Lessons in Parenting

DIY Moving vs Hiring a Local Mover

Have a big event (or a new house) just across town? Which is better, DIYing the move or hiring a local mover? This post will help you choose.

Are you planning a huge event for your local school, house of worship, or volunteer organization? dealing with the aftermath of an unexpected homeowner’s claim? about to move cross-town? looking at buying or inheriting a new-to-you, gently-loved piano for your budding musician?? These are all situations when you might be tempted to go it alone …

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Your Ultimate Guide to Back-To-Work Childcare Options

For those of us living in the United States, good back to work childcare options can be hard to find. This comprehensive guide covers all your choices.

How to Choose the Right Childcare for Your Family When Returning To Work: Congratulations! You’re a new parent! And … you’re headed back to work soon. (Ugh.) Moreover, if you’re like most of my readers, you live in the United States – the only major industrialized nation without guaranteed paid parental leave. Which means you’re …

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Can Taglines Help Teach Your Child Values?

It's hard to teach your child values amid the noisy backdrop and short attention spans of 21st-century life. Here's how crafting a family tagline can help.

Want your child to grow up with good values? Here’s where to start: In our fast-paced 21st-century existence, everyone’s attention span is getting ever-shorter. As parents, unless you constantly remove distractions from your kiddos’ lives (television, electronics, etc.), you’ll be competing for their attention at every turn. Starting as soon as they begin to play …

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What To Do When Your Kid Locks You Out

Do you have a plan in place for when your kid locks you out? If not, you need to! This post will give you tips to help deal with (and even avoid) this problem.

Your Plan Of Action For When Your Child Locks The Door (Literally!): Anyone who thinks kids aren’t fascinated by door locks either doesn’t have kids, or hasn’t met every kid I know: At first, pushing that shiny button is the “let’s see what this does?” curiosity of a toddler. When your kid hits preschool age, …

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How to Get the Best Education For Your Child

Want to know how to get the best education for your child? It all starts with YOU; here are the steps to take, from birth onward, to make it happen.

Tips to Support Your Child’s Education from the Beginning: That. Right there. If you want the best education for your child, supporting them in every way, from birth onward, is how you get there. That’s the short and easy version, anyway. But how do you do that? What steps can parents take to ensure the …

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I Think My Kid Has A Learning Disability – Now What?

What do you do if you suspect your kid has a learning disability - now what? This quick-start guide offers parents practical, actionable steps to follow.

Does My Child Have A Learning Disability/Difference? A Step-By-Step Guide For Parents Ah, the joys of going back to school! New Supplies! New friends! And, if you’re a work-at-home mama, more sleep because you’re no longer trying to cram in all those work hours after your kids’ bedtime (as I am while drafting this)! But …

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Should You Read Little House On The Prairie Books With Your Kids?

Have you read these classics with your kids yet? Here's what parents need to know BEFORE they read Little House on the Prairie books with their kids.

I have a confession to make: I was born in the 1970s. When I was growing up, the Little House On The Prairie TV series was in its first run. It was still on the air the Christmas I turned five, when I received my very own 9-volume boxed set of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic …

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Managing Life in the Sandwich Generation

Taking care of older parents and young kids at the same time is no picnic. This post has practical tips for managing life in the sandwich generation.

Your Quick-Start Guide to Helping Elderly Relatives: Sometimes it creeps up on us slowly. Sometimes there’s a crisis – one parent’s death, or a serious diagnosis – that makes it clear: Our parents aren’t getting any younger. And as they age, they may need more help from their adult children in taking care of themselves. …

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Sneaky Ways to Keep Your Child Learning All Summer Long

Want to keep your child learning all summer long? As a former teacher married to a teacher, we have this one down; our tips will show you easy it can be.

Do you worry about the summer slide? It’s hard for the average kid not to lose ground academically over the long summer break. Add in a learning difference or two, and summer can become a real threat to your child’s academic progress in the upcoming school year. What’s a parent to do? Slipping learning activities …

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Summer Boredom Busters: Your Go-To Cheat Sheet

How do you prepare for the inevitable summer days when your kids moan, "I'm bored!"? What you need is the ideas in this post for summer boredom busters.

Quick & Easy Ideas to Banish Summer Boredom: How will your kids spend their summer? Mine have a good mix of camp, music and swim lessons, and family adventures lined up. But there will come a time for every family – some sooner, some later – when your kids utter those two dreaded words: “I’m …

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This Summer, Help Your Child Do Better In Math

Is your child a math whiz, or is math a struggle for them? Here are three practical down-to-earth tips to help your child do better in math, starting now.

It’s hard to escape math in our day-to-day lives. Whether you’re trying to pay bills, balance your budget, or saving up for your next family vacation, you need math to help you get there. Still, though, plenty of kids struggle in math in school. Whether your child struggles with math, or solves math problems “for fun,” …

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Minimalism for Parents: Can Minimalism and Parenthood Coexist?

Does the idea of minimalism for parents seem impossible? Minimalism and parenthood CAN coexist, with conscious effort; these tips will get you started.

Minimalism for Parents 101: Your Get-Started Guide When expecting their first child, many people envision happy scenes of simple bliss. Then reality hits home. Yes, babies are cute – but they’re also messy, on so many levels. And they keep you awake almost round the clock. And they come with so much STUFF. Is minimalism …

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