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5 Ways to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

It’s tempting to justify splurging on gifts during the holidays, but a few tips will keep you from paying for your Christmas spending well into next year. It’s the most wonderful time of year for retailers. As soon ...
by Shannon McRae
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3 Ways to Green Your Grocery Shopping

3 Ways to Green Your Grocery Shopping

As we celebrate Earth Day today, Family Circle magazine explains how making a few simple changes at the grocery store can help save our planet. Sometimes I feel like I spend my entire day with food. I feed five people three mea...
by Shannon McRae
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Game On: Why Preschools Are Reevaluating Competition

Game On: Why Preschools Are Reevaluating Competition

How do you strike that seemingly impossible balance between constructive competition and an “everyone always wins” approach with your preschooler? I’ll admit it: I’m competitive. Not in a my-child-is-sma...
by Shannon McRae
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How Your Family Can Save Money This Tax Season

How Your Family Can Save Money This Tax Season

Family Circle magazine reveals some surprising deductions that can save your family a considerable amount of money this tax season. Everyone knows that raising kids can be expensive. But when it comes to taxes, your precious ti...
by Shannon McRae
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Parents magazine April 2012

How to Keep Your Kid from Giving Up

Sure, we think our kids are great, but is our excessive praise just setting them up for future meltdowns? I’ve always tended to heap on the praise when it comes to my kids. Raising self-confident kids has long been my goa...
by Shannon McRae
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How to End Your Kids' Obsession with Television

How to End Your Kids’ Obsession with Television

Meet one couple who cured their kids’ television habit by letting them watch as much as they wanted. In a perfect world, kids would quietly entertain themselves with books and crayons in the late afternoon as parents made...
by Shannon McRae
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