Daily Archives April 17, 2015

A Special Kind Of Love

A Special Kind Of Love

by: Kirsten Hawkins

My grandmother taught me to crochet the moment my clumsy, chubby fingers could hold a crochet hook. By the time that I was six, she handed me her sewing needles to thread for her because her eyes could no longer see the needle’s eye. When I was eight, my mother spent all of her precious off-work night-time hours making me a spring wardrobe that I can still describe in minute detail, right down to the rick-rack that trimmed the red kerchief that matched the tulip sprigged sleeveless dress. I can recall precisely the colors and patterns of the nightgowns my grandmother sewed for me. My brothers will tell you that they’ve never worn anything so warm and comfortable as Nana’s knitted socks...

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Back to School-Advice

Back to School-Advice

by: Patricia Garza

It’s back to school time…. Do you have everything you need to start the year off right? Confidence is key to success!
For those first time jitters help welcome your pre-school and kinder students with a walk to the door and a quick goodbye. Quick good-byes are always best even though they can be painful to let go of your little one. Rest assured your little one is going to be well cared for throughout the day. Your confidence in your child’s school and teacher will help give your child the confidence he/she needs to say goodbye easier. Remember children learn what they see. So if you are nervous and hesitant to let go, your child will be too.
For older children, going back to school is usually filled with the wonder and excitement of sharing summer ...

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Keeping Your New Baby Safe

Keeping Your New Baby Safe

by: Rose Smith

After all the baby furniture is purchased, you’ll have to start thinking of baby safety supplies. Once your baby becomes mobile (and that’s in a few short months), battening down the hatches is extremely important.
If you have stairs or open doorways leading to areas that you don’t want your baby to wander into, you’ll need to purchase some baby gates. Most are adjustable to fit a variety of openings and come in a variety of styles such as wooden, plastic and mesh.
Don’t forget those electrical outlets! For some bizarre reason children love to stick metal objects in those little slits so get your outlets covered, including any powerbars you may be using. Another favorite “play toy” with toddlers is the toilet...

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How To Purchase A Mural Online For Your Child

How To Purchase A Mural Online For Your Child

by: Rachel Goldstein

So you are thinking of having a mural installed or painted in your child’s room? What a perfect addition to your little one’s room. A mural is a beautiful gift to give to any child. I have a mural in each of my 3 children’s bedrooms and I can’t tell you how much joy it has brought to them over the years. If you could only see the look on little kids’ eyes when they see my children’s rooms. There are several options open for you online. Lets take a look:
CANVAS
Canvas is my favorite option. The muralist can work off premises and paint a beautiful custom mural without ever entering your home. The best part is that the mural can be removed and saved for other children in your family or to take with you when you move...

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6 Ways to Communicate Clearly With Your Teen

6 Ways to Communicate Clearly With Your Teen

by: Christine McGogy

How would you like to have a closer relationship with your teen again?
Your ability to communicate effectively with your teen is one of the most precious skills you can develop to achieve this goal.
When we think of communication, we tend to think only of the way we can express ourselves. This is certainly important, but listening is the single most crucial of all communication skills.
As a mother of two teenage boys I know that it isn’t always easy to communicate well with your teen.
It’s particularly frustrating when they aren’t talking to you. However, when I started applying these techniques to our lives, I found that we started getting along better almost immediately...

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Holiday De-Stressing Tips for Kids

Holiday De-Stressing Tips for Kids

by: Deborah Shelton

The holiday season can be a hectic, stressing time not only for adults, but also for children: lots of driving around town in traffic jams; schlepping through overcrowded shopping malls; giving up your room for out-of-town relatives who emit a funny smell. Yep, it can be a difficult time. Here are a few tips to keep your little ones, and yourself, calm and comfortable during the holiday season.
* Lay on the floor together with your legs propped up against the wall; toes pointing to the ceiling. Talk to each other or just silently count the turns of the ceiling fan.
* Go for a walk together. Take an early morning walk before everyone wakes up, or an evening walk after dinner...

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Ain’t No Cookin’ Like Mama’s Cookin’

Ain’t No Cookin’ Like Mama’s Cookin’

by: Samantha Olea

“Ain’t no cookin’ like Mama’s cookin’!”-Amen!
Recently, an idea struck me. I cook…okay, I cook a lot. A lot of the meals that I create are either of my own creation, or they are a variation of another recipe that I have learned. For instance, my husband’s favorite meal is Steak Chicana-a lovely steak and potato stir fry of sorts. Well, I learned this family recipe from his sister, Gloria. She painstakingly showed me step by step how to create this dish from my husband’s childhood, and he was SO happy to have me learn it.
Well, I didn’t write anything down-I figured, ‘why?’ there were only a few basic ingredients, and some cooking common sense so it didn’t really warrant being recorded on paper-and I’m sure man...

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The Facts About College Financial Aid

The Facts About College Financial Aid

by: Reecy Aresty

The cost of a 4-year college education is soaring! Every year tuition, room & board and other related expenses increase 9% to as much as 15% at some schools, and have already climbed to $160,000 and more! Despite this, American families are sending their children to college in record numbers. So how are they paying for it?
The Facts About College Financial Aid
Most American families are offsetting the high cost of college by applying for some degree of financial aid by submitting their FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) on or after January 2nd. Unfortunately, this is not a simple solution as the college funding process is not user-friendly...

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COMMITMENT: Teaching Children the Lessons of a Lif

COMMITMENT: Teaching Children the Lessons of a Lifetime

by: Jeffrey M. Miller

It’s been said, time and again, that for a child to learn what is most important, he must be shown the lessons through example, not through words. And, if we are to nurture certain traits within our children, we must first develop those traits in ourselves. Parents and teachers must come to understand that our children learn more from what we do than what we say. The old saying, “do as I say, not as I do,” is more damaging than you can possibly know. And, if we are to teach our children about things like commitment, we must provide experiences for them to learn unstead of how to make excuses for why they cannot.
It’s been said, time and again, that for a child to learn what is most important, he must be shown the...

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Do You Love Your Child? Child Car Seat Safety Is A

Do You Love Your Child? Child Car Seat Safety Is A Must!

by: Derrick Pizur

Child Car Seat Safety
We know you love your children, but so many people do not follow these simple car seat safety principles. By following these easy steps you can ensure your child is completely safe in your car.
Just to get one thing straight, there is no one best child car safety seat. The best car safety seat is determined by various factors that you as the parent need to take into consideration. The seat needs to fit your child’s height and weight, as well as be able to fit properly in your car.
Another common misconception is price. More expensive, does not always mean better quality or the seat is better safety wise.
The first step of proper car seat safety is of course determined by the age of your c...

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