Family

Tue
23
Dec

We’re making a list and checking it twice

As shoppers start making their holiday lists, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds families to stay vigilant about toys and product safety.
Shoppers should check recall lists and use common sense, selecting age-appropriate toys, observing manufacturer’s warnings regarding safety hazards, and monitoring use when necessary.
A selection of toy and child product recalls, numbered by date, include:

Thu
07
Aug

Tips to generate a second income

In today’s economy, a full-time job is no guarantee that a second income won’t be necessary to live a comfortable lifestyle or save for the future.

Thu
24
Jul

Talk to teens about driving -- it may be a lifesaver

The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations. The good news is that by setting boundaries, we are making the roads safer for everyone.

Mon
24
Feb
Tue
03
Dec

Keep pets safe from holiday trimmings

The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. While you’re busily gearing up for guests and parties, it’s important to remember your pet’s safety to ensure a festive and fun season is enjoyed by all.
From bright decorations to holiday house guests, it can be easy to overlook a few household dangers that may cause harm to your favorite companions. Here are a few tips from PetSmart to keep in mind to keep your fuzzy friend safe and jolly this holiday:

Tue
03
Dec

Feeling especially sandwiched during holiday season?


Caregiving services who can step in for a few hours or a longer stay can ease your mind and help older loved ones feel secure over the holidays. (submitted photo)

The holidays may be filled with joy, but for the ever-growing number of aging Americans and those who care for them this otherwise celebratory season can become mired in challenges.
The stress of visitors, eventful meals, gift giving and social obligations can be overwhelming for anyone, but especially for those juggling busy schedules with caring for an elderly family member.

Sat
07
Sep

Five financial building blocks for new parents

While today’s economy continues to put extra stress on most Americans’ wallets, those preparing to welcome a new child into the family experience the added pressure of a whole new set of expenses.
From diapers to baby furniture and daycare, the costs for new parents mount quickly. For some, the reality of these expenses is daunting. Others are completely unaware of how the joy of a new child will affect their financial situation.

Sun
11
Aug

What makes young people volunteer?

Many believe that volunteer work can be beneficial for young people’s personal development and that their communities can benefit as well.
When teenagers volunteer, it’s thought they typically become more sensitive to the needs of others, build self-esteem and self-confidence, develop organizational and leadership skills and gain a great deal of personal satisfaction. As a result, many parents want to know: What motivates young people to become volunteers?

Thu
08
Aug

Children’s clothes: making them last

After a muddy round of tackle football with the neighbors’ kids in the yard, a child comes in the house and changes their clothes for dinner — the worn clothes are thrown on the bedroom floor.
Sound familiar? A few loose threads here, a hole to patch there; children’s clothing doesn’t seem to last. But, don’t fret; there are ways to avoid the woes of worn-out children’s clothes, according to Roger Mrugala of Once Upon A Child.

Thu
18
Jul

Don’t-miss events at the fair

You may not think of a rural/suburban fair as fast-action. But hold onto your hats, because the fair has plenty of thrills:

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