1. Infographic: The Rising Numbers of Stay-at-Home Dads

    stay-at-home-dadsdad with many hands juggling responsibilitiesNot that many decades ago, stay-at-home mothers were the norm in the United States. That started changing during and after World War II because of numerous factors, including the need for women factory workers during the booming war years and a growing post-war economy. This led to two-working-parent households seeking to “keep up with the Joneses,” more women attending college than ever before, and more women joining the workforce to earn their own paycheck or expand their horizons.

    Today, many women continue to balance career and family, and some are the primary breadwinner. However, an interesting trend has emerged:  Although women were once tasked with raising the children, the past two decades have seen a steady increase in the number of men who choose to be stay-at-home dads, although for different reasons. Since 1989, the number of men who do not work outside the home has nearly doubled.

    The accompanying infographic features stay-at-home dad statistics that may surprise you.

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  2. How to Help Build Confidence in Children

    Young Girl Playing FootballYouths today often struggle with self-confidence and body-image issues. In a recent survey by the NYU Child Study Center 59% of girls in 5th to 12th grade responded that they were dissatisfied with their body shape.  However, negative body image impacts young boys, too. The media, peers and pop culture are all influencing factors in a child’s personal development, but it’s still the parents who play the greatest role.

    Here are some ways you can help your children to believe in themselves:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. How to Teach Children Patience

    Impatient ChildDo your kids interrupt you when you’re speaking, demand a refill at the dinner table, and need constant attention? You’re not alone. It’s natural for kids to be impatient. As a parent, it’s how you address impatience that can mean the difference between raising a patient, well-adjusted child or an impatient child who grows up to be an impatient adult.

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  4. Household Hacks: How to Remove Stains Using Items You Already Own

    Mother & Daughter Look at Brothers Covered in DirtBuying new clothes might actually be an enjoyable process, if you didn’t already know what was on the horizon. As soon as your child wears those clothes, they may come back stained with grass or mustard or grease. The rate at which your child (and significant other) is able to stain clothing would be pretty impressive, if you could just figure out how to remove common stains from them.

    Of course, you want to get rid of stains so that those clothes can be worn again. However, stain-removal products can be expensive, and they don’t always work. If the added cost and extra work wasn’t bad enough, your child will be pretty disappointed if he or she can no longer wear a favorite shirt.

    Before getting to the actual removal process, you need to make sure the stain does not set. Immediately, treat the stain with water or another type of solvent, keep away from any source of heat, and gently work the solvent into the stain.

    Once you have prevented the stain from setting, there are a few inexpensive tricks you can then use. For ideas on how to remove common stains, try these tips:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. Think Beyond Spring Cleaning: Creative Ways to Stay Organized Throughout the Year

    Organized Children’s RoomWinter takes its toll on your home. Since it’s so dark and cold all the time, you rarely feel like cleaning and things inevitably get dirty. It happens to the best of us.

    By the time spring rolls around though, you’re tired of the mess and ready to scour everything in sight. But cleaning the entire house in a weekend (or in a series of weekends) can be daunting. Your children’s toys are everywhere, clothes need to be donated, drawers need to be organized … and that’s just in your bedroom. With such a big mess, where do you even start?

    Instead of having to go through this ordeal every spring, it might be helpful to keep things in order throughout the year. This way, when spring cleaning time rolls around, the job seems more manageable.

    That’s a great idea, you might be thinking, but how do I keep things arranged in a more orderly way?

    We’re glad you asked! Here are some excellent home organization ideas that should help:

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