The Summer Science Challenge

Banish the boredom and upgrade your summer! By Camille Smithson If there’s one thing that I love more than books, it’s science (outside of my family, of course). But what if we mix books and science to create fun, memory-making moments? Yes, please! Well, here are five books and challenges to complete with your family. This challenge is perfect to cure summer boredom and is …

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Father’s Day Celebrations of All Sizes

In Our Homes and Around the World By Raven Howell Striped or plaid? Skinny-casual or formal? Hmmm . . . ties remain the most common Father’s Day gift choice, with 46% of people buying clothes, including ties, for Dad (National Retail Federation). Interesting to note though, many fathers, about 40%, prefer gift cards for electronics and gadgets. If you’re a flower-giver, the rose is the official …

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Beyond the Book

Using Story Time to Enchant and Enhance By Maxine Rose Schur As parents, we know how much kids love a good story before bedtime. Yet, at the end of our busy days, tired moms and dads often keep this evening ritual to a reading of the text. Studies have shown that children whose parents read to them do better in school because there are numerous …

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Tips For Traveling With Kids This Summer

by Kaeti Spanbauer Summer is quickly approaching. Kids are starting to get antsy about the end of school, and going on their big family vacation. While traveling is a fun and wonderful bonding experience for the family, getting there can be filled with, “Are we there yet?” “He’s touching me,” and “My ears hurt on this plane.” So let me share some travel knowledge that’s …

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The Many Facets of Motherhood My Unique Journey and the Lessons I’ve Learned

by Stephanie Morris Mother’s Day is a special day for me. It’s no surprise. I have countless reasons to bask in such a wonderful day focused on women. Womanhood is an incredible thing, in and of itself, but there’s nothing like the moment you realize that you’re going to be a mother! I’ve had a unique journey as a mom, but one I wouldn’t trade …

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Connecting Families Across Generations Bridging the Pandemic Gap Between Grandparents and Grandchild

The last few years have been rough for extended family bonding. While we worked hard to keep our elderly and medically fragile family members safe, both kids and their grandparents struggled to communicate. Yearly get-togethers over holiday meals were replaced with Zoom calls and FaceTime, masked visits, and awkward distancing without familiar hugs and smiles. For young children, the bonding has been even more difficult. …

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Springtime Fun for Kids by Elyse Brantingham

With spring approaching, there are lots of us getting outside more and enjoying the beautiful weather before the rain starts to come. I personally love the springtime and the crisp air, the bike rides, the beautiful flowers, and just being outside in general. But, if we’re experiencing rain or a continued winter, it can be more challenging to keep kids entertained and out of trouble. …

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Live with Love Lessons From Our Children by Randa Canter

As part of our human nature, we desire nothing more than to feel confident and accepted by others. It’s no surprise then how common it is for parents to seek advice on how to help their children learn to interact with children who are different than they are, as they’re wanting their children to fit in and to also accept others. The truth of the …

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