Kids and their petsChildren and Pets
You have probably heard the old saying, “A man’s best friend is his dog.” Well, not only does this hold true for man, but for a family as well. Let’s look at how having a pet can benefit your family and some tips on choosing the right one..

Do you remember when you were a child, and your parents took you to the local pound and you picked out your first pet. Or when your mom and dad brought home a little puppy dog? How did you feel? Exhilarated; excited, and when the dog licked your face and stuck out his paw; he touched your heart, didn’t he? This is no less true for families today. True, having a pet may start out as a gift for the kids who have been nagging you for months. But the truth is the pet is welcome by you and your spouse as well.READ More on Benefits Of Pets And Tips For Picking The Right One

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For many parents, their teen is a closed book, with a padlock, and poison spikes, and maybe a big dog in front of it. At times it seems impossible to get them to open up and talk about their lives. But talking to your teen and knowing about their lives is one of the best ways to protect them from danger. Spying and snooping around isn’t the best way to get that information either, it will only upset matters if your teen finds out. Communication at this stage of your childs life can definitely be a parenting challenge. READ More on Teen Parenting – Some Ideas To Get Your Teenager To Open Up

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by Stacey Schifferdecker

Your garage sale is advertised to open at 7:00 and customers are lined up outside, but Lisa hasn’t arrived with the cash box full of change. Your grant proposal has to be in the mail today but the financials haven’t arrived yet. Your son’s church group couldn’t go to the concert they had planned to attend because two of the adult drivers/chaperones didn’t show up. READ More on Teaching Kids Responsibility – One Step At A Time

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There are many styles of parenting, and each style has its advantages. That is why I feel it is important to understand the different parenting styles and take the best aspects of each. One such style is positive parenting. The words “positive parenting” tend to be thrown around a lot these days. Some people think it’s simply being loving to your children and avoiding punishment. Well, they’re partly right, but the important thing to remember is through the positive reinforcement there are consequences for behaviors and you are always working toward the goal of having happy, well-adjusted children. Children who live in positive environments don’t turn out to be spoiled brats! They grow up to be intelligent and successful in all aspects of their lives. READ More on Postitive Parenting: Raising Happy and Healthy Kids – Part 1

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It’s never too early to teach your little one to enjoy music. Kids love to sing and dance to their heart’s content.
Most children have a heap of natural musical ability. How you nurture it is the key to whether your child’s musical ability will continue to grow.
These days, parents are so anxious to give their children the “upper hand”, enrolling them in dance at age 2, soccer by age 4, and music lessons shortly thereafter. While this may appear to make your child well-rounded, in some cases you are doing more harm than good. Preschool children should certainly be exposed to good music but in a less formal setting than private lessons. You can find a wealth of different activities more appropriate to the mind-set and attention span of a 3 or 4 year old.READ More on Exposing your Preschooler to Music