It’s Teacher Appreciation Week: 4 Ways to Say Thank You from Your Mobile Device

It’s fitting as the year comes to an end, parents like you and supporters of education across the nation are taking the time to say “thank you” during Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10, 2019. From your perspective, every month is teacher appreciation. All year long, you’ve seen the long hours, the patient perspective, and the compassionate actions — you’ve probably…

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Need Fresh Inspiration for Summer Break? The Boredom-Busting Game You Need — for Free!

Awards ceremonies. Teacher gifts. Field days. End-of-the-year parties. Events pack your calendar signaling the school year is coming to an end. You’re also busy filling the calendar with activities you hope your child will enjoy. And while week-long camps, trips to the beach, and lounge time with friends are the sweet spots of summer, you know you and your child…

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Spring Cleaning with a Twist: Tidying Up Your Schedule, Your Mail, and Your Smartphone

There is good news on the way for families who’ve been indoors all winter — spring is coming. Even if you’re still knee-deep in snow, your warm-weathered friends promise signs of spring are on their way: fragile buds, rising temperatures, and extended daylight. There’s one more sign spring is on the way — your nagging urge to clean, clean, clean.…

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Remember This When Teaching Your Child about Money (Plus Allowance Recommendations)

The grocery store checkout — that dreadful exodus inviting your child at eye-level to spend, spend, spend. You know you shouldn’t give in, but it makes getting out of the store so much easier — at least at the moment. But when the sugar rush sets in and the dollars start to add up, you wonder if there’s a simpler…

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Leave the Kids Home Alone? What the Law Says and Questions to Consider

It doesn’t happen often. The kids are contentedly playing in the next room, and you’re channeling the Barefoot Contessa as you listen to your favorite podcast in the kitchen. For the moment  — all is calm. As you finish your dinner time masterpiece, your eyes fall to the last and most important ingredient in the recipe. You pause. You don’t…

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Always Running Late? 5 Minor Changes that Make a Major Difference

As you launch frantic “Hurry Up!” pleas across the house, you promise yourself tomorrow will be different. Tired of scrambling morning after morning, you’ve had it with chaotic mornings. Tomorrow you’ll be out the door — peaceful and on time. While changing deeply-ingrained habits feels like turning an aircraft carrier, there are a few minor changes you can make today…

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Children and Anxiety: Causes, Symptoms, and How to Bring Back Childlike Joy

By Julia Merrill Whether you saw a television commercial, read an article in a magazine, or saw an ad while browsing through social media, chances are you’ve seen some sort of information about anxiety. However, how much of this information addresses children? According to the CDC, 4.4 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with…

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Getting Started with Audiobooks: A 1-2-3 Step Guide

Another car ride begins, and the kids are huffy, puffy, and pouty. Mad at this person and irritated by that one, constant bickering and sarcastic remarks fill the stuffy minivan. You want to diffuse the tension, but have only 15-minutes until drop-off – not to mention you’re busy driving. How can you hit reset and send the kids off feeling…

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Extracurricular Activities: Necessary for Success or Burdens to Bear?

When your child was little, afternoon activities were oh-so-simple — nice long naps, leisurely strolls in the park, and spontaneous playdates with nearby friends. Every day was a hazy Christopher-Robin-esque adventure filled with the whims and wishes of childhood. Now that your little one is well — not so little — afternoon activities threaten to take over your family’s schedule…

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Making the KonMari Method™ Work for Busy Parents

Has the KonMari Method craze hit your home? If you’ve watched anything on Netflix this year, you’ve seen the wildly popular show with Japanese organizational expert, Marie Kondo. A hybrid mish-mash of the sugary-sweet expert’s name, the KonMari Method has families across the country pouring over dusty books, little league trophies, out-of-style sweaters, and collectible knickknacks. The show, Tidying Up,…

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