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  1. 10 Ways That Parents Show Love for Their Children

    Dad hugging daughterElizabeth Stone wrote in her book, A Boy I Once Knew: “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.”

    This sums up the way many parents feel about their children, and the love that they feel is often described as incomparable to any other kind of love. New parents are often astounded by the amount of love that they are capable of having.

    Expressing parental love comes in many different forms. Here are 10 typical ways that parents show love for their children every day:

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  2. Benefits of Pets for Kids: Should Our Family Adopt an Animal?

    Young girl lying on couch with pet dogThe companionship of a pet is a unique experience. For many people, a pet can become a member of the family, and for children, having a pet can provide many benefits. Adding a feathered or furry friend to your family can be a wonderful thing, but there are various factors that you should consider before adoption:

    • Do I have enough time to commit to caring for an animal or bird?
    • What kind of pet best fits my family’s lifestyle?
    • Do I have enough money to care for a pet, including for such expenses as food, toys, visits to the veterinarian, and vaccinations?

    To help you determine the answers, do some homework. Resources are available at libraries, bookstores, and online, and by talking with local vets, animal shelters, and friends.

    What are some benefits of having a pet?

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  3. 7 Truths about Being a Parent: How Your World Changes When You Have Kids

    messy child in high chairNo matter how many parenting books you may read or how many people you may ask for advice, nothing can fully prepare you for becoming a parent. Think back to before you had children and to what your life was like, and to how different your life is now.

    If you could go back in time to tell yourself what you would experience after your child was born – the truth about becoming a parent – what would you say?

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  4. 4 Valentine’s Day Crafts to Make with Your Kids

    Girl with homemade ValentineWhat better way to celebrate the “holiday of love” than by spending time with the people you love!

    The following fun and simple crafts and activities for Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful way to share quality time with your kids. Afterward, be sure to head to our Facebook page to share photos of your children’s creations and of your little ones.

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  5. How to Thwart a Tantrum in its Tracks

    Crying toddlerUnfortunately, temper tantrums tend to be a fact of life when you are a parent of a toddler. Your child could be completely happy one minute, and in the next minute have a virtual total meltdown.

    While tantrums can often test a parent’s patience, consider your child’s situation. Tantrums can be caused by a number of factors, such as the inability of your child to communicate what he or she is feeling, because he or she doesn’t yet know the words; trying to assert independence, which is completely natural for toddlers; or feeling hungry, tired, over stimulated or simply bored.

    Tantrums are inevitable, so here are some tips for handling a toddler’s tantrums without losing your cool.

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