Grandmother and Grandchild spending quality time togetherNational Grandparents Day 2015!!

For all those grandparents reading this article know that we love you very much. There are many things to enjoy about the wonderful world of grandparenting. You have the exciting opportunity to see the world through a child’s eyes all over again – without the stress of juggling the many activities and obligations that parents have today. Grandparents have the luxury of an afternoon of board games or an evening movie marathon, much to the grandchildren’s delight. READ More on The Wonderful World Of Grandparenting

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If you live in the Chattanooga Tennessee and have a family you are very lucky. My wife and I moved here 3 years ago and love it. It is a great place to live and raise a family. Recently we found out about a great local organization and want to help spread the word. This organization is dedicated to building a stronger community by building stronger families. In 1997 a group of civic leaders banded together with that realization. They realized the future of our community here in the Chattanooga area lies in the health and vitality of the family unit. They formed First Things First, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a better community by supporting and helping keep families together though education, collaboration and mobilization.READ More on Building Stronger Families And Marriages In Chattanooga Tennessee

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Saint Patricks Day is almost here. Here are some fun recipes that are sure to delight the whole family: Shamrock Cookes, Green Magical Cookies and a Shamrock Shake. Shamrock Cookies.

Use your heart-shaped cookie cutter to make Shamrock Cookies for St. Patrick's Day.

Here's how:

Time needed from start to finish, including time to put icing on the cookies, 2 to 2.5 hours.

Yield: 2 dozen large shamrock cookies READ More on Saint Patty's Day Recipes: Shamrock Cookies, Green Magical Cookies and Shamrock Shake

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By Julie Baumgardner

a family photoThere have been many news reports of late about how teen star, Lindsey Lohan, and her mother have been seen out on the town partying together. While some teens might think that sounds really cool, that your mom would go out partying with you, the majority of young people will be quick to tell you they don’t want their parents acting like them. According to Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Adolescence Isn’t Terminal, It Just Feels Like It, some parents believe that the way to navigate the teen years is to become their teen’s best friend. READ More on Nine Ways To Be Your Teens Best Friend

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Stubborn Little GirlThe joys and woes of parenthood. When one becomes a parent, it is often like one is signing a contract that allows for some 21 years of parenting issues. From babyhood to adulthood, there is always some parenting issue or crisis that parents need to deal with. However, with the proper know-how, many parenting issues can be successfully circumvented.  For many parents a stubborn child can be very challenging, and staying cool and calm can be even more challenging. Here are some tips that may help.

Patience is a Virtue

Yes, that is indeed a common saying, but for those who are dealing with the parenting issue of having a stubborn child, it really can be immensely helpful. Say for example, that one is dealing with a child who will never clean their room. READ More on Parenting And Dealing With A Stubborn Child

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Helping Little Hands - toddler helping shovel snowIt’s never too early to ask your kids to help you with chores around the house. You can even start as early as two years old. Remember to supervisor young children. While children mature at different rates, you can still determine what age appropriate chores are best suited for toddlers, kids, pre-teens and teens.   READ More on Parenting, Chores And Children

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What do you do when when you find out that your toddler is starting bite other children? While toddlers are always prone to hurt themselves in their little ventures around the household, many of them use the weapon of their teeth to hurt other children, or even grown ups. Toddler biting is one of the disturbing behaviors that parents or guardians encounter when their children enter the toddling stage. Understanding the causes of this behavior and seeking preventive measures is a primary concern for many parents and caretakers. READ More on Parenting And Coping With Toddler Biting Issues

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