Two friends having fun during school breakChristmas break is over and for many of us Spring break is also ending. You children will be going back to school, probably moaning at least a little. But the last semester of school looms with numerous school holidays, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, spring break, Memorial Day, and of course parent-teacher conferences. In fact, there is not a single month between now and summer break when my children are not out of school at least one day. The kids may be delighted, but most parents find these breaks in the routine of daily life less fun. How can you survive school breaks with humor and grace?
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single mother, child and pet doggyLife happens and sometimes life events are out of our control. One of the first things you think about when you are a single parent by choice (divorce, unmarried) or natural circumstances (death of a spouse), is who will care for my child or children?

There are a number of options and each has its pros and cons. Do your homework and based on your work routine, budget and the temperament of your child, choose a child care option that works with single parenting, not against it.READ More on Child Care And The Dilemma Of Single Parenting

At about 46% in the U.S. , it is sometimes surprising that the divorce rate isn't actually higher than it really is. Assuming it isn't just inertia on the part of the 54%, it's a tribute to the willingness of so many couples to work out their differences. This ability and willingness is a key factor in building strong family and keeping them together.

Fortunately, most parents will agree on one thing: the children should not be put in the middle of these conflicts. Avoiding that result requires skill, maturity, tact and compromise. It also requires that parents respect and backup each others decisions. When disagreement is inevitable try to work it out outside the ears of young children. However, seeing parents work out disagreements rationally and calmly can actually be a healthy thing. READ More on Parenting And When Parents Disagree

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Coloring Easter Eggs is fun!!Coloring Easter eggs is a family tradition for us here at More4kids and it is a time almost all kids look forward to every year. However, it can be very messy, right? Well here are some ideas for Easter egg coloring made easy and inexpensive as well.

Now in the old days, you would buy an egg coloring kit which required you to use vinegar and dyes. Using a tablespoon to drop the eggs into cups; take them out again became a bit messy. The kit everyone seemed to use was the PAAS egg coloring kit.
Since then, PAAS has come out with new and quite exciting ways in which to color eggs. In fact, they now have holders for the eggs to make coloring them more efficient and user friendly. Although you can still buy these kits, there are other ways in which you can decorate Easter eggs without having to use any dye at all. READ More on Coloring Easter Eggs The Easy Way

By Julie Baumgardner

Family Time FunJulie and Steve Barringer have two children, both of whom attend different schools and are very active in extracurricular activities. Caitlin and Webb are involved in softball, basketball, youth handbells, Chattanooga Boys Choir, music and Boy Scouts.
A typical day for the Barringers begins with Julie and Caitlin getting up at 6:15 a.m. They leave for school and work at 7:15 a.m., which is when Steve and Webb get up and get ready. They are off to school by 8:15 a.m. The children have activities in the evening Monday through Wednesday. Steve and Julie rely on their mothers to help them out with transportation for the kids.
“Monday through Wednesday are our busiest days,” said Julie. “Without the help of our parents it would be impossible for the kids to participate in all that they do.” Monday through Friday Caitlin has sports practice. She is also on a select traveling softball team that practices year round and currently practices on the weekend.
“Most nights we are all home by 6:30 or 7 p.m. and that is when homework begins. Everybody eats when they get hungry. Bedtime is at 10:00 p.m. Between 9 and 10 is the time that we connect with our kids.” READ More on Reclaiming Family Time

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happy little gift with easter bunny earsDidn't we all love Easter when we were kids? It was especially fun not only coloring Easter eggs but hunting for them in the morning. Mom always found neat places to hide them. While coloring Easter eggs has taken on a similar but new art form, here are are few inexpensive gift ideas kids and parents will surely enjoy.

  • One idea is to purchase inexpensive bunny ears for your kids to wear. While they are trying to find their Easter eggs they can hop around. Make a game of it!
  •  Another favorite treat for kids is the very popular marshmallow chicks. These have been around since we were kids, and these are sure to be a hit with yours, too! You can add these to a small basket; take different colored tissue paper and cut them into strips to make a nest; line the basket; add the chicks along with a small bag of jelly beans, and some chocolate Easter eggs.READ More on Looking For Inexpensive Easter Gift Ideas?

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Happy Little Toddler Saving Her MoneyAs Parents it is up to us to help provide financial prowess in teaching kids how to handle money. We are our childs first teachers. Here are some tips on how to accomplish this difficult process.

Kids learn by example. If you are in debt, odds are they will be too. You need to teach fiscal responsibility at an early stage. The earlier you discuss money with your kids, the better prepared they will become. Open up a savings account with your kids; allow them to deposit and make withdrawals. Give them the option to use the account in whichever way they decide. By allowing them this freedom to choose, you are also giving them the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. Always be there in case they need your advice in this regard. READ More on Parenting And Teaching Your Child The Value Of Money

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