10 Important Life Skills Every Child Needs to Learn

We are constantly teaching our kids new skills every day as they grow into tiny humans, but are we covering all the basics that need to be passed on? Somehow, I grew up and left my parents’ home without knowing how to cook chicken, change a tire, or even properly clean my home.

If my parents had read an article similar to this one, maybe I’d be a much better cook today. Thank goodness for Pinterest.

It’s not too late for your kids – here are some life skills that every child should learn before they fly the nest (graduate high school and move the heck out).

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Dog Park Etiquette

Dog parks can be a sanctuary for both dogs and their owners. Parks give dogs the opportunity to be free off of the leash with others of their kind in a large area instead of a small, fenced-in yard… and the humans get the chance to socialize with other dog parents.

Because of the benefits that dog parks have to offer, it is important to practice proper dog park etiquette to make sure that everyone has a positive experience during their visit.

 

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Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

 

Spring is right around the corner, which means that a handful of new plants might be appearing in your backyard or neighborhood from seeds naturally spreading, or gardeners adding new additions to their collections.

As exciting as these new plants may sound, they could be threatening to your dog. Here are some that you should keep an eye out for.

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How to Maintain a Clean Home With Children & Pets

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to start cleaning! Now is the time to purge your house of all the Christmas decorations (if they’re still up), extra clutter you’ve gathered in 2017, and pretty much anything else that doesn’t “spark joy,” as Japanese cleaning guru, Marie Kondo of the KonMari Method, would say.

However, this can all be discouraging when you dedicate hours of work to make a nice living area for your family, and a tornado runs through it within the next 24 hours (your kids, pets, partner, guests, etc.) Here’s what you can do to keep your home neat and organized – yes, even with tiny tornadoes.

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New Year’s Resolutions Ideas for Parents

Happy 2018! This is a wonderful time for change and growth not only as a person, but most importantly, as a family. Although we believe that any day is a great time to make some changes, traditionally, the beginning of each year is a clean slate.

We can start by reflecting on last year and remembering all of our parenting successes. What would you like to bring into this New Year? What would you like to leave in 2017? To add to that list, here are some New Year’s Resolutions for the health and happiness of your family.

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How to Prepare a Nervous Dog For Holiday Excitement

The holidays are finally here, and they usually guarantee more noise, people and potential messes. If your dog is relatively new or has a hard time adjusting to change, he might not be too happy about your festivities.

His behavior might change, and maybe he’ll become very shy and hide away, or the opposite, and show aggression towards strangers, crying babies and other dogs who are in his family’s territory. He could also play too roughly and jump on or nip at your guests.

This is normal behavior; your dog is not suddenly defiant or dangerous. Here’s what you can do to help introduce your dog to the holidays.

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