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Time…everyone wishes for an extra hour in the day! Time always seems to be running short for busy families. Balancing a calendar filled with work, school, children's activities, caring for the home, and other obligations can seem like building a house of cards… add one more event to the calendar and the whole house falls down! No matter how busy our schedules seem, it is important for families to make time to be together and connect.

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Are You Looking for a New Doctor?

 

Being pregnant, having a new baby - or a number of other reasons cause more than 13% of people to look for a physician each year. My family has certainly had that challenge. Here is what I have learned about what to look for.

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14 Roadtrip Games for Families

Road Trips are some of my favorite memories from childhood. We now look forward to taking our children to explore new places, and love playing games with them along the way. Here are some of our favorites:

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10 Ways You can Make Going Back to School Easier

The new school year changes your child's entire day: from waking up early, getting to school, lunch time, homework, after-school activities and finally an early bed time. Here are 10 ways parents can make going back to school easier:

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5 Steps to Teaching Respect

What happened to the golden rule?

Do unto others. Treat other people with respect. We all want our children to speak respectfully and treat others as they would like to be treated. A lack of respect for adults can be frustrating, but changing the behavior is possible. Respect for others is a learned and practiced behavior.

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Family Fun and 15 Simple Summer Fun Activities

Playhouses, being outside all the time, riding bikes all over the place, and playing kickball with the neighbor kids - these are some of my favorite memories from childhood. Here are some simple activities kids can play all summer long!

1. Having a picnic … anywhere! Kids love eating their meals and snack outside, whether it is an organized lunch at a nearby park, in the backyard under the deck, or out on the front sidewalk!

2. Chalk drawings – Color, creativity, and fun. Kids can create beautiful art, or draw out tic tac toe, hopscotch, 4-square, or a bulls-eye for a bean bag toss.

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Talking about Your Divorce with Your Children

One out of every two marriages ends in divorce and many divorcing families include children. During this difficult period, parents may either be worried about the effects the divorce will have on their children, or other parents may be preoccupied with their own problems that they forget about helping their children. Either way parents need to remember they continue to be the most important people in their children's lives.

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Tips for Car Travel with Kids

Are we there yet?
We have all heard that from the back seat on a road trip. Car travel with children is a given for most families over the holidays or for vacation. But, how do you safely, happily travel with kids?

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The Soccer Mom

My kids couldn't be more different. My neighbor calls them the left brain and right brain, and he is absolutely right.

When my older son was little, I couldn't wait for him to play sports. I grew up swimming, playing soccer, softball, and joined every team that would have me. Surely my little apple wouldn't have fallen too far from the tree, right? Ah, no. 

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The Adventures of Potty Training

For many families, potty training can be a whirlwind adventure filled with messy spills, tears and even fears-for both the child and parent. When beginning this process parents must ask themselves two important questions: Is my child ready and am I ready?

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Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care: Know What to Ask

Most child care centers and home daycares would say they are supportive of breastfeeding, if you asked them. But you need to dig a little deeper to understand how supportive they really are. Transitioning back to work after having a baby takes some thought and coordination. When you are breastfeeding an infant, the child care providers can make a big difference in the ease of that transition back to work while still maintaining the breastfeeding mother-baby relationship.

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Children Go Through the Grief Cycle During Divorce or Separation

Even though you may not realize it, divorce or separation will cause your children to go through the same stages of grief that you are experiencing. To the child it is much the same as if there was a death in the family. Each parent or child experiences grief in his or her own way.

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Ten Must-Know Skills for Babysitters

Babysitting is a serious responsibility and sitters should be prepared. National Safety Council, Nebraska first aid and CPR instructors have complied a list of the most important skills all sitters should learn.

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Complications of the Connected World

The phone in my house rarely rings. Honestly, if the phone rings, I know it's my parents, my best friend (who is so used to dialing my home number that she forgets to call my cell) or someone I do not know. When I click through the caller ID, it is not uncommon to see that no one has called the house for a good three days or so. I've kept my landline because of the eight-year-old who might need it, but as time goes on, I'm more convinced I ought to change that over to a cell phone just so the "house phone" can be portable.

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