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Movie Review: "Bully"

Posted April 26, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

Should you take your middle-school-aged child to see the film, "Bully"? This movie review will help you to decide.

Teaching High School Kids How to Manage Money

Posted April 16, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

America’s high schools work so hard to prepare kids for life after graduation, but what is so often missing from the curriculum is the basics of personal finance: the nuts and bolts of how to save money, live on a budget, properly manage credit, and so on.

26 Spring Cleaning Chores for Tweens and Teens

Posted March 30, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

With the arrival of warm weather comes the urge to clear the clutter and do some serious spring cleaning around the house. Here are 26 spring-cleaning chores that older kids can do.

6 Things to Do Right Now to Be a Prepared Parent for Emergencies

Posted March 26, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

March is Red Cross Month, which makes it a perfect time to examine how we can do a better job of preparing ourselves and our homes for emergencies. Here are 6 things that you can do right now.

Should Your Kids Ride the Bus to School?

Posted February 15, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

Each day more than 26 million students in the United States ride the bus to and from school. Yet, there seems to be a fair amount of discussion by parents as to whether or not riding the school bus is the right decision for their child. Let’s examine the most common concerns.

Tips for Managing the Family Shopping Chore

Posted February 7, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

As a busy Mom running a household that includes six children, managing the shopping for groceries and clothing is really more of a chore than a pleasure. Here are my tips on managing all of that shopping.

7 Excellent Ideas for a Family-Friendly Super Bowl Party

Posted January 24, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

Super Bowl 46 is taking place in Indianapolis this year on February 5th, and whether or not you are a die-hard football fan, watching the game together can be a fun family event. So here are 7 ideas for a family-friendly Super Bowl party!

How NOT to Yell at Your Child on Busy School Mornings

Posted January 16, 2012 by Sharon Rowley

Do your mornings start out rushed and frazzled? Does the stress build to the point where you end up yelling at your kids to get them OUT THE DOOR! Allow me to me share with you some tips that we have put into use at our house to make the morning rush much calmer and happier for all!

Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: Planning New Year's Resolutions as a Family

Posted December 27, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

New Year's resolutions have been around humankind for thousands of years, dating back to when the Babylonians used to make resolutions to return borrowed farm equipment to its rightful owner. So while the tradition of setting New Year's resolutions is a deep-rooted one, how does it apply to your family? Or should it?

Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: How to Get Your Kids to Help You Prep for the Holidays

Posted December 6, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

We all know what a busy time of year the month of December is. There is just so darn much to do and not a lot of time to do it! So how about recruiting a few helpers, the kind that you already have hanging around the house?

5 Games to Play on Family Game Night

Posted November 24, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

With the holidays approaching, things are bound to start getting crazy at your house, so it would be smart to have a few tricks up your sleeve to entertain the kids. Why not consider a family game night? Here are 5 great games for you to try.

Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: A 7-Day Plan to Prepare Your Home for Guests

Posted November 22, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

So the holidays are around the corner, and you’ve offered a room to both the in-laws as well as to your cousin. Don’t worry, you can handle this. Just dedicate some time each day for one week, and you’ll have your house prepared for guests before they arrive.

Turkey Roasting 101

Posted November 16, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

Welcome to Turkey Roasting 101! In this course we plan to cover the basics of purchasing your turkey, preparing your turkey for its entrance into your oven, roasting times and temperatures, and getting it ready for carving. After completing this course, students should feel comfortable inviting friends and family over for an annual Thanksgiving feast!

Changes in Labeling for Children’s Pain Relievers

Posted November 6, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

When your child wakes up in the middle of the night crying with a fever, you need to have the right kind of medication on hand and know the correct dosage that your child requires to start feeling better. It could be quite confusing because infant‘s liquid acetaminophen was made in a concentrated form that required a smaller dose, while children’s was not concentrated and required a whole different level of dosing.

Motherhood After 40

Posted October 16, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

Parenting young children in your 40s, tweens and teens in your 50s, and supporting college-aged kids in your 60s adds another dimension to the challenges of parenting, so why are so many women approaching motherhood for the first time after age 40?

Looking for a Meal-Planning App? Try the No-Tech Menu Board!

Posted September 29, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

I am all about “Mom technology”, really I am. I use an e-calendar that I access on my laptop and iPad, read books on my Kindle, and communicate with my kids teachers and coaches via email. But when it comes to meal planning, I prefer a no-tech solution. That’s why I created this menu board!

5 Reasons Why You’ll Have a Great Time at Great Wolf Lodge!

Posted August 27, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

Nothing cures the “I’m bored" blues like announcing to the kids a surprise getaway to the indoor water park at the Great Wolf Lodge! Here are 5 reasons why you’ll have a great time…

Using Crowdfunding to Help Cover Medical Expenses

Posted August 20, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

If someone in your family is diagnosed with a serious illness requiring expensive medical treatments and hospital stays, your out of pocket expenses can be staggering. Many times family, friends, and neighbors want to help, and one of the ways to mobilize the efforts of those who want to assist is through “crowd sourcing."

Fun “Field Trips” to Take With Your Kids This Summer

Posted August 5, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

Whether you are conducting your own summer camp at home or are just looking for some fun things to do with your kids this summer, here is a can't-miss list of fun family field trips.

How to Plan for Your Summer Camp at Home

Posted July 4, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

So perhaps you are feeling inspired to try this whole summer camp at home thing and you are wondering, "How do we get started?" Here are 4 great tips!