What is the Real Cost of Your Child’s First Year? Costs to Consider Before You Conceive

December 27th, 2015by admin

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Kids don’t cost that much, right? Very, very wrong. The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child to adulthood is climbing, and currently rests at about $245,000 for a child born in 2013.

Cost varies depending on where you live and how much you make

When calculating the cost of children, be sure you use a calculator that takes into consideration your locale, whether you live in a rural or urban area, and how much you make. Costs for a child can vary from around $10,000 annually to as much as $25,000, depending on the family income alone. On top of that, the costs for raising a child in, San Francisco, California are going to vary greatly from the costs in Butte, Montana. Also consider whether you will be moving over the course of the child’s first 18 years, as that can change the annual cost of the child.

The Parent’s Holiday Survival Guide

December 24th, 2015by admin

The holidays can be a challenging time for everyone, but once you throw children into the mix, the holidays can seem impossible. Most parents want to dial up the holidays for their kids, but that is easier said than done:

“I imagined, while pregnant, that I would do the holidays up once the baby came along. I have a manila folder full of ideas for projects, ripped from magazines while the baby was still baking. Aside from serving as solid evidence that I’m a total dork, this folder is now also just sort of laughable in the face of the realities of first-year parenting” (Taylor Newman, parenting.com).

No parent should have to go into the trenches that are the holiday season alone, so here are some tips to help you hold onto your sanity this December.

The first year won’t go how you planned

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Teaching Your Toddler to Read

April 20th, 2015by admin


Reading & ListeningResearch shows that helping a toddler learn to read early on is extremely beneficial. In fact, a 3 year old’s vocabulary is a strong indicator of how successful he or she will be when reading in the first grade. Additionally, his or her reading skills and vocabulary comprehension predict how well they will perform in the 11th grade. Overall, teaching a toddler to read at an early age stimulates his or her intellectual development and helps them become smarter.

Children are naturally very imaginative, creative, and capable human beings. While it is commonly believed that toddlers have an extremely short attention span, the truth is that when you really analyze them, it is obvious that they love to learn. For children, learning is a craving, an enjoyable activity, and often viewed as a form of playing.