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Laying the Groundwork for a Family Reunion

Having a clear vision of what your family reunion will be like helps to avoid confusion during the reunion planning. Use your vision to guide you in selecting the date, time, and place, and to pinpoint [more…]

Family Etiquette: What to Call Your Parents-In-Law

The way you initially address your parents-in-law can have a lasting effect on them and can shape the future of your relationships. Every family is unique, so here are some basic guidelines of etiquette [more…]

Paying for an Older Person's Health Care

The cost of a serious illness, surgery, or a lengthy stay in the hospital can easily wipe out your elder's nest egg. The more you know about health-care insurance plans [more…]

Making Time for Your Mate

Pick up any magazine in the grocery store, and you'll find at least one heading that reads, "How to keep the romance alive!" or "Take our survey, are you a good kisser? [more…]

Finding Out How Pay Sites Pay Off in Online Dating

You get what you pay for in life, Internet-dating sites included. Unlike free sites, with pay sites you don't have the headache of endless advertising messages screaming in your face. In addition, the [more…]

Broadcasting Your Destination Wedding by Webcam

Expenses can prevent many guests from going to your destination wedding, but you can help them attend "remotely" by using a Webcam. A Webcam enables the bridal couple to share their day with faraway friends [more…]

Drumming Up Dinner for an 18-Month to 2-Year-Old

Dinner can often be a bit of a challenge for children who are 18-months to 2-years-old. Kids that tend to eat an afternoon snack are often uninterested in dinner, but the delicious recipes below help alleviate [more…]

Conducting a Background Check during Your Childcare Search

If you're planning to hire a nanny or other in-home child-care provider or are considering placing your child in a family day care, you should insist on reference checks and background checks. In the case [more…]

Phone Etiquette and Safety Guidelines for Children

Teaching your child phone etiquette and phone safety requires good sense and firm guidance. You want your children to learn how to communicate effectively, but you don't want them to take over the phone [more…]

The Torah's Take on Divorce: Fix It or Get Out!

While some religious traditions forbid divorce, Judaism does not. In the Torah, divorce is viewed as a common and acceptable occurrence (Deuteronomy 24:1–4), and although the Talmud teaches that the [more…]

After the Divorce: Dealing with Personal and Family Issues

After your divorce is over, you enter a new phase in your life. You may feel happier than you have felt in a long time, free of the tension and strife that plagued your marriage. Life after divorce can [more…]

Building a Baby Name with a Template — or Not

The overall structure of the name may seem like a pretty standard template in our American culture, but that doesn't mean you can't do something different when choosing a name for your baby. Use the following [more…]

Welcoming Guests to Your Destination Wedding

Having a destination wedding means that you'll be hosting travelers. Ideally, you or someone from your wedding party should be present to greet and help them get their bearings when they arrive. Otherwise [more…]

Helping Your Elder with Grooming and Hygiene

Seeing that doctors' appointments are kept, meals are cooked, and bills are paid is only part of your job description as a caregiver. Your main job — and most important work — is helping your older person [more…]

Getting an Older Toddler to Stay in Bed

A big challenge in helping older toddlers get to sleep is managing their interest in leaving their room. If your toddler doesn't stay put when you tuck him in, you have several choices: [more…]

Empowering Yourself through Good Manners

No matter what you call it — manners, courtesy, etiquette, or civility — you can associate it with leadership.When you take the lead in putting people at ease and making every situation pleasant, you exhibit [more…]

Keeping Stress from Undermining Your Marriage

Marital problems become magnified when the partners take their personal stresses out on each other. The resulting problems can get so complicated that they become very difficult to unravel. [more…]

Picking a Potty Chair

Keep an open mind as you check out your potty-chair choices: seats that attach to the big toilet, little potty chairs — and don't forget that you can always use that hand-me-down chair [more…]

Signing Up for a Personal Matchmaking Service

Personal matchmaking services vary enormously, depending on their population; the credentials, training, skill, professionalism, and ethics of the matchmaker; whether the company is a nationwide franchise [more…]

Addressing the Great Diaper Dilemma

The freckle-faced kid at the checkout counter asks, "Paper or plastic?" You seem to lose with either choice: Do you want to use paper and kill a tree to take home your groceries, or do you want to use [more…]

Using a Pacifier as a Sleep Aid for Your Child

A baby's very survival depends on feeding, so the urge to suck is a powerful one. Many babies become frantic if they go for very long without something to suck on. Enter the pacifier — with lots of big [more…]

Working with a Catering Manager

Before you can organize a function with food for a big meeting or event, you need to meet with the catering manager (CM) at the facility you've rented or your outside caterer or party planner if you hold [more…]

Adoption Facts: Understanding the Birthfather's Rights

Many adoptions take place without involving the birthfather in any way. He might not receive any counseling, choose the adoptive parents, meet the adoptive parents, see the baby, or sign any papers. But [more…]

Bonding with Your Baby

Many new parents, upon arriving home with their babies, are in awe of the responsibility of parenthood and — to be perfectly honest — terrified by it. If you know many couples who have had children, chances [more…]

Dealing with a Child Who Is a Picky Eater

If you end up with a child who is a picky eater, you can put to work some important tactics as you continue to feed and work with your finicky child. In fact, dealing with selective eaters can be frustrating [more…]

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