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Helping Kids Set New Year’s Resolutions

There is a good chance that before the clock struck midnight on December 31st you considered a few New Year’s resolutions. But should you talk to your children about their resolutions? The answer is yes. Talking to your child about realistic New Year’s resolutions can help them with setting and achieving goals, which are important…

De-stress your holidays with these six easy steps

Six ways to reduce anxiety this holiday season Sometimes the holidays just aren’t very happy. We often find ourselves over stressed verses overjoyed. And, the holidays can be most stressful for women. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) found that nearly half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the holidays,…

From Halloween to Ho Ho Ho – A parent’s guide to reducing holiday stress

The store shelves are filled with costumes and candy. There is a good chance that your child has started making that list for Santa and its only October!  The holidays are an exciting and magical time. So much to celebrate. So many friends and relatives to visit. So much stress – let’s face it the…

Beyond “I don’t know” – Getting your child to communicate about their school day

“How was your day?” is one of the most common questions families ask each other. It directly contributes to a positive family dynamic by opening the lines of communication. However, this can be a difficult question for children. Just like us kids can have a stressful and busy day. Sometimes, it is difficult for a…

Reduce Your Family’s Food Waste (And Save Money)

8 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Food Waste Each year, the average family squanders thousands of dollars on wasted food, throwing away approximately 25% of the fare that they purchase. Not only is this a waste of money, but it is also a waste of resources and leads to extra trash in landfills. Fortunately, there…

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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Entertain Kids This Summer

5 budget-friendly ways to entertain kids this summer Keeping children entertained can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are five great activities that won’t break the bank this summer. 1. Take advantage of local parks Head to your local park and make a day of it. Younger children can play…

Grandparents Are Raising Young Ones Again

These days, many grandparents are raising their grandchildren for various reasons. They find themselves washing diapers and taking kids for immunizations rather than relaxing in the retirement get-away they envisioned . Once again, couples who planned to travel after retiring are instead attending parent-teacher conferences at school and taking youngsters to dental and doctor appointments. …

5 Ways To Brighten Your Home For Spring (Quick & Easy, Too!)

Don’t Let Spring Cleaning Chores Overwhelm You! Spring has sprung, and with it comes the task of removing the dullness of winter from your home. While this may seem like a huge undertaking, it certainly does not have to be. In just a few steps, your home can be fresh and tidy once more while…

Kids First Appreciates Foster Parents – Meet The Levans

Kids First is celebrating our superstar foster parents during Foster Parent Appreciation Week. Today, we are happy to share the story of Michelle and Jeff Levan. Michelle and Jeff Levan have been Fostering for almost 2 years, but have had several placements thus far. Michelle and Jeff have been pillars to their children’s success and…