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How to Congratulate Someone on Their New Baby

Knowing how to congratulate someone on their new baby is a great skill to develop, and trust us, it is a skill. Knowing when to drop by to visit, what to bring, and when to offer help will make you the new parents’ favorite friend or relative (not counting baby of course). Here are some suggestions on how to congratulate someone on their new baby the new mom and dad will really appreciate. Visiting In

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How to Keep Your Kids from Getting Sick

Winter time means it’s cold season, which means families with children are on full alert for signs of the sniffles. How to keep your kids from getting sick is a complex issue. While we can’t ensure your kids will never get sick, here are some health tips of children to help keep your risk of colds and flus to a minimum. Wash Your Hands Everyone in the house should know how to wash their hands

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Baptism Etiquette: Tips for Christenings & Baptisms

A baptism or christening is a formal religious event during which a child is baptized into the faith. To be invited to a baptism is an honor, as such events are usually intimate affairs only attended by relatives and close friends. If this is the first time you’re arranging to have your child baptized, you may have questions about how to arrange the event and how to act. If you’ve been invited to attend a

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Benefits of Coloring with Your Kids

It’s becoming clear adults as well as kids enjoy the benefits of coloring. A whole range of adult coloring books are now available for older members of the family. Parents can color their grown-up books while kids use their own, or you can find coloring books designed for parents and children to color together.   The Benefits of Coloring Books for Children For such a simple activity, coloring helps children develop a wide spectrum of

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Tracking Your Height Through the School Year

Tracking a child’s height as he grows in one of the great traditions of parenting. Children love seeing how big they’re getting as inch-by-inch they work their way up kids’ growth charts. Children, as the old cliché goes, grow up so fast, especially once they reach school age. Here are a few suggestions for tracing your child’s height throughout the school year.   Walls or Growth Charts? The traditional method of tracking a child’s height

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New School Year Essentials

Just when you think you’ve successfully bought all your child’s first day of school supplies, something else always seems to crop up. It’s the joy of sending kids to school. Supplies get lost, broken, or suddenly become essential—usually five minutes before it’s time to head out for the bus. Here are a few school supplies it’s always good to have on hand, whether it’s the first day of school or the last.   An Extra

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Daylight Savings Time Ends – How to Prep Your Toddlers

Across most of the United States, daylight savings time ends on the first Sunday of November. Your clocks are easy to change—your toddler’s bedtime routine is more complicated. You can’t fool your child’s body into thinking what was 6:30 pm on Saturday is 5:50 pm on Sunday and the result is often cranky kids who resist their new bedtime or are up an hour earlier than you’d like on Monday morning. Some toddler prep for

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Kids Sing Along Songs for the Whole Family to Enjoy

In today’s work of smartphones, on-demand television, and electronic distractions, kids’ sing-along songs sometimes feel like part of a different era. They don’t have to be though. Kids of all ages still love to sing, whether they’re belting out a tune at a karaoke party or singing around a family campfire.   The Benefits of Singing Singing teaches children many of the skills they’ll need in school. When you sing, you need to consider patterns

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How to Get Your Kids Back into the Habit of Studying

School’s back in session, and the novelty of seeing old friends, a new classroom, and a new teacher has begun to fade, to be replaced by the hard work of studying. We’ve collected a few studying tips for kids to help keep them on top of their homework, reading, and test preparation.   Keep Them Organized A planner is an excellent tool for tracking assignments, quizzes, and to-do lists, and teaches children the value of

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3 Fall Crafts for Kids

The changing seasons fascinate kids. Watching the green leaves of summer turn to golden brown and yellow is exciting—and a reminder Halloween is just around the corner (and then Thanksgiving! And then the winter holidays!). Help your little ones welcome the new season with these three fall crafts for kids.   Leaf People Fall transforms gardens and familiar parks as the leaves turn color and fall. Take a walk with the kids to look for