Category Archives: Family

Winter Educational Ideas for Preschoolers

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It’s always fun to use things in our children’s everyday lives to spark discussion and easy educational activities. Since many of us are currently in the midst of winter, this season can be a great topic of “study” for our littlest ones.

Top Five Fun Winter Weekend Family Activities & Ideas

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Winter can be a challenging season when it comes to thinking of things to do for the entertainment of families, kids need to get out and burn that energy off yet the seasonal weather is not exactly cooperative for hours of outside play.

Christmas Traditions & Activities – 20 Fun & Meaningful Ideas for Any Family

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Christmas is not about the presents under the tree, the decorations and the lights, the concerts or the fancy meals. It’s not about shopping, snow, caroling, or Santa Clause. True Christmas is found in the first syllable of the very word itself, who is all too often forgotten.

How Christmas is Celebrated Around The World

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Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. This feast was created by the Pope to promote Christianity and remove Pagan festivals celebrated at the winter solstice.

During the IVth century, the Pope decided to bring the Christmas day on December 25th.

11 Ways to Deal with the Negative People Around You

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Negative people are everywhere. You cannot expect everyone to have the kind of positive outlook in life and attitude as you do. They just come out and then start ruining your life. Although some aren’t aware that they have negative personalities, others meanwhile are purely mean and awful. One unfortunate thing about negative people is that you can never avoid them. In fact, they are all around you. So the best thing for you to do is to try not to avoid them, instead find ways to deal with them.

Genius Family Road Trip Ideas: Lifehacks for Parents

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Its no secret that family road trips can be incredibly stressful –

Especially if you have multiple children, and many, many miles to go. We have all seen the same blog repeated a thousand times with a myriad of activities to keep children occupied during family road trips, and yes, in a perfect world, all children are content to color and play with pipe cleaners and quietly keep to themselves for hours on end… but back here, in the real world, children have to use the bathroom, (always at the WORST time), they get bored (understandably so), and this boredom and frustration over the inability to get up and use up some of the endless energy they can’t help but have, often ends with tearful tantrums on their part, and equally frustrated parents. In this article we will provide a list of activities to keep your little one(s) occupied, but we will go beyond that and focus on family road trip ideas for parents.

Three Campfire Building Techniques

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If you plan to take a family camping vacation trip this year then it’s a good bet you and everyone else in the family are really looking forward to building a fantastic campfire. Not everyone knows the best ways to build a campfire though, so here are three simple and easy techniques that will make your campfire a raging success.

How to Make a Lasting Memory on Father’s Day

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On dad’s big day in June, make a lasting impression on him by taking him on a memorable adventure. Here are some ideas to take your gift-giving to the next level from Mark’s, a leader in men’s casual wear and footwear:

Draw Closer to Your Kids With a Daily Afternoon Tea Time

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“I started drinking tea when my children were preschool age. Somewhere along the line we started having Afternoon Tea together after school. My children are now teenagers and love having tea almost as much as I do.”-Brenda Hyde

The typical menu for tea time seems to include several different types of tea sandwiches, cut into squares or triangles (cucumber, chicken salad, egg salad, etc), some kind of quiche, grapes, scones, cookies, cake or pie, and finally, tea!

Terrible Tantrums: 5 Parent Mistakes That Make Them Worse

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One minute your toddler is giggling with delight and in the next, he’s having an uncontrollable meltdown. Overwhelmed with emotion, he won’t listen to reason. As a caregiver, you feel embarrassed, helpless and upset. What do you do?

Thinking About Having an Elderly Parent Move In?

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It seems like the right answer for everyone involved. A parent that can no longer take care of the family home alone, a son or daughter with children of their own that could use a little help with the house and the kids. Combining incomes can perhaps improve everyone’s living arrangements. It can be a win-win situation for those families that have planned it out and whose family dynamic lends itself to cohabitating, but it can be a shocking surprise for those who don’t think it through.

Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep

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There are many people that suffer from insomnia and they just cannot fall asleep easy. Here you can check out 10 simple tips that could help you to overcome the sleeplessness:

Families Need Grandparents

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A grandparent is no longer synonymous with the rosy-cheeked grandmother baking apple pies or the old granddad in his rocking chair with his pipe and slippers. They are far more likely these days to be found improving their handicap on the golf course, enjoying a walking holiday, enrolling for an assortment of classes or undertaking valuable voluntary work. However grandparents are also playing an increasingly important role in families as more and more marriages break up and families become a complex mix of people, roles and relationships.

Family Life Today: Getting Along With Family Members

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Family life today is very much a matter of getting along with other family members. Family relationships are very important, and I’m often asked how to get along with other members of the family. I can’t say that I’ve mastered the family conundrum, but, I have some intuitive insights that may help you to navigate these often turbulent waters.

13 Nature Activities to Do With Your Toddler!

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Find adventure and encourage bonding with these easy, outdoor activities designed to connect your tiny explorer with nature. Bring your family together, stimulate awareness and curiosity in your child, and feel the benefits and calming pace offered by the natural world. Each activity can be done with ages 18 months and up. All you need is a little sense of pint-sized adventure!

10 Tips on How to Cloth Diaper Your Baby

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Seven plus years ago as a newly pregnant mom, I had dreams of a healthy pregnancy, baby, and of saving the planet along the way. NOT in a crazy hard core way, but I wanted to continue my work in being a good steward of the earth, paving the way for other families one idea at a time. Doing this with a new baby can seem daunting, but I took each step calmly and slowly and began with cloth diapering within hours of my daughter’s birth.

12 Things to Include in Your Baby Bath Kit

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Often, it is dad’s job to give the baby a bath. I don’t know why that this is the case, but it just seems to work out that way for many of us. For me, it was because of timing for the most part. I came home from work at around dinner time, and by that time the wife was worn out. So, my taking the bath time responsibility gave her a few minutes to rest and prepare for putting our son to bed. Putting our son to bed happened to be a big job, too, because he was not easy to get to sleep. So, what I learned very quickly was that I needed a kit of all of my bath time supplies, where I could put them in one spot for easy access and so that I didn’t forget anything, which could cause a lot of trouble when you can’t leave the baby in water to run to get something that was forgotten. So, here’s my list:

Five Ideas For Romantic Fall Picnics

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Fall is the perfect setting for a casual romantic picnic. The colors are beautiful, the air is crisp and the possibilities for an excellent adventure are endless.

Is the Handwritten Thank You Note a Lost Art?

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When was the last time you received a handwritten thank you note? I venture to say that you can clearly recall the moment. Why is that? Because the thank you note is becoming a lost art and stands out like a neon sign.

Cool Back To School Ideas and Tips For Parents

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Summer is ending fast and kids are almost ready for back to school. This time of the year can be intense for many parents because they have to listen to their kids’ worries and demands alongside with their own daily life activities.

172 Questions to Ask When Doing a Family History Interview

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Are you asking yourself what you need to uncover or are you interviewing a family member to try to uncover some little tidbit that can open doors in your research or maybe just provide an insight into a person or family that has since passed on.

5 Things Men Want Women To Know About Chivalry – Is It Old Fashion?

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We live in such a modern time. With all the conveniences of technology it seems we have everything we need at our finger tips. I mean, there’s push this button here and touch that screen there. Oh and don’t forget option number? to take you back to the main menu.

The Old Fashioned Tea Party With Rose Tea

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What happened to the old fashioned tea party? Did it get lost in this modern age?

How to bring it back with all of the style and elegance that it deserves.

How to Make a Doll House

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When my sister and I were little girls in the early 1960s, some of our favorite toys were the Barbie Dolls that had just come out a few years earlier. I wanted a Barbie Dream House, but it was too expensive for our budget. But that didn’t stop us, however. We used our imaginations and turned our bedroom into a full-blown Barbie neighborhood.

If your daughter would like to create her own doll house, here are some ideas that may be helpful. Some projects may need parental help or supervision, depending on her age and skills.

Ideas for an Old Fashioned Family Day

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It seems inconceivable to imagine life before electric mixers, gas ovens, garbage disposals, electric carving knives and dishwashers. Give yourself and your family a reality check by foregoing modern conveniences and preparing food the old fashioned way, if only for one day.

What Makes Strong and Nurturing Families?

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Human beings have the longest dependency on others than any other living creature. We spend our lives in relationships, either toxic or nurturing. If the family of origin was not supportive and loving, we either repeat that pattern or look for other mentors and teachers.

Easter Egg Hunting Games for Kids

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Hippety-hop, Easter is on its way! So get ready with some fun and easy ideas to make your Childs Easter holiday extra special. Ask any child what they love about Easter and you’re likely to get one of two answers “the candy” or “the Easter egg hunt”.

The Diaper Debacle: a History From Hides to Huggies

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For thousands of years parents have struggled with the diaper debacle. How to contain, manage, and dispose of the bodily excretions of their little bundles of joy until they are old enough to manage the issue themselves.

What to Expect When Becoming a Grandparent for the First Time

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It’s often said that becoming a grandparent is one of the biggest joys of getting older. Although the majority of experienced grandparents will affirm this opinion without hesitation, the outlook of becoming a grandma or grandpa can be frightening for first time grandparents.

21 Parenting Ideas to Be a Better Parent

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“If you want better children and a better society then you need better parents.” Maurice Balson.

“Parenting is probably the most important public health issue facing our society.” Professor Graham Vimpani

Thinking about those two quotes helped orientate me and reinvigorate for the coming year. So in this spirit I have listed 21 ideas to guide, inspire and reinvigorate you to become a better parent. Read the list and choose a couple of ideas to focus on in the coming months. Often only a small change is needed to make a big impact on your kids.

Pioneer Children and Their Clothing

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Pioneer children had several types of clothing and various accessories that went with them. They had their sleeping clothes, their work clothes and their formal clothes.

Does Your Baby Suffer With Colic? Here’s What Every Parent Needs To Know

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Doctors are still not sure what causes colic in newborn babies. If you’re a parent urgently seeking a cure for your baby’s pain and discomfort, you may not want to hear that it’s “nothing to worry about” and “will probably go away in a few months”! However don’t pressure your doctor into prescribing a medication that may not work. You might want to find out more about this disorder and some alternative ways of dealing with it.

Mommy and Daddy Time

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Children, soccer games, ballet lessons, swimming practice, church, and the list goes on. Run, run, run; come home, go to bed, wake up; run, run, run. Sound familiar?

The Practical Use Of Footie Pajamas

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Have you ever wondered why some people still prefer wearing footie pajamas over the more traditional ones? These pajamas become their sleepwear of choice for various reasons. The most common of which is the fact that they can wear it without difficulty. Aside from that, there is also the comfort factor which many seem to favor.

Nature Deficit Disorder and How to Defeat It?

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Many kids these days suffer from the unfortunate symptoms of nature deficit disorder. Although not classified as a real disease, this phenomenon occurs in individuals who keep their distance from nature and is manifested through slow academic and physical growth. This nature essay discusses this condition and the remedies to solve this.

How Does your Amish Family Celebrate Christmas?

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We were taught that Christmas is Jesus’s Birthday and that day is to be celebrated as such. However, in our actions to me it was just another Sunday. Many Christmas’s as a young child we never had company or went visiting on Christmas. We spend the day at home like any other in-between (since the Amish only have church every two weeks we had in-between Sundays) Sunday. My mother would read (silently) the bible or the Budget (Amish newspaper) and we usually played games. The only present we sometimes got was one board game for the whole family.

Things To Do On A Snow Day

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Kids, teachers and parents alike love the freedom a snow day brings. Work and school are put on the back burner and everyone can enjoy a day off from their normal, everyday life. Whether you get a few days off each season or you live in an area where snow days are a rarity, take advantage and come together as a family with these fun activities.

A Pioneer in Life

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Do you consider yourself to be a pioneer in life and believe that your life is about being the “leading edge”? Do you consider yourself to be among the first on an untrodden path? Are you in love with new ideas, practices, technologies, healing modalities, and a plethora of ways to make the world a better place? Do you constantly find yourself curious, inventive, and creative? These are all characteristics of a pioneer.

10 Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers, Hunters, and Outdoor Enthusiast

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Many innovations have been made in the hiking industry in the last five years leaving many shoppers wondering which product to buy. This can be a daunting task, especially if the person buying the gift is a non-gear savvy individual. By interviewing several outfitters and hikers and using our own input coming from years in the field, we have compiled a list of 10 items any hiker would love.

A Simpler Time

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As we grow older, we tend to get aggravated by the complexities of the world and yearn for simpler times. You suddenly recognize the complications caused by technology, overcrowding, government bureaucracy, and changes in moral values, thereby causing you to fondly think back to less stressful times, particularly in childhood. I happened to mention this to some of my older friends recently who began to reminisce about the simpler times they experienced growing up. Their descriptions make for an interesting tapestry of images:

How The Butterfly Effect Can Change the World

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I know how easy it is to feel powerless in today’s complex world. That’s why it’s really important for you to know about The Butterfly Effect.

10 Things to Do With Kids Clothes When They Outgrow Them

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Kids are like little weeds, they grow and grow and grow, and no matter how many clothes we buy for them, it seems like they forever need more. This issue means there are often bags, closets, drawers, and piles of clothes that are gently used, and need to find a new home, but what exactly do you do with all of those old clothes?

Once everyone outgrows their clothes, we use a number of methods for finding new homes for the clothes we have. These are:

Top 10 Ways to Have a Great Day

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The following 10 tips contribute to making your day a great day:

Why Not Include Your Kids in the Fun of Christmas Light Installation Projects?

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Think back to your childhood. Spend a moment sifting through your treasure trove of Christmas memories. What are your very best Christmas memories – the ones that give you the warm fuzzies, and maybe even elicit a tear of nostalgic joy?

Most likely those very best memories aren’t about the gifts you received.

12 Tips From A Native American Elder On How To Live A Balanced Life

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We live in a world full of stress, war, ecological disasters, and financial upheaval, yet we don’t have to look far for solutions. Indigenous peoples from around the world have much to teach us about living a balanced life.

Decades ago, as I struggled with fear of an uncertain future, money woes and a high stress job, I turned to the simple teachings of my spiritual mentor Marcellus “Bear Heart” Williams and they have transformed my life.

Here are twelve life tips from Bear Heart:

Teaching your Child Kindness Towards Animals

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Surely children and pets go together like .. well, jelly and peanut butter, a horse and cart, strawberries and cream? ….. but that’s not always the case. When children and pets are with each other you might be led to believe that whilst your kids aren’t made of snips and snails, they have been created to pull puppy dogs tails. And to tease sleeping cats, chase flocks of pigeons away from the crumbs someone’s scattered for them and squash stranded worms on the pavement.

Smart Home Improvements for Growing Multi-Generational Households

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The American family continues to evolve, with multiple generations living under the same roof in more households than any time since the Great Depression. Of America’s 76 million households, 5.6 percent (4.3 million) were multi-generational as of 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Homeowners are finding it’s more important than ever to ensure every home improvement project delivers benefits for every member of the family – children, parents and grandparents.

Whether your family grows with the birth of a child or because a grandparent has moved in with you, here are some home improvement projects that are multi-generational family-friendly:

10 Ways Horses Build Character in Children

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1. Learn Responsibility – Horses will teach your child responsibility very quickly. Make sure that your child does all the work involved in caring for the horse. Everything from feeding, cleaning stalls, grooming, saddling and riding. Children will want to ride but they may not always be eager to do the work. However children almost always fall in love with the horses that they handle and they will want to take as good care of them. Once they know that the horse depends on them and that in order to ride they have to take good care of the horses, they will learn to be more responsible in other aspects of there life.

Reliving Childhood Memories and Fun Times with Our Kids Picnic Tables

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As I look at the wooden kids picnic tables we have in the back yard, a number of great childhood memories establish to come up. Memories about a kids picnic table? Believe me, I’m serious!

Top 10 Things Nature and Parenting Have in Common

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The separation of humans and nature is an illusion. We humans have artificially distanced ourselves from nature to a certain extent. But we are just as much a part of nature as the trees, birds, and rivers.