By Michelle Donaghey

kids making a big splash on a waterslideNo doubt about it! We love waterparks, whether they are indoor or outdoor ones!
“Waterparks appeal to families who want quality recreation time in an extremely safe environment. After all, waterparks are the safest place to have fun in the water compared to oceans, rivers, lakes and even swimming pools,” noted Gina Kellogg, Director of Communications for the World Waterpark Association, Overland Park, Kansas. In fact, there ware more than 1,000 waterparks in North America with an estimated attendance each season over 70 million people.
“For families who want a safe place to place in the water that’s also really convenient, then, waterparks are the perfect answer,” noted Kellogg.
The reasons?
For families, one of the most obvious reasons for our love is that the rides are very similar to roller coaster rides found in top-notch amusement parks. Some of them include:

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A mother and son got kicked off a plane after a flight attendent allegedly got annoyed at her son for saying 'bye bye plane'. Before kicking them off the flight attendented also allegedly wanted to drug the child with baby benedryl which the mom refused. I was totally shocked and outraged as a parent something like this would happen. Now I have almost heard everything. READ More on Talking Tot and Mom Kicked off a Continental Express Airplane

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by Stacey Schifferdecker
Let me admit something right up front: my husband and I have never chosen a guardian for our three children in case something happens to us. We know we need to—we just can’t decide on who would be the best person. Unfortunately, we’re not alone. Apparently, 2/3 of you parents out there are dithering right along with me, putting off this important decision and hoping it will never become an issue anyway. What if the unthinkable would happen, and what would happen to your kids? So let’s all agree, for the sake of our children, to get this guardianship issue settled!
Before you and your spouse start throwing out names of possible guardians, take a step back and define what traits and qualities are most important to you in a guardian: READ More on Choosing a Guardian for Your Child

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surprised childI was taken aback when I first heard about child identity theft. The fact is, children are increasingly VERY popular targets of identity thieves. This is a crime all parents should be aware of. Did you know that according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 500,000 children had their identities stolen in 2005? So why do Identity thieves like to target kids? The  reason is really simple if you think about it. It is because their information is often readily available and useful for many years: children often don’t discover their identities have been stolen until they grow up and begin trying to get jobs, take out car loans, and obtain mortgages, or apply for their first credit card.

While as parents we pride ourselves on being a responsible, safe, and caring parent. Your child wears a seatbelt, uses a bike helmet, walks when carrying scissors, and eats five servings of vegetables a day. In short, you are doing your best to ensure that your child grows up to be a healthy, happy, well-adjusted adult. Who knew that this job includes safeguarding your children from identity thieves? READ More on Child Identity Theft: Signs Your Childs Identity May Be Stolen

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mom holding her cute babyAttachment parenting became a popular buzzword in parenting theories around twenty-five years ago, when pediatrician Dr. William Sears introduced the term. Just like the name suggests, attachment parenting is a philosophy that stresses the nurturing of a healthy bond or attachment between a parent and child. This attachment will help a child to develop a higher level of security which will translate into healthier relationships throughout life, advocates of this parenting philosophy say. There are a number of steps that go into attachment parenting, and the process begins before the child is even born. There are experts who subscribe to Dr. Sears thinking and others who find his suggestions unhelpful and even harmful to the development of a child. The best advice for a parent who is considering these types of parenting techniques is to collect the necessary information to make an informed choice that is best for everyone in the family. READ More on Advantages and Disadvantages of Attachment Parenting

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Do your children love Peanut Butter? I remember as a kid that I sure did. It was my favorite for snacks and lunch. Well, all that love must have rubbed off on my kids. Here are some snack ideas you can whip up with Peanut Butter to make that old snack just a little more interesting:

umm good, peanut butter and bananna sandwich

  • Peanut butter toast (still a classic)
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Ritz crackers peanut butter sandwiches
  • Apple slices with peanut butter (I loved this one as a kid)
  • Peanut Butter Frosting (spread on cupcakes, graham crackers, anything that needs frosted)
  • Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches (another oldie but goodie)
  • Peanut Butter and Banana bread/muffins
  • Peanut Butter Pancakes
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball candy
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Milkshakes
  • Ritz crackers peanut butter sandwiches dipped in dipping chocolate
  • Peanut Butter Muffins
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter (and raisins)

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Fun in the Sun 4th of July Activities for Kids

a 4th of July babyCelebrating the 4th of July is an American tradition. It is a day to celebrate our counties birth, liberty, and freedom. It is a time to remember all those who have given their lives for our country and remember those in the Armed Services that can't be here and are helping protect and support our country. We want our kids to enjoy the day as well. Here are a few fun-in-the-sun 4th of July activities for kids that you can utilize on this special day and some tips to help keep this special day safe.

Buy a red, white, and blue piñata. Fill it with candies and small toys. Set it up in the backyard patio. When you are finished with your barbecue dinner, give the kids a chance to whack the piñata and enjoy all of the riches that fall to the ground.

Do you have a pool in your yard? If so, you’ll want your guests, including the kids, to bring bathing suits to the party. To this end, here is another party activity: Fill up red, white, and blue balloons with water and initiate a “toss the balloon” game. Each child can toss a balloon to the other. Whichever kid catches the most balloons without them breaking wins.

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