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Spotlight on Adoption
Adoptive families come in all shapes and sizes, and their adoption stories vary. In honor of National Adoption Month this November, we've interviewed three local families to raise awareness about adoption.
Preparing Your Home for an Adopted Child
Adding a child to your home is a big adjustment, regardless of if they are an infant or a tween. Here are some tips to make the process a bit easier.
Have Bag, Will Travel - How to Be Ready for Anything
We are a traveling, over-scheduled society that demands living out of a car, or a bag and, most of the time, both. From birth on, there is a need for some kind of take-along device in which to pack and bring our stuff.
Be a Do-Gooder! - The Benefits of Volunteering
Regardless of which volunteer opportunity you chose, the most important lesson, according to volunteers of all ages, is that you put others before yourself and donate your time.
Strengthening That Bond With Your Tween
If you parent a tween, then you probably know how easily tweens can become TOO BUSY, even for you! While their social life is important, the following tips may help strengthen bonds with family members.
Teen Behavior - It Must be Neurological
How does a once predictable and well-behaved child turn into an erratic and irritable stranger? Hormones might help to explain mood swings, but adolescent angst is much more complicated than that.
Is there a secret to locating that special someone your children enjoy, you trust, and who is also available on a Saturday night?
Kids & Politics - Why it Counts
The ongoing drama and debate of the political season provide ample opportunity to engage elementary and middle school aged kids, many of whom are just starting to define their personal ideals and find their own voices.
Out of Control - Parents & Youth Sports
What happens when a child's biggest influence, their parents, take their youth sports games too seriously and lose control of their emotions?
Living Local: The "Locavore" Challenge
It's not often we think about where our produce comes from. What if we challenge ourselves to 'buy locally'? What are the benefits and how can we do it successfully?
Taking the Stage
There are great benefits in participating in performing arts. Children of all ages can have fun in a structured, organized setting while building character, confidence & self-esteem.
Reality Check - What is reality television teaching our young girls?
Girls who regularly watch reality television accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance.
Beating the Bully
I want both of my kids to understand what bullying looks like, and how to stand up to bullies, especially when the victims don't understand or can't stand up for themselves.
Let's Get a Dog! The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Dog Ownership
Families just seem to need a pet. They complete the picture and can be a fun addition to any household. But before you rush out to a breeder…