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4 Ideas to Spice Up Your 4th

Perhaps you're all set to have a memorable 4th, but would welcome fresh ideas to help imbed the meaning behind the holiday glam for your kids. To help bring home the significance of our nation's Independence Day, here are four broad categories with ideas to help infuse a deeper appreciation in your children for the good ole U.S.A.

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10 Thrilling Things to do With Kids in Washington, D.C.

Hands-on museums and kid-friendly attractions are just a few reasons to plan your next family vacation in Washington, D.C. These 10 hidden gems will take your vacation to the next level by blending education with fun and giving your family a broader understanding of life in the nation's iconic capital.

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Choosing a Safe Quality Day Care

Looking for day care is one of the more stressful tasks parents of young children face. Not only do parents have to contend with the logistics, such as convenience of location and hours of operation, but of utmost concern is safety and development of their child.

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How to Keep Kids Reading Over the Summer

Don't forget children, especially younger school-aged children, need to keep on reading during summer months or they'll forget many of the reading skills they learned this past school year. Here are some tips to make summer reading fun and rewarding.

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Laugh, Love and Learn With These Summer Books

Are your kids looking for some good books to read over the summer? If so, then check out these latest and greatest reads compiled by award-winning children's author, Mary Quattlebaum.

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New Medical Study on Dads Who Exercise

When fathers exercise before the mothers become pregnant, they are "providing a protective effect, an advantage. [All physical activities mean a] child is less likely to become obese," says Dr. Stanford. In other words, dads-to-be who plan to have children should exercise for a few months before the mother becomes pregnant. It will help your future children!

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Restaurant Play Starring Your Child as Host, Waiter and Cook

Even before their teen years, kids can enjoy some semi-independent kitchen fun by playing restaurant. This way they can gradually ease into independent cooking. By the age of 8, kids likely have enough kitchen skills for this activity.

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So YOU'RE the World's Best Father!

Local author Dave Engledow, like many first-time parents, was unsure of the best way to raise a child. Engledow came up with the idea of using humor to "deal with my personal fears and neuroses," as he said on a Kickstarter campaign.

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The Downsides to Young Children Reading E-Books

My second-grader loves reading e-books far more than print books because they have so many fun, interactive features. Are there any downsides to her love of e-books?

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Use Positive Parenting to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

As the parent of a picky eater, I tried every trick in the book to get my child to eat. I lectured, bribed, bartered, cried, cajoled and took rejected foods out of rotation. Along that journey, I learned a lot about what works and what doesn't, and I gradually found a way to approach food with energy and enthusiasm - and without control and obsession.

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