1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Teaching Your Child How to be a Good Older Sibling

    Sister and brother having an after-school snackAccording to 2015 statistics from the United States Census Bureau, about 80 percent of American children have at least one brother or sister. A sibling relationship is the longest relationship that most siblings will have in their lives, so it’s only natural that siblings can have a huge impact and influence on each other.

    The extent of sibling influence can vary greatly from family to family and person to person, and older brothers and sisters can pass down much more than the clothes and toys that they’ve outgrown.

    Here are some ways that parents can teach older brothers and sisters how to be good older siblings and encourage good sibling relationships:

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  4. 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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  5. 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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