Spring has sprung. As the cold, winter days make way for April showers and flowers, take a moment to talk about the changing weather with your children. Weather is a good excuse to introduce some science basics in a down-to-earth way that even the youngest children can understand. Encourage your children to think about the weather in new ways: ask them to predict the weather, to guess the outside temperature, or explain the shapes of different type of clouds. Let your children explore the ... Continue Reading
How to make holiday gift-giving more affordable and less stressful.
Holidays are quickly approaching. Are you dreaming of decorations and a holiday dinner around the family table, or are you feeling anxious as you try to figure out where you'll find funds for all of the holiday activities, potlucks and gift-giving? Whether you're worried "Santa" is not bringing enough gifts for your children, or maybe how you can afford to give gifts to everyone from Fido to Great-Aunt Suzi, gift-giving can turn from something pleasant to something you dread during the ... Continue Reading
Weather emergencies and natural disasters can happen at any given time, wherever you travel. Here are do’s and don’ts for when you’re away from home.
Family vacations are planned with all good intentions of enjoying pristine weather while taking a break from the demands and drama of everyday life. Therefore, vacations and weather emergencies just don’t mix. Earthquakes, hurricanes, snow storms, tornadoes and other natural disasters can happen at any given time, wherever you travel. And since we can’t predict the habits of Mother Nature, the best we can do is prepare for them. In light of the recent hurricane and earthquake on the eastern ... Continue Reading