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Adult Skills You Need to Teach Your Children

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Many people look at today’s young adults, and they notice some disturbing trends: they don’t know how to adult. Scratch that — WE don’t know how to adult. I have to say “we” because I am included; I am a millennial who is having a hard time with the adult thing.

While some of the adult troubles are economy based (hello stagnant wages and skyrocketing cost-of-living), there are many adult skills we were simply not taught and instilled with when we were growing up. Understanding money, taxes, insurance, car emergencies, and general accountability for different responsibilities are just some of the things that many young adults are struggling with to varying degrees.

As a parent, you are responsible for preparing your children for their futures. Teaching them to be able to navigate some of the more complex aspects of adulthood should be of utmost importance so they can be successful in their everyday adult lives. Read more

Practical Ways to Save for a Home

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One of the biggest life milestones you can achieve is buying your own home. The accomplishment represents financial stability, maturity and moving towards a bigger picture of how you want to live—which can mean the world when you have a family to raise. Saving money for this big endeavor is not the easiest task, but the following tricks of the home-owning trade can get you well on your way to purchase. Read more

4 Strategies to End Sleep Struggles

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When your child was a newborn, you totally took for granted how easy it was for him to fall asleep anytime, anywhere and to sleep through nearly anything. My, how things have changed. Now bedtime is often filled with protest and struggle, fighting sleep at every turn.

Here are a few strategies to help bring back the peace to bedtime. Read more

How Smart Home Tech Can Improve Your Household

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When you see advertisements for home smart devices like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, you might wonder if they aren’t just a fad for techno-geeks. They look sleek, but do they have any practical home use beyond than playing your music or answering silly queries? Others may well worry that they will need a technician or one of the kids learn how to use it – or even that the device will misinterpret or capture sensitive personal information.

While certain concerns regarding “smart” home tech are prudent to consider (in the way one shouldn’t over-share online) much of today’s latest home technology is merely a foretaste of the tech that’s to come. Linking together your thermostat, your refrigerator, and your home security system may still sound like a science fiction movie that doesn’t end well, but it really can save you money while also making many aspects of family life more convenient. The best part is, most if it is controlled from your phone or tablet device, so you already carry this remote control wherever you go. Read more

What Pet Should You Get Your Child?

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If you haven’t heard it yet, the question will be coming from your children at any given time. When can we get a pet? Although we all love the idea of a playful pet, actually getting one for your family isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Pets are a tremendous amount of work and responsibility, not to mention a financial obligation. There are numerous considerations that need to be taken into consideration when determining what kind of pet is right for your family. Read more

Organize For a Freer Closet and Mind

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A study found that people spend ten minutes every day, looking for misplaced items around the house. The study also found that four out of ten people argue with their partners over this. Do you too find yourself falling into this trap often? If yes, it’s time to get organized. Read more

Musicals That Are Great for Kids

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As a mom, you want to expose your kids to as many different experiences as possible. At the same time, you want to be sure whatever they are seeing or doing is age-appropriate and likely to inspire a love of learning rather than bore them to tears.

A great example of this is musical theater. You may have grown up either going to plays and musicals with your own parents, or you might have performed in some as a child or teen. Or you may have zero experience with musical theater and want your kiddo to have opportunities that you never did. No matter what your motivation is for wanting your child to go to the theater, it is important to start them off with shows that appeal to kids and won’t turn them off to live performances forever. With this in mind, check out the following kid-friendly musicals that your children may actually really like. Read more

Summer Tutoring: How to Choose the Best Option for Your Child

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Ah, summer. The time of late mornings, unscheduled play, and no frustrating homework sessions. But what if your child needs a little extra help to keep up with classmates next year? Summer tutoring isn’t necessary for every child, but it can be a wise decision for many families. Read more

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