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Magnet or Charter? What Are the Benefits?

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Colorful billboards for different schools line the interstate. Parents drive through the city and see school signs boasting the best qualities through branding and marketing. But, what are the real benefits of them?... Read full article

7 Fun Things To Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

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Since quality time with friends and family can be hard to come by these days, consider using that after-dinner time to create a new family tradition. ... Read full article

Adoption: The Trials and Triumphs of Forever Families

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There are many reasons why people consider adoption. For some, it’s a result of failed fertility efforts. For others, it’s a desire to enlarge their family and make life better for a child. But for all, it’s a way to bring people of diverse culture, ... Read full article

Long Term Effects of Parental Favoritism

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Siblings often joke about being Mom’s favorite. But a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family shows that parents playing favorites is no joking matter. Seventy percent of mothers who participated in the survey admitted to having a favorite ch... Read full article

Stop Overparenting & Raise an Adult

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Imagine spending all this time and energy raising your kids, and then when you send them off to college someday, you still have to call to wake them up every morning to make sure they get to class on time. Sounds shocking, right? When I was in colleg... Read full article



Changing Families, Changing Traditions

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When there is a death, divorce or remarriage in the family, the holiday season is laden with change.... Read full article

Chocolate Milk Burps, Gummy Bears and the Joy of Childhood

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Raise your hand if you LOVE that gummy bear commercial where a group of distinguished looking grown-ups sit around in a boardroom discussing how their gummy bears are “gooder” than others.... Read full article

Allowances for Kids? Take the Poll!

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Should children be given an allowance? Take the poll.... Read full article

Hang In There, Camper! Tips for Helping Anxious Kids Enjoy Summer Camp

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As May approaches, school children typically have one thing on their mind, summer break. Thoughts of school are replaced with what they are going to do or where they are going, with some going on vacation; some visiting relatives; and some staying ho... Read full article

The Unfinished Family: Struggling with Secondary Infertility

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I bought a yellow shirt that read, “I’m a Big Sister!” in a rainbow-glitter font. My daughter was barely two years old, and I knew that having a second child might not happen immediately. ... Read full article

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