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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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How To Fill Your Basket for a Beach-inspired Picnic

Beach-inspired picnic with starfish cookies, goldfish crackers, and hummus veggie boat

It is so fun to spread out a blanket on the sand and nosh on your favorite snacks while you watch the kids play in the ocean. But what if there’s no beach nearby? No problem. You just need your imagination (and a little help from us).

Whether you’re headed for a nearby park or your own backyard, it’s easy to put together a family-friendly picnic inspired by a day at the beach. Bonus: When there is no sand, the kids can’t track it into the house. Here are some ideas for what foods to pack:

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4 Things Every Sports Fan Needs for Game Day

Family watching american football match on television

Game day is about more than just sports. It’s about creating the ultimate fan experience complete with family, friends, and a jalapeño popper or two. But first, consider your watching environment. Is your TV up to snuff, so you know you won’t miss a single moment? Oh, and how is the sound? Do you feel like you’re part of the action? Can your friend, who’s just there for the snacks, still get comfy even if he’s not glued to the game? We’ve rounded up everything an enthusiast needs to play nice all season long, no matter which sport you love.

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5 Online Safety Tips for Kids


From laptop computers and smartphones to smart watches and TVs, our devices are designed to keep us connected at all times. And though that’s great for a lot of reasons, it can be confusing — and potentially dangerous — for kids. Here are five online safety tips for kids.Read Story

2 Stellar Halloween Costume DIYs for Kids

No need for your kiddos to cool their jets this year! Instead, craft a rocket-fueled jet pack from items found around the house (and a few inexpensive things from any hardware store). And what good is a Rocket Man without his Moon, baby? Craft a cutesy wearable moon out of an exercise or beach ball, primer spray paint, some duct tape, and a little imagination of your own for a coupled costume that’s truly out of this world.Read Story