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Checklist

Use these checklists to make life easier, not harder

In today's high-speed world, there are so many things to remember. For example, what should you look for when purchasing a car seat for your child? What does each member of your family need to remember to pack for that summer vacation? Rather than trying to answer these questions without any extra assistance, turn to a tried-and-true method that's been helping parents for decades: the checklist. We'll be compiling our favorite and most useful checklists here, as a way to help you keep track of those easy-to-forget details.

  1. 10 Ways That Parents Show Love for Their Children

    February 16, 2016

    Dad hugging daughterElizabeth Stone wrote in her book, A Boy I Once Knew: “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.”

    This sums up the way many parents feel about their children, and the love that they feel is often described as incomparable to any other kind of love. New parents are often astounded by the amount of love that they are capable of having.

    Expressing parental love comes in many different forms. Here are 10 typical ways that parents show love for their children every day:

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  2. 7 Truths about Being a Parent: How Your World Changes When You Have Kids

    February 8, 2016

    messy child in high chairNo matter how many parenting books you may read or how many people you may ask for advice, nothing can fully prepare you for becoming a parent. Think back to before you had children and to what your life was like, and to how different your life is now.

    If you could go back in time to tell yourself what you would experience after your child was born – the truth about becoming a parent – what would you say?

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  3. 10 Steps To Achieve Any Goal

    January 22, 2016

    10 steps to achieve any goalMany people like to set resolutions and goals for the year ahead. What’s even better is finding the motivation to follow through.

    Achieving a goal may not always be easy, but one shouldn’t get discouraged. Be inspired by the following 10 steps to achieve any goal and ambitions, whether you want to get into better shape, pay off financial debts, change careers, or follow a dream.

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  4. 12 Realistic Monthly Goals That You Can Set for Your Child this Year

    January 20, 2016

    12 goals to set for kidsLearning how to set goals and work toward them is an important life skill. By introducing the concept of goal-setting to your child at a young age, you can help establish a habit that can benefit your child for a lifetime.

    Especially for younger children, start by setting small goals. When children are young, a goal can simply be an action that can be repeated and tracked.

    It’s best to involve your child in the goal-setting. Find out what he or she would like to achieve this year, and then help him or her to decide the necessary steps for achieving it. For example, if your child wants to be a better reader, you could set a goal of reading for at least 15 minutes every night – a goal that’s specific and can be tracked.

    Here are some realistic ideas for setting goals for kids that you and your child can use for inspiration, tailoring them to reflect your child’s goals:

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  5. 10 Really Easy New Year’s Resolutions that You Can Keep

    January 8, 2016

    New Year’s party hatAccording to the research institute Statistic Brain, nearly half of all Americans – 45 percent – usually make a New Year’s resolution every year, of which only 8 percent successfully achieve it.

    One reason that so few people accomplish what they set out to do is because their resolutions may be unrealistic. For example, going to the gym every day may sound like a great idea but may not be workable within the constraints of everyday life.

    Setting attainable resolutions for the New Year can keep you on track as well as help you to work toward more lofty goals in the future.

    Here’s our list of 10 easy New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep this year:

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