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  1. Happy Father’s Day

    Dad, Sons Celebrating Father's DayCelebrate dad with this Father’s Day quiz.

    He’s always been there for you. He’s the guy who gave you life, held your hand, and then launched you on your own path. He’s your father.

    The paternal bond is like no other, and that’s why we take time every third Sunday in June to celebrate fatherhood. On that day we’ll also show our appreciation for grandfathers, uncles and other surrogate “dads” who, by word and deed, have been our mentors.

    Let’s take a look at some well-known fathers and sons and fathers and daughters, past and present.  Answer our Father’s Day trivia questions to test your knowledge about these famous fathers, and their unique legacies to their kids.

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    Categories: General Interest
  2. Father’s Day Ideas for Kids

    Father's Day Activities for the FamilyLaunch a family time capsule with dad.

    We all look for ways to preserve memories of special times with our loved ones. One Father’s Day activity everyone will love is creating a family time capsule together.

    This shouldn’t be a solo project. Make the kids and dad part of the fun. Brainstorm which family mementos and treasures to stow away, so that a future unearthing will induce smiles all around.

    Here’s how to start this fun Father’s Day activity, along with a few suggestions for what to stash in the time capsule:

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    Categories: General Interest
  3. Health & Fitness Apps for Dads

    Dad Exercising With SonThese days, dad is joining mom in the quest to “do it all.” Balancing job, childcare and housework is increasingly the goal of both parents.

    Indeed, dads today are active co-parents and sometimes even primary caregivers. This takes energy, which requires a focus on fitness. After all, dad can’t run after the kids if he’s struggling to get off of the couch after a hard day of vacuuming.

    Even as dads are stepping up, the digital world is stepping in, with a host of health-promoting “apps” (short for “applications” software used on smartphones or other mobile device).  Here are some great health and fitness apps for dads that are free or inexpensive to download. Check to see if they’re compatible with the operating system on dad’s mobile device:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. Teaching Kids To Manage Money

    Dad Teaching Kids the Value of MoneyHow to coach your kids to be financially independent.

    Father’s Day is a great time for dads to talk with their young children about money, particularly ways to grow toward financial independence. Think back for a moment; how much was your first allowance? Chances are it was a modest sum based mostly on your age. It’s a pretty good bet that your parents had an “expiration date” in mind for your childhood stipend. As it turns out, many dads and moms should have put that date in writing … in a contract posted on the fridge!

    According to data from the Pew Research Center, nearly one in five adults 18 to 34 years old are still getting regular financial help from parents or other family members. The tight job market, onerous student loans, and the high cost of living are all challenges fueling this trend. Even so, a good grounding in financial basics has kept many other young adults from leaving a body imprint on the parental couch.

    Here are some tips on what fathers can do to teach their kids to manage money, be self-sufficient and – hopefully – even financially savvy:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. The Four Different Types of Life Insurance

    Family Evaluating Life Insurance PlansThere are four different types of life insurance: variable life insurance, universal life insurance, whole life insurance and term life insurance. When purchasing life insurance for yourself or a member of your family, it’s helpful to understand the different types before making your final decision.

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