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  1. Indoor Gardening with Kids: How to Create a Windowsill Herb Garden

    Indoor gardening with kidsSpring has officially sprung. The cold days of winter are hopefully behind us, and with spring comes the promise of warmer weather and new growth. Why not take this opportunity to teach your young children how to plant and care for an herb garden?

    Herbs are not only beautiful, coming in a variety of shapes and colors, but they are pretty easy to grow, which makes them ideal for keeping young children from becoming discouraged. Don’t worry if you have limited space outdoors or if the weather isn’t conducive yet to prolonged outdoor activity. All you need is a windowsill that receives plenty of sunlight.

    This fun project for indoor herb-gardening with kids can introduce your child to gardening from the comfort of your home.

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  2. The Ultimate List of Children’s Books Set in Each State

    Mom reading a book with daughterWith a good book and a little imagination, you and your child can travel anywhere! This list of children’s books from the National Education Association can help you and your child “take a trip” across America with a story that takes place in each state.

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  3. How to Make a Family Scrapbook with Your Kids

    Mom and daughter scrapbooking togetherLife with children is full of memorable moments and milestones. And, if you’re like many parents, you do your best to try and capture photos of everything as keepsakes for the future. But, what do you do with the photos after you’ve taken them?

    Maybe you print them or have them printed. Maybe you upload them to social media. Or, maybe they sit on your camera or phone until you can find the time to do something with them. Why not turn these photos into a fun arts and crafts project for the whole family?

    Scrapbooking is a fun and budget-friendly way to organize your family photos and create an album that your family is sure to treasure for years to come. Learn how to make a family scrapbook with your kids in seven easy steps.

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  4. Celebrating Accomplishments vs. Bragging about Your Child: The Unspoken Etiquette to Singing Your Kid’s Praises

    Boy with trophyWhen your whole world revolves around your child, you’re often quick to tell anyone who will listen how great your child is. And, with the nature of social media, sharing news of your child’s accomplishments is easier than ever. It’s also easier than ever to fall into the trap of oversharing, and crossing the line from celebration to bragging about your child.

    Sure, you could argue that bragging about your child is one of the rites of passage of being a parent, but there are ways that you can praise your child’s accolades without making other parents or other children feel any less than.

    Consider the following etiquette tips when sharing your child’s accomplishments:

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  5. 4 Ideas for Celebrating Your Child’s Accomplishments

    Family celebrating around dinner tableAccording to Merriam-Webster, an achievement is simply something that has been accomplished through effort – the result of hard work. For children, an “achievement” could refer to any number of things.

    Whether it’s acing a test, nailing an audition or tryout, making the honor roll, or meeting any other goal, it’s important to take the time to recognize and celebrate your child’s accomplishments.

    Here are four ways to acknowledge achievements, big and small, in your child’s life:

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