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How to Make Trick-or-Treating a Success (for Parents, That Is).

Ready or not, here comes Halloween! There are hundreds of articles out there with tips guaranteeing a successful night of trick-or-treating for your kids, but nothing for the parents...until now. If your children are young, you’ll need to go trick-or-treating with...

Pawn Shop Parenting

Growing up I had many jobs, one of my more interesting jobs was working at a pawn shop during college. Back then, at the age of 21, I had no idea how much the job of pawnbroker would prepare...

And Then They All Got on the Bus

Hallelujah, my GLORY DAY HAS ARRIVED! My youngest child starts kindergarten this year. At approximately 7:50 a.m., on that fateful first day of school, all three of my kids will board the big yellow monster and head off to school...

Season of the Swimming Pool

A swimming pool is definitely the best/worst kid activity of the summer. For every drop of enjoyment a pool provides, there is an equal and opposite negative reaction (just ask Isaac Newton). There is no better way to cool off...

Season of the Swimming Pool

A swimming pool is definitely the best/worst kid activity of the summer. For every drop of enjoyment a pool provides, there is an equal and opposite negative reaction (just ask Isaac Newton). There is no better way to cool off...

Make Summer Vacation Great Again!

School's out. My kids are home with me all day, every day for over two months this summer. In order to avoid hearing, "I'm bored. He's looking at me. I'm hungry. I'm still bored" over and over again, I’ve...

QUIZ: Was it my puppy or my toddler?

Take this short quiz and try to figure out if the scenarios mentioned, happened to my puppy or one to of my kids, when he/she was a toddler. After the completion of this quiz, you will have a better...

Kids Are Like Bad College Roommates

The more I'm around my kids, the more I feel like I'm back in college. My children remind me an awful lot about what it was like to live with my old roommates.   Dishes. My kids leave their dishes wherever they took...

One month left: Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit

"This exhibit would be better if it had a zero gravity room." My nine-year old can be pretty tough to please. After visiting the Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, that was her biggest criticism. {Rest assured Museum:...

Help teach kids about giving back to the community

Teaching compassion to kids can be tough. It's also hard for children to "make a difference" and help the less fortunate in the community. Sure they can collect money or canned food and donate it to a worthy cause,...

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Get Schooled on Private School

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