1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Cut Your Spring Cleaning Time in Half with These Helpful Tips

    Mother & Young Daughter Smile While CleaningWhen spring finally rolls around each year, it brings so many welcome sights. The snow thaws, days grow longer, flowers start to bloom, and there’s a lot of cleaning to be done. Wait, actually that last part isn’t welcome at all.

    You may not want to be stuck inside for a long session of spring cleaning, when other options include playing with your children outside or riding bikes in the park. But, unfortunately, spring cleaning is something that almost always has to be done.

    Fortunately, even if spring cleaning can’t be avoided entirely, there are ways that may help get it done faster. Follow these spring cleaning tips, and you’ll be out under the sun before you know it:

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  4. How to Stay Connected to Your Kids in the Digital Age

    Mom Distracted by TechnologyTeens aren’t the only ones immersed in technology at home. Parents are guilty of it, too. Whether you’re checking your work email from your phone or putting in extra hours on a project while at home, these actions may cause your child to feel neglected, sad or frustrated, according to Harvard Clinical and Consulting Psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of the book, “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.”

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  5. Feeling Like ‘You’ Again After Becoming a New Parent

    Mom & NewbornA recent article in The New York Times caused a stir online and, possibly, in many households, too. The article, “The Trauma of Parenthood,” cited recent studies linking new parenthood to depression. Although this is commonly referred to as “postpartum depression,” The Times article said that the depression the studies identified were not hormonal in nature. Rather, the studies linked depression to the activity of parenting and noted that both men and women have similar experiences.

    Parenting can be an all-consuming labor of love. With time, you can get back to feeling like “you” again.

    Here are six tips to help ease the transition into new parenthood:

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