3 Small Habits That Can Improve Your Child’s Happiness

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Growing up isn’t always easy. There’s a lot of pressure on young people to be a certain way and to think specific things. It’s not fun to be a kid sometimes, and so it often falls to the parent to try and improve the happiness of their child. It’s not easy, but it’s your job as their guardian.

Thankfully, there are small habits that you can teach them, which can be a big help when trying to improve happiness. We’re going to be taking a look at them here and now.

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WeParent: A New App for Divorced and Separated Co-Parents

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, May 11th, 2019

SimplyCircle blog post about WeParent Co-parenting app

Parenting is hard, even when both parents are living under the same roof. But for millions of Americans, it’s extra hard because they are raising their kids with a person that they don’t live with and are not married to. Simple questions like “where’s that school report card?” are all of a sudden difficult to answer: the school may send the report card to just the “primary” parent (often, a Mom), leaving the other parent out of the loop.

A new app, WeParent.app, helps divorced and separated parents have a more harmonious co-parenting relationship. The WeParent iPhone app was recently featured by Apple as “App of the Day“. And WeParent just launched their Android app on Google Play.

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7 Reasons Why Homework Is Bad for Your Child (and What to Do Instead)

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Guest blog post by Susan Wallace, an education writer

Many educators have long criticized homework as a cruel and unusual punishment for kids. Most kids don’t enjoy homework, and most parents don’t enjoy forcing their kids to do it.

Here are 7 reasons why homework might be bad for your kids, and what you can do instead.

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Easy and Yummy Cinco de Mayo Snacks for Your Classroom

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to introduce a new culture to your classroom.  You can easily create a lesson plan about the country of Mexico, its history, geography, climate, people, and foods.  In this post, we assembled some great kid-friendly snacks you could serve in your classroom to help celebrate not only Cinco de Mayo but the Mexican country and culture.

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How to Make the Most of the Take Our Children to Work Day

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

According to the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day Foundation, this annual event is more than a career day and more than an opportunity to job shadow.  This event strives to show children the importance of work and the opportunity to learn the balance of work and family life.  Most importantly, this annual event has the ultimate goal of empowering both girls and boys to reach their full potential in life and confront and combat societal restraints that restrict them in reaching this goal.

2019 is the 26th year for the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day.  Nearly every year has had a theme and an agenda for the event.  The Foundation publishes a Bright Ideas Guide that details how to plan and prepare for an event at your workplace.  This guide includes everything from a detailed time table to specific activities for the children.  The many tips, suggestions and sample forms are certainly worth checking out if you want to organize something for your company.

Many individuals and companies have held events over the past twenty-six years and have written their own suggestions and tips.  If you are involved in the planning of a “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day” event at your workplace, here are some of their best advice on the subject.  We have also included some additional resources to access further information. 

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How to Make Writing Fun for Your Kids

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Image of girl writing

Guest blog post by Josh Carlyle from Writing Guru.

Nothing is worse than seeing your kids have a breakdown because they have to write an essay and don’t know how. We may even be tempted to write the essay for them, just to spare them the unhappy feelings.

But that’s obviously not an option. If a kid struggles with writing homework essays now, what will happen when SATs come around? Or when it’s time to prepare a college admission essay? In these cases, the quality of writing changes lives. It’s better to learn before such responsibility falls on your kid’s shoulders.

The question is, how to make it fun and games – so the kid wants to do it?

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Taking Care of Your Aging Parents

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

take care of your parents

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

safety strategies for kids

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

Nanny pushing stroller

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

kids playing at playground

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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