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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. Activities to Build Children’s Creativity During Summer

    Boy by pool wearing towel as capeWhen thinking of summer, the sounds of lawn mowers, splashing water, and jingle of the ice cream truck may come to mind. Summer also might find you hearing a child say, “I’m bored, I’m bored, I’m bored!” Without school to fill up a good portion of their day, children may become restless.

    For some parents, helping a child to replace school time with fun summer activities can be a challenge. You want your child to have fun and stay active, but you also need time for your own work and errands.

    Here are three activities for keeping children active while building creativity during the months they aren’t in school:

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  5. Activities to Keep Kids Happily Occupied During Road Travel

    Three young girls sitting in back seat of car“Are we there yet?” If you’ve ever taken small children on a road trip, you’ve probably heard the question repeatedly. When you were young, you probably asked that question yourself.

    Long car trips can be difficult for young children. Their sense of elapsed time is different than for adults and they’re not used to sitting still for long periods of time without much to do. The relative lack of space inside a car can make it all the harder for parents to provide children with diversions to help pass the time.

    To make long car rides more pleasant for the whole family, try these car activities:

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