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July 1, 2014
We're thrilled to announce a cool new tool called Book Finder on FamilyEducation.com! You can use it to search for newly released children's books by age, type (picture book, chapter book, poetry collection, etc.), and theme (bedtime story, friendship, nature, and more). Book Finder launched the same week that the American Academy of Pediatrics announced it will recommend reading aloud to babies and young children (see the AAP's new policy statement on literacy promotion here). Studies have shown that literacy is important to kids' overall development, success in school, and...
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June 23, 2014
New research shows that "postpartum depression" isn't always postpartum -- sometimes it begins during pregnancy, or not for several months after giving birth -- and that it can take many forms beyond depression, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, or a combination of different disorders. Many new moms mask mental health issues well and even appear to be fine and thriving. The New York Times recently did a powerful series on our evolving understanding of maternal mental health issues. More women appear to be affected by postpartum depression or some form maternal mental...
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June 11, 2014
Are your kids done with school yet, or do they have a few more days/weeks left? Either way, if you're anything like us, you're already looking forward to the long, lazy days of summer vacation. Until, that is, the long lazy days of summer vacation start to make you a little stir-crazy and you're desperate for something (anything!) to do.   Fear not! We've got tons of indoor and outdoor activities for when the dog days become doggone boring. 11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom Printable Summer Fun To-Do List 10 Best Backyard Science Experiments to Try this Summer 2014...
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June 6, 2014
Oh, dads! Most of them claim they don't want a big fuss over Father's Day... but they secretly love the extra hugs, sweet gifts, and proud papa moments. So here are 10 no-fuss-yet-special ideas to make Dad's day! Top 10 Fun Ways to Spend Father's Day As a Family Father's Day Crafts Kids Can Make 9 Awesome Printable Cards for Father's Day Top 10 Classic Father's Day Gift Ideas Great Gift Ideas for Dad's First Father's Day Printable Promise Notes for Dad on Father's Day Printable "Greatest Dad" Certificate Top 10 Backyard Games to Play on...
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May 22, 2014
Have today's kids become "bullies" toward their parents -- spoiled little manipulators who are mean (or violent) unless they get their way? "Bully" is a pretty loaded word these days, and it seems odd to apply it to a preschooler or young child, but we all know some kids who basically fit the definition: constant ruffians (toward Mom and Dad) who have seized all the power in a relationship. That's why this new TIME article called "How Children Have Become Their Parents' Bullies" caught my eye. We've all seen it: The kid who has mastered the art of...
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May 15, 2014
Move over Jacob! Noah is now top dog among baby boy names. The Social Security Administration just came out with the new list of top baby boy and girl names in the U.S. for 2014 (based on 2013 births), and Jacob -- which was the #1 name for boys from 1999-2013 -- dropped down to second rank in popularity. Meanwhile, Sophia continued its hot streak, staying put in the top spot, where it's been since 2011. It's interesting to look at today's baby name trends and top 100 lists, and compare them with baby name trends of a bygone era. In past centuries and decades, a smaller number of...
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May 13, 2014
Written by Brad Merrill. Brad is a father and husband who writes about money saving strategies when it comes to travel, daily expenses, and technology. Is a summer vacation on the books for you and your family when school lets out? Nothing relieves stress like a fun and relaxing warm weather getaway, but nothing can bring that stress back quite as quickly as a post-vacation credit card bill. If you want to keep your household budget intact, check out these five tips for saving money on a summer family vacation. 1. Investigate Airfares Use BookingBuddy or TripAdvisor to track airfare prices,...
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May 12, 2014
April, May, and June are big testing months in school. And now that most schools have adopted the new Common Core Standards, test-day anxiety is striking earlier than ever -- as early as kindergarten or first grade in a few states.  So what's a mom to do when her child suffers from tummy aches or resorts to calling himself "stupid" in the weeks leading up to a big, scary test? Try some of these test-taking anxiety busters: Use positive reinforcement -- e.g.: "You've been working hard all year and are well prepared for this test." But not excessive/empty...
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May 1, 2014
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9, 2014)! Stumped about how to thank your child's favorite educators? Here are a few easy and affordable ideas -- many under $30. These 10 gifts for teachers truly help them celebrate the end of the school year and summer. Let's face it -- as much as they love teaching, they LOVE summer! Some of our favorite ideas include: A beverage dispenser and "lemonade kit" -- including a lemon squeezer and a bunch of lemons, which your child can write thank-you notes on or a classroom of children can sign with a...
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April 29, 2014
Are you a Pinterest addict? It's ok if you are — I am, too. One too many hours have been spent pinning, and repinning, and perusing boards. So, we thought it might be fun to see what ideas our readers are pinning from FamilyEducation to their Pinterest boards. As I was collecting our most popular pins, I saw a trend emerging — yummy recipes (apple fritters, anyone?) and gift ideas for Dad are among our 10 "most pinned" ideas. Should I be surprised? Definitely not! Tasty recipes and creative gift ideas always catch my eye, too, so it's no surprise to see our...