Family articlesMarrying... with Children
A wedding that emphasizes the family nature of remarriage -- and formally recognizes the children either spouse brings to the marriage -- can go a long way toward jump-starting a blended family.
Cell Phones Endanger Children
If your child uses a cell phone, take note. A recent news report has prompted renewed concerns about the safety of cell phone use, especially by children. The potential hazards of cell phone use have been underestimated.
Developing Fluency in Young Children
We all know that letters of the alphabet form words and that learning letters and sounds is usually the predecessor to developing fluency in young children. But how can we stimulate an early interest in the alphabet?
Avoid Parenting Traps: Ways to Prevent Conflict with your Child
When you become a parent, no one hands you a guidebook on how to raise children. Sure, there are tons of books out there that parents can buy, but there's no set book of standards that serves as a real "how to" guide.
Is Your "A" Student Getting C's?
Don't let your child slide by with C's when you know he or she could be getting A's. All children have untapped potential that parents can help bring out. Involved parents can make a difference in their child's success in school.
Living with Teen putting a strain on your relationship …
The other night I was watching an episode of the Simpsons, and Marge and Homer were doing everything to try and get some times alone, in obvious Simpson style. It included flying half away across America and back again.
Why A Father is Not A Dad
It can be said that any man who procreates is a father, whether present in that child's life or not. While this is technically true, it really takes a man to be a dad!
Camera Cell Phones - More uses than you could have imagined
Camera cell phones were first introduced in the US about two years ago. Since then, their popularity has skyrocketed. Industry officials estimate that 12% of all cell phones sold in 2003 were equipped with a camera and that figure is steadily increasing.
Give Your Wedding a Personal Touch
If you're like most brides-to-be, you've been dreaming about your wedding day since you were a young girl. Whether it's a lavish gala or an intimate affair, it will be one of the most important days in your life. To the tiniest detail, it must be perfect.
Who's Teaching Your Child about Money?
Managing money is one of the most critical skills we must master to function effectively as adults. Yet, although public schools address the subject of money using math examples, teachers just don't have the time for personal finance tutoring.
Making a Difference: Ways to Lower Dropout Rates in America's Schools
The high rate of dropouts across America has been shown to negatively affect our schools' ability to provide adequate education programs. It also impacts our communities negatively, especially when you consider what can happen when these kids are not in school.
Straight Talk On Highly Selective Colleges
There are many good reasons for seeking out schools whose admission standard is more competitive than others. And there are two common reasons for doing so...one we usually talk about and one we don't.
Homework Doesn't Have to Be a Battle of Wills
Homework. It doesn't have to be a daily battle of wills between child and parent. There are several strategies and elements that a parent can use to maximize an opportunity to support a child's education and to massage the parent/child bond.
Give Your Child a Jump Start on Reading
As a parent you do not have to be a reading expert to give your child a jump start in becoming a reader. However, I hope you are not waiting until the child is about to start school before making reading a key part of daily life.
Giving Advice To Teens? Alternative Ways To Get Your Point Across
Giving advice to a teenager is very easy; getting a teenager to take that advice is another matter altogether. It's not only a case of the advice 'falling on deaf ears', sometimes the teenager seems to go deliberately out of their way to do the exact opposite.
You've Got Money! Turn Your Spring Cleaning Into A Money Harvest
A Healthy New "Role" for Toys
How do you find toys that provide classic, best-loved play activities, but are updated to make them relevant to kids today? You'll be happy to hear that there are now some products that foster creativity and imagination.
What About Me? The Effects of Divorce on Children
Most divorcing parents ask themselves some tough questions about what the divorce will do to their children and wonder how the children will make sense of what is happening. How will the children react to both parents as the family changes?
Do You Know the Best Way to Prepare Your Child for School -- and Life?
How would you rate your child on creativity? Imagination? Self-expression? For some, these critical components are the basis for developing good social skills. Parents search for play groups to expose their preschoolers to other children...
Six Tips to Slash Your Cooling Bills
With hot summer weather just around the corner, now is the time to give your home a "check-up." Here are six tips from the Comfort Institute to make sure your air conditioning bills don't blow your cool!