The homeschooling movement is growing like never before. Thankfully, homeschooling is legal in all 50 United States and all 10 Canadian Provinces. The law varies, however, from State-to-State and Province-to-Province, so it is important that as a homeschool parent, you know and comply with the law.
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My Children and I Were Silent for Five Minutes. Here's What Happened When We Began to Practice Mindfulness
A house full of children is a house full of chaos. With our tablets and phones, Netflix and Minecraft, with our Amazon Echo, our radios and TVs, with a barking dog and sibling squabbles we are constantly in a state of massive over-stimulation. One day last month, it became abundantly clear to me that I had simply had ENOUGH.
Whether they're aware of it or not, one of the first things people do when they're holding a very young baby is take a deep whiff.
Being equipped with a portable toilet in your car with kids of all ages is a wise choice and you may need it too.
When the weekends come in my household, it’s usually a time when we can all play catch up. Whether its homework, chores, or work. When we all get a break, it can almost be considered a miracle, and when these little miracles come along, we like enjoying it by watching a movie or two. Sometimes we will watch a ‘Kids’ movie, and sometimes we will decide to watch a movie that is at a higher rating. The question is though, how do we decide what is considered appropriate and not appropriate for children.
If your mother-in-law suggests you allow your baby to cry themselves to sleep, they may not be wrong according to recent research. Allowing baby to cry-it-out is harmless and may even relieve stress, according to science, although the topic remains highly controversial.
Father's day is next week and I got my husband cleaning supplies, for cleaning our vehicles.
Planning your child's birthday party on a small budget is much easier and more fun than you would think.
Summer is my favorite time of year. Lounging around by the water is one of my favorite summer pass times. Whether it be the pool, a lake, or the beach, being around water is so relaxing. Having young children, however, is the polar-opposite of relaxing when near water. Below, you’ll find a list of frugal, fun ways to cool off without the hassle of loading the kids up to go to the beach or the pool. This list of 10 fun water play ideas is sure to make your children’s summer enjoyable while being completely budget friendly too!
As a brand-new nursing mother, I worried almost incessantly about my milk supply. And now as a mom with years of experience, I have found that the number one obstacle new moms face in establishing a healthy breastfeeding relationship is overcoming that same worry.
With my Spouse working full time and me being a stay at home mom, it’s crucial to make every bit of resources count, especially when it comes to food. When I prepare meals, it’s important to me that nothing goes to waste, but what’s also important to me is that everything I make is flavorful and filling. While my spouse and I love trying new recipes, my stepdaughters can be skeptical when trying new foods, especially when those foods don’t fit into the sweets category. Because of this, it can cause some friction when it comes to dinner time. No matter the friction, I believe it is important to always stand your ground and have children eat what’s for dinner, even if it may take some work.
Life as a mom can be incredibly tough. You are responsible for not just the physical wellbeing of your children, but the emotional as well. There are a million decisions we, as moms, need to make daily for the sake of our families. So, where do those of us who choose traditional motherhood fit into today’s society?
Every Spring, Moms throughout the country begin making plans—plans for a summer of late nights under bright lights, hours scrubbing grass stains from the knees of white pants, and scorching Saturday sunburns from too many hours on the bleachers. That’s right. It’s baseball season!
Overbudgeting on household expenses is a common budgeting mistake, here are some tips to help correct that
Are you trying to get your expenses down? If so, I want to share with you some recipes and tips to help lower your household expenses and stay within your budget.
Summer break is here, and the kids are home from school! Some of your friends may be complaining about having their kids home all day long, but perhaps you find yourself already dreading the end of summer. Maybe you wish you had MORE time together as a family than the traditional school year allows. If so, perhaps it's time to consider homeschooling as an alternative for your family.
A simply activity like reading for your child makes him or her feel loved. Read more often to your child, please.
I didn’t exactly have "World’s #1 Dad." Instead, my grandpa filled that role for me, and that’s where all my Father’s Day arts and crafts went. I love my grandpa more than I could explain, but I was very aware of the fact that I didn’t have what I considered a normal father/daughter relationship. With this being the first Father’s Day with my spouse, I have been ecstatic to find the “perfect gift” for Father’s Day. I would scroll through my Pinterest just looking for a DIY project to complete with my stepdaughter even possibly signing get my baby’s name who is still in my belly (A girl!). Although, that all changed this past week.
Parents naturally want the best for kids so they may consider sending them to private school, even if it’s out of their budget, neighborhood or even city, or if doing so may adversely affect the entire family. Sometimes trying to have what they think is the best for their child isn’t what’s best for the child. As a parent and grandparent I’ll be weighing in on the pros and cons of public school versus private or parochial school.
Yes that's right my 3.5 year old still sits in a rear facing car seat. Why? Keep reading and I'll tell you my reasons why my 3 years old is rear facing in a car seat.
Life is full of stages. And some seem to last forever. Here are some ideas to make the most of every stage of childhood development.
Moms I want to give you some hope and encouragement today. The load that you are carrying around..stop. Lay it at God's feet. He hears your prayers. He heard our cries and performed a miracle!
Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift for the health-conscious man in your life? Fitness watches are SO last year! We have compiled a list for you of the hottest new wearable tech gadgets to show Dad just how much you care!
It’s so crucial for fathers to grow that bond, especially with a very young baby and baby carrier for dads helps.
I want to provide to you a few tips that might help you through this storm. First a little background about my own child whom was born very sick. Our daughter Sophie was born on Valentine's Day, soon after birth she stopped breathing. One thing lead to another and all her major organs shut down.
It happens every year. It's one of the more popular jokes amongst parents. Summer vacation is dreaded. I mean think about it: you're stuck with your kids all summer! Just about every waking moment of your life is consumed by snacks and play time. God forbid it's a rainy day! Then you have to have a movie marathon. But then the children will fight about who is picking and blah blah blah. It's enough to drive a woman mad.
You go to a someone's child's birthday party with your children and they serve alcohol. Do you think it's OK to serve alcohol at children's birthday parties? If yes, in which cases?
Do not say it's generic when your child is obese, but look at the negative effects of soda and french fries on the baby. Ask yourself, "is it bad for babies to drink soda," before you give them any Pepsi or Coca Cola drinks. Listen to these parents and their stories why they don't give sugar drinks to their toddlers. Teach your children healthy eating habits. Don't give them health problems.
Imagine your high school aged son has all As in school and gets one C due to not logging in on time to take the final. Should he leave it just like that or repeat the class over the summer to change it to A? What would you recommend this parent asking this question?
Is Summer Ruining your Child’s Chances of College? How to Help your Child Combat Summer Learning Loss
Most parents and certainly children look forward to summer break, sleeping in, and vacations. But, are summer breaks hurting your child academically? Scientists and data say the answer is a definitive “yes”!
It has long been known that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm a baby. Now researchers are going even further with how dangerous alcohol can be for newborns and saying abuse of alcohol even prior to pregnancy may harm babies.