1. There’s No Moment Too Small: Celebrate the Little Things

    Children celebrating with confettiMost people will celebrate the big moments in life. Events such as birthdays, weddings, holidays and graduations are momentous occasions and are rightfully celebrated. But, who says that celebrations should only be limited to these milestones?

    There are opportunities to celebrate the wonderful little things in life, all the time. Sometimes the big things wouldn’t have happened without the accumulation of smaller events along the way. For example, you may have reason to celebrate your child’s high school graduation because throughout their academic career they received good grades on school assignments and report cards.

    Taking time to celebrate the little things is also an opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Years into the future, you and your family may not remember the exact reasons for all your small celebrations, but you will likely remember the joy of the festivities.

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  2. Quiz: Which Type of Pet Should Your Family Adopt?

    which type of pet should your family adopt?So, you have made the decision to add a furry (or maybe scaly) member to your family. There are many benefits to having a family pet, but there are also many responsibilities. And, depending on the type of pet your family gets, there could be a lot of money, time and effort put into caring for an animal.

    Choosing the right pet for your family is an important decision, and there are many things that you should take into consideration.

    Take the quiz below for a fun look into which type of pet is a good fit for your family’s lifestyle:

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  3. The “Reality” of Kids Caring for Pets

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    “Can we get a pet? I promise I’ll take care of it! You won’t have to do anything. I’ll feed it, and walk it, and clean up after it. Please, mom! I really want a pet!”

    Ah yes, the promises of a child who wants a pet. This is something that many parents can relate to. For some children, the idea of having a pet can be all-consuming. Sure, there are plenty of benefits and teaching opportunities to be had for families who have a pet. On the flip side, there is also a lot of added responsibility and work, depending on the type of pet.

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  4. 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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  5. Time Management for Parents: How to Organize Multiple Schedules for Multiple Children

    Girl writing on family calendarOrganizing your personal schedule can be challenging by itself. Add to that the schedules of multiple children and any number of their activities, and you could spend days trying to keep track of everything that needs to get done.

    The key to managing multiple schedules is having the right tools and the right mindset. Here are six tips and tactics for time management for parents:

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