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Tips and tricks for a successful celebration

By Laura Livingston Snyder

How do you celebrate a kid’s birthday? Whether you are an old-time minimalist like myself, or someone who goes all out, we all want a memorable get-together.

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Planting seeds indoors extends your growing season

By Laura Livingston Snyder

Spring may be just around the corner but it will still be a while before we’ll be able to get outside and work the ground. However, getting ready for a summer garden is an activity that can be started now. Let the kids get dirty. Learning to care for what they’ve germinated indoors teaches responsibility, patience and accomplishment. It’s also a lesson in how seeds grow and change into plants that can supply their family with food.

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Turn up the heat and invite the whole gang

By Laura Livingston Snyder

Right about now you and your kids are probably a bit sick of winter. (I know I am.) What if your son wants to wear his favorite tank top? I’ve got the perfect occasion:

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A craft can keep kids busy while spurring reflection

By Laura Livingston Snyder

Photos by Laura Livingston Snyder

November sees restless children sandwiched between the sugar rush of Halloween and the anticipation of Christmas. Keep them busy with a simple but engaging craft that will have them focused on contributing to the big dinner and what it means to be thankful.

 

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Plant bulbs now, get beautiful blooms in spring

By Laura Livingston Snyder

Autumn might mean cider, changing foliage and heavy sweaters, but it’s also the time of year to think about spring flowers. Yes, spring flowers! That’s because this is the season for buying and planting bulbs.

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Reading to an older child helps prepare for a new sibling

By Merrilee Witherell

Anticipating a new baby is one of the most enjoyable and exciting times in family life.

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You can discuss the environment with your kids

By Diane Williamson

Earth Day, April 22, reminds us every year about the importance of the environment.

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Help your kids get into books

By Merrilee Witherell

While most parents agree that reading is important, many of us struggle with how to foster a love of reading at a time when electronic devices vie for the attention of our kids.

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