Taking Care of Your Aging Parents

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

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Guest blog post by Olesia Chikunova, Founder, Home WiP Inc.

When your family meets at the Thanksgiving table, do you notice your parents getting older? I do. And as I work in the remodeling industry some zillion miles away from my very active 72-year-old mother and an even more active 81-year-old mother-in-law, I keep thinking if I am prepared.

Should I add that both are living in the countryside in the middle of nowhere in two-story houses? One does not even have a handrail at a steep seven-step porch. My case is nothing special.

The houses of more than 50% of senior loved ones lack basic safety features. I want to change it with a bathroom design solution that addresses five key signs of aging.

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Safety Strategies for Kids Who Have No Awareness of Danger

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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Guest post by By Jackie Nunes, Wondermoms.org

Safety is a paramount concern for parents, particularly during their kids’ early years. Toddlers have a propensity for exploring, touching, tasting, and experimenting with everything – even if they shouldn’t. From eating sand to poking at electrical outlets, there are plenty of hair-raising moments for parents and caregivers.

For most families, the need for hypervigilance and childproofing comes to a close as children reach school age and learn more about the ins and outs of personal safety. For others, however, it feels like these times will last forever – and for some, the risk and worry truly can be a lifelong reality.

If your child is an adrenaline junkie, is on the autism spectrum, or has other special needs, he may require extra attention much longer than typically developing kids. Children without an awareness of danger are at increased risk for drowning, traffic accidents, wandering off and getting lost, dangerous encounters with strangers, and even falls off playground equipment.

If your child appears to have no concept of danger or seems more prone than others to accidents or injuries, these safety strategies can help you avoid daily disasters.

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Hiring a Nanny? Don’t Forget about the “Nanny Tax”

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, October 21st, 2018

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When you hire a nanny, you are considered a “household employer”. And the nanny – or another person performing work in or near your home, like a health aide, housekeeper, gardener, cook, personal assistant, estate manager, etc. — is considered an employee of the family. Misclassifying an employee as an “independent contractor” is viewed as tax evasion by the IRS.

If a household employee is paid more than $2,100 in a calendar year, the household employer is required to withhold and remit payroll taxes to the state and the IRS. If a household pays an employee less than the threshold in a calendar year, payroll taxes are not required to be withheld and remitted; however, the household is still legally considered an employer and, therefore, must adhere to federal and state labor laws.

In this post, we review your responsibilities as a household employer, and suggest a do-for-you solution by our partner, HomePay.

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Successful Learning Through Play Activities at The Playground

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

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Guest Post by Wassana Lampech

Kids are kids, and they naturally gravitate towards the playground and have an innate love for outdoor play. The great thing about this for teachers is that they can channel this energy and enthusiasm into a wide variety of healthy, educational play activities for child development in the playground. There are also a myriad of benefits for children including learning about nature, exploring their outdoor environment, and the physical activity will help develop their fitness and health. Children can also get the chance to develop their social skills, leadership skills, and team work while working with others. While free and unstructured outdoor play is critical for children to express themselves and have fun, there is also ample opportunities for teachers to introduce a structured element to help develop specific areas of learning. We will take a look at some of the learning through play activities that are tried and true and can help enhance the learning experience.

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How to Find Out If Your Child Has Problems at School

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

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Guest post by Jessica Vainer

Children have an amazing capacity for learning. From a very young age, they do it through games, observing what is happening in their environment and through their own experimentation. As they grow, they absorb a multitude of knowledge in a natural way. However, there are often factors that can harm the academic learning of children in school.

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How to Explain to Your Child the Importance of Learning

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

boy reading

Guest post by Jessica Vainer

What is so important about childhood education?

Many parents don’t think about their children’s brain development and the importance of early childhood education, and they are making a big mistake. Children should learn and realize the role of studying as early as possible. As they grow and develop, you may start noticing that every kid responds to school in different ways. Some of them start getting low grades at the very beginning, while others are getting straight A’s. That is why it is critical to teach all kids about the impact of education. As a parent, you need to show your children that education will play a leading role in their lives and that it is a ticket to their success. It must be explained from the different points of view and throughout the kid’s early ages in order to make a positive impact on their life.

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The Impact of Parental Stress on Your Child’s Education

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

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Guest blog post by Wassana Lampech

There is an undeniable link between adequate parental involvement in education and the child’s success later in life. Parents play the role of mentors, counsellors, tutors and motivators. When parent are not involved in their kids’ education because of stress, the effects can be profound.

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How Your Kid Can Get a College Degree without Burying You in Debt

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

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Guest blog post by Grace Frenson

In today’s world, student loans are almost a fact of life. While it’s become common for students to take on an average of $37,000 in loans, there are better ways to fund your child’s education. If you’re wondering how to make it to graduation without burying yourself in debt, check out this money-saving guide.

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7 Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Communication

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Guest blog post by Nicole Lewis, content writer at EssayVikings

Clear communication between parents and teachers is important for improving student performance, getting quality help from parents with homework, and avoiding misunderstandings between teachers and parents. Effective parent-teacher communication teaches parents how to best support their children in their academic programs. Frequent communication with parents gives teachers insight into their students’ life outside the classroom. Teachers get to learn the kids’ strengths and abilities, which contributes tremendously to learning outcomes.

Here are seven tips educators and parents can use to improve parent-teacher communication.

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5 Health Benefits of Hitting the Outdoors Often

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Benefits of outdoors

Guest blog post by Conrad Novak, Survivor’s Fortress

Everyone is trying to do something to get healthy, stay in shape, or find a therapeutic treatment that does not involve surgery or pills. In our daily lives, there are plenty of solutions, but they always seem dissatisfying. Thankfully, the answer is stored right within our very bodies. Our bodies were evolved and designed for specific settings – and the city is not it. Even better, there is mounting scientific evidence that going outside can provide numerous benefits to your health. In this article, we will present 5 health benefits of hitting the outdoors often. After reading this article, you will not be able to rationalize staying inside all the time anymore.

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