Grandmother and Granddaughter spending time togetherBeing a great grandparent is something of a balancing act. You need to be an understanding, supportive parent to your own children, as well as being supportive and loving to the grandchildren too.

As a parent to your own children, the temptation is always present to tell your kids what to do, correct them when you feel they're wrong, and disregard or disrespect their wishes. All of these actions will only serve to annoy, irritate, and possibly alienate them from you though. And if your adult children are alienated from you, it will be next to impossible to have a relationship with your grandchildren. READ More on Tips for Successful Grandparenting

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The five minute pasta mealFamily time, where has it gone to? With everyone on the go these days, it seems as if the family dinner has taken a back seat to after-school activities, and overtime. Even rarer is having the entire family sit at the dining room table for dinner on any given night. While there are ten-minute meals, and the popular 30-minute meals on TV; would you be interested to know there are actually 5 minute meals your family will love? Yes, indeed! With Mothers Day almost here Dad and kids could give mom an easy treat and make dinner for her. Here are a few recipes you can whip up in no time. READ More on 5 Minute Meals Your Family Will Love – Ready, Set, Cook!

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Hello Everyone,

First off we want to apologize to all our readers for our site being down the last two days. Due to the overwelming success of our More4kids Parenting site, we have moved to a new server. That caused some unexpected technical issues. Those issues should be resolved and we hope you all will enjoy a much faster More4kids.

Now for a few changes. On our home page, at you will notice signup for our Newsletter. We are excited about it and want to give our readers some of our best articles before they hit our site. We also plan to send out a weekly 'whats new' at More4kids that will highlight all the articles we have put up over the last week. In addition, we will start giving special 'deals' only to our subscribers at from our childrens personalized gifts site at

Really soon we plan to release a new ebook that can only be obtained exclusively at More4kids.  A guest writer for us, Dr. Caron B. Goode, founder for the Academy of Coaching Parents, has helped write a book on Childhood development. We are in the final editing phase right now and are really excited to be offering this must have resource for parents who want to understand how their child develops, and most of all, what that can do to help encourge their childrens emotional and mental development.

There is much more we have in store for everyone over the coming year and we want to thank everyone for our continued growth, it has been a very humbling experience for us.

Warmest regards,

Julie and Kevin
 "More4kids, because kids don’t come with instructions"

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By Julie Baumgardner

Karen’s son lied about his homework, so she grounded him from weekend activities. Her son was scheduled to be with his dad that weekend so she called her ex to ask him to honor the grounding. He refused, saying that was his only time with his son and he wasn’t obligated to fulfill her decisions. Karen was furious. 

Was Karen right to ask her ex to do this? Was her ex wrong not to honor her wishes? 

“The ultimate goal is to have Karen and Ted strive to enforce similar rules and cooperate regarding the children,” said Ron Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily. “If you can achieve this level of cooperation, terrific, but the reality is, in many instances, they aren’t there. So, what we work toward is each household being autonomous, but sharing the responsibility for the children. Co-parenting does not mean sharing all decisions about the children or that either home is accountable to the other for their choices, rules or standards.” READ More on Co-Parenting Through Separation and Divorce: Making Sure your Child Wins

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Mom, dad and son spending quality time togetherParenting responsibilities should be shared between mom and dad. Each parent should back up and fully support the other. Parenting is a demanding lifetime job from which you never get to retire. However, it is by far the most rewarding. There are no courses for parenting and no exams to pass – all you need to do is follow your instincts and make the right choice for your children. Shared parenting and shared responsibilities will help make parenting more enjoyable and rewarding. Here are some ideas to make the most of shared parenting, and make it work for you.READ More on Tips For Shared Parenting

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Single mom reading book to her daughterAre you a single parent who is looking to be a better Mother or Father to your children? Single parenting can be very rough and exhausting. Unfortunately, single-parent families are becoming more and more common today than ever before, it is never easy on the parent or the child. And increasingly large groups of children live with parents who were never married. Also, there are a small number of children living with a widowed parent.

There are of course many positive opinions behind being a single parent. For example, you can raise your child according to your own beliefs and traditions without conflicting input from a spouse. Single parents often form closer bonds with their children. Fathers who are single parents may end up being more nurturing and the Mothers end up being more involved with their child's social activities. READ More on Single Parenting – 6 Tips for the Single Parent

two young friends saying goodbyePart of parenting is keeping our children safe and secure. Kids feel safe and secure in a predictable world. The end of a school year can often times be a time of change for young kids. My son, Jacob, who is 4 1/2 has to say goodbye to a few of his friends. That can be hard for a young child to understand and comprehend. However, everything in life is changing every day, all of the time. Change is as basic a part of our reality as night as day is. If there is one thing that you can count on in life, it is the unpredictability of change. As human beings our bodies are in a constant state of change, our minds are always evolving, and our attitudes towards life are changing every minute by what we are experiencing from everything around us. READ More on Parenting 101: Teaching Your Kids Not To Fear Change

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