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  1. 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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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. DIY Gifts from Kids: Child Silhouette Portraits

    Young girl's profileWith the holidays just around the corner, why not get your children involved in making homemade gifts for your family? Not only will you gain the opportunity to spend quality time with each other, but your children will feel a sense of pride in giving something to their loved ones that they helped to create.

    This silhouette craft for kids could be a great present from grandchildren to their grandparents.

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  5. Nurturing Your Child’s Dreams and Ambitions

    Boy wearing police hatAsking your child what he or she wants to be when all grown up can be a lot of fun for parents as well as for the child. The imaginations of young children can be astounding. One week your child may want to be a firefighter, and the next week a great chef, and the next week a professional athlete. By giving children the tools to realize their ambitions, we can show them that, with some work and planning, their dreams are attainable.

    Here are some ways to help nurture your child’s dreams:

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