9 Tips for Taking the Kids Black Friday Shopping
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9 Tips for Taking the Kids Black Friday Shopping

by Craig Sutton  •  November 21, 2016
It’s time for Black Friday shopping - the time of year when you can scoop up great deals on Christmas gifts and other items you need/want. While many of us are spending the days leading up to Black Friday scouring websites and the local flyers to see what deals will be available, it’s important to also have a plan for when the day comes, especially if you will be going shopping with the kids. Here are some great tips for taking the kids Black Friday shopping and surviving to tell the tale.
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5 of the Most Difficult Hurdles of Step-Parenting
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5 of the Most Difficult Hurdles of Step-Parenting

by Craig Sutton  •  November 18, 2016
Ask parents about the toughest job they've ever had, and they will begin telling you tales about raising their children. The struggle is often harder when the children aren't genetically yours. Know that it takes a tough person to step into the role of step-parent. You will have many hurdles to overcome, for their sake and yours.
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Top 5 Bedtime Stories to Read to Young Children
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Top 5 Bedtime Stories to Read to Young Children

by Martha Scully  •  November 17, 2016
Reading with their children is often a great pleasure for parents, who enjoy the time to bond with their little ones. It is also invaluable for toddlers as they develop language skills and learn more about their environment. While there is an endless supply of reading material designed to rear young children, a few stand out as classics that will help engage them mentally and emotionally.
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5 Ways to Help Limit Your Children's Screen/TV Time
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5 Ways to Help Limit Your Children's Screen/TV Time

by Martha Scully  •  November 07, 2016
How much TV/screen time do your kids get? How much is too much? Should TV and screen time be considered the same thing? On average how much TV are kids actually watching? How does watching TV and other electronics affect children? We'll dive into these questions and offer tips to help manage your children's screen/TV time.
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It's Fall Back Time: 6 Tips to Help Kids Adjust to Time Changes
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It's Fall Back Time: 6 Tips to Help Kids Adjust to Time Changes

by Martha Scully  •  November 01, 2016
If you haven’t heard already, or if you’ve forgotten, this weekend is fall back time. That’s right, it’s time for the clocks to go back – and more importantly for parents, we can get an extra hour of sleep (hopefully) on Saturday night. So, don’t forget to turn your clocks back by one hour before you hit the hay, or you’ll get Sunday off to a rocky start for you and the kids. The following outlines some great ways to plan for the fall back time change.
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Dads are NOT Babysitters — They are Parents!
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Dads are NOT Babysitters — They are Parents!

by Craig Sutton  •  October 26, 2016
Dads Are NOT Babysitters. They are parents, just like mothers. But for some reason, society has a distorted view of a dad’s role as a parent. People tend to think of dad as more of a glorified babysitter than an actual parent. This is a stereotype that shows we still have a long way to go to rid society of traditional parenting and gender roles.
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Disciplinary Time-outs: Do They Actually Work?
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Disciplinary Time-outs: Do They Actually Work?

by Martha Scully  •  October 20, 2016
The time-out— a common technique used by parents and caregivers to calm their children when they are acting up or not listening. If you have kids, you’ve probably used this technique on multiple occasions. For some parents, it works like a charm; and for others, it doesn’t work at all. In this article, we’ll take a look at disciplinary time-outs. Are they effective? Are you doing them right? Should you be using them at all?
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When is the Right Time to Introduce Children to Team Sports?
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When is the Right Time to Introduce Children to Team Sports?

by Craig Sutton  •  October 17, 2016
Team sports can be great for children of all ages (provided they are old enough to participate safely). Not only do team sports teach physical skills but they can also introduce your child to teamwork, sportsmanship, time management, healthy competition and more. But, how do you know when the right time is? What sport your child will excel and enjoy most? What level of play is most appropriate? Here are some guidelines to consider when making these decisions.
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