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If family is everything, these how-tos will help you through it all, from sibling drama to family vacations to irritating in-laws and beyond.

  • Carlos Fox
    Published 11 months ago
    4 Ways to Instill Confidence in Your Tween

    4 Ways to Instill Confidence in Your Tween

    Being a tween feels extremely challenging in the moment—everything feels overwhelming and like it’s the end of the world. Your teen might start to feel like they’re lacking the confidence they had as a child. This is something that happens when children start growing and thinking about their peers and the world around them.
  • Jenn Melon
    Published 11 months ago
    Enjoy Fun Rides and Keep Your Kids Safe with These Tips

    Enjoy Fun Rides and Keep Your Kids Safe with These Tips

    Take a child to an amusement park, and it will be one of the days that they will never forget. The rides are exhilarating and exciting, which kids are known to love an abundance of. Besides going to amusement parks to enjoy rides and games, there are alsofairground rides for hirethat you can set up basically anywhere you like. The first thing that you have to consider when bringing your child to this type of amusement is their safety. It should always be the child’s safety first and foremost. Amusement rides are mechanical, so knowing how to keep children safe on each ride is paramount.
  • Heather Clark
    Published 11 months ago
    College Parenting

    College Parenting

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  • Kayla Triplett
    Published about a year ago
    How to Care for Your Sick Baby

    How to Care for Your Sick Baby

    "Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had and dealing with fears you didn't know existed." —Linda Wooten
  • Mis Understood
    Published about a year ago
    The Big P... Potty Training

    The Big P... Potty Training

    Aside from temper tantrums, potty training has got to be one of the most challenging milestones for toddlers. It takes a lot of patience, focus, and in most cases, bribes to successfully complete potty training. I've had my fair share with not only my son but with my children that I teach. I've heard many people say girls are easier to train than boys and visa versa. In my opinion, they're both difficult, but when they reach the goal, the feeling of being proud is all the same. In this article, I will not only talk about my experiences, but I will offer some tips that will hopefully help along your journey.
  • Jennine Donier
    Published about a year ago
    Cradle Boards for Baby

    Cradle Boards for Baby

    Cradle or Papoose boards are something that the Native Americans used to keep their babies safe and out of harm's way while mothers tended to the daily needs of her Wikkiup, Tipi, or hut. Cradle boards have been used for centuries across the American continent by various tribes long before it was settled by Europeans and other people.
  • Mac Childs
    Published about a year ago
    I Did It!

    I Did It!

    I’ve had some amazing Holidays over the years. Even the less spectacular years were still pretty good, at least in the end. It’s not easy though. It starts out great with your favorite carols playing, some early gift buying, then things take a sharp left turn down Crazy Avenue with week after week of nothing but carols playing in every place you go. Add in the steady build of frustration that comes with the crowds, the parking, and the ever-approaching shopping deadline and it can wear down even the hap-hap-happiest among us. It can turn even the sweetest of little, old ladies into nightmares that would scare the pants off Freddy Kruger if their shopping experience isn’t up to snuff. I worked in retail for a long time, those crazy shoppers left a nasty mark on my view of the Holidays. I’ve been out of the retail rat-race for seven years now and the flashbacks are just now starting to fade. Still, once everything was done and I realized that everything turned out OK, I got an enormous sense of well-being and joy at just having survived another one. That’s how it is for me, anyway. It’s best summed up in the final scene from one of my very favorite Christmas movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase. As anybody that has seen the movie (and who hasn’t?) knows, the Holidays are a mess for our boy Clark Griswold. Clark has to deal with the struggles of the season, just like the rest of us... he has shopping to finish, dealing with in-laws that are staying in his home for the duration of the season, a boss who’s a jerk, surprise relatives showing up that nobody was expecting (or wanting), and his tree being burned down by a careless uncle and his cigar. Then, in one final yuletide insult, he doesn’t get the holiday bonus he was depending on. That prompts the inevitable Christmas meltdown... we've all been there. But Clark's boss ends up in a kidnapping and his family ends up being on the receiving end of a SWAT incursion into his home. Still, despite all the chaos and missteps, he keeps his cheer throughout the film and everything manages to work out in the end. In a quiet moment of reflection at the end he says, “I did it.” Those three words basically sum up how I feel when I finally get to wrap it all up on January 1.
  • Morgan E. Westling
    Published about a year ago
    How to Handle a Toxic Mother-In-Law

    How to Handle a Toxic Mother-In-Law

    Do you think you're noticing some of the signs your mother-in-law hates you? If you are in a situation where you need to handle a toxic mother-in-law, you may need some tips on how to stand your ground and/or communicate better with your family member so that you can move forward with your relationship. It is important to be on even ground with mother-in-law, and not feel bad about your situation. Many times, setting the boundaries early on can be necessary as opposed to being passive aggressive. There are many different strategies to keep family relationships strong and prevent monsters-in-law from getting ugly. Here is some of our best advice.
  • Ashley Smith
    Published about a year ago
    How To: Stock up for Baby on a Budget

    How To: Stock up for Baby on a Budget

    So, you're pregnant. You want to make sure you have everything you need for that precious bundle of joy, but you're worried about the cost. Raising a baby not only takes a lot of your time, but it also takes a lot of money and knowing how to get all of the essentials for cheaper is very important. In this article, I am going to show you a few tips and tricks on how to get the most for your money when it comes to stocking up for your baby.
  • Dani Huka
    Published about a year ago
    Supporting the New Mom
  • Carolin Petterson
    Published about a year ago
    How to Stay Fit and Enjoy Family Life

    How to Stay Fit and Enjoy Family Life

    Starting a family is a wonderful thing, but it comes with a lot of sacrifice and things that you have to decide to get rid of. Forget about your hobbies and days where you can spend all on your own. Having a family is hard work, especially when you have a little kid around. One of the first things to go is actually your figure and fitness. Since you will hardly even have any time to train, your fitness will be the first thing to go.
  • Rosa Leon F
    Published about a year ago
    Diary of a Venezuelan Migrant

    Diary of a Venezuelan Migrant

    On February 12th, 2014, the birthday of Rossanna. She and Andrea, my two daughters, separately with their friends, left to a protest. That day is not just Ross's birthday, it's the "Youth Day." In my country this is the day in which the Battle of Victory is celebrated. In 1814 a group of young university students, bachelors and schoolchildren, went out to accompany the Patriots José Felix Rivas and Vicente Campo Elías in a battle against nothing more and nothing less than José Tomás Boves, known as the "Urugallo," who commanded the realists troop—the side of the Spaniards in the war of Independence. Thus, on February 12, 2014, in a similar way, but worse, it resembled February 12, 1814, because that day the first young man who died in the protest was Basill Dacosta, as young as those who fought in the Battle of victory; and with him others died in a battle for nothing Just. I have to say that the forces of "public order," Venezuelans like our young people who were in protest , acted worse with their own compatriots than Boves who was Spanish. In the Battle of Victory, the young people who fought beside the Patriots beat the Urugallo. In this of the 2014 on the other hand the authority won, but at a very high cost.