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September is the Month to Prepare for Emergencies

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September is National Preparedness Month which means it’s the perfect time to start conversations with your families about what to do during emergencies. It can be challenging to teach children about emergencies since it’s such a scary topic, but it’s essential. Try to make learning about emergencies as fun as possible by having pop quizzes on the topics or taking field trips to learn more. This post is just a starting place for emergency preparedness. Make sure to have the conversations with your family that make sense for your situation. Read more

Decorating Ideas Using Garden Leftovers for Fall: Go Green this Halloween

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Is the air crisp? Are you feeling a little bit chilly in the evenings? Yes! Fall is here people. After you’ve prepared your garden for autumn, it is time for decorations. This year, we don’t want you to source plastic pumpkins and carving templates because you can have some fun making your own.

You’ll hear people refer to anything round, orange, and used for squash spiced lattes as pumpkin, which is generally true. In autumn, we want to concentrate on winter squash and gourds for our decorations. After all, it is the central theme for Halloween.

In collaboration with Oliver from Wonderland Gardens, we have rounded up the best ideas for Halloween celebrations. Read more

Combating the Bullying Epidemic

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It’s back-to-school time, and kids and parents alike are looking forward to the new school year. There is a lot of fun and excitement leading up to the first day of school — picking out new clothes and school supplies and anticipating seeing friends — but there are also a lot of worries, and one of the biggest worries that parents worry about is bullying.

Bullying among kids has plagued schools since the beginning of formal education, but in recent years it has grown exponentially due to the internet. Whether you’re worried about your kids being bullied, or being the bullier, there are ways you can help combat bullying in their lives. Read more

4 Important Life Skills to Prepare Your Children for Success

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As parents, we want nothing more than for our children to be happy and experience the ideal childhood. Play and fun are essential, but the development of life skills is just as important during these formative years.

Indeed, it’s never too early to turn your home into a training ground for your kids so they can start to become equipped for the real world. Make it a household goal for your family to grow together by teaching them important homemaking and money management skills, as well as how to handle failure/disappointment and routine auto maintenance. Here are four important life skills that will set your children up for success. Read more

Tips for Vacationing with Grandparents

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Going on vacation with your grandparents – or your children’s grandparents – can be an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. But if you do plan to go on vacation with the grandparents, it’s important to remember that their needs and wishes are likely to be different than your own. To ensure that everyone enjoys themselves – and your vacation goes off without a hitch – consider these tips for traveling with grandparents. You could find they make all the difference! Read more

Here’s What Happened When I Bought My Daughter a Turtle

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So, a few months ago I bought a turtle for my daughter. She really wanted to get pet and had been hounding me for several months. Of course, being the awesome dad I am, and honestly just getting tired of the constant nagging, I finally gave in and got her the pet she wanted oh so much. Joking aside, there are a lot of good reasons to get your child a pet which this post covers in more detail.

It took us a little while to decide on a pet though, because we did not really want something generic and typical like a hamster or dog. Read more

Simple Secrets For Boosting Your Morale

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We all need a little lift once in a while. Life’s busy and not always very kind to us. You deserve to feel happy and good about yourself. What this also means is that you have to be willing to put in the work to make it a reality.

The good news is that there are ways to feel enthusiasm and excitement again. Believe that you have the power to change your situation and you’ll be able to do it. Try not to get too down on yourself before attempting to implement a few helpful tactics. See simple secrets for boosting your morale.  Read more

How to Have Fun During Your Family’s College Visits

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Choosing the right college often comes down to choosing your favorite visit. In fact, 65 percent of college-bound students cite campus visits as the most influential factor in choosing a college. But the visit shouldn’t stop at sample classroom lectures, conversations with advisers or filling out financial aid questionnaires. Will your student feel at home in a new city? Are there healthy and stimulating activities nearby to enrich your student’s college experience? Find out by using your downtime to explore the city and see what fun attractions each location has to offer (and make some memories, too). Read more