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Vacations With Grandkids: When To Save, When To Splurge
It's savvy to have the most fun on the fewest funds
(posted on Grandparents.com)

Grandparents might economize elsewhere, but we don't want to cut back on traveling with our grandchildren. We've learned from experience when it makes sense to choose the budget-friendly option, and when to pay a little more.

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Family Trips Kids Can Plan
(posted on School Family)

When you leave vacation planning to the kids, they enjoy the adventure more. They also develop valuable skills they can use in school.

If your last family vacation was filled with cries of “Are we there yet?” and “I’m bored,” try letting your children plan your next vacation. They’ll complain less and be more engaged in the journey.

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How To Explain Car Insurance To Teen Drivers
(published in Auto Insurance Quotes)

Your teen has just turned 16 and wants to start driving. However, before he gets behind the wheel, you need to tell him about car insurance and how it works.

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Sidelined By Summer Sports: Injuries That Keep Kids Benched
(posted on Parent Map)

After a tournament soccer game last summer, tween Eric Blair’s foot hurt so much he couldn’t walk back to the car. Mom Michelle Blair rushed him to an urgent care facility near their home in Portland, Ore., where he was diagnosed with Sever’s disease, an inflammation of the heel growth plate.

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Win the Homework Battle
(posted on Parents' Press in 2011)

At Debbie Abrams Kaplan’s house, her children, who are both in elementary school, must finish their homework and practice their instruments before they can turn on the computer or play video games. Sometimes they don’t want to study, but they know the drill.

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Get Active
Exercise Outdoors for Better Health
(posted in Parents' Press in 2011)

Pleasant Hill mom Fran Kelly had trouble finding ways to engage her 13-year-old son in physical activity until she hit on the idea of having him help with the yard work. Now he also assists with his younger sister’s soccer practice. The entire family keeps moving by taking evening walks around the neighborhood and swimming frequently.

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Back to School
Ease Into the School Year
(posted in Parents' Press in 2012)

Just when you’ve settled into a laid-back summer routine, it’s time to start thinking about school again. Besides buying new clothes and school supplies, issues like bedtimes, healthy diets and a morning routine need to be addressed. The good news is the back-to-school transition can be a fairly seamless one with just a few modifications to your summer schedule. Bedtime is usually the hardest to change.

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Join a Mom’s Club
Mommy Networks Work Wonders for New Mothers
(posted in Parents' Press in 2012)

When the couple in the new TV show Up All Night leaves the hospital with their newborn, the mother (played by Christina Applegate) asks if there is a manual for how to take care of the baby. Unfortunately, infants don’t come with how-to guides. But joining a new mom’s group just might be the next best thing.

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Scoring the movie rating system
(posted on Parent Map)

When Bradi Nathan took her kids, ages 7 and 10, to see Valentine's Day recently, she asked the ticket seller if the PG-13 movie was appropriate for kids. He said, "Yes."

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5 Ways Video Games Benefit Kids
(posted on MainStreet.com)

Video games offer lots of different learning opportunities and positives, which many people may not readily realize.

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New Year, New Identity: Local Moms Hit the Rink and Get their Groove Back
(posted on True North Parenting)

The quiet mom sitting next to you at the park just might have an alter ego, changing her appearance and demeanor for a period of time each week as she steps out of her parenting role and reclaims her sexy, strong, confident self while venting her frustrations in a healthy way.

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Family Event: Astronomy Night Shines
(published in PTO Today)

Charged with creating a science-theme night for families, one Jacksonville, Fla., PTO developed an ambitious and creative evening centered on outer space. The multitiered event attracted more than 700 people and drew raves from parents and students alike. And thanks to strong support from local businesses, the group did better than break even by charging just $2 admission. Those factors all helped earn Durbin Creek Elementary PTO recognition for Outstanding Family Event in PTO Today's 2010 Parent Group of the Year search.

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Ages and Stages 0-2
Bring on the baby talk!
(published in ParentMap)

It starts earlier than you might think. Babies first begin learning language by listening to their mother's voice while still in the womb.

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Ages & Stages—15 to 18
A Safety Project For Your Teen
(published in ParentMap)

Call him a safety nut, but Nicholas Hatch doesn't like to take chances. Even though he has completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and has a HAM radio operator's license, the Federal Way 15-year-old knows there's still more he and his family can do to prepare for an emergency.

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Ages O to 2
Inspire Your Budding Artist
(published in ParentMap)

Paint splattered walls, clay in the carpet—the price you may pay for your mini-Monet! But once you get past the mess, experts say, you're giving your toddler a priceless gift when you encourage her to explore art at home. Here are some tips for taming the mess while coaxing out your child's inner artist.

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