3 Tips for Communicating With Kids More Effectively

As children grow older the level of communication they keep with their parents begins to lessen. The average teenager will give a single, monosyllabic reply to most questions when asked. There are various reasons for this, including the always popular excuse that they are teenagers, and this just how things happen. A lot of parents [...]

Trimming the Grocery Budget

Anyone with children can identify with the painful experience of grocery shopping. Kids grow quickly, eat everything in sight and it can be hard to keep the pantry and fridge stocked without breaking the bank! Use these tips to help keep your financial grocery goals in line.   Scour for deals This can be done [...]

Beach Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

When summertime comes, so do planned outings to the beach. If your family plans on spending time in the sand, surf, or anywhere you can spend time in the water, it's important to teach them beach safety. Trips to the ocean or lakeside can be exciting and memorable, but there are rules that need to [...]

5 Tips to Prevent Your Child From Being Bullied

With the beginning of school on the minds of many parents and students, thoughts are turning to colorful backpacks, the dread of homework, and what-boring-stuff-will-dad-put-in-my-lunch-this year. School can be a fun time of planning, excitement, and new friends…but it can also be a difficult and scary time for kids -- especially if bullying is involved. [...]

How to communicate efficiently and more frequently with your kids

Many parents want to know how to communicate efficiently and more frequently with their kids. This is becoming increasingly difficult as time goes by for several reasons, not the least of which is that parents and children are leading very different lives in the same home. The need to hustle through life doing as much [...]

Teaching Kids Gratitude: Tips and Tricks to Help You Out

There is a saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." That saying shows how a child perceives the world around them. It proves that society builds a child’s character and what they see is how they will become. That is why it is so important to show children what gratitude actually is. Words [...]

6 Helpful Tips for New Parents

As a new parent, you will worry about every little thing and every little detail. You will wonder if you are doing things correctly or doing them in the best way. The one thing I can tell you with complete certainty is that you will mess up, you will not do everything correctly...or in the [...]

Parenting Tips: How to be a “Trampoline Parent”

Raising kids is an incredible experience – you see them develop from a kicking little bubble in your stomach to a pasta-sauce-mess-making, sneezing-then-laughing bundle of joy.  It’s been so gratifying to raise a young boy and girl, but it’s also been a trying experience.  I always look to others for parenting tips, and when I [...]

Stress-Free Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Every parent could use a few back-to-school shopping tips right about now. This can be one of the most hectic times of the year for both you and your child. From fighting the crowds at the stores to playing scavenger hunt with the items on each child's school supply list to appeasing the fashion sense of each [...]

Setting Your Kids’ Sleep Schedule to “School Time”

During the summer, it's typical to allow such things as bed times to grow lax and allow your kids to stay up later and sleep in, especially on your days off and when there's little else to do. But summer only lasts so long, and eventually you've got to face the fact that school is [...]