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Are Your Children in Good Hands?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:14
Children are like treasures, precious and vulnerable, and as parents, women want to protect their gems as much as possible. Make sure your children are in good hands when you leave them with a babysitter. Interview caretakers and introduce your children to them before you leave home. Parents looking for a babysitter are essentially bosses looking for a new employee. As such, require references and a resume from potential babysitters, and review it before you call them to watch your kids on a Friday night. Resumes will outline your babysitter’s education, and what experience the babysitter has with childcare and… Read more...

Tip the Scales in Your Favor

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:13
Many women struggle to keep the scales of family and career balanced, and the weekend is hardly enough time to catch up on chores, rest, and parenting/spouse time, not to mention alone time. But it is possible to find that elusive equilibrium by deciding which tasks, no matter how big or small, are most important to you. First thing's first, set your priorities. If spending time with girlfriends is a priority, put it on your calendar. If making it to every one of your child's sporting events, plays, competitions, etc. is essential for you, schedule it. Whatever is highest on… Read more...

Single Mom Maximizes Time

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 15:14
Take it from a mom who knows, being a single parent isn't the easiest thing in the world. Balancing work, being a mom, and alone time can be tough, but there are ups in the rollercoaster of single parenthood. The first and most important thing to do is to make one-on-one time with the parent and kids, says Mona Buskirk, an interior designer from East Grand Rapids. Mona has a 9-year-old daughter, and she tries to make the most of every minute they have together. "My biggest struggle is finding that concrete quality time with her. The best time for… Read more...
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children ages one to four, and ten to fourteen, according to 2011 statistics. More than 4,000 children drowned in 2010, and 65 percent of those children drowned in a backyard pool. These devastating statistics are exactly why Kendra Reinoehl and Matt Watson are looking to bring more water safety education to the West Michigan area. The pair is opening a Goldfish Swim School in Grand Rapids this spring. "It's a life skill for all children in a water-based community like West Michigan. It's even more imperative that they learn how… Read more...

An Adoptive Family's Love Spans 7,000 Miles

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 11:11
Standing in the middle of a country with people who speak a different language, eat a different food, where things smell different, feel different, sound different, Laurel Shippert didn't know much, nothing in fact, except that the baby in her arms was hers, forever. Laurel and her husband Philip didn't expect to adopt three children from China. They expected, like most young couples, to create a family without paperwork, and the Chinese Consulate. But life has a funny way of rerouting plans, which shaped the Shippert home three fold. Laurel and Philip started the adoption process in 1997 after what… Read more...

Call Your Family Meeting to Order

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:27
Organizations from corporations to the school board to the neighborhood association schedule meetings to provide updates, gather new ideas, and discuss hurdles. Why not implement this on a weekly basis for your family? Spend a little time around the dining room table or curled up on the couch communicating with your spouse and children, and allowing them to share their ideas, too.Hold family meetings consistently at the same time each week. By scheduling the meeting beforehand, it will come as no surprise to family members to allot that time to family each week. Establishing the routine and sticking with it… Read more...

Instant Cure for Childhood Boredom

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 09:47
"Mom! Mom! Mom! MOM!!!! I'm bored." When is the last time you heard that? Is it happening right now? Before you shut yourself in the closet to escape, create a "bored jar," and curb your children's restlessness. A bored jar can be made of anything, a large mason jar, an empty candle jar, a vase, a cookie jar, whatever you have around the house. Occupy your children initially with decorating and labeling the jar. Then have them come up with their favorite things to do–playing in the sandbox, getting ice cream, making a fort in the yard (or with the… Read more...

Navigating Through the Loss of a Parent

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:33
A wave of grief crashes onto a wife who loses her husband, and children get pulled into the undertow. Maintaining strength in these heartbreaking circumstances is crucial, not only for yourself but for your children. They will look to their living parent to be sustained, and for hope. To help your children get through the loss of a parent take into consideration their age, and seek support from family, friends or groups. The younger the child, the more simple the explanation should be. Talk in easy terms for her to understand, and maintain communication on the subject with her throughout… Read more...

Single Parenting Requires Both Oars

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 16:16
Being a parent is tough enough, but what about when you're rowing the canoe on both sides? Although the thought of single parenthood seems strenuous, it is possible to provide your children direction and strength. Challenges ahead always come with solutions, although they may not be initially apparent. Do not be afraid to ask for help, especially if you are working full time. Some employers will be flexible with your hours allowing you to get children on and off the bus or even work from home. However if this is not feasible for your job, do make sure to carve… Read more...

What Do You Do with Your Milk Caps?

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:58
Families with young children are beginning to implement chores into the daily routine. But like their working parents, children often feel the need to be compensated for their time and effort. Try this method of payment to teach children the worth of working hard. Milk caps can be used as money each time your child completes a chore–one cap for each chore or more if the chore is particularly taxing. Exchange the caps for real money when your child has enough saved. For example, saving ten milk caps is equal to one dime. Help your child learn to save by… Read more...
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