Family

  • Most Topular Stories

  • 5 Steps to Memorable Memorial Service

    Handmade Cremation Urns For Ashes | ARTISURN - Memorial Chronicles
    Irina Jordan
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Tweet Here 5 steps that will help you plan a meaningful and memorable memorial service: 1. Pick a place to have it. Think of places that you and your friends and family would be comfortable. It doesn't have to be a funeral home. 2. Think of who you’re going to invite. Don't feel obligated to invite everyone. 3. Put together a budget. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Know what you can spend and work with that amount. 4. Decide on food and drink options. It is up to you how simple or elaborate you want the food and drinks to be. 5. Find a celebrant.  If you are just having a little…
  • 5 Daily Positive Affirmations For Happiness In Life

    Aha!NOW & The ABC
    Vernon Layne
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post from an ABC gem, Vernon Layne. He writes about self-improvement and inspiration. In this post, he talks about the daily positive affirmations that you should practice for achieving happiness in life. If your under-your-breath conversations were monitored for a day, what would that reveal about you? Would there be a […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vernon Layne on 5 Daily Positive Affirmations For Happiness In Life. Looking…
  • I’m A Dad Behaving Dadly!

    Idaho Dad
    Idaho Dad
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    For more than a decade, I’ve watched a good number of my fellow mom and dad bloggers take their hobbies to the next level, landing book deals and realizing their dreams of seeing themselves on book store shelves and Amazon pages. I’m happy to announce that it is finally my turn to make the transition from computer screen to printed page. No, it’s not a book deal. That was never a dream of mine. But it is a book! Dads Behaving Dadly 2: 72 More Truths, Tears and Triumphs is a collection of honest, heart-warming, and humorous stories by fathers from all over the world,…
  • False Identity

    Family Matters
    Gal Baras
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    In the first session with every new client, I go over the program I have written that has helped many people around the world find happiness, strength, confidence, love, power and health. I explain to them that finding who they are is crucial to the success of this program. The more confident and courageous clients tell me that they don’t really know what identity means. I like this honesty. Unlike a drop of water, which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of…
  • Life is short. Don’t have an affair

    Family Edge
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Cheating ends in divorce for many, many couples
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Aha!NOW & The ABC

  • 5 Daily Positive Affirmations For Happiness In Life

    Vernon Layne
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post from an ABC gem, Vernon Layne. He writes about self-improvement and inspiration. In this post, he talks about the daily positive affirmations that you should practice for achieving happiness in life. If your under-your-breath conversations were monitored for a day, what would that reveal about you? Would there be a […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vernon Layne on 5 Daily Positive Affirmations For Happiness In Life. Looking…
  • Why You Matter Even If You Think You Don’t

    Ikechi Awazie
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post by Ikechi Awazie, one of the gems of Aha!NOW. He wants to tell you why you matter to yourself, somebody else, to us, and to the world. Have you ever thought about the reason why you matter? It seems the world is so big. There are more than 7 billion […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Ikechi Awazie on Why You Matter Even If You Think You Don’t. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Join the Aha!NOW Blog…
  • 8 Effective Parenting Tips That Work

    Harleena Singh
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    This is a post excerpt. Parenting is one of the toughest jobs, and every parent realizes this fact over time. No matter how well you have prepared yourself to be a good parent, you may fall for some of the parenting traps. In such cases, you need to go back to the basics and re-educate yourself with the effective parenting […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on 8 Effective Parenting Tips That Work. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :)…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Idaho Dad

  • I’m A Dad Behaving Dadly!

    Idaho Dad
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:45 pm
    For more than a decade, I’ve watched a good number of my fellow mom and dad bloggers take their hobbies to the next level, landing book deals and realizing their dreams of seeing themselves on book store shelves and Amazon pages. I’m happy to announce that it is finally my turn to make the transition from computer screen to printed page. No, it’s not a book deal. That was never a dream of mine. But it is a book! Dads Behaving Dadly 2: 72 More Truths, Tears and Triumphs is a collection of honest, heart-warming, and humorous stories by fathers from all over the world,…
  • A Child’s Guide to Vegetables

    Idaho Dad
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:22 pm
    My kids have always loved their veggies. But only under certain conditions. Long ago, when they were younger, I developed this simple Child’s Guide to Vegetables to help me avoid mealtime rebellion. 1. Carrots must be raw, not cooked. 2. Broccoli must be cooked, not raw. 3. Celery must be 2 inches or longer, never chopped into small pieces. 4. Corn must be on the cob, never loose on the plate. 5. Tomatoes are evil, but ketchup is heavenly. 6. Beans are gross, while refried beans are delicious. 7. Green beans are tolerable by themselves, but disgusting when mixed with macaroni and…
  • Calling Dr Cocoa

    Idaho Dad
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    “I can’t wait to get sick again!” That’s what I expected my kids to say once I showed them Dr. Cocoa, a new children’s cough and cold medicine made with real chocolate. I grew up with the usual cherry-flavored cough syrup. To this day, anything with a strong cherry flavoring brings back unpleasant memories of childhood illness. Cherry Coke is the worst. It might as well be a glass full of Robitussin in my mind. So, I was immediately intrigued by Dr. Cocoa when they sent me a few samples. Who doesn’t like chocolate? And why was it never added to cough…
  • The 10 Worst Household Chores

    Idaho Dad
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:44 pm
    You’d think this would be the easiest list to compile, since all household chores can be viewed as distasteful. Nobody likes chores, but there are definitely some that are worse than others. Top Ten Worst Household Chores 10. Dusting. I just can’t get excited about dusting. Vacuuming, yes, wiping shelves with a rag, no. Maybe it’s because the vacuum is a power tool and we all know that men love to have machines doing their work for them. Besides, dusting involves rearranging perfectly placed objects and knick-knacks. Anyone with even an ounce of OCD knows how frustrating…
  • Hang Time

    Idaho Dad
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    I’ve thought about this for a long time, and I’m sorry to have to say it. It’s time for me to hang it up. There are various reasons, but number one is I’m tired. Very tired. I’ve been tip-toeing around the issue for weeks now. It’s just getting harder and harder to come up with the right words to express myself. Sometimes I feel like nobody is even listening! So, that’s it. I am decided. There’s no talking me out of it. I’m going to hang it up. Kids, next time why don’t you just do it yourself so your dad doesn’t have to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Family Matters

  • False Identity

    Gal Baras
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    In the first session with every new client, I go over the program I have written that has helped many people around the world find happiness, strength, confidence, love, power and health. I explain to them that finding who they are is crucial to the success of this program. The more confident and courageous clients tell me that they don’t really know what identity means. I like this honesty. Unlike a drop of water, which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of…
  • Language Acquisition: Do Young children Need a Second Language?

    Gal Baras
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Primary vs. Secondary Language For years, people have been researching language acquisition.  One aspect mentioned in some of this research is the distinction between Primary (“mother tongue”) and Secondary language.  I believe this distinction is essential for maximizing the power of learning another language. Primary and secondary languages are stored in different places in the brain and through a different process.  First, second and third primary languages are learned by creating patterns from a load of seemingly random information, while secondary languages are learned by using…
  • From the Life Coaching Deck: If-then Parenting Style

    Ronit Baras
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Ashley was a very successful woman. She was brilliant and smart. She had been in a very solid and stable relationship with her husband of 12 years before they decided to have their daughter Mira. When Mira was born, Ashley was 39, with a booming and successful business that took her away from home 2-3 days a week. Her husband Daryl decided he would take over the responsibilities of caring for Mira. He changed jobs and started working from home. Ashley continued to travel 2-3 days a week. This seemed like a good arrangement in the beginning but the gap between Ashley and Daryl increased and…
  • The Stress Pill: 10 Things that Increase Your Stress

    Ronit Baras
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Stress is known to be the number 1 killer in the world today. More even than accidents and war (which are also attributed to being stressed). Even the disease in the world are related to stress. In the previous chapter of the stress pill, I explained a few things: Every one want to be happy. The obstacle to happiness is fear that manifest as stress. Stress will make us fight, run away or stay paralyzed. What was once a real threat, like a lion or a snake, is now merely a thought, an idea or a belief that triggers the defense mechanism. We are dumber when we are under stress. We can’t…
  • From the Life Coaching Deck: Learning to Want

    Ronit Baras
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    A while ago, I told the story of Magda about using “the wanting muscle”, learning to want and exercising choice. She learned that she was allowed to want things for herself – that she had to live by her own expectations. Two weeks later, I saw Magda for the second time. She looked so much more alive and beautiful. Her skin was shiny and she was smiling happily. She behaved like a giggling teenager when she told me the list of her wants was getting bigger every day. Funnily enough, her daughter was the one who had helped her with that task. This was good news for Magda, because she had…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ParentingInformer

  • Getting Your Child Ready To Start School: Tips For School Readiness

    A Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Written by Ben Blanchard) Just a minute ago, you were bringing your baby home for the very first time. In the blink of an eye, your child is getting ready to go to school for the first time. You might feel nervous about sending your kid away to school for the day, but you will be doing him or her a great favor by providing the proper preparation for school. Above all, it is important to stay positive and keep practicing with your child to boost confidence. Here are some tips for school readiness on preparing for school. How to get ready for school? Social Skills When most children enter…
  • Stanch Kid’s Summer Learning Loss

    admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    (Written by Trudy M. and Edited by Elle Yi) Most children look forward to summer vacation because it is a break from school and learning. Unfortunately, children can also experience loss of learning if they do not continue to practice academic skills away from school. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that children will lose as much as 25 percent of their academic learning during summer vacation. Many children exercise their bodies during the summer, but it is also important for them to exercise their brains. There are many easy ways for children to exercise their brains during…
  • Organize The Coolest Frozen Themed Birthday Party Ever

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    (Written by Nancy White) Organizing the perfect birthday party for your child requires many weeks of careful planning and effort. If your child is aged four or above, you will have to include him in your plans because he may already have a specific theme in mind. Once your theme is decided, you can move on to sorting out the guest list, making the invitation cards and buying the decorations. If your child is a Frozen movie fan, then your work has been half done for you! The infographic for birthday party ideas below has detailed tips on how to organize the coolest Frozen themed birthday party…
  • Parent’s Guide On How To Make The Most Of Parent Teacher Conferences

    A Guest Blogger
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    (Written by Jo Salt) The fundamental downside of Parent Teacher Conferences is the fact that you and the teacher probably have quite a lot of questions you want to ask and topics that you’d like to cover but you’re limited to a short meeting that’s between five and fifteen minutes long to fit all of that into. As well as being limited on time it’s also likely that you’ll forget a lot of what you wanted to say when you get there too which means that you’ll come away frustrated that your questions haven’t been answered. In order to combat the majority of your problems – the…
  • Wicked Step-Mother or Privileged Position?

    Sarah Aiono
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    (Written by Sarah Aiono) I became a Mum when my son was 4 and a half years old.  I moved in with my (now) husband and took on the responsibility and role of Step-Mum to my gorgeous son.  Prior to this, my experience with children had only been as a fairly new primary school teacher.  At first, I was very cautious as to my role as we initially had shared contact arrangements with his biological mother.  I treated the relationship as if I were in his biological mother’s shoes.  I respected the fact that I was not his mother, and that I did not have the relationship that I presumed they…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ShopaholicMommy

  • Earth Day Activities for your Kids

    TinaB
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    Earth Day is an annual reminder to take care of the Earth for not only us, but the generations to come. It’s a great time to teach your kids small things they can do to leave less of a carbon footprint. Here are a few things you can do with your kids on April 22nd to honor Mother Earth. Plant Trees Or Flowers What kid doesn’t love getting their hands dirty? On Earth Day, plant a tree or flower in your yard. If you live in an apartment or don’t have room for outdoor foliage, place seeds in a container and grow a small plant indoors. Make An Art Project Using Recycled Materials Use some…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in April

    TinaB
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Can you believe it’s April again? The year 2013 is already a quarter of the way through, and we’re several months away from the holiday season and hopefully our credit card bills from December are paid off. It’s also tax refund season, so many of us are gearing up to do some shopping! We talked about some items to buy on sale in April last year. While many of last year’s hot items will be on sale again this month, here’s an updated list of things that you might find great deals on this April! Airline tickets! Now that the winter is behind us, the temperatures and vacation season are…
  • How Parenting Is Like Saving Money

    Tina
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    We know that you love your children dearly, but being a parent can be hard work! As I was going through my expenses this month it got me thinking about how parenting is a lot like saving money. So just for fun, I put together a list of how the two are a lot alike. Hopefully it gives you a good laugh on days that you find yourself stressed out about either one! You Have To Have Patience. Parenting children and saving money will both take some patience. Just as it will take a while for your checking account to grow and mature, the same goes for your children. You may find yourself becoming…
  • Today is the First Day of Spring!

    Tina
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Hooray, spring is here! For those in colder climates, you may have been counting down the days to this day. Of course, winter weather like snow and sleet is still possible in many areas, but the good news is that the days are getting longer and the weather is bound to start getting warmer soon. You’ll begin seeing the telltale signs of spring in your area, whether that’s cherry blossoms, crocuses or robins, if you haven’t already. After a long winter, you’ll probably be thrilled to celebrate the coming of spring with your kids. Here are some ideas that you might try this week and the…
  • Making Time to Exercise When the Kids Are Little

    Tina
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    The spring seems to be second only to New Year’s Day, when it comes to resolutions about getting in shape. It’s getting warmer, we’re wearing less clothing, and we know that swimsuit season is almost upon us. As moms, we sometimes tend to put our own best interests and health on the back burner, but making time to take care of ourselves not only helps us to be around for a long time for our kids, but it also relieves stress, making us better moms. It’s also a great example to set for the kids. Still, if you have little ones, squeezing in time for a daily workout can be a challenge.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Dumb {Squared}

  • It's clear I'm the logical one here

    RK
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    I get a shit-load of useless emails every day. Some are SPAM, but most of them are from companies whose websites I visited and wanted to get something for free or wanted a discount on my order so I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When you spend a lot of time with a toddler, you lose your bearings

    RK
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Mom!! I need to go potty! Okay - hold on! I didn't even have time to roll my eyes before I slipped on a puddle of pee. Maybe it was more like a lake. My god - how much pee can be in one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Innumeracy

    RK
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    I'm on the phone right now - don't mind me. It's only been goddamn 40 minutes and 41 seconds and counting. Any my phone battery is about to die and I have no idea where my charger is. Oh hello - I'm... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow just called me a narcissistic parent

    RK
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    It all started when I saw Se7en. Poor Gwyneth Paltrow at home alone while her scruffy husband, Brad Pitt, hunts down a serial killer. And let's not forget the head in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I need an intervention

    RK
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    THIS. The fuck am I doing?  Isn't this supposed to be the twilight of my life? I'm supposed to be enjoying sitting on the sofa with a blanket over my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Girlilla Warfare

  • Is Raising a Competitive Child Doing MORE Harm Than Good?

    Lisa
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Lately I’ve read a number of articles addressing low self-esteem and heightened anxiety in young teenage girls who not only engage in aggressive sports but also who possess a competitive personality. It’s not just academic and athletic, but social and emotional competition stemming from unhealthy messages passed along by insecure and jealous parents. (Think “Dance Moms” on steroids) And all of this destructive behavior makes me feel we are moving a bit backward instead of paving a positive path for our children to follow. We don’t need any more hostile, little Tonya…
  • BOOK IT, Girlfriend! April In Paris … YES, I’ll Have What SHE’s Having

    Lisa
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Lisa Barr, Editor of GIRLilla Warfare: Hey, Girlfriends … as you plan your Spring/Summer Reading List, your Book Club’s Must-Reads, and Your Late-Night Literary Escape … ‘thought I would introduce you to a few of my new friends — part of the Tall Poppy Writers, a network of fabulous women, bold authors: Anita Hughes, Adria Cimino, and Heather Webb. Writing can be such a solo experience; buried behind a computer, imaginations on the prowl, creating/deleting/hair-pulling with coffee-in-hand (and on those not-so-rare occasions, a good glass of red). Just as Moms…
  • LET’S TALK ABOUT THE OTHER “F” WORD

    Lisa
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Judith Matz Have you ever uttered the words, “I feel fat?” If so, you’re not alone. The truth about the “F” word is that it’s actually an adjective, not a feeling. Just like the words tall, short, and thin, the word fat simply offers a description of body size. Unlike those other words, however, in our current culture fat is often associated with “bad,” imbuing a sense of moral inferiority to those who earn that status. Saying, “I feel fat,” actually means that something feels bad, and it’s expressed through a description of body size. Maybe you’ve gained a few…
  • The ‘No Crying Clause’  

    Lisa
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Dear Readers: A short story about a Hollywood actress living a lie, until one man exposes her truth  … A hot read for your vacation entertainment at the Beach, Après-ski, or during your STAY-cation …   Happy Spring Break, Girlfriends! xoxo LB By Lisa Barr The warm bed reeked of fresh sex, but Ashleigh’s heart was cold and she smelled nothing. Her body continued to move in sync with the lover’s. Her hands, her mouth, her curves pressed against him, yet again. He moaned and whispered sexy things, and Ashleigh responded on cue. She knew her lines all too well. It was a…
  • Freaky Friday — So Here’s What Happened When I Traded Places With My Teenage Daughter

    Lisa
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    By Debby Shulman Sometimes our worlds collide. I don’t mean in an astrophysical way, but more of a “Freaky Friday” way, in which your kid says something and you are hearing yourself … or a version of yourself that you haven’t spoken to in well over 35 years. Mind you, I’m not waking up in the body of my 16-year-old (hang on, that comes later), but I am for sure going down the rabbit hole, back into my own 16-year-old head more often than not these days. And it’s dark in there. Little phrases and facial expressions resonate a long forgotten attitude, when I pretty much thought I…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Pros and cons of composite wood decks.

    cjblythe
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    A deck is one of the easiest ways to add both style and functionality to the exterior of your home. It is the perfect place to enjoy a family meal when it’s nice outside, and creates a perfect vantage point for taking in the scenery surrounding your home. There are numerous choices of materials. All ...
  • Caring for your dog during winter weather.

    Neil Kilgore
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    While the days are short, the temperatures are cold to freezing, the winter snow is piled high against our homes, and we spend our time in anticipation of the warmer weather and greener pastures around the corner, it’s important to remember that winter weather can be a problem – for us and our pets.   There are a ...
  • Combine styles, textures, patterns: Add impact with eclectic home decor.

    Milan Budimkic
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Very often people hold back from using exotic combinations and styles, especially when they are new to the world of interior design. When closing their eyes to the possibilities of mixing styles, they’re losing a world of options to add impact by creating an eclectic home décor.   Are you worried that combining different styles ...
  • Winnipeg Jets fans show the rest of us how it should be done.

    cjblythe
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    We don’t usually watch any other team but the Vancouver Canucks. Since the Winnipeg Jets made the first round of the playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks, however, we’ve been taking in their games as well – and the Winnipeg Jets fans truly do put the rest of us to shame.     I guess it ...
  • How does acupuncture work?

    Guest Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Have you always wondered, “How does acupuncture work?”   More and more mainstream medical practitioners are accepting and prescribing the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture is a treatment which uses fine needles inserted at key points of the body. Traditional Chinese acupuncture dates back to around 100 BC and is based on the belief that qi ...
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Family Focus Blog

  • Expressing Gratitude This Mother’s Day

    Scarlet
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    Mother’s Day is all about showing our moms we care.  It is about taking that special time with them to show them they are a priority, that we appreciate them, and that we love them.  There are lots of way to celebrate Mother’s Day – fun activities planned together, giving a gift that’s store bought […] The post Expressing Gratitude This Mother’s Day appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Hey Kids – Let’s Grow a Garden!

    Rob Youngblood
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    I grew up with a father who came from a 2,000 acre family farm and, even though he left farming behind in his latter years, he still maintained one very serious “backyard garden.” We had rows and rows of corn, beans, lettuce, onions, radishes, peppers… you name it, we had it. And this was long before the hip and […] The post Hey Kids – Let’s Grow a Garden! appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Belly and Fresh Peas

    Scarlet
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    I love Italian food. This recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Belly and Fresh Peas was first shared by Chef Fabio Viviani on Home & Family which airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel. I was given permission to share it with you here and I think you will love the rich […] The post Spaghetti Carbonara with Pork Belly and Fresh Peas appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Citrus Bliss Body Butter Recipe

    Scarlet
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Homemade body butters are a fantastic way to create uniquely scented spa type products without breaking the bank. While the initial purchase can seem costly, you only use a small amount of each ingredient for this body butter recipe. Essential oils especially can be reused in so many ways they are invaluable- from homemade cleaners […] The post Citrus Bliss Body Butter Recipe appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Adoption Blogs That Share Personal Adoption Stories

    Amberly Holden
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Adoption stories are just so important. Without the tales of struggle to success, not nearly as many people would find the strength it takes to complete the process. Without the raw honesty of their content, not half as many people would understand the harsh reality of the orphan crisis. Adoption stories are so important for […] The post Adoption Blogs That Share Personal Adoption Stories appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Healthy Family Matters

  • Fit Family Fun at Girl Scouts Camp Ilchester Ellicott City, MD

    Healthy Family Matters
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    We had a day of fit family fun at Girl Scouts Camp Ilchester this weekend. The camp is located in Ellicott City, Maryland which is only about 25 minutes away from us. This was the Girl Scouts annual Big Outdoors Event. There was archery, rock climbing, nature crafts, and a ton of other activities for the families to learn about nature and the great outdoors. Although this was a Girl Scouts event, the facility itself hosts camping, seminars, training and more throughout the year. Here are a few pictures for the event. What is your favorite outdoor activity to do with your family? The post Fit…
  • 7 Tips To Making Fat Burning Meals

    Diane Keuilian
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if all your favorite comfort meals naturally promoted fat loss? I think that would be awesome. My old favorite comfort meals were fried fish tacos, fully-loaded veggie burritos, angel hair pasta with mizithra cheese and cheese-smothered veggie burgers with fries. Yummmmmmmm! Unfortunately these old favorites brought on rapid fat storage. Due to my love of food, in my twenties I went from a size 4 to a size 12.  In my frustration I tried portion control, and began to limit the amount of foods that I ate. This began a yo-yo cycle of eating less food one day, more the…
  • How to Use Oil Pulling to Detox and Heal

    Grace Gregory
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    If anyone had told me 3 months ago that I’d be writing about something called oil pulling, I’d have thought they were pulling something else. I first looked into oil pulling when I was doing research on a completely different topic, but the phrase alone made me back up, out of curiosity if nothing else. Oil pulling is a very old treatment of Ayurveda and is discussed in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is referred to as kavala graha or kavala gandoosha. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words ayus (life or lifespan) and veda (knowledge) and has been practiced…
  • Do It For the Kids: Make Your Backyard a Fitness Oasis

    Kelsey Reaves
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:29 am
    We’ve all read the headlines about the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. While there’s no silver bullet to solve the problem, one important way to improve children’s health is to get them playing outside. Although the days when kids could bike around the neighborhood by themselves are long gone, parents can help get their kids outside by creating a special place in the back yard for little ones to enjoy. Check out the these amazing play spaces for inspiration to turn your yard into a fitness oasis to get your kids excited about playing outside. Swing and…
  • Foodies Date Night in Baltimore, Maryland

    Erica Brooks
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    If you’ve spent some time on our blog you’ll know that we love spending time with our children.  In fact, we usually don’t go to many events unless they are kid friendly. This weekend however was “date night”.  Hubby and I took some time to ourselves this weekend for some foodie fun exploring different restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland. Both my husband and I love good food and trying new dishes (OK, he likes to try new dishes. I’m a work in progress. LOL), so food is always a big part of our date night experiences. It’s important to spend time…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Pros and cons of composite wood decks.

    cjblythe
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    A deck is one of the easiest ways to add both style and functionality to the exterior of your home. It is the perfect place to enjoy a family meal when it’s nice outside, and creates a perfect vantage point for taking in the scenery surrounding your home. There are numerous choices of materials. All ...
  • Caring for your dog during winter weather.

    Neil Kilgore
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    While the days are short, the temperatures are cold to freezing, the winter snow is piled high against our homes, and we spend our time in anticipation of the warmer weather and greener pastures around the corner, it’s important to remember that winter weather can be a problem – for us and our pets.   There are a ...
  • Combine styles, textures, patterns: Add impact with eclectic home decor.

    Milan Budimkic
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Very often people hold back from using exotic combinations and styles, especially when they are new to the world of interior design. When closing their eyes to the possibilities of mixing styles, they’re losing a world of options to add impact by creating an eclectic home décor.   Are you worried that combining different styles ...
  • Winnipeg Jets fans show the rest of us how it should be done.

    cjblythe
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    We don’t usually watch any other team but the Vancouver Canucks. Since the Winnipeg Jets made the first round of the playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks, however, we’ve been taking in their games as well – and the Winnipeg Jets fans truly do put the rest of us to shame.     I guess it ...
  • How does acupuncture work?

    Guest Author
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Have you always wondered, “How does acupuncture work?”   More and more mainstream medical practitioners are accepting and prescribing the use of acupuncture. Acupuncture is a treatment which uses fine needles inserted at key points of the body. Traditional Chinese acupuncture dates back to around 100 BC and is based on the belief that qi ...
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    justanotherfamily.com

  • Movie Moms We Love

    Chad
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (have you figured out what you’re getting your Mom yet?) and last year Amanda took a look at some of our favourite TV mom’s so this year I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of our favourite movie Mom’s. Mrs. Gump I have to believe that Mrs. Gump is one of the most dedicated mother’s in all movie history. She does everything possible to ensure that her son is not treated differently and instil in him the belief that he can do anything he wants if he just puts his mind to it. Helen Parr from The Incredibles As a super mom Helen…
  • It’s A Full House | Episode 21

    Chad and Amanda
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This Weeks Show After Amanda had dropped the kids off at school and was kind enough to bring us each a double double home we sat down to record another episode of the podcast. This week we had lots to talk about and the range of topics was all over the place. The Return Of Full House One of our favourite shows from the early 90’s returns in sequel form as Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of Fuller House for 2016. The show will revolve around recently widowed DJ Tanner, her sister Stephanie and single Mom and best friend Kimmy. As fans of Full House we are both looking forward to…
  • 11 Things We’ve Learned In 11 Years Of Marriage

    Chad and Amanda
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, April 24, 2015 Amanda and I have been married for 11 years. We were married in a small ceremony with just close friends and family and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather was amazing and the entire thing went off without a problem. Now, 11 years later we are still happily married, still very much in love with each other and I think when asked we would say each other is our best friend. While not every day was bliss or even happy and some days we fought, in the end we have always been able to work together to solve any problem we’ve encountered but it wasn’t…
  • Earth Day Activities For The Whole Family

    Chad
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Earth Day is quickly approaching (in fact it happens April 22, 2015) and we firmly believe that it’s an important worldwide event that is needed to help remind us that radical change is needed if we ever want to repair and hopefully reverse the damage we’ve done to the world we live in. The one way we can do this is by organizing and demanding change the other way we can do this is by teaching the next generation the importance of reduction, sustainability and taking care of the only home we as humans currently know of. Heavy stuff but it doesn’t have to be, teaching kids about our…
  • Keep Organics Out Of Landfills By Composting

    Chad
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the first things we did upon moving into our current home is take advantage of the composting program offered by the city and purchase a composter at a reduced cost from them. When it arrived we had no clue what to do with it. What can you compost? How long does it take? What do you have to do to maintain it? Is it going to stink? We had so many questions and you would think we would have researched this before buying one, not us…we just jump in and hope we figure it out later. With Earth Day quickly approaching we thought it would be a good idea to revisit our decision to…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Random Stuff by Aimster813

  • Everyone Deserves a Cuddlebear!

    aimster813
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
  • Ode to a Mother

    aimster813
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Her hair blowing softly in the wind, She shines with the glistening hope, Of youth. Dawn breaking over the horizon, She walks forward into a new day a Fresh start. The future of a universe, Riding quietly beneath her shoulders, Setting forth. Unaware of potential burden, She glides triumphant, Ever forward.
  • Dive – Steven Curtis Chapman

    aimster813
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    We only get this one opportunity to go for it.  Make every moment count for something bigger than us.
  • Never Satisfied

    aimster813
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Deception creeping this way, Celebrating silently as he worms his way along. Wrapping tentacles of doubt softly around small ankles, Climbing ever so slowly upwards. Emanating horrors that are beyond the normal scope of imagination, Gleefully digging deep planting the seeds of destruction and spreading. Until an eruption of chaos that cannot be fathomed, An explosion of loathing blasted throughout. A birthing of epic malevolence, And yet, anti-climatic. Deception, moving on to the next victim, Never satisfied.
  • Everyone has One

    aimster813
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Although you may not know it, you live deep inside my heart. That bleakest smallest crevice, is where we will never part. I’ve pushed you deeper and deeper, hoping you will go away. But all the baggage I’ve piled on, has guaranteed you’ll stay. The time we spent so connected, I cannot just erase. Those moments leading up to, when you said you need your space. I gave you all that you wanted, no questions asked no waiting. Now its been years and its crystal clear, that your memory is not fading. The night comes on and here I am drawing on the past. Holding near the things I…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Twisted Glasses

  • The bathroom….

    Christy
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Since November our basement shower has been out of comm […]
  • Too quiet….

    Christy
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Well for the first time in almost 2 weeks I am alone.&n […]
  • From bad to worse…

    Christy
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Since Saturday I have been sick.  Feeling bad in g […]
  • A deeper conversation….

    Christy
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    For a long long time I have been trying to help my youn […]
  • Standing Up for My Son….

    Christy
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    This week I stood up for my son.  I stood up for his fu […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • How to Encourage a Young Artist

    Features
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
      Whether your child has decided to start drawing cartoons, your friend is becoming an oil painting protégé or your sister is showing signs of being a super talented sculptor, you will want to encourage their new hobby. Having an artistic pursuit as an outlet improves the mood, aids mental development and encourages creativity in […]     
  • 7 summer essentials for every girl’s wardrobe

    Features
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
      The sun’s come out to play! So we know is it is definitely time to prepare for the nice weather, as it has already caught us by surprise this April. Whether you are planning on spending the summer in the UK or going somewhere a bit more exotic, it’s important that you have all […]     
  • This Week on YouTube: A Picnic at Aylesford Priory

    Larger Family Life
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
      It was time to make the most of the sunshine with an impromptu picnic and play at one of our favourite places.     Keep up with the latest videos from our family. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.     
  • 12 Things Your Children Won’t Remember (But You Probably Will!)

    Larger Family Life
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
        Every now and then Mike and I will take a walk down memory lane prompted by the words ‘Do you remember… ?’, which inevitably ends up with at least one child questioning what on earth we are talking about. Attempts to describe often prove futile and end up with us searching Google images […]     
  • Itchy Feet and Wanderlust

    Larger Family Life
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:01 am
      When we finally moved into our current home back in 2006 I swore blind that I would only ever buy and sell one more home and that would be it. It isn’t the act of moving house which is stressful – that part is quite exciting and you are thrown into the moment knowing […]     
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    More With Less Mom »

  • Free kitchen printable – Teaspoon and Tablespoon Equivalents

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    Please enjoy this cute little printable for your fridge. It has teaspoon and tablespoon equivalents. When you cook from scratch for a large family you are constantly multiplying measurements, and this can come in handy if you are allergic to math. Not that I would know anything about that. This is the size of a large index card, 4″ by 6″. You can put it on the fridge or use it as a bookmark in your cookbook. Teaspoon and Tablespoon Equivalents free printable PDF(*there is a very light watermark at the bottom of the PDF) The vintage spoon graphic and more can be found at The…
  • Free printable – Experience is Simply the Name we Give our Mistakes

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    Come celebrate 1,500 Facebook Likes AND 3,150 Pinterest Followers with me! I appreciate all of the comments from everyone so much! I love sharing. I have created a darling 8×10 print with the quote “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes” to help uplift your day. I think I might shrink this and put it on the fridge for a couple weeks, to remind me. Those cute little girls in bonnets climbing a peach tree are a vintage Kate Greenaway illustration. This graphic and more can be found at The Graphics Fairy. Experience is Simply the Name we Give our Mistakes free…
  • April Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Am I the only one being driven insane by the kidlets trapped in the house? It’s freezing out, my car is coated in ice, and all I want are April showers. Somebody down south, please send this New England girl some spring. Tweet: Somebody down south, please send this girl some spring! http://bit.ly/aprilrfmp Offbeat holidays for this month are: Drop Everything and Read Day April 12th, National Haiku Poetry Day 17, Lima Bean Respect Day 20, National Jelly Bean Day 22, Earth Day 22, and Talk Like Shakespeare Day 23. Feel free to reflect these frivolous holidays in your meal planning. Ideas…
  • Free Editable Printable Neon Invitations – DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    You asked, and I listened! I finally dug up my originals for the glow party invitations, and have created an editable version for you. This is a Word document with the invitation as a background image, so you can just type your info in and print away. Download (light background) In this series: DIY Glow Party ~ Invitations ~ Decorations ~ Food ~ Summer Party Time ~ Blacklight Party Time ~ Favors My little geekling, Kid #2 turns 15 in July. She wanted to have a glow party/rave for her birthday bash. This summer party will be fun and frugal, as I try to stick to a tight budget. Shared with…
  • March Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    There are so many exciting foods coming into season this month (do you see those avocados yet??). I think I was craving cauliflower. And sausage. Despite being totally ready for my eyeballs to stop trying to freeze solid when I go outside, I still crave the comfort food. This month has a lot of recipes, including a passel of budget, pantry-friendly dinners. I shop for the perishable stuff, and then I may or may not get to the pantry stuff. Some months I’m just buying myself time to shop a little later in the next month. March brings three, count them, three, birthdays in one month. How…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Marcus & Ashley

  • 031 Walking Through Sex Addiction with Jon and Jema Anderson

    Marcus and Ashley
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Living in an RV is not easy, and thats what our guests for this week, Jon and Jema Anderson do everyday. Jon and Jema have been married for over 20 years, live and work full time in an RV, and have 4 kids.   Description of  First Year in one or two words Jema: Chaos. John: Intense. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. How to overcome sexual addiction in marriage. 2. Struggling with doing things differently as a couple. 3. Talking about your problems, inward struggles, and issues together. 4. How to communicate about sex and intimately. 5. How to express your feelings and emotions.
  • 030 Standing Up for Your Spouse with Alex Barker

    Marcus and Ashley
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Alex Barker from Michigan is our guest for this week. He has been married for 5 years and has two children. Alex is a pharmacist by profession, an online business coach part-time, and former host of the well known Leadership Dojo podcast. Note: Click here to get access to the Bonus Session about sexual challenges with Alex. Description of  First Year in one or two words  Challenging-reward. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Looking for common themes with your marriage issues. 2. Standing up for what you want. 3. Sexual challenges in the first year. 4. Taking responsibility for your…
  • 029 Getting Out of Student Loans with Mike and Monica Louie

    Marcus and Ashley
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:06 pm
    This weeks episode features Mike and Monica Louie’s  First Year Story. Mike and Monica live in Vancouver, Washington, have two energetic kids, and have been married for five and a half years. Mike is a law enforcement officer and Monica blogs at ourdebtfreefamily.com where she helps people take control of their money so they can pay off debt and work toward true financial freedom.     Description of  First Year in one or two words Mike: Adventurous. Monica: Exciting. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Communicating face to face with your spouse. 2. Learning each…
  • A Blur First Year With Sophie Slim

    Marcus and Ashley
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    In this blog post, Sophie Slim shares her First Year Marriage story in a blog style interview. Sophie has been married for six years, lives in New Zealand, and is a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful kids. We sent her questions Marcus asks our guests on the podcast and below were her answers. 1. Can you tell us how you met your spouse and when you decided to get married? I went along with a friend of mine to a youth church that my future husband was running. He introduced himself to me afterwards, and teased me for having an american accent (my best friend was american and I often…
  • 028 Creating Open Lines of Communication with Megan Claire

    Marcus and Ashley
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Megan Claire is our guest for this week. Megan is a travel blogger who blogs at mappingmegan.com and calls the world home. She has been married for 2 years, enjoys traveling around the world with her husband Mike. Description of  First Year in one or two words Adventurous. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Long distance relationship before marriage. 2. The importance of having supportive in-laws. 3. Giving each other space. 4. Creating open lines of communication. 5. Making time alone time for yourself. 6. Respecting and putting your spouse first. 7. Learning from other couples. How…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Momvelous

  • Reconnecting With Your Teen: 3 Simple Tips

    Amy
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Are you shocked to find yourself as the parent of a teenager? Time flies by, doesn’t it? All of a sudden you have a near adult with big opinions, big attitudes and a big independent streak. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking your teen doesn’t really need you too much aside from […]
  • How I Made Toilet Training Fun With The Playtime Potty Chair

    Loren
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    A year ago my daughter met her toilet training milestone. I was so proud of her, and most importantly she was proud of herself! I wanted to find some way to empower her to reach that goal, and I was struck with inspiration while hanging out in her play room. The power of toys and […]
  • Newborn Baby Care: An A To Z Guide For First Time Parents

    Jayme
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Are you getting ready to welcome home a newborn? Babies are cute, but caring for them can be intimidating. Its amazing how such tiny beings can require so many special tools! Luckily, thanks to seasoned moms, the internet, and medical professionals, it isn’t hard to find advice and reassurance during these first few stressful weeks. […]
  • 7 Ways To Help Your Child Learn A Second Language Faster

    Vito
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:16 pm
    The best way to help your child learn a second language quickly is to maximize the natural exposure to the language you want your child to learn, and through the use of Active Learning (also known as learning by doing). This means you will need to offer your child as much natural language input as […]
  • Top Educational Toys For 3 And 4 Year Olds

    Jenny
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Has your child just turned 3? Because now is a vital time to start diversifying your child’s educational toy chest. By this age, our toddlers are already showing an early understanding of how people communicate and work together. They often mimic our own ingrained sayings, modes of communication, and daily routines. What seems so simple […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Western New Yorker

  • Wild Blueberries Smoothie Recipe

    Liz Chapman
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
     **I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.Wild Blueberries Smoothie RecipeWhat you will need: Wild Blueberries ( this is the brand I used)AppleFrozen strawberries or any fruit you prefer Ice cubes2-3 cups of water ( We used SILK Cashew milk) 1/2 Lemon3-4 tbs honey for sweetness Place the fruits, honey, water and lemon into a blender.   I like to add the Ice cubes last to help cool the…
  • Golden Girl Granola Review

    Liz Chapman
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    **I received a free products to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.I was sent these lovely bags of Golden Girl Granola a few weeks ago to try out with my family. We love natural, simply but tasty food so I was rather excited about this! I choose flavors I though my family would enjoy and I was NOT disappointed. They use raw wildflower honey and New England Syrups!Each bag has about 4 grams of sugar which is great for my son's strict…
  • Rainforest Cafe Niagara Falls, Canada

    Liz Chapman
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    **I received a free dinner to facilitate a review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. We spent some time on Spring Break in Canada a few weeks ago. We stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls which is conveniently located across from the Falls. After settling in and enjoying the Fallsview Waterpark all day we decided to have dinner at the Rainforest Cafe on Clifton Hill.Mac was excited because he loves animals of all kind!! In the Rainforest…
  • Cranberry Whipped Gouda Puff Recipe

    Liz Chapman
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Cranberry Whipped Gouda Puff RecipeWhat you will need:2 tbs honey1 tbs granola4 tbs Gorgonzola Cheese1/2 package of Puff Pastry1 Cream Cheese bar1/2 cup jelly ( I used a triple fruit jam)   Thaw one half of a pastry. I folded out the pastry and slice it into squares.Mix jelly, cream cheese and Gorgonzola cheese to a whipped consistency.Spoon the mixture into the square pastry and fold two sides. I added them onto a cookie sheet without any stick spray. The pastry puff comes per-floured.Bake until golden brown. Drip honey and granola on top of the puffs.Serve Warm & Enjoy!
  • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Canada

    Liz Chapman
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    **I received free tickets to facilitate a review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark was the first stop on our Canada Spring Break visit. If you are traveling from New York state, I suggest taking the Rainbow Bridge over to Canada. It has less traffic and the Park is located directly across from the Niagara Falls. It is interconnected with three hotels including the Sheraton at the falls where we stayed!
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ParentsWare

  • 10 Transformative (Yet Realistic) Parenting Goals

    Richard Bashara
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Looking for a way to step up your parenting game? Look no further than these simple and fun parenting goals. Instilling good values in our kids is something that takes determination, patience and and above all a willingness to set a positive example, but the long-term benefits are immeasurable. Here is a list of easy goals to set for yourself and your family, so you can set a positive example for your children and line them up for a life of health and happiness! 1) Read a Book Every Month A book every month not only enriches vocabulary and inspires imagination, but it is a great way to relax,…
  • Delaying Kindergarten: The Facts About Academic Redshirting

    Dr. Sarah Coyne PhD.
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
      Academic Redshirting, the practice of starting young children in school later than their peers, is becoming a common trend. Here, I weigh in on (my and others) research on academic redshirting and share how I came to my decision on when to enroll my own son…   When my third child, Aidan, was born July 8th, one of the first thoughts that went through my mind was “Should I send him to kindergarten on time?”.For a child not even a day old, I was already thinking about academic redshirting. However, Aidan will be 5-years-old this July and is due to enter kindergarten…
  • 4 Emerging Tech Trends All Parents Need to Know

    Richard Bashara
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
      As we mark the passing of the old year, many of us feel like we’ve been given the chance to approach life with a fresh start… For most of our community, surely a part of the changes you would like to make are related to how you can become a better parent. A good place to start? Awareness. Staying up to date with all things tech is essential to parenting your children effectively. Here, we speculate on a few emerging tech trends to keep you on top of your parenting game this year! 1) Messaging as Social Media It’s already beginning, but messaging will be an extension of…
  • Little Albert and the Myth of Freedom

    Dr. Douglas Gentile
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:04 am
    Are we really in control? If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to spend a little time considering why people do what they do. If you ask someone why they did any given action, they will likely have one of two answers. They’ll either give you a description of their justifications, goals, thoughts, or plans, or they’ll say something like “I don’t know.” The funny thing is that the latter answer is usually the more correct and honest answer. Humans like to believe that we are rational creatures. We like to believe that we are in control of our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. We like…
  • Can Our Children Learn Empathy From Prosocial Video Games?

    Richard Bashara
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    2014 was a big year for video games… Some of the most violent and “realistic” video games ever made were released, which has redefined this form of entertainment. I remember my parents freaking out if they saw so much as a drop of blood in video games I was playing as a child, but parents today have to deal with realistic guns and graphic depictions of violence and brutality. There is debate as to the impact that this can have on our children, and how those games will affect their lives and perceptions of reality as they grow older. There are also video games that educate.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Des Moines Parent

  • Des Moines Parent Playdate with Apex Athletics

    Erin Huiatt
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Apex Athletics has so much to offer for preschoolers and older. Remember when we checked them out in January? This summer they will be offering some fun camps, you need to check out. Apex Athletics is an AWESOME place to run, play and burn off lots of energy! To get you geared up for their summer camps Des Moines Parent is holding a PLAYDATE at Apex Athletics for you to come check out all of their equipment and have some fun! Here are a list of the summer camps they will be offering: The following camps listed below will be The post Des Moines Parent Playdate with Apex Athletics appeared…
  • Miracle Milk Stroll – May 2nd!

    Erin Huiatt
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    On May 2nd, people all over the country will be getting together to raise awareness about the importance of breastmilk, especially for the fragile babies in NICU’s. In only its second year, over 150 locations across the country- doubling in locations from last year- will be hosting small get-togethers, strolls around parks or malls, to show their support and raise awareness. This cause extends beyond breastmilk though. One of the partners of the Miracle Milk Stroll is the NECSociety. NEC stands for Necrotizing Enterocolitis. This is an incredibly scary illness that premature babies are even…
  • Tot Town at the Valley Community Center

    Erin Huiatt
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I love, LOVE the Valley Community Center. They have so much to offer all the time and not only do the kids have a blast there, I enjoy the little cafe  The Valley Community Center is now offering Tot Town every Thursday 9 am – 11:30 am! Every Thursday you can bring your toddlers to play in the gym which is loaded with fun games and activities. Which include: A large inflatable bounce house/slide Tunnels to crawl through Basketballs & hoops and Soccer balls & nets Carnival-type games There is also an area with blocks, cars and puzzles!  The cost The post Tot Town at the Valley…
  • 2015 Earth Day Events for Central Iowa Families

    Erin Huiatt
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    CELEBRTE EARTH DAY 2015 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 If you are looking for a few ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day, look no further. Listed below are three fun ways to celebrate this special day with your family in Central Iowa: Earth Day in the Junction (Valley Junction) in West Des Moines, IA). This is a celebration that consists of a 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Hybrid Mileage Contest, and lots more! If you enjoy any or all of the above, this event is for you! Earth Day Trash Bash is an event that is not only good for the environment The post 2015 Earth Day Events for Central Iowa…
  • Dewey Park in Johnston

    Erin Huiatt
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The kiddos and I have been checking out all the fun parks in Central Iowa and we went and explored another park in Johnston … Dewey Park! Dewey Park is located in Johnston and is nestled way back in a residential area. I did not even know it existed until I heard other parents rave about it! The park’s exact address is NW 64th Place, Johnston. This park has TWO separate playgrounds. There is one play area that is designated for toddlers. The climbing equipment is smaller and the ground is full of tire mulch. There are swings, horses and The post Dewey Park in Johnston appeared…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Handmade Cremation Urns For Ashes | ARTISURN - Memorial Chronicles

  • TEDx Talk: Let's Talk About Good Death

    Irina Jordan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Tweet I had a great time speaking at TEDxUofIChicago. The TEDx organizers were top notch. Check out my presentation below while waiting for the talk to become available on YouTube. TEDx Presentation: Let's Talk About Good Death from Irina Jordan
  • Find Meaning After Loss

    Irina Jordan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Tweet Below is our collection of advice and insights from those who have lost a loved one shared by Chelsea Hanson. Find what works for you and what you identify with. Loss of the person you love will change your forever. You will continue to re-process your grief. Grieving is a lifelong process like enduring love. You will always be influenced by the loss as you are by the love. Give yourself a permission to continue your relationship with the one you've lost. Don't equate the depth of your grief to the love you feel for your loved one. Grief will soften but the love remains unchanged.
  • 5 Steps to Memorable Memorial Service

    Irina Jordan
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Tweet Here 5 steps that will help you plan a meaningful and memorable memorial service: 1. Pick a place to have it. Think of places that you and your friends and family would be comfortable. It doesn't have to be a funeral home. 2. Think of who you’re going to invite. Don't feel obligated to invite everyone. 3. Put together a budget. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Know what you can spend and work with that amount. 4. Decide on food and drink options. It is up to you how simple or elaborate you want the food and drinks to be. 5. Find a celebrant.  If you are just having a little…
  • Make Your Final Wishes Known: Cremation Pre-Planning

    Irina Jordan
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    Tweet By pre-planning a cremation with your loved ones, you are making sure that your wishes are going to be fully and appropriately carried out. Invite family and friends to be part of the initial discussion when considering cremation. Communication is key in pre-planning, and the more everyone knows about the process, the easier it will be. Loved ones can help make the difficult decisions of where to be cremated and have memorial services. They can help choose a funeral director and the form of a funeral itself. Choose a final resting place that will provide your family with comfort and…
  • Ask A Mortician: Talking To Your Parents About Death

    Irina Jordan
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Tweet This video is a must see before you talk to your parents about their final wishes.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Brain, Child Magazine

  • Brain, Child Celebrates 15 Years

    Brain, Child
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Relations Contact: Aline Weiller, Wordsmith, LLC 203.216.0985; wordsmithllc@optonline.net     Brain, Child Magazine Hosts Literary Salon May 21, 2015   April 27, 2015 (WILTON, Conn.) — Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers (www.brainchildmag.com) will host its first “Literary Salon: An Evening of Conversation and Community” on Thursday, May 21 at Cobb’s Mill Inn (www.cobbsmillinn.com), 12 Old Mill Road, Weston at 7:00 p.m. Featuring the editors of Brain, Child and some of America’s leading writers, the Salon is in celebration…
  • This is Adolescence – Author Q&A: Jessica Lahey

    Brain, Child
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    What is it about mother a 15-year-old that you like the most? As I teach middle and high school, I feel really comfortable with this age. When my kids were really small, I loved their squishiness and their baby smell, but I really revel in the conversations we can have now that they are able to think critically, and have their own opinions and beliefs that differ from mine. It’s so much more fun to debate an adolescent and be able to employs logic than to do battle with the frustrating obstinacy of toddlers. Obviously, teens have preferences and opinions that make life more complicated,…
  • This is Adolescence – Author Q&A: Shannon Duffy

    Brain, Child
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
     What is it about mothering a 17-year-old that you liked the most? The least? I suppose what I like most and least about age seventeen are one in the same. I love my daughter’s growing independence and the endless possibilities that she has in front of her. But that growing independence is going to lead her away from me and those endless opportunities, wonderful as they may be, are lined with risk and worry. It is as it should be, and I recognize with gratitude that I have the privilege of watching my child grow up and away, but that doesn’t take the heartache out of letting go. When did…
  • This is Adolescence – Author Q&A: Lisa Heffernan

    Brain, Child
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:36 am
    What is it about parenting an 18-year-old that you liked the most? There is an excitement and novelty to watching your teen discover the next stage in life whether it is the city they will live in, the school they will attend or what they will study. But then they go off into that new life, and for many parents this is a moment tinged with sadness. When did you know your child was a teenager? The first time he didn’t tell me something. Children share unimpeded. Teenagers edit. What do you wish you knew before you had a teen? That patience in waiting for stages to pass is rewarded. Never…
  • This is Adolescence: 14

    Brain, Child
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:29 am
    By Catherine Newman Fourteen is confessing how he kind of still wants to have a job like in Richard Scarry’s Busytown.   Fourteen stands in the bathroom doorway with a smear of foam above his lip and a razor in his hand, chatting into your bedroom. You remind yourself to pay attention. In four years he will be gone. You put a finger in your book to keep your spot while your manchild fills the doorway with his tall, talking self. You remind yourself to listen to the actual content, not just to the fact of his little lemon-drop voice getting buried in gravel. Fourteen is confessing how…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Family Vacations US

  • New Orleans, LA for Families

    TheVilleMama
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    My family and I traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana a few years ago for a football bowl game (two adults and two children who were ages 18 months and 9 years old at the time). It was kind of a quick trip that was centered around going to our team’s football game, but we did experience some of New Orleans and took in the vibe and feel of this vibrant city. We had a lot of fun in our own way.       In the French Quarter district, be sure to do, see, and experience the following. Make a stop at Café du Monde for chocolate milk and beignets. Of course I had coffee with…
  • Abandoned Places in the U.S

    Travel Supervisor
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    This post isn’t exactly geared towards kids, but I have a slight obsession with abandoned places. I find it fascinating that there are places that look like people turned off the lights one evening and never came back the next day. I wonder about the history, what happened to the people and what made them leave and never come back. Below are a few links to places that look absolutely fascinating to me. Have you visited any of them? Kennecott Mill Town Kennecott Mill Town (Alaska) This mill town in Alaska harvested copper and at one time it had milled over a billion dollars worth of…
  • Staying in Stowe, Vermont

    Travel Supervisor
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Staying in Stowe, Vermont Today’s post takes us to the mountains, the mountains of Vermont to be exact. I have been doing a lot of reading lately about family friendly mountain vacations and the area kept coming up in my research. In my family there are two different camps when it comes to vacation destinations. My husband would rather head somewhere in the mountains to be in touch with nature and explore the woods and I would rather lay on the beach and listen to the waves. So we compromise often, until now. Upon doing the research the amenities that the area has to offer are very…
  • Printable: Road Trip Game for Preschoolers!

    Travel Supervisor
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
     Road Trip Game for Preschoolers Are you looking for something to keep your little ones occupied for at least a small portion of your car ride? My little one loves to have list to check off and things to look for out of his window. Make some copies of our printable to bring along with you on your next road trip! Printable: Road Trip Game for Preschoolers! The post Printable: Road Trip Game for Preschoolers! appeared first on Family Vacations US.
  • Let’s go to Brown County, IN this weekend!

    Travel Coordinator
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Water slide at The Abe Martin Lodge Brown County is located in central Indiana about halfway between Louisville and Indianapolis and if you’ve never heard of it, it’s because the area is not very exciting. Then why would you want to go you ask? Because it’s relaxing. You won’t find an amusement park, or a children’s museum, or a mall. What you will find is a great weekend enjoying nature and spending time with your family. It’s no wonder Smithsonian Magazine named Nashville, IN as one of the top 20 small towns to visit in the U.S. There are lodging options that range from hotels…
Log in