Category: Family Life

Family Portrait: Strategies for Success

| July 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Everyone wants a beautiful family portrait, but getting each family member to cooperate sometimes seems impossible. Anyone who’s ever had small children knows how difficult it is to keep them clean and sitting still, even for a few minutes. If you have older children, the difficulty may be in getting them to look happy and […]

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Kids’ Activities and Games: Mere Child’s Play?

| July 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Now that summer is here, the kids are home most of the time and I’m noticing what types of games and diversions they tend to gravitate toward. When they were little, I was usually able to see the value in their games; things like building with blocks, acting out scenes with Little People figurines and […]

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Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom

| July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Once your child is in elementary school, he’s probably outgrown the bedroom decor that you chose when he was a baby or a toddler. And once he’s in middle school or high school, he’ll have outgrown what he picked out when he was six or seven years old. While it’s fun and exciting for parents […]

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Getting More Out of Your Trip to the Zoo

| July 7, 2012 | 2 Comments

Are you planning a trip to the zoo anytime soon? If not, you should think about it. The zoo is a great way to spend a day with your kids – its fun, it’s educational, and there’s something there for everyone. If you are planning a trip to the zoo, you should take steps to […]

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Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

| June 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

All of my children’s birthdays are special, but I always feel especially motivated to make my daughter’s summer birthday something out of the ordinary. Summer birthday parties can be harder to arrange with the kids out of school and families on vacation, so I’m inclined to go the extra mile to make the party stand […]

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The First Sleepover: Is Your Child Ready? Are You?

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

Do you remember going on sleepovers as a kid? They were the bane of my mother’s existence when I was 10 or 11 years old; if I wasn’t staying up all night at someone else’s house on the weekends, chances were that there were a gaggle of giggling girls disturbing her sleep! Then the next […]

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How to Save for a Summer Vacation

| June 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

You know your family needs some fun time off for the summer. Maybe you have an ideal vacation destination in mind, or even tons of activities planned for a “staycation”. Deciding where to go and what to do is the easy part. The question you’re left with is, “how do I pay for all this?”
There […]

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Teaching Kids to Cook

| June 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

When I moved out of my childhood home and into my own apartment, I knew how to make a few dishes, namely instant oatmeal, baked chicken legs, spaghetti (with sauce from a jar), scrambled eggs, and hot dogs. Not exactly gourmet fare, but it was enough so that I didn’t starve. As the years went […]

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Home Remedies for Every Parent

| June 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Cold and flu season is over, thankfully, but even with the kids home from school, they’ll still probably end up with a summer cold, a stomach virus or an ear infection. While very young children should see the doctor if you suspect illness, your school-aged kids can often be nursed back to health with simple […]

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Family Boating Safety Tips

| June 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

As the mercury rises, those of us lucky enough to live near an ocean, river or lake may decide to take the kids boating. You already know safety tips such as making sure everyone is wearing a life jacket (even the best swimmers!) and that drinking and driving a boat don’t mix. There are a […]

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