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  1. Ideas for Starting a Family Tradition

    Family cooking togetherFor many people, the holiday season is steeped in family traditions that bring loved ones together. Whether using Grandma’s gravy recipe or inherited table settings, or making a pumpkin or apple pie from scratch, or watching football or going for a walk after the big meal, family traditions can run the gamut.

    For children, traditions can provide a feeling of stability and consistency – something to look forward to. Traditions can also build a sense of family-history pride in a child, or present an opportunity to create memories that can last a lifetime.

    Traditions, however, don’t necessarily have to be passed down from generation to generation. You can start one around any activity or event that’s important to your family, whether holiday-related or unique to your family.

    Here are some ideas for starting family traditions:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. Quiz: Which Volunteering Option Matches your Family’s Lifestyle?

    family volunteer opportunities quizVolunteering as a family can be a great way to spend time with your loved ones while teaching children to think larger than themselves and instilling values such as kindness and compassion.

    To motivate your family and build excitement about volunteering, it’s important to align the volunteering opportunity with the interests of your family members. This also can help children to look forward to the opportunity, rather than viewing it as a chore.

    Ready to find some family volunteer opportunities? First, take our quiz to find an option that meet’s your family’s lifestyle:

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  3. 30 Random Acts of Kindness Your Kids Can Perform

    random acts of kindnessA little bit of kindness can go a long way, and often it doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day. The term a “random act of kindness” – allegedly coined by writer Anne Herbert, author of the children’s book Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, published in 1993 by Volcano Press – refers to a selfless act performed either to help or cheer up someone else.

    Kindness and compassion are contagious. To help you teach your child that he or she can contribute to spreading goodwill, here are 30 ideas for “random acts of kindness” that your child could perform on any day.

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  4. How to Soothe a Teething Baby

    teething babyAs many parents can attest, an infant’s baby teeth making their debut through delicate pink gums is often accompanied by crying, fussing, and the child’s overall discomfort. According to the Mayo Clinic, most babies begin the natural process of teething at around 6 months old.

    If your infant exhibits any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that teething is imminent:

    • Chewing on solid objects
    • Drooling
    • Crankiness and irritability
    • Swollen gums
    • Loss of appetite
    • Trouble sleeping

    Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to soothe a teething baby:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. Why Stay-at-Home Parents Need Life Insurance

    Woman doing laundryDoes a stay-at-home parent need life insurance since he or she technically doesn’t contribute to the household income? The answer is yes.

    Why? Because, should the unthinkable happen to the stay-at-home parent, the other parent – the primary or sole breadwinner of your household – would have to continue working to support the family and also pay other expenses, such as childcare, to replace your at-home contributions to the family.

    The work contribution of a stay-at-home parent should never be discounted when determining life insurance coverage. It’s also not a question of “if” a stay-at-home parent should have as much, or more, or less, life insurance coverage as a working parent. Instead, determine the need for life insurance for a stay-at-home parent based on his or her contributions to your household.

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