1. 4 Ways for Stay-at-Home Parents to Make Money Without Leaving Home

    Father working from home with sleeping infantStay-at-home parenthood can be rewarding: You get to spend every day with your children without struggling to achieve an elusive home-life balance, and chances are that you’ll be front-row and center for every school function, dance recital and T-ball practice.

    Although the life of a stay-at-home parent can certainly be gratifying, it also can lack the monetary reward of a traditional 9-to-5 job on which many families rely.

    If you’re a stay-at-home parent, consider these four ways to earn money and contribute to household income without ever stepping outside of your front door:

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  2. Easing the Transition to Caregiver for an Elderly Parent

    Father and grown son sitting on porchEach situation differs, but the scenarios are similar: One day you turn around and suddenly realize that your parents are getting older and need help with day-to-day living. When this time comes, it can be difficult for everyone involved. Having a plan in place before it’s needed can therefore go a long way toward alleviating some of the stress.

    Before you find yourself taking care of elderly parents, here are some tips to help facilitate the transition to caregiver:

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  3. The Best WORST Dad Jokes of All Time

    the best worst dad jokes of all timeIt often seems that a man’s sense of humor evolves when he becomes a father. He develops a remarkable and uncanny ability to work puns and cheesy one-liners into everyday conversations. His family, often lovingly (and cringingly), is likely to refer to such quips as a “Dad joke.”

    Some people find that Dad jokes are so bad that they’re actually kind of good.

    To celebrate the sense of humor of fathers everywhere, whether it’s corny or wonderful, we’ve compiled some “Best WORST Dad Jokes” supplied by five dads who’ve used them.

    One has to admit…the jokes have “Dad” written all over them.

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  4. Flying to New Heights with “Empty Nest” Syndrome

    Smiling coupleYou knew that it would happen someday, and now it has. Your youngest child or your only child has moved out of your home and now it feels strange. Most likely, you have mixed feelings about this event.

    If you have a sense of sadness or loss, you may be experiencing what’s known as “empty nest syndrome.” This is not a clinical diagnosis but a phrase that sociologists coined to describe feelings of unhappiness or difficulty in adjusting to a new phase in life that many parents feel once their children have moved out.

    If you are having trouble adjusting to this new time in your life, here are the latest insightful findings and ways on how to deal with empty-nest syndrome:

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  5. How Closely Should You Monitor Your Child’s Social Media Activity?

    Father and son with laptopSocial media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have exploded in popularity during the past decade among all age groups. Although the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon, the following might come as a surprise: Children are joining their first social media site at increasingly young ages.

    According to a recent study from Knowthenet, an online information hub and practical advice resource based in the UK, 59 percent of children have joined an online social network before age 10.

    It’s important for parents to be aware of how their children are interacting with social media, but exactly how closely should parents monitor social media sites that their children visit?

    Here are some tips for handling this delicate issue:

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