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The Top 5 Benefits of Private Schools

If you’ve laid in bed with the words public, private, charter, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and more swimming through your head — you aren’t alone. For many parents, one of the biggest decisions to make is figuring out where...

Tips for Raising Kids with Dogs

Adopting a dog has many plusses. Among them is that you're giving a critter a forever home, and you're teaching your child about living with an animal and the responsibility it requires. But adding a dog to your family...

Drowning Prevention Tips

Kids are always ready to toss on their swimming gear and hit the pool. But for parents, a trip to the pool can’t be the carefree adventure it is for kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

Teens and Cyberbullying

It wasn’t long ago that bullying was relegated to face-to-face interaction. This meant that, if a child was safe at home, the bully would either have to call the house phone or come to the door and get through...

Tips for Parent-Teen Bonding

When my children were little, I would envision the teenage years with trepidation. I remembered all I had put my parents through, and was confident retribution was right around the corner. Now, our oldest is 15, our second is...

Managing Big Changes in a Time of Big Anxiety

Oftentimes, we joke that we wish children came with manuals. But because there is no such thing, we rush to the next best option: one of the thousands of parenting books out on the market today. However, I am...

New Year’s Resolutions for Parents 

Making New Year’s resolutions is futile: No matter how optimistic we are about implementing positive changes in our lives on January 1st, the statistics tell us that about 80% of New Year’s resolutions will fail. But maybe this year...

A Giving Teen

At a young age, Sarah McDaniel’s daughter lost her left eye to cancer. While the tragedy was a painful time for the McDaniel family, they also experienced much kindness and generosity from others. Because of her experience with generosity,...

Future Goals

As the story goes, when I was five or six, I went around explaining to adults that I wanted to be three things when I grew up: a mom, a teacher and a babysitter. In that order. It made...

Kid Person 

I’ve always been a kid person. Even before I had my own child, I’ve always just been one of those people who finds kids genuinely -- and hilariously -- enjoyable. Toddlers are adorable! Preschoolers are hilarious! Elementary-aged students are magical!   But...

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