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  1. Recognizing Everyday Role Models

    woman firefighter smilingEvery day, there are members of our community who normally work behind the scenes to ensure that our neighborhoods and cities are safe and running smoothly. Often, these everyday role models go unrecognized for their hard work and dedication.

    And although we might not necessarily acknowledge their efforts as much as we should, our children certainly do. Many children admire community role models like nurses, teachers, police men and women, and firefighters so much, in fact, that they often pretend to be them, would like to grow up to be them or get very emotional in their presence, as one Cincinnati toddler did when he met his neighborhood heroes.

    So, instead of only recognizing these role models in official ceremonies or during parades, it might be a good idea to take a hint from our children and acknowledge them more frequently with a small thank you. After all, who doesn’t want to feel appreciated for the work that they do?

    If you aren’t entirely sure how to acknowledge these wonderful members of our communities, follow these three easy steps:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. Which Members of Your Family Might Need Life Insurance?

    mom carries her daughterIn addition to your own life insurance policy, you may want to explore policies for your family. To evaluate whether or not your family could benefit from having insurance policies for individual family members, it’s important to consider what would happen if something happened to a family member.

    How much life insurance you need depends on such things as how many dependents you have, their ages, the length of time that you want to protect them, and the amount of money that you can afford to pay.

  3. Balancing Your Pre-teen’s School and Activities Schedule

    Pre-teen with soccer ballWhen your child is very young, your schedule may become your child’s schedule: If you need to go to the store after work, for example, your son or daughter goes with you. When your child enters the pre-teen stage, however, your schedules will probably head down different paths as your child takes part in a growing number of activities such as birthday parties, basketball practices, school plays and drum lessons.

    Suddenly, the roles have reversed. Often, your pre-teen’s schedule is now your schedule.

    Adjusting can sometimes be difficult, but there are many ways to make organizing your pre-teen’s schedule and the family schedule a little easier. Here are several:

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  4. 10 U.S. Roadside Attractions That You May Not Want to Miss

    family in carYou’ve likely dismissed as “tourist traps” road signs that claim “Don’t Miss the World’s Largest [fill in the blank]! Only 100 Miles Away!” As you get closer and closer, the signs keep appearing, with distance updated: “50 Miles Away!,” “25 Miles Away!,” “5 Miles Away!”

    By ignoring the signs and continuing on your merry way, might you be missing out on unusual sights and ways to break up long, monotonous car rides for your family?

    Here’s a speedy look at ten unusual U.S. roadside attractions in eight states, including along famous Route 66:

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  5. Homestay vs. Staying in a Hotel: A Less Expensive Way to Travel?

    Family eating breakfast in hotelWhen looking for a place to stay for you and your family while on vacation or overnight trips, you may want to consider homestay services, which provide an alternative to hotels, motels, inns and guest houses.

    Staying in a homestay will often be a less expensive way to travel than staying in a hotel, but that probably isn’t the only thing you should factor in when choosing an accommodation. Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding between a homestay or hotel:

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    Categories: Saving Money