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7 unique after-school programs you’ve never heard of

Of course, your child can benefit from taking ballet or joining a baseball league after school. (Solid choices, both.) But these days, extracurricular activities are only limited by your imagination. Your child could spend their afternoon learning to felt, for instance, or making cheese, dancing the flamenco or creating their... more

Is an after-school child care job right for you?

I found my first after-school child care position when I was taking morning classes for my degree and working odd lunchtime hours for another family. I knew I needed some extra income, but many jobs I considered couldn’t fit into my schedule. Fortunately, I found a family who needed an... more


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Should I make my daughter finish the year in band?

My preteen daughter has A period every morning before school and has to be there at 7:30 am.  Lately she's been complaining that it's too early and wants to quit band.  At the beginning of the year we had a talk about band and she insisted that... more


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How much allowance do you give your 13 year old?

My daughter honestly doesn't do much around the house.  She puts her laundry away, does some dishes and walks the dog once a day.  I give her 15 dollars a week and she thinks she deserves more.  How much allowance do you think a 13 year old should get... more


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Do you let your 12 year old wear makeup?

My daughter told me she wants to wear makeup.  I let her wear lip gloss but that's where I draw the line.  She wants to wear mascara and eye shadow.  I have told her no and that we will talk about it in a few years.  Do you think... more

How to explain Martin Luther King Jr. Day to your kids

With a fresh year just beginning, this is an opportune time to help children set a respectful and kind tone for the year ahead. Many offices and schools will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, making the nationally recognized holiday a great chance for... more


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When do you start shopping for school clothing?

Last year I felt like we were shopping for school clothing last minute and there was nothing left in the stores. When is the right time to start shopping for school clothing?


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Do 11 year old girls switch groups of friends often?

My daughter has been friends with the same group of girls since kindergarten. All of the sudden she wants nothing to do with them. Is it normal for girls this age to drop their friends and find a new group of friends?