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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Family Chores: Why They’re More Important than You Think and How to Get Started

Every day it’s the same thing. You pick up toys, empty the dishwasher, wipe down counters, walk the dog — and move through a host of other chores to keep your house humming along. Night falls, morning comes, and it starts all over again. Taking care of your home is a full-time job — with the bulk of the workload…

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That’s a Wrap: 3 Positive Ways to Wind Down the School Semester Before Winter Break

It seems like just yesterday you were heading off to meet-the-teacher night and snapping those first-day-of-school pics. As the fall months unfolded, you and your child weathered the ups and downs of a new teacher, classmates, and routine. And now, winter break is almost here. Before merely coasting into the break, finish the semester strong with these three tips. Not…

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No Regrets Come January: Simple Ways to Connect as a Family During the Holiday Hustle

As November edges along, you look forward to laid-back days filled with hot chocolate, holiday movies, and time at home. Then the actual holidays arrive. Your lazy-day dreams crumble under the weight of overtired kids as you rush out the door to another holiday gathering. Sadly, in the shuffling from one place to the next, you lose the blessing of…

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8 Seasonal DIY Projects for Parents Who Aren’t Crafty or Creative

Pinterest and Facebook light up this time of year with DIY projects and crafts. Promising simple and budget-friendly ideas for home decor and gifts, those of us who aren’t crafty or creative get left behind in a dust storm of beads, buttons, and glitter. Wanna know a secret? Those parents pinning successful projects on Pinterest have one thing in common…

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Music: Noteworthy for Developing Literacy Skills

From the Itsy Bitsy Spider to The Wheels on the Bus to Old MacDonald to lullabies you sang or played for your young children, music, and songs are an integral part of little people’s lives. When they go off to preschool, their teachers use songs to help teach routines and how things work. Elementary teachers use songs as mnemonic tools—and…

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When the Kids Are Stuck Indoors: Online (and Educational) Fun

The weather outside is dreary, and as a parent, you know what that means—a day spent trying to keep the kids occupied and fielding this constant statement (or whine): “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” We’ve all been there. As tempting as it might be to put on a movie or allow extra video game time, there are actually several…

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