How to Spot Early Signs of Depression in Your Teen ?

Today, more teens than ever are experiencing depression and anxiety. It's important to start the conversation about mental health with teens in order to make it okay to talk about and help them feel more comfortable. Depression is one of the leading mental health issues in all ages, but for teens, untreated depression can lead to more issues later down the road. It's important for parents to be able to spot the early signs of depression in their teens, such as avoidant attachment style in … [Read more...]

Running Out of Ideas to Keep the Family Busy? Try These Suggestions

You try to keep your family busy and, for the most part, you manage to do a good job. However, life can be a lot. And some days, it's just too much to also plan an event. In that case, here are a few suggestions to help you come up with ideas for family activities on the days when you're running low on energy. Adopt a Pet While this will become much more of an ongoing activity, it will allow you to teach your kids some responsibility and they'll have a new built-in best friend. If you're … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Kids Safe While You Stay at Home

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it's no surprise that most of us consider our home to be the safest place to be. After all, sheltering in place is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But although over 139 million U.S. housing units existed in 2019, that doesn't mean your house is inherently safe; you'll need to do your part to make sure your home won't present the opportunity to harm you or your loved ones. That's especially true if you have … [Read more...]

Getting Kids Involved in Creating a ‘Greener’ Home

You may be living a "green" lifestyle as an adult, but are you remembering to teach these values to your children? It's easy to get into a routine, but it's important to involve your kids in the things that are important to you. Chances are, your kids will also be interested in doing things that save energy, reduce waste, and protect the earth. Let's look at a few ways you can get your whole family involved in creating a "green" household. Stress the Importance of Saving Water It sounds … [Read more...]

Activities That Get The Whole Family Involved

While we are stuck at home due to the coronavirus and left with not much to do, finding activities will be a good way to try and pass the time while also connecting with your family. Luckily, as the weather has started to warm, identifying activities for the whole family is becoming much easier to accomplish. Here are a few of the easiest and simplest activities that the whole family can get involved in. Recreational Activities If you have young kids, chances are they are full of energy … [Read more...]

Homeschooling Tips to Get You Through the Rest of the Academic Year

Roughly 5.4 million children attend private schools in the U.S., while around 50.8 million kids are currently enrolled in public schools nationwide. However, both private and public schools have now been shut down in most states due to the novel coronavirus. These closures have forced parents to take a more active role in their children's education, with many taking over daily learning activities themselves or facilitating remote learning modules for online study. In short, it certainly … [Read more...]

Why Should You Let Your Child Play Outside? Essential Benefits of Outdoor Play for Kids

In this time and age, kids should spend at least an average of 30 minutes of play outside instead of spending time on electronics such as tablets, smartphones, computers, or televisions. Letting them swap their outdoor life to gadgets would only encourage a sedentary lifestyle, and it will have severe consequences for their overall health and well-being.  Children that are physically active and healthy are more likely to become more well-rounded, more independent, and more compassionate … [Read more...]

Teen Driver Safety: What Families Should Discuss Before Handing Over the Keys

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most American teenagers. U.S. adults, who spend an average of 87 minutes per day in their cars under normal circumstances, have substantial experience behind the wheel. But when you're a teen, even drivers education classes or private lessons may not be enough to prepare you for certain situations when you're out on the open road. You may already know how eager your teen is to gain their independence and start driving. But because teens are far more … [Read more...]