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School and Homework Tips for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

August is the time of year when parents are busy getting their children ready to go back to school. Registering, shopping for school supplies, providing emotional support. But what about grandparents that are raising their grandchildren? It might have been awhile since they raised their own children, and for their "second time around", I have some practical ideas and tips from U of I Extension...

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College Tips for Parents

Posted by Susan Sloop - Parenting


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Encouraging Your Child to Read

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

Reading is, and always has been, an important source of enjoyment for me.  When I was growing up, we always had books around. My parents, who didn't always have much extra money to spend, would even let me subscribe to a child's magazine.  (Anyone else remember Jack and Jill magazine?  I just dated myself, didn't I?!) My parents did a lot of things right to encourage me to read, but the...

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Returning to the Nest

"Mom and Dad, can I come back home for a while until I'm back on my feet again?" or, "I really don't want to leave home until I save enough money to buy my own place."  Sound familiar?  This is a common living situation for many families, as more and more adult children are returning or remaining in the "nest."  This type of family living is a growing phenomenon creating what some call a "full" or...

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Back to School Routines – It’s not too early to start

Summertime for kids usually means fewer routines, later nights and sleeping in more, compared to during the school year. However, there are signs everywhere to show us that school is just around the corner. It is evident by the store ads, the school supplies that are spilling out in to the middle aisles of our local stores and by seeing August on our calendars. With the school year beginning s...

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Counting Down to the New Year

Posted by Karla Belzer - Parenting

A current commercial equates the beginning of a new school year with the New Year's Eve – complete with exuberant counting down to the "new year". The school bell rings when the countdown is over, signaling the start of the new year. In many ways, both parents and kids anticipate the start of a new school year much like a new year in general. There is excitement and anticipation with new things...

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