Teaching Children About The Joys Of Hunting And Fishing

While some people will speak out against hunting, and there are some people that do it the wrong ways and for the wrong reasons, there are also good things about this sport. There are also good things about fishing. If you are a family that likes to hunt and fish you may want to start now in teaching your children about how much fun it can be to hunt and fish, and why they are good sports to participate in.

You should also talk to them about the bad aspects, like poaching wild game or fishing without a license. You want to raise hunters and kids that like to fish that do both of these things by the law, and for the right reasons. These are also great ways to spend a little more time with your children bonding, learning together, and having fun.

Preparing For Hunting And How To Be Resourceful

Hunting helps with conservation and with population control. However, it is important to follow the laws and rules set forth by the Department of Natural Resources in your area. Teach your children, and learn yourself, about when different hunting seasons are and what the laws are for licenses and weapon usage. Read More

The Benefits of Swimming: You and Your Child Should Get Along “Swimmingly”

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Did you know there are many benefits to swimming? Bucknell University lists 9 physical benefits:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased endurance
  • Muscular balance
  • Heart strength
  • Improved physique
  • Increased circulation
  • Rehabilitates muscle
  • Improves ease of weight management
  • Low impact on weight bearing joints

All these are important, but for your children swimming is just plain fun.  What are some reasons to get your kids in the water and create a healthy habit for life?

Safe from the start

Helping your child overcome their natural fear of water comes from a safe and stress-free introduction to swimming.  Seeking out your local Red Cross approved swimming program will give you an age appropriate entry point.  From babies to adults, there are first timer programs that will ease their way into swimming, by developing proper techniques and safety consciousness.  Their ability to react calmly to situations in the water, because of good basic safety skills, could save their life or the lives of others. Read More

3 Tips for Keeping Your Kids’ Room Organized

Although kids are tiny humans, they tend to have a lot of stuff. From clothing to toys, books and shoes, your kid’s room probably looks like it’s always on the verge of bursting at the seams. While you can go in there yourself and straighten things up, this won’t actually solve the long-term problem of helping your child have a more organized room. So to help get rid of this headache for yourself and teach your child valuable life skills, here are three tips for helping to keep your child’s room more organized.

Consider Their Age When Creating Organizational Strategies

While having your kids understand and enjoy cleaning from the day they can pick up a toy would be amazing, this just isn’t a reality. For this reason, it’s crucial that you take baby steps toward organization based on your child’s age. Jennifer Haupt, a contributor to HGTV.com, recommends keeping things simple for children ages 2 to 4, getting creative with children ages 5 to 8, and gradually increasing organizational responsibilities for children ages 9 and up. For each age group, make sure you have the organizational tools you need for success, like toy shelves, bins and buckets for each and every item in the room.
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By The Rules: 3 Behavior Management Strategies For Every Age


Kids are masters at testing limits; it’s how they learn about the world and become independent. Unfortunately, the majority of children engage in this type of behavior to learn about you as well – when mom says to clean up, can they ignore her for five minutes? For twenty minutes? Figuring out what makes their parents mad and what they can get away with is just part of growing up.

As a parent, of course, you want you children to behave, ideally the first time you give a direction, but this won’t always happen and there will need to be consequences. If you’re currently struggling to provide your child with healthy boundaries or coping with problematic behaviors, it’s time to make a change. These 3 tried and true strategies for handling problem behaviors may be just what you need.

Consistency Is Key

One of the most important things that parents need to do when applying rules and disciplining their children is to always be consistent. If the rules say your child can’t eat in the living room, but you let them have a snack on the couch sometimes, then you can’t expect your child to understand whether or not that rule is actually meaningful. This leads to testing – your child will take food to the couch, and if you ignore it one day and yell about it the next, they may become anxious or unsure of how to respond. Read More

When Your Child Doesn’t Talk: Hearing Issues Underlying Speech Delay

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When you child doesn’t speak much, there are several different causes that might run through your head. First, there may be panic – parents tend to immediately worry that children who are slow to speak may be autistic, but limited speech isn’t the only symptom of autism. Those parents with chatty older children may also worry that the other siblings speak for or over their younger children, discouraging them from developing speech.

One commonly overlooked reason that your child may be slow to learn to speak, however, is that they’re suffering from hearing problems. These can be caused by any number of things, and using hearing aids and providing speech therapy early on is vital to helping your child meet communication milestones.

Causing Of Childhood Hearing Loss

Many children are born with compromised hearing, which may go undetected due to the difficulty of accurately testing hearing in young children. Children born prematurely or who spent time in the NICU are more prone to such problems, as are those who go on to suffer a large number of ear infections or who have relatives who also had childhood hearing loss. It’s also important to remember that young children are especially susceptible to hearing damage, so make sure you protect your child’s ears if they’re going be in a loud environment. Read More

Tips For Teaching Your Child How To Care For A Pet Dog Or Puppy

Every child wants a pet at some point, and often their pet of choice is a dog or a puppy. They say they’ll take care of them and you won’t have to do any work, but they don’t realize that taking care of a dog is about more than just playing with them. They also don’t realize that a dog can be an expensive investment that costs money for many years.

One good reason to get a dog, or a puppy, though, is when your whole family wants one and wants to chip in to raise it and care for it. Don’t just get one for your child, as your dog will become a part of your whole family. Read More

Late-Life Decisions For Adults and Their Parents

Sometimes the idea of parenting isn’t just about kids, but also about your parents as well. When your mom and dad get past retirement age and into the ‘elderly’ category, there are a lot of decisions to be made, and the more you can communicate these details with each other early on, the better those decisions are going to be.


To make a point of this, consider living situation arrangements, the process of will-writing, moving financial resources around later in life, end-of-life care (like hospice, for example), and funeral arrangements. All of these can and should be dealt with when you are your parents are still both cognizant of consequences of decisions. Read More

3 Ways to Encourage Your Children To Develop a Healthy Work Ethic

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With today’s ever competitive workforce, it’s important for parents to give their children the best chance possible to be able to provide for themselves as adults. Too often we see young adults who don’t have the drive or determination to put in the work necessary to become accomplished in their fields or persevere ahead of their peers. So what can parents do for their little ones now in order to help instill vital work ethic skills into their small characters? To help you on this journey of self discovery, here are three ways parents and other adults can encourage children to develop a healthy work ethic. Read More

3 Things to Consider When Baby-Proofing Your Home


Bringing a new baby into a home can be an exciting and stressful time. From purchasing all the baby gear to washing all those tiny clothes and banking as much sleep as possible, many parents feel that they have enough to worry about without having to prep the home for the havoc that a mobile baby can bring. But once those legs and arms start moving and you’ve got a crawler or a walker on your hands, you’re going to wish you’d put more thought into baby-proofing.

So to help with this ordeal, here are three things you may want to consider when baby-proofing your home in order to keep your children safe. Read More

Spoiling Yourself As a Parent: The Royal Treatment

Not everything about being a parent means that you have to focus just on your kids. You’re still an adult. You still enjoy your personal time, and you still have your individuality. Plus, as an adult, you have money that you didn’t have when you were younger, so at some point, you should spoil yourself and give yourself a reward for your hard work. Yes, your time will probably be largely selfless as you help your kids grow up, but give yourself some credit!

And a few ways to do this, once you get the funds in order, would be to do things like buy a pedicure chair, take a vacation without the kids, go for the occasional dinner and a movie date, create your perfect master bedroom, or maybe even buy a nice car.

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