Kids

5 Essentials for an Inspiring Kids’ Homework Station

The return to school routine also brings perennial challenges: packing lunches, streamlining morning regimens, and — perhaps the most difficult — inspiring kids to do homework. One solution is to create a homework station just for them.

A designated space helps kids focus, and having everything they need on hand keeps them there. A homework station doesn’t have to be elaborate. A kitchen corner, living room nook, guestroom, or even a bedroom closet will work when you include these five essential elements.

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5 Easy Recipes for Healthy After-School Snacks

After-school snacks

The kids are hungry, and you’re pressed for time. A bag of chips or a candy bar is convenient, but you want a better option for their growing bodies and minds. What’s a busy parent to do?

With a little bit of planning — and not a lot of money — you can whip up a week’s worth of quick and healthy kids’ snacks over the weekend. Older kids can take on some of these easy recipes for themselves and their siblings after school.

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Easy No-Bake Homemade Granola Bars


Parents and children alike love granola bars because they’re as nourishing as they are delicious. But did you also know they’re easy to make?

There is no baking required in this recipe, and it’s so simple that the kids can help, too. Try raisins or dried banana chips for the chocolate chips. If your child has a peanut allergy, almond butter is a fine substitute — and it will taste just as good.

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Super Fun Stay-at-Home Summer Camp Ideas

Sleeping under the stars. Best friend bracelets. Catching fireflies. There’s something special about attending summer camp that lives in a child’s memory long after the late-night storytelling has ended.

Want to create that summer-camp experience at home — saving money and spending quality time with your kids? It’s easy. Just borrow these fun ideas.

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5 Mom-Approved Tips for Getting Kids to Complete Chores

Ask any mother if her children listen, and when she’s done laughing, she’ll ask if you have any advice. It’s difficult enough to get kids to tune in. But when it comes to convincing them to do chores, the effort can feel herculean.

Not that we can blame them, because chores aren’t fun! So it’s a parent’s job to make them seem that way, whether it’s taking out the trash, dusting or vacuuming, or just picking up toys after playtime.

The secret? Learn from the experts: other moms. Here are five parent-approved tips for getting kids to complete their chores.

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4 Tips for Choosing the Best Bed for Growing Kids

Child sleeping with her teddy bear

For health and development, children require nine to 12 hours of sleep each night, and it’s vital to their well-being that this biologic and emotional need be an ongoing priority. (If only grownups followed this same rule.) Selecting the right bed and mattress is key to ensuring little ones get the proper rest for brain function, immunity, growth, and even handling stress.

Here are four tips for selecting the best kids bed for a great night’s sleep:

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