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How to deal with your teenage daughter’s attitude without blowing up

Sarah Prager
Sarah is a writer and mom who lives in Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National…
What is a nanny? How to hire the right nanny for your needs
Looking to hire a nanny? Here's how
Frustrated mom in need of nanny

Finding the right childcare for your family is challenging whether you're returning to work following a maternity leave or transitioning from being a stay-at-home mom back into the workforce. It's never an easy decision to leave your kids during the day to go to work.

While some parents have family to rely on to watch the kiddos, many don't. Their options boil down to daycare centers. Other parents opt to hire a nanny to care for the children during the workday to allow the kids to stay in the familiar environment of their own home. Nannies have been caring for children for ages, but exactly what is a nanny, and how do parents go about finding one?

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How to set up a kids playgroup with close friends and neighbors
Create a fun playgroup for you and your toddler
Toddlers having fun in a playgroup with parents

If your little one is starting or in the midst of the toddler stage, you're probably wondering if your guy or gal needs social interaction with kiddos his or her own age. You're right. Toddlers definitely need to spend time with their peers during this stage. Time with mom and dad is of course important and a mainstay, but toddlers learn quite a lot from being with other two- and three-year-olds. Playgroups for toddlers are an excellent way to provide a safe, social interaction for kids. They’re pretty fun for moms, dads, and caregivers, too. The benefits of playgroups for toddlers are numerous, including socialization. Preschool isn’t that far away, and giving your toddler the opportunity to connect with children his or her own age on a weekly basis helps with language, fine and gross motor development, as well as sharing and turn-taking. If you’re looking to find a kids playgroup for your toddler and can’t locate an established one in your community, start one yourself! It's not as difficult as you think especially with social media.

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How to throw the perfect kids’ bowling birthday party
For a cool kids' birthday party, head to a bowling alley
Kids having fun at a bowling alley party

There are so many kids' birthday parties during the year. When it's your kiddo's turn to throw a party, it can be tough to come up with a unique idea. If you're on the hunt for something different to do with for your child's upcoming birthday, plan a bowling party at your local lanes. You will definitely roll strike for his or her special day. Putting together a kids' bowling birthday party won't impact your spare time since the venue takes care of the majority of the party details. A bowling birthday party is a perfect pick for kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teens. So, let's get the planning rolling.

How to plan a bowling birthday party
If a bowling party is right up your birthday boy or girl's alley, then the first step is to check out bowling facilities in your area. Find out if they offer party packages and what they include. Many serve up food options as well as an attendant to help organize the bowlers. Ask if the party pack includes shoe rentals. Usually it does, but you don't want any surprises on your child's big day.

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