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Kids & Social Media: Dos and Don'ts

Is your child ready for a handle and eagerly awaiting the day you allow them to setup their first Facebook account? Here are some guidelines for parents who are entering the social media sphere with their teens....(more)

Is Your Child Ready for a Cellphone?

Is your preteen asking to join the mobile technology craze by getting a cellphone? Here are six things to consider before you commit. ...(more)

Setting Your First College Budget

Setting a budget for your child's first year in college can be a daunting task. It's important that you take some time to focus on this task beforehand so that nothing is missed and everyone in the family has a satisfying and affordable first year of college experience....(more)

Super Sweet 16 Birthday Party Tips

Tips for making your child's sweet 16th birthday party a success. Throw your child a memorable, happy, and safe16th birthday party birthday party....(more)

Foster Care

Information About Foster Parenting in Utah

Foster parenting is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs a parent can have. Thousands of children in the United States are in need of foster homes each year. These children have either been removed from their homes by the state, or voluntarily signed over to state care. Each state has its own laws that regulate foster care. The following is information about foster parenting in Utah....(more)

Foster Parenting in Tennessee

Most women are able to have children of their own, but certain health risks prevent other women from having their own children. Also, men may not be able to become a father if they are not involved with a woman or a person with kids may want to take in another child without giving birth to them. If you are in this situation, you can become a foster parent and care for another child like they are their own. Different states have different rules and regulations for determining whether or not you can try foster parenting and the state of Tennessee is one of these states....(more)

Learning Through Foster Care Classes: A Review of Foster Parent College

There is perhaps no more trying job than that of raising a child. In many ways, that difficulty is compounded for foster parents. Biological parents have the advantage of raising a child from birth and getting to know the child's idiosyncrasies, habits, likes, and dislikes. Foster parents often take in children with fully developed personalities, which can result in unique challenges. Foster care classes can help educate foster parents before the challenge begins....(more)

Toys and Games

Planning the Perfect Party For a 7 Year Old Boy

Planning games for birthday parties is fun. Planning games for a seven year old boy's birthday party is extremely fun. This age group is easy please and they are usually pumped up and excited to try anything. Little boy birthday parties should be action packed and full of adventure. This list will save you time and help you find the perfect birthday party games for your child's special day....(more)

Fun Outdoor Games: How to Play Water Twister

Play water twister to cool off on a warm day. All you need is a vinyl twister mat, a hose with a sprayer and a twister spinner. Get a group of friends together and enjoy a refreshing game. The water twister game works best for groups of four to six people age 5 and up. For large parties, have more than one board or rotate guests between twister and other activities....(more)

Fun Reading Toys to Encourage Your Kids to Read

Starting early is the best way to teach your child how to read. Before your child enters kindergarten, you need to help them develop basic reading skills. Since there are many fun reading toys for kids, your job is easy. Simply purchase one of these toys, and watch your child learn....(more)

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Amanda Rodriguez is a former middle school English and history teacher from California. She moved to the East Coast many years ago to pursue her Master's degree and raise her family with her spouse in the Washington D.C. area. Mom to three very energetic young boys, she mostly uses her... Read More

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