Preschool

Explaining Death

Posted January 9, 2008 by Maggie Wells

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When the kids start to ask questions about death, what do we tell them? I thought I'd have a good way to do it but when the time came, but it was just the first things that popped into my head. Theirs too.

Go Veggie for Health and Profit: Easy Ways to Feed Your Family More Vegetables and Save Money

Posted January 7, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Eating vegetarian isn't all about tofu and brown rice, and it doesn't have to be a total lifestyle change. Adding just a few veggie-licious meals to your family's diet can have a huge impact on your budget.

Get Big Discounts When You Homeschool!

Posted January 6, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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One of the downsides to educating your children at home is the expense. Shockingly, however, there are also some big financial advantages to homeschooling that often come in the form of discounts to places you may not have been able to visit otherwise. Here are a few of the many types of businesses that are trying to woo the homeschool crowd with up to 50% off on their goods and services.

I Breastfed my Four-Year-Old and It Was Okay

Posted January 3, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

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To me, four years old meant independence, going potty on your own, going to school, learning to read--not nursing at mother's breast. It took really listening to my son's need, not society's expectations, to realize that these things were not mutually exclusive.

Pink Eye and the Small Guy: Get the Facts about Conjunctivitis

Posted January 1, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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‘Tis the season for colds and flus. This also means that the chances are great for one of your kids (or even you) to come down with the dreaded Pink Eye. Read on for all the gory details of this common illness, including treatment and prevention.

Controlling Kid Clutter

Posted December 29, 2007 by Meredith Cole

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Now that the holidays are behind us, your neat house is probably a distant memory. How can you get the toys out from underfoot... and save your sanity? Here are a few tips for controlling all that clutter.

Age-Appropriate Chores for Mother’s Very Little Helpers

Posted December 27, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Temper-tantrums, messes, and back-talk are just a few symptoms of a bored toddler. Keeping your little one busy with a few age-appropriate chores can teach them the importance of pitching in, and may grant some sanity to mom and dad. More importantly, it will lay the foundation for teaching responsibility and understanding consequences.

Cutting the Cord: Window Blinds Almost Killed My Child!

Posted December 21, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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It has been one day since my little guy almost lost his life. His little eyes are no longer bloodshot, but the cord burns are still visible, and he has broken capillaries all over his face and neck. While he probably won’t remember this event when grows older, it is something I can never, ever forget.

Cut Your Grocery Bill with a Savvy List

Posted December 20, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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Saving money on groceries is simple when you employ a few tricks. Let these tips get you off to a good start after New Year's!

Allowance and Kids: Teaching the Value of Money

Posted December 19, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Allowances are a great way to teach children the value of money. What should a parent do if, despite the effort, your child still doesn't understand what a dollar is worth? Here's how we handled a problem that can plague a child well into adulthood.

Home Education for the Future Heisman Trophy Winner

Posted December 17, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Many parents I have met love the idea of home education. Despite their belief in the process, however, they often close the door on the opportunity due to concern that their child won’t be able to fully participate in all that the world of sports has to offer. This year’s award of the Heisman Trophy to homeschooler Tim Tebow has opened the minds of many to the options available for those parents wanting the best of both worlds.

Put Your House in a Box

Posted December 13, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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Self-service container moving companies offer an affordable alternative to full service movers. Busy families pack at their own pace and the company picks up the box and takes it to your new home.

Is School Out Early Today? How I Address the Home School Question

Posted December 8, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Shopping with the kiddos on any given weekday, I am approached by at least one well-meaning adult wanting to know if school was dismissed early. My daughter, a precocious 9-year-old, puffs out her chest and announces that, “We are home-schooled.” While this often defensive comment does say it all, I thought I’d take a moment to tell you more about our decision to home-educate.

What's in your Children's Movies (and what should they see)?

Posted July 16, 2007 by Maggie Wells

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It's summer and there are a whole crop of films geared towards your five year old but are rated PG or PG-13. Movie studios will argue that they are meant for older kids but older kids don't eat Happy Meals. Older kids aren't a size 4T, but a preschooler is. So what's a parent to do with their budding Jack Sparrows and Spidermen? Take them to see things rated G or PG but don't let the rating be your guide.

Preschool Paranoia...

Posted January 17, 2007 by Maggie Wells

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Due to unfortunate studies that demonstrate that children who attend preschool have a higher rate of completing college degrees than their non-preschool going counterparts, the race (and it is a race) to keep up and out do the Joneses starts here. Couple that natural instinct to compete and show-off how one kid is doing better than the other, and you've got quite a conundrum to navigate.

Children's Music? There is an Alternative...

Posted July 24, 2006 by Maggie Wells

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The single greatest nerve wracking aspect of parenting award goes to the monotony of badly produced "Children's Music." Fortunately there is intelligent life out there -- you just have to look a little harder. The following is a top ten list of great songs for kids that gets heavy rotation in our iTunes library.

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