3 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Feel at Home in a New House

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After what seemed like endless weeks of packing up boxes, loading all of your precious belongings into a moving truck and driving hundreds of miles, you are now sitting in your new home.

While you are relieved to have the big move behind you, your kids may not feel the same way. Don’t forget that they have also experienced the stresses associated with moving, and they are probably nervous about making new friends, starting a new school and getting used to a whole new house and neighborhood.

To help your new house feel more like a home, consider the following tips: Read more

Helping Your Teen to Find Their Passion In Life 

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As parents, your child’s teen years are an exciting time when you seen angst start to turn into future passion. You get to use the benefit of your experiences and guide your son or daughter toward a career that will put their passions to good use. Here are a few things to keep in mind when helping your teen find direction: Read more

Ways to Save Up for Summer Vacation

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It may be winter now, but soon enough, school will be out for summer and the highly anticipated summer vacation will become the highlight of the season. But any mom knows that taking the entire abode on a trip is not cheap in any fashion. From the plane tickets and the hotel accommodations to the multiple meals and admission fees, every dime counts. Now is the time to roll up the sleeves and put in the work towards saving up for summer vacation with the family. Try out these tips and tricks to make summer vacation the best ever for your loved ones. Read more

How to Help My Son/Daughter Prepare for their Last Semester in High School

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It’s a great time in your teenagers’ lives.  They are in their last semester of high school, and they are preparing to go to college.  But, is your child prepared for the big transition?  We have some tips to help you get through the year, and move forward to college and beyond.

We realize that, as with most moms, you are multitasking with taking care of your children, the rest of the family, and working.  Therefore, you might feel like you are being worn thin.

Don’t worry!  We are here to help.  We want to assure you that you are not alone.  In fact, your son or daughter may feel the same way because of what they are facing during their last semester in high school. Read more

4 Ways To Give Your Homeschoolers Some “Normal” School Experiences

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Often families who choose to homeschool their children get questioned a lot about their choice and how it will affect their children. Many of the questions are centered around bias and misinformation, but one that might strike a nerve in even the most resolved homeschool parent is “aren’t you worried about your kids missing out on experiences that can only happen in ‘real’ school?” While there are certain experiences kids are better off not having, like bullying and constant peer pressure, there are some things that can be better experienced in a school setting.

Don’t lose your resolve just yet! There are plenty of ways you can make your homeschool experience seem just a little more like “normal” school. Read more

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Science More [Infographic]

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Even though we know that STEM subjects are the foundational subjects of the modern world, they are still subjects that can be easily ignored by children, and even well-meaning parents. But some of that ignorance can be attributed to the disconnect between the learning of STEM subjects and real-world application of that knowledge. Read more

The History of Christmas Traditions

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With present-day technology, modern Christmas traditions have emerged and become a familiar part of our holiday celebrations. Open-air skating is a yearly event some families enjoy as it promotes wholesome fun and evokes a sense of nostalgia. Secret Santa is a popular gift-giving practice in many offices and communities. Even our morning coffee is tweaked during the holidays, with various cafés coming up with their special Christmas blends. While these are reflections of contemporary life, some of our other Christmas traditions are rich and storied, stemming from ancient religious and secular customs that have evolved through time and shaped the way we celebrate Christmas today. Read more

Gift Buying Guide for the Most Difficult Recipients

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Every year as you wrap up your Christmas shopping, it happens. You’re double-checking your list and have almost everyone covered … except Uncle Tim and your best friend Jane. Again. We all have one or two of these folks in our lives, the ones who either seem to have it all or the ones who just don’t seem to like much of anything. It’s easy to get frustrated when considering gifts for either of these types, but don’t despair! Here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning for some of these special people in your life. Read more