(StatePoint) With summer travel season upon us, families across the country are taking to the open road for family road trips. But while the destination always leads to excitement, oftentimes the long car ride can be a drag.
(NAPSI)—There’s hopeful news for struggling writers. An annual contest is designed to encourage them and honor the best of their work. This year’s award ceremony was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
(StatePoint) For families, summertime is all about active fun -- from vacations to ballgames, and fireworks to poolside picnics. But being on-the-go can mean lots of downtime in transit and waiting for activities to start.
(NewsUSA) - This year marks the 150th anniversary of the turning point in the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg. As far as defining American moments go, it doesn't get much more iconic than that.
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who are tired of giving dad a new version of the same old tie for Father’s Day.
(BPT) - As summer approaches, many parents are worried about the summer learning slide, and with good reason. Students who do not participate in enrichment and learning activities during the summer break can lose roughly 22 percent of the knowledge and skills they gained during the previous school year, according to the National Summer Learning Association.
Today’s children grow up in a vastly different technological world than that of their parents or grandparents. While you may fondly recall a favorite storybook stored on your nightstand, many kids today are reading using their parent’s smartphone or tablet. Digital devices are becoming a regular part of a child’s life, and parents should understand what this means for how kids learn and grow.
(StatePoint) Do you have treasured childhood memories of spending time outdoors with your parents or grandparents? This summer, take the time to share this experience with your own children. Pack a lunch, put on some sunscreen and take them on your own hiking or fishing adventure.
(NewsUSA) - With over 80 million moms to shop for, Mother's Day is second only to Christmas when it comes to gift giving. So, besides giving a bouquet of flowers and box of chocolates this year, try getting mom the trending gifts and tech gadgets she'll love.
(StatePoint) If you’re tired of taking the same old kinds of vacations, consider looking into more meaningful travel alternatives. Whatever your interests are, there are great ways to infuse your vacation with purpose.
The beautiful days of summer are here again. The sun is out, the air is fresh, the grass is green and the opportunities are endless for fun-in-the-sun birthday parties. The three summer months – June to August – rank in the top five for most American births, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. So chances are good you’ll be hosting or attending a summer birthday this year. You can go to the waterpark or visit the batting cages any day, but your child’s birthday is special.
(NAPSI)—Fifteen years after losing her sight, crafter Joyce Kane can still enjoy a good yarn, thanks to the free reading program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
(NAPSI)—In partnership with the federal government, depository libraries take their mission of protecting the public’s right to know quite seriously. That’s why for a century, they have been providing no-fee access to government information with professional assistance.
(NewsUSA) - Two out of three adults age 55 and older fondly remember family vacations from as young as age five, and 93 percent of today's kids believe vacations offer quality time with their parents.
(NewsUSA) - The situation at Rutgers is what happens when priorities are out of line.
(StatePoint) Most people spend Mother’s Day bestowing flowers, gifts and heartfelt sentiments upon their moms. But for some, knowing how to honor their mother is not so easy. After all, mothers are only human, and not all of them are perfect.
(BPT) - Enhanced earning potential and more career opportunities are two of the many benefits of earning an advanced degree. Now, many mothers and fathers in America have discovered another benefit of going back to school – it is a great parenting tool. Parents are considering higher education not only to help them get ahead in the workplace, but also as a way to set a positive example for their children, according to a recent survey from University of Phoenix.
(StatePoint) As kids, many had the same dream of hitting a walk-off home run to win the World Series. Now baseball season is finally underway, and there is no shortage of opportunities to share your passion of the game with your children.
(NewsUSA) - As spring blooms, it may be a great chance to escape with the family for an extended weekend getaway. Whether you're visiting relatives for the Easter holiday or taking advantage of the kids' break from school, spring travel is a great way to celebrate the start of warm weather. But depending on schedules and budgets, spring vacations aren't always very affordable. Save your money for fun events and shopping excursions, not logistics and hotels.
(NewsUSA) - The trip may have started out as a way to discover their roots, but it ended with a New York couple saying "I do" -- for the second time -- in a small village in Ireland.
(NewsUSA) - For some travelers, planning a trip is almost as fun as experiencing it. For others, planning a trip leads to worry about logistics, itineraries, finances or just not knowing what to expect.
Spring cleaning is a tradition worth keeping for many Americans: 62 percent of those recently polled by the Cleaning Institute say spring cleaning is an annual ritual in their home.
(BPT) - Resolving to reduce clutter and get better organized seems to be a lingering item on many people’s “to-do” lists, yet for many of us, it can be difficult to get started. While organization is an essential tool for navigating our complex modern lives, many people struggle to find their personal style of organization and a system that works within their busy lives at home, at the office or on-the-go. Just as specific organizational needs vary from person to person, so too do organizational styles.
(NAPSI)—When children realize that reading is an adventure, a whole universe of possibilities blossoms for them. These ideas may help you inspire your children to develop a lifelong friendship with books.
Having your first baby can be exhilarating and terrifying. You will be responsible for a new human life, and many new parents find themselves in a swirl of uncertainty about what kind of parents they will be.
(NAPSI)—H ere’s a school statistic many families may be happy to learn: More than 245,000 children are in publicly funded private school choice programs.
(NewsUSA) - Among the hottest trends in travel is family travel, but multigenerational trips -- which span three generations of a family -- are quickly gaining popularity. Last year, 32 percent of vacationing U.S. grandparents took their grandchildren along.
(StatePoint) For parents of newborns, those first months can be exciting, challenging and even a little frightening. While your instincts will kick in to guide you through many parenting challenges, when certain issues arise, it’s important to seek help from your best-informed resource: your pediatrician.
(NewsUSA) - When you think about cowboys and chuck wagons, your mind naturally heads out West. Not so fast, pard! Pigeon Forge, Tenn., at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, hosts one of the finest cowboy gatherings east of the Mississippi River. "Saddle Up" is well known among cowboy performers and now is the perfect time for everyone to learn about this entertainment-packed event.
(BPT) - Studies show and experts agree: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After a good night’s rest without eating, kids’ brains and bodies are ready to refuel. Breakfast can help kick-start a child’s metabolism, energy and focus for learning according to a report published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. So it’s an alarming reality that the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports nearly one in five children across our communities goes without breakfast every day.
(NewsUSA) - A new generation of roller coasters that give you a watery rush, a salute to the children who sailed on the Titanic and a giant Ferris wheel await visitors to Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains in 2013.
(NewsUSA) - For teens, peer pressure or wanting to escape emotional stress can often lead to prescription drug experimentation, which in turn can lead to abuse, addiction and sometimes a drug overdose.
(NewsUSA) - The LeBron James bandwagon is overflowing ever since he won a ring. Truth is, some people need to give up their seats.
(NAPSI)—Picture this: an app that turns your smartphone or other mobile device into a way to capture, edit and share photos without compromising the original quality of the photo.
(BPT) - The roles and perceptions of women have greatly evolved over the last 50 years. From homemaker to executive, women have fought for their voice and advanced tremendously – altering virtually every aspect of American culture. In 2013, the women of the past continue to pay it forward and emerging leaders take the reins.
(NewsUSA) - Gainesville, Fl. isn't just home to the renowned University of Florida, it's a vacation destination for many. Between the charming downtown with Spanish moss-draped trees, sprawling state parks and quaint towns with a small-town feel, the Gainesville region is a great escape all year round.
(NewsUSA) - Whether you're planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway or an escape with some dear friends, you may not need to travel far. Many travelers are opting to stay stateside and explore hidden delights right here in the U.S. instead of going abroad.
(StatePoint) If eating healthier and getting more exercise tops your New Year’s resolution list, consider extending these worthwhile goals to the whole family.
(NewsUSA) - No matter what season it is, skin isn't the only thing that gets burned by sunlight. Eyes are just as sensitive, and children's eyes are especially vulnerable.
(NAPSI)Heres an idea that may color how many children are raised: Artistic expression is vital for childhood growth, development and overall well-being during the early stages of life, according to Dr. Karen Hill-Scott, Ed.D., a nationally recognized expert in child care.
(NewsUSA) - Weather prognosticators are predicting a doozie of a winter this year, so, for a surefire cure for the winter blues, southeast Pennsylvania's Valley Forge area offers these seven popular cabin-fever relievers.
(NAPSI)—Grandparents who want to give a gift that is both fun and informative may consider giving a gift that can last a lifetime—the love of books and reading.
(BPT) - As a parent, do you dread the evening hours because bedtime is such a struggle? Do your children do everything they can to delay turning the lights out? Do they experience fear and anxiety when you leave the room? These all-too-common scenarios play out in countless households every evening, leaving Mom and Dad wondering what they can do to help their kids get the sleep they need without a flood of tears.
(BPT) - When it comes to keeping young walkers safe on America’s roads, the country has made great strides: child pedestrian deaths have plunged 53 percent and injuries are down 44 percent since 1995, according to a study by Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx. Still, the study also indicates that bigger steps are needed to improve pedestrian safety overall, and particularly for teenagers.
(BPT) - Cringing at bumps, falls, trips and nudges is a common response among parents of young athletes. Seventy-two percent of parents of children ages 6 to 17 report that they are highly concerned about their child experiencing a head injury on the sports field, according to a recent survey conducted by NMI Research and DSM Nutritional Products, and their concern is not unwarranted. In fact, data indicates that emergency room visits of school-age athletes for serious injuries like concussions have significantly increased in recent years.
(BPT) - Health care reform is a hot topic, and not just for candidates running for political office. The cost of health care impacts the financial well-being of most Americans. Even though you may have heard a lot about health care reform, you may be wondering what it all means - or at least what it means for you and your family.
(BPT) - Americans have come to expect specialized care from their physicians as growing numbers depend on the expertise of cardiologists, oncologists and endocrinologists. This evolution has also become just as important when it comes to pharmacists and the specific care they can give patients.
(BPT) - Health conditions in the human body interact in many different and unique ways. What may be surprising to people is how oral health is connected with diabetes.
(BPT) - Melvella Bryant was delighted when her 12-year-old daughter said she wanted to wait until marriage to have sex. But Bryant is concerned the seventh-grader may hear a different message at her public school.