The Year of Togetherness: 5 Activities to Try as a Family in 2019

Today’s hectic schedules make it more important than ever to find time to spend together. Kids who are regularly engaged in family time do better in school, have better communication skills and work more effectively with others. You can provide enjoyable “family time” by finding new activities to engage children’s minds and improve their physical health. Here are a few activities to start with that the entire family can enjoy. 

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They Grow Up So Fast! What Milestones to Watch For In Your Toddler’s Development

Most children go through the same developmental milestones. Yet, each toddler may do them at their own speed, so be careful not to get too upset if your child seems to be lagging behind a bit or is racing through them quicker than normal. Remember it takes kids at both ends to make the norm. Here are some important milestones your child may pass through. 

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How to Use Driving as the Ultimate High School Motivator

Attending driving school, earning a driver’s license and getting a first car are rites of passage for most teenagers. A driver’s license and a vehicle provide teens with more freedom and independence. They also enable the teen to get to and from a job more easily, and this leads to greater financial independence. Rather than simply providing driving school and a first car to your teen, use these are rewards to motivate your teen to succeed in various ways.

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Teaching Your Kids to be Responsible: Benefits of Getting a Family Dog

Many parents wonder how they can make their child more responsible. For some, getting a family dog can help. Remember, however, that a pet is a big responsibility that should be considered carefully before any decisions are made as you have to assume responsibility to see that children complete chores, play with the pet appropriately and handle the veterinarian bills. Here are some of the ways that owning a pet can teach responsibility. 

Feeding

Dogs should be fed dog food on a regular basis. This is a task that many children can handle even if you have to help them in the beginning. One way that some people have handled the child who does not remember to feed their dog is to not feed the child. The child learns the responsibility of caring for a pet even when it is not convenient for them when they are denied their own food. Of course, as soon as the pet is fed, you will want to feed the child. 

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How Parents Can Rise Above Bad Mom and Dad Fashion

Parents are busy people who understandably put the needs of their children ahead of their own. Personal fashion and style may be among the first aspects of self-care that busy parents overlook. This, unfortunately, may be why the stereotype of bad fashion choices by parents is so common. Your personal appearance impacts your life in substantial ways. For example, it affects how others see you as well as how confident you are about yourself. If you are ready to break through the stereotype and update your wardrobe, consider putting these effective tips to use.

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How to Tackle a Big Move with Little Ones at Home

Moving to a new home can be especially challenging for children. If you have little ones, there are some ways that you can make the process easier for both them and yourself. Here are some of the best tips to tackle a big move with little ones at home. 

Make It Fun

You should emphasize the excitement involved in moving to a new location so that your children will be more eager to relocate. Another way to make a move more fun is to turn the task into a game for your kids. You can have a contest to see who can get their belongings together the fastest for professional movers, like those at movenewjersey.com, to pack so that your kids will feel as though they’re playing while getting ready to move. 

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How to Throw the Best Birthday Party for Your Child

Your child looks forward to their birthday every year. Their birthday party will be their fondest memory for the rest of the year, so you should do everything you can to make it the best.

Location

Many restaurants, entertainment places, and parks offer special rooms or areas that can be used to host a birthday party. For a small fee, you can book the room in advance to treat your child to a birthday party they’ll love. Before you confirm your down payment on the special venue, be sure to read over the rules for the venue on what you can and cannot do or bring.
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Adoption Ideas: How to Get Used to a New Child at Home

Life is all about enormous changes. Getting married is a big change. Moving to a new country is another. It’s an even bigger change to adopt a child. If you want to adapt well to the presence of a new child in your place of residence, these things can all be lifesavers.

Talk to Them

Communication is everything for family members. Understand that your new child is now a part of your family unit. You have to be as sincere with them as you would be with anyone else in your family. Talk to them about your life so far. Discuss your hopes, dreams, hobbies, strengths, and weaknesses. Ask the new child questions, too. Ask about where they used to live. Ask about pastimes, favorites, and more interesting details as well.

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Sorry, Mom! 3 Ways to Turn a Broken Window into an Opportunity

Kids and accidents go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether it’s spilling their milk or knocking things over, moms are constantly cleaning up after kid-related accidents. But some accidents actually cost something to fix. These kinds of accidents, however, can also provide a valuable opportunity for a learning experience. Breaking a window, for instance, can open the door to a wide range of teaching opportunities for moms. Depending on the age of your child, here are three valuable lessons moms can teach their kids when they break a window.

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