-Force Cause Brain Injury?
It's a summer thrill and a family tradition: Each year Anita A. and her 16-year-old daughter trek to amusement parks near their home in Massachusetts or while vacationing in Florida. They are not about to let the latest headlines chase them off the new generation of mega-coasters, despite renewed concerns about the risk of brain injuries.

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  • Polynesian First Names

    Find Polynesian names for girls and boys on our list of Polynesian names and meanings from A-Z. Discover the most common Polynesian first names. read more

Updated: May 15, 2019

Top 10 Books on Giftedness

Top 10 Books on Giftedness

1. Bringing Out the Best: A Resource Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children by Jacqulyn Saunders with Pamela Espelund. Free Spirit Publishing
A highly practical book. Gives suggestions for enriching home learning plus advice on choosing preschools.

2. The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids by Sally Y. Walker. Free Spirit Publishing
Good advice written with a sense of humor. I've read it many times over!

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Updated: February 12, 2020

How Much Will My Baby Weigh?

newborn baby being weighed on scale

Can you predict your new arrival’s weight? There are a few clues that can help you guess. But there’s no way to fill in the weight on the birth announcement until the nurse places your bundle of joy onto the scale. 

The average baby is born weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces, but anywhere from 5 pounds 8 ounces to 8 pounds 13 ounces can be considered healthy. 

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Updated: March 9, 2022

Can You Breastfeed an Adopted Baby?

Breastfeeding Adopted Baby

Breastfeeding is an amazing gift that a mother can give to her child. Not only does breast milk provide infants with crucial antibodies for fighting off future illnesses, but these feedings can be a fantastic bonding experience for mother and child. Unfortunately, many adoptive mothers feel that they have to miss out on these benefits since they are not the ones giving birth. This leads many to question "can you breastfeed an adopted baby?" We have a surprising answer.

Updated: April 22, 2022

Is Your Kid a Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic Learner?

Learning Styles

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that the incidence of learning disabilities in the general population is 15 to 20 percent. About 4 percent of children in the United States are classified as having a learning disability.

Unfortunately, this diagnosis is often viewed as a hindrance rather than an opportunity for growth and understanding. Individuals diagnosed with learning disabilities are not "stupid." In fact, to qualify as having a learning disability, you must have average intelligence.

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Tips and Tools to Guide and Monitor Your Teen Driver

Tips and Tools to Guide and Monitor Your Teen Driver

Tips and Tools to Guide and Monitor Your Teen Driver

For teens, driving represents independence and the freedom to explore the world on their own terms. For parents of teen drivers, having a child behind the wheel can be a source of tremendous anxiety.

Updated: June 4, 2021

15 Unique Family Reunion Ideas

Family spending time with each other and playing with balloons at family reunion

Somehow you have managed to get the entire family to meet together in one location on a chosen date. Congratulations! If you can do this, you can do anything… including a plan for the rest of the reunion, or delegate someone to help. If you’re in need of some creative inspiration, Family Education has your back. Here are 15 unique family reunion ideas that are sure to build lasting memories.

Updated: January 27, 2022

How to Read Your Ancestry.com Results

woman reading her Ancestry.com results

So you’ve sent off your magical vial of saliva and the moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived… your AncestryDNA results! You start to sweat a few bullets when you ask yourself for the hundredth time, “What cultures run through my blood?” “Will I have to trade in my Kiss Me I’m Irish t-shirt for a Lederhosen?” “Are my long-lost cousins going to be on here, too?” 

So many questions! You open your results and all you see are varying numbers and percents, countries encircled in different shades, and words that make your eyes go crossed… so now what?

Updated: February 12, 2020

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask a Woman If She's Pregnant

5 reasons you should never ask a woman if she's pregnant

Somehow, society has made it a norm to comment on, give advice for, and even touch a pregnant person’s body. In 2019, humans are more complex than ever before and that means that our science and reproductive technology has followed suit making no shortage in pregnant humans. Women now have the choice to be a SMC (Single Mother by Choice) and it’s becoming more and more acceptable to form your family in alternative ways. Everywhere you turn, you’re bound to notice an expecting mother. 

Updated: April 23, 2022

150 Would You Rather Questions for Kids (& Free Printable)

the ultimate list of would you rather questions

If family dinnertime conversation is falling short, these fun and silly "Would You Rather?" questions are a great way to get everyone talking.

More: Family Dinners: The Recipe for Connectedness

Ever played the “Would You Rather?” game with your family or friends? We love this game because it appeals to all ages. You can play it with everyone from toddlers through grandparents, and learn something new about your loved ones.

by: Cara J. Stevens

Potty Training Tips for When Your Kid Won't Go

toddler potty training

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Updated: November 19, 2020

Developing Emotional Literacy in Kids and How to Foster It Over Time

mom talking to crying daughter about emotional literacy

What is the biggest challenge your family faces? Financial challenges? Getting time together? The distraction of social media? Quarreling?

However, you answer that question, there is one root and one path to creating something different. Surprisingly, for many people, the root is our lack of emotional learning, our emotional ignorance. And the solution is developing our understanding of emotions or emotional literacy.

More: How to Determine Your Child's Love Language