Enjoy a moment for yourself.
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Who doesn't love free stuff for the entire family?
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School's out so don't let summer brain drain creep in.
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Make quality time a part of your family's day every day.
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It's not long before the day is gone and you're putting the kids to bed wondering where the time you were supposed to spend together actually went. Tracking those time wasters is one eye-opening way to see where those minutes are actually going. You may be surprised at how much time distractions are taking away from your family time.
Make the most of family time every day, regardless of how busy your family's schedule. Bring quality time into your day with activities like daily traditions, family activities and so much more.
My personal favorite is taking part in projects together. From the whole family redecorating my children's rooms together to sewing blankets and clothes together, my husband and I are doing our best to make sure our family time isn't marred by gadgets and time-hungry distractions. Up next: creating a 2014 family photo album together.
Avoid summer brain drain with easy activities like science experiments.
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My family is going to have a carefree, fun-filled summer but we're also going to be learning at the same time. It's easy to beat summer learning loss with this list of activities that are fun and educational. My kids are loving the science experiments and I'm loving that they're learning without even realizing it!
Rewards programs can be easy money back in your pocket.
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There's a free program on the list that suits every parent. From the family who wants to go green to the kids who love special treatment on their birthdays (and the parents who love saving money on their birthday presents!), each of these free programs is designed to put money in your wallet where it belongs.
I use all of the rewards programs listed for my own family. Just using #5 on the list alone, I was able to put close to $1,000 back in my family's pocket last year. Not a bad kickback for buying things my family needs, such as diapers, wipes and clothes.
Helping your child deal with death allows him to begin to cope and deal with the loss.
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Helping your child deal with death is one of the most difficult situations you'll face as a parent. No matter how tough your children act, they're still fragile little ones who will rely on you to help them through this difficult time.
From having an open door policy to helping them say goodbye, you can be the rock that helps them cope with the loss and begin to deal with the death. Above all, always be their shoulder. Being there for them will make a dramatic difference in how quickly they accept the death and begin to move forward. Just ask my mom.
Don't forget Mom's special day.
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If you're looking for a simple get together, plan an easy Mother's Day brunch. Mom has cooked plenty of meals for you so try some of these easy Mother's Day brunch recipes to give her a day away from the kitchen.
And if you've waited until the last minute to get Mom a special gift, break away from those predictable gifts of cards and flowers with fun Mother's Day ideas that give her everything from a spa day to a weekend getaway. Or if you want gifts you can wrap, look to these irresistible gifts for Mom that will earn you lots of kisses.
Happy Mother's Day!
Learning more about photography can help you take better pictures of your family.
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There are even creative, relaxing hobbies that are actually useful in your life as a mom. If you're looking to try something new, one of these five useful hobbies for moms will help you set aside some time for yourself while also enhancing your days as a mom.
I've recently taken up #2 on the list and I'm having a blast making keepsakes out of my children's old clothes. My family is so supportive of my new hobby and the first thing my kids ask me when they wake up in the morning is if they can see what I did the night before while they were sleeping!
Learn more about the modern family with PBS' new series.
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- Monday, May 5: Achieving the Right Balance
- Tuesday, May 6: Raising Girls
- Wednesday, May 7: Raising Boys
- Thursday, May 8: The Affordability of Good Child Care
- Friday, May 9: The Overprotected Kid
I'll be tuning in this week as the reporters catch up with some parenting experts on these important subjects. The discussion also continues online with Twitter chats and Q&As. Learn more about this week's events on the PBS NewsHour website.
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Play outdoors in May during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
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Is another school year really about to be in the books? I feel like I was just shopping for school supplies yesterday.
On that last day of school, I'll be parading my older son around town to collect free stuff for good grades. Then what?
Fortunately, there are loads of fun things to do with kids in May. From food to fitness, we'll have plenty of activities to keep us busy until the school bell rings signaling the beginning of another school year.
Hats off to graduation!
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But seeing those smiling faces acknowledged for their achievements is a tear-jerking moment you don't want to miss. To celebrate their accomplishments, browse the graduation gifts list. The gift ideas are separated by stage so you can quickly find gift ideas for the right age.