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4 Ways Family Members Can Bond Together

When a family bonds, it grows closer together. Not only does it enjoy the activities, but each family member becomes a better person.

 
It is important for a family to bond together as it grows. You not only enjoy the activities but each of you becomes a better person. Consider the following bonding opportunities.

Get Healthy
If someone in the family is making an effort to become more healthy, take the opportunity to work toward healthy goals for everyone. If your goal is to enhance your fitness level, suggest that that the family takes walks together. First, be prudent …

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New Trends in Wedding Gowns

Full length gowns were no longer the rule. They can range from above the knee, down to ankle length. It is your choice. You also need to consider your body shape.

 
By: Anita Oksa

The bridal season was fast approaching and we didn’t have the lead time normally afforded to even medium sized weddings. My daughter’s fiancé was prematurely being posted abroad so the future date of the nuptials was suddenly made imminent. Mom and daughter went into action concentrating first, of course, on the bride’s attire.

Gemma was firm that it would not be a formal stuffy affair; …

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Stop the Cycle of Over-Providing

Obviously, over-providing is not in your best interests and yet we all do it, at least some of the time. Why, oh why? Here are a few of our compelling reasons.

 
By: Jennifer Louden

I define over-providing as giving more than is sustainable for you and often for the wrong reasons. Accurate but kind of bland. A better definition comes from my friend Jeanie, “Over-providing? That’s when you pouring everything into growing everybody else while withering yourself.”

Withering yourself. That’s what you do when, instead of bringing the requested two side dishes to the family holiday dinner, you show …

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Keep Toddlers Safe – Baby-Proof Your Home

You’ve got little ones coming to visit you soon so you’ll want to know what’s current.
I collected some advice from today’s top experts in the parenting field.

 
Have a few little ones visiting for the weekend? Get prepped. Baby care has changed quite a bit over the past 25 years.

Health science and medical studies only continue to improve over time, which has given a new generation all sorts of opportunities to live stronger, healthier lives. Parenthood is aided by electronic devices, modern medicine and access to professional opinions more than ever before.

It’s all great stuff, but …

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Students in America to Join an “Hour of Code”

An “Hour of Code” is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.

 
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts one in every two STEM jobs in the country will be in computing occupations, with more than 150,000 job openings annually making it one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. And these jobs pay 75 percent more than the national median annual salary.

Finally the breadth of industries requiring computing professionals is diverse — two-thirds of computing jobs …

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Men in the Kitchen

Even the women who still choose to be housewives I’m sure are grateful for a helping hand. So, what is the overall opinion of men in the kitchen? A massive YES!

 
Ask a woman in the 1950’s what would be the most improbable scenario; landing on the moon or a male working a gas hob? Whatever her answer, she would be wrong since both has been miraculously achieved! It’s only taken 60+ years, but what was once an unseen phenomenon is now the commonplace mundane – men in the kitchen.

For the modern day generations, men and women alike …

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4 Fun Holiday Activities for You & Your Grandchildren

 

Whether you all wear matching holiday sweaters or laugh while hanging out by the Christmas tree, photos of your grandkids will be cherished for years to come.

 
By: Rose Washington

Whether your precious grandchildren are toddlers or young adults, spending the holidays together creates sweet, unforgettable memories. Make this holiday one to remember and create fond family memories with the following fun activities.

Go On an Adventure
There’s nothing like a little adventure and a road trip to bond you and your grandchildren. For younger kids, enjoy a holiday train display, eat breakfast with Santa or sample sweet …

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How to Improve Communication With Your Teen

 

You need to do much more talking than telling, if you want to maintain good lines of communication with your teen. Yes, teenagers still need guidance and coaching.

 
Do you tell instead of talk?

Think about your last five conversations with your teen. Really think about them. Chances are, the majority of the words that came out of your mouth weren’t communication, but instruction.

“Did you do your homework?”

“Don’t you want to take a jacket?”

“Don’t eat that now, dinner will be ready soon.”

Even when we think we’re talking with our teens, we’re actually telling them …

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3 Tips for Helping Your Kids Achieve Their Musical Goals

 

If you want to help your kids achieve their musical goals, there’s nothing more important than for all parties involved to manage their musical expectations.

 
The enrichment that comes along with learning how to play an instrument is insurmountable. It’s every parent’s dream to provide their children with the intellectual nourishment they need, and music is often one of the most effective vehicles for achieving this. It also happens to be one of the most frustrating.

Learning how to play music should never be stressful, even if it can be a trying process at times. The unfortunate side …

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Making Time for the One You Love

 

Long term relationships don’t look after themselves and that’s why it’s so important to make time for the one you love – no matter how much laundry there is to do.

 
By: Rosette Summer

It can be hard to know what to do when you get stuck in a long term relationship rut. You know full well that there’s love left between the two of you – you just don’t know how to reach it. Being able to share your life with another person is a fascinating and wonderful thing but it’s not easy. It requires hard work …

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Global Demands of Senior Care

People work until retirement, usually 62 to 64 years old, where many then resort to senior centers and assisted living care for the remainder of their lives.

 
The Chinese government has legislated a tradition. Officials have passed an Elderly Rights Law that states how children are expected to take care of their aging parents. Chinese parents complain that they don’t see their children enough, says Edward Wong for the New York Times, and the government is searching for ways to make sure the elderly are cared for. But legislation may not be enough as the law was used to …

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A Girl with Asperger’s and Her Marathon Mom

 

Because I have written a book about my child, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, I am often asked to suggest advice to parents in similar situations.  I’m happy to do so.

 
By: Sophie Walker

I begin this article with a confession:  When it comes to your child, I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Because I have written a book about my child, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, I am often asked to suggest advice to parents in similar situations. And I’m always really happy to do so because I know from experience how hard it can be to find …

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Tips for Empty Nesters Seeking a New Home

 

If you are an “empty nester “about to start looking for a new home, the following tips can help you streamline the process and avoid some major pitfalls.

 
By: Thomas Foster

Buying a home, regardless of your age or status, is never a straightforward endeavor. If you are an empty-nester ready to make a new nest, the following tips can help you streamline the process.

Check Your Credit
You may think your credit is good, but forgotten bills, excess store credit cards and other credit issues may be bringing your score down. Before you start applying for a …

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How to Tell if Your Teenager is Abusing Drugs

 

Taking careful note of their teen’s behavior allows parents to take urgent steps toward stopping drug abuse before it becomes critical or life-threatening.

 
By: Shaun Chatman

Although it is a sad epidemic, there’s no denying that many young people are dealing with drug problems. While behavioral changes are often attributed to growing up and testing one’s boundaries, the use and abuse of drugs is an unacceptable risk that can lead to addiction.

The following are signs that a teen might have a burgeoning drug problem. Becoming aware of the symptoms will allow you to take steps toward stopping …

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Pros and Cons of Hosting an International Student

 

You can supplement your income by hosting international students in your home. However, there are pros and cons to consider before stepping into this venture.

 
By: Anita Oksa

Whether you are a young couple with a growing family and a mortgage, or retirees with an empty nest or even a single with an extra bedroom, you can supplement your income by hosting international students in your home. There are , however, pros and cons which should be considered before stepping into this venture or as some might say, “Misadventure”.

Where to Start

There are many agencies and ESL …

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