by Stacey Schifferdecker

Christmas break has just ended and your children have gone 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? READ More on Some Thoughts On School Breaks

Parenting Magazine Selects Shout! Factory's 'The Best Of The … – PR Web (pr…

11 Jan 2007 at 3:05am

PR Web (press release) Parenting Magazine Selects Shout! Factory's 'The Best Of The ….
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Announced in the February 2007 issue, on stands today, Parenting magazine has awarded Shout! Factory's The Best Of The Electric Company DVD box set its ….

E-Town Group Offers Parenting Program (RedNova)

11 Jan 2007 at 8:15am

Elizabethtown Communities That Care will sponsor an Active Parenting Now program. The free program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, from Jan. 18 through Feb. 22, at the Bainbridge Elementary School.

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A major part of good communication between parent and child is active listening. But, what is ACTIVE listening? It means not merely staring at the child while he or she talks, but actively taking in what is said and exploring its meaning without jumping to conclusions. One reason this is important is that if you have young kids they may say or convey things that are difficult to understand and if as parents we sometimes try to fill in the gaps. This can be frustrating to a child when you guess the wrong meaning. Patience is very important and many of times I have had to really listen to my son Kailan, and put myself in his shoes to understand what he was really trying to say. So what can we do to improve our skills?READ More on Active Listening and Parenting

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The Carnival of Family Life is where some of the best bloggers and writers on the internet come together and share their thoughts and reflections on family, parenting and kids. The Carnival happens weekly and it is a great place for tips, advice, and a chance to sit back and relax as people share their thoughts, stories and experiences. This weeks Carnival of Family Life #36 is hosted by Kailani at An Island Life. Thankyou Kailani for hosting this weeks carnival. You did an excellent job and is a must read for all our readers here at More4kids.

Some of the articles we really enjoyed Kelly's article Happy Birthday – Dock Jumper. She has a picture of her son who was 11 pounds when born. Wow, what a big boy. The first thing I did was show the article to my wife who also just said wow! We thought our son was a big boy who was 10 pounds when born. Make sure to visit Kelly at Pass The Torch .

Also check out Dana's post It’s A Girl! at Principled Discovery who is expecting her 4th child. Congratulations from all of us here at More4kids!

Being in the middle of a school year I especially enjoyed Lisa's post Getting Through a Sick Day. As a child with asthma I can remember from personal experience how miserable a sick day can get. Please find time to visit Lisa at Let’s Talk Babies.

These are just a few of many articles posted in this weeks carnival. Make sure to visit the Carnival of Family Life #36!

And by the way, next Monday Jan 15th More4kids will be hosting the Carnival of Family Life #37. Don't forget to come back and check it out. If you have an article to share please feel free to send it to me or go to the Carnival of Family Life to submit it. See you next week!

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Parents take lots of precautions to keep their children from getting in trouble. They teach them what they think is right and try to keep them from succumbing to negative peer pressure. But kids will be kids no matter what you do and sometimes they make mistakes. The important part is what you do after. If your teen is being influenced by other teens, there are some steps you can take to help them get back on track. READ More on Teens And Peer Pressure

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7 Jan 2007 at 7:20pm

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Post your parenting questions at on the Parenting Help forum and we'll find experts to answer them. ….

New on She Said: Ask your parenting questions (The News Journal)

7 Jan 2007 at 7:19pm

Parenting is the toughest job there is, and while it brings plenty of joys, it also raises lots of questions. She Said is here to help. Post your parenting questions at on the Parenting Help forum and we'll find experts to answer them. Just register for the forums and you can get started. Right now on the forum you'll find an answer to one of the age-old questions: …

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The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree. Like mother like daughter, like father like son. A chip off the old block. While those are clichéd, trite phrases, there is much truth to them. Comedians joke that if you want to see what your wife will look like in forty years, look at her mother.

Children learn what they live and as parents we are their role models. Our kids tend to emulate what we do, how we live, good habits as well as bad. That is why as a mother or father we need to realize this. My New Years resolution is to be more cognizant of the life I live and the examples I set for my two boys. READ More on Make A Family New Years Resolution

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