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How Teenagers Can Get a Free Health Club Subscription This Summer Season

How Teenagers Can Get a Free Health Club Subscription This Summer...

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Photo: Andrew H. Walker (Getty Images for Planet Fitness) Good news if you’ve got a bored teen hanging around your house this summer: Planet Fitness is offering a Summer Challenge sweepstakes that basically amounts to a summer-long free gym pass for teens aged 15 to 18. Free workouts are available from May 15 through September…
You Ought To Produce a Household Slogan

You Ought To Produce a Household Slogan

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When we were foster parents to a nine-year-old boy a couple of years ago, my husband and I implemented a family motto. It was one that was suggested to a group of us during a foster parenting training session, a mantra that is often used when parenting kids with trauma: “No hurts, stick together, have…
How to Get in touch with Your Partner When You’re Both Hectic

How to Get in touch with Your Partner When You’re Both...

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Photo: Shutterstock Let’s face it: If you are in the trenches of raising kids, life is just plain busy. Between carpool duties, work projects that bleed into family dinner time, and household chores that never seem to end, finding time to connect with your significant other can be downright challenging. Though my husband and I…
Do Not Neglect These Non-Traditional Parenting Turning Points

Do Not Neglect These Non-Traditional Parenting Turning Points

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We’re sort of conditioned as parents to put a lot of weight into the traditional milestones: The first tooth and the first bite of solid food. First words, first steps, first day of school. And, yes, these are all great (although the week leading up to the first tooth isn’t particularly pleasant). But in the…
The Best Way to Store Your Kid’s Bath Toys

The Best Way to Store Your Kid’s Bath Toys

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Photo: ShutterstockChances are, if you’ve got little kids, you’ve also got a vast assortment of rubber bath toys in varying states of mold infestation. We’ve already told you how to clean them up (and even how to prevent the mold in the first place), but once they’re clean, where do you store them?You don’t want…
The Very Best Method to Break Awful News to a Kid, According to Reddit

The Very Best Method to Break Awful News to a Kid,...

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Breaking bad news to our kids is awful. A divorce, a serious illness, the death of a pet, the death of a family member ... there are all kinds of difficult things they will experience in their lives that we can’t fully shield them from. We have to tell them because if we don’t, someone…
Here’s What Children Truly Required to Know Prior To Kindergarten

Here’s What Children Truly Required to Know Prior To Kindergarten

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I have a friend who took kindergarten prep very seriously. When her son began getting homework in preschool (“homework” and “preschool” being two words that should never go together) and he couldn’t properly identify on the homework that “car” started with the letter “C,” she freaked out. “The poor kid was practically homeschooled over the…
Books You’ll Wish to Check out to Your Kids (Over and Over)

Books You’ll Wish to Check out to Your Kids (Over and...

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Photo: Jaclyn Youhana Garver You might think the best book to read to your young child is one they’ll love. One that, when you close the final page, makes them shout, “Again, again!” One that, before you even say, “Go pick out a bedtime book,” is already in their hand and waving in front of…
When to Spend lavishly on Your Kids

When to Spend lavishly on Your Kids

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When are your children’s activities worth the money they cost? What about that big family vacation you’re planning—is it something your kids will remember fondly, or will they only remember it as a waste of money? Don't Go Into Debt for Your Kid's Extracurriculars A new survey suggests that over half of Americans have gone…
How to Make the Tooth Fairy’s Task Easier

How to Make the Tooth Fairy’s Task Easier

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The Tooth Fairy came up in our Offspring Facebook Group recently when one parent asked whether it was ok to skip the whole “A Fairy Brings You Money For Your Teeth” thing. In the course of the discussion, one parent had a great suggestion for trading teeth for money in a slightly non-traditional (but easier)…

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