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What You Can Do If Your Child Is Struggling With Mental Illness

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Parents instinctively wish to protect their children from all types of pain. This is true whether the pain in question is physical, mental or emotional. This instinct will kick into high gear if you have a child that experiences any type of mental illness. Fortunately, there are concrete steps you can take to minimize the effects of your child's illness and help him or her maintain a sense of normalcy in his or her life.

Be Accepting of Your Child's Mental Illness A report from the National Institute of Mental Health states that 1 in 5 teenagers aged 13 to 18 will battle a serious mental illness. It is important that your child understands that he or she is not alone in this battle, and you will fight it with him or her every step of the way.

Once your child receives a diagnosis that confirms a mental illness, explain to him or her that the condition is a common one, and there is no need for shame. If depression is the diagnosis, it will help to know that 12.5 percent of teen…

Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind if Your Child Is Interested in Acting

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Allowing your child to participate in extracurricular activities can be a great way to boost their confidence as well as social skills. Acting can be a great outlet for them to achieve these life skills while allowing them the freedom to express their creative side. If your child is interested in becoming an actor, here are a few tips that can help you guide their dream successfully.

Get Experience Of course, the more experience your child has with acting, the more confident he will be while also improving his acting chops. In order to gain the most experience possible, you should try to take your child on as many auditions as you possibly can in order to increase his chance of getting callbacks. When going to an audition, it’s important to have an updated headshot with you. Being that children's looks can change significantly with each passing year, you will want to make sure that you are taking a new photo at least once per year, depending on the age of your child.

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What Is the Right Schooling Option for My Child?

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It's not always easy to know what schooling option is best for your child. You need to know all the choices you have and what each one has to offer before making a choice. Here are three options you have for your child and why they could work for your family.

Public School Public school is a common choice for many parents when their kids need an education. Public schools are free and often conveniently located within your community. However, the quality of public schools varies depending on a variety of factors, and you want to make sure it's the right choice for your child.

PublicSchoolReview recommends that you find facts about the public schools in your area. They are generally scored based on how well students perform and what they have to offer. If the school in your area seems like it's of good quality, it may be the right fit for your child.
Private School According to Carden Conejo, private schools offer smaller class sizes, individualized attention, have high acad…

What to Keep in Mind When Getting a Babysitter for Your Children

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Finding the right babysitter can be frustrating. You want to make sure that both your child and the babysitter are a good match for each other. You might be a little confused right now, and that's okay. Here are a few things to keep in mind when getting a babysitter for your children.

Leave Detailed Instructions Picture this: You come home after a night out with friends or family, and you see that your child hasn't gone to bed yet. Naturally, this can frustrate and anger parents as they quickly place the blame on their babysitter. The reality is that, because of a lack of instruction, your babysitter wasn't able to provide the necessary routine for your child to begin going to bed. So, in order to avoid issues such as these, you must always leave detailed instructions for your sitter. This can range from simple "no sugar after a certain time" to the type of milk they should have. If your child is potty training, it's vital to leave a clearly written potty tr…

How Older Children Can Help Out When You're Having a Baby

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When you have older children and you're about to have a new baby, there will likely be some changes that everybody will need to get used to. Mom will soon be busy with a new little bundle of joy. As you attempt to juggle everybody's needs successfully, there are a number of ways that older children can help out. Not all help will come in the way of baby care. Just helping out around the house can make a big difference in how smoothly things will go during this transition period.

Help Out Around the House Children can create quite a mess over the course of a day. It's important that children learn how to clean up after themselves. Having your children clean up after themselves can help reduce potential choking hazards, especially when the baby starts to move around more. Children can be assigned chores based on their age. Little ones can help with putting away toys each evening. The bigger kids of the house can do laundry and clean the floors.

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4 Tricks to Impress Young Children at a Birthday Party

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Birthday parties for young children are always exciting, especially when you think of creative ways to keep the fun going. One of the best things about hosting parties for young children is that there are so many unique ways to keep them occupied. Choosing some exciting ways to keep everyone busy will ensure a fun time all around.

Play With Pop Culture Pop culture references are all around us, and there's nothing gimmicky about using them when planning a child's party. Dressing up in costume is a great way to draw everybody into the fun.
Consider having what you need on hand for your child's guests to put together their own costume or themed crafts. If your child's costume needs are relatively simple, this option is an easy one to pursue.
Do a Bit of Magic Even with kids today having access to entertainment in the form of apps and online gaming sites, magic tricks are still sure to keep everyone entertained. One of the best things about magic tricks is that they don&#…

4 Tricks to Decorate Your House's Exterior for a Party

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Party season is just around the corner, meaning that many people are gearing up to invite friends and family into their homes to celebrate a variety of occasions. It is understandable to want to make your house look its best for your next party. In addition to preparing the interior of your home, you will need to make sure that the exterior is welcoming. Here are four tricks to decorate your house's exterior for a party.

Preparing Your Patio It is expected that people will gather on your patio if you have a party. For this reason, you need to devote a little TLC to this part of your home. You can spruce up the patio with new furniture. If this is not in the budget, simply adding some new decorative items will add some personality to an otherwise drab space.

Focus on Curb Appeal The first thing that your guests will notice when they arrive at your party is the front of the exterior. Boosting the curb appeal of your home will go a long way in creating a favorable first impression. …