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4 Ways to Bond With Your Kids

Few things are more important in life than the bond you share with your children. If you lack a close relationship with your kids, the bond can be a source of pain and anguish, while a strong connection with your kids can bring incredible joy and happiness. If you've lost the closeness that you crave, you can strengthen the relationship in four practical ways. Help Them With Homework Help your children with their homework to show them that you're interested in their education. This also … [Read more...]

Role of Kids in Your Family Life

Here’s a guest post from writer, Sophie Samuel. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: Children are an integral part of a family and a home. A newly married couple waits anxiously for the birth of their first child and for more thereafter. We all love sound of little feet running around the house, the mischief and prank, the unbridled laughter and so many other joys that only kids can give. Now what exactly is the role of kids in your … [Read more...]

Cheering Your Kids Without Spoiling Them

Below is a guest post from a great writer Melanie Hargrave. Melanie  is a wife and homemaker from Idaho whose pride and joy is her family. She is her daughters' number one fan, always ready at a moment's notice to grab her foam fingers and spirit shakers and cheer on her girls. In addition to spending time with her family, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, and sharing her experiences with others. If you'd like to submit a guest post for The Daily Retort, check out the guidelines … [Read more...]

Family Finance – Talking Dollars and Common Sense

Here’s a guest post from writer, Carol Peterson - author of the book Fun With Finance. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: =============== Many of us learned how to handle money by watching our parents. Then our kids learned from us. Unfortunately, that’s sometimes like making a copy of a copy. Each copy becomes more and more distorted. What if we started over, learning proper money management and taught kids from where they are … [Read more...]

God Is Not a Plumber – Talking to Kids About Death

The topic of death and grieving have been covered several times on this blog, because those are realities that all of us will face during this life. I'm thrilled to share with you this guest post from a writing friend of mine, Michelle Johnson. As a blogger Michelle has a keen interest and ability in addressing grief, bringing her to write for and work with Adelaide funeral homes and various publications dealing with death, funerals and the grieving process. Here's her guest … [Read more...]

The All New Baby Toupee

Yesterday we were just hanging out at the house while our middle daughter was holding our recently born son. Some of her hair spilled over onto his head inspiring this little snippet of video humor. It's only :17 seconds - it made us laugh anyway! … [Read more...]

4 Rules for Game Night in Our Home

My parents didn't frequently play board games with us five kids growing up. But when they did, it was awesome! Our favorite board games were the classics - Clue, Monopoly, Life, Sorry, Careers, Pay Day and Stop Thief...to name a few. Sometimes my parents would win, sometimes  one of us kids would win. However, depending on the "family dynamic" of any given game night (e.g. which kid blamed who for breaking a living room lamp...etc.) an acute case of Sore Loseritis would most likely … [Read more...]

If Pinterest Was For Dudes…

I recently signed up for an online course that provided a basic introduction to Pinterest. If you're not aware of what Pinterest is, it's the third-largest and fastest-growing social media platform on the web. It's kind of like a living mashed up visual montage of Better Homes & Gardens, Food & Wine, Parenting, Style and People magazines blended with the Oscars red carpet plus a dash of baby shower with a healthy dose of Silpada jewelry all drizzled in chocolate. Given that … [Read more...]

Nature or Nurture???

Psychologists bicker back-and-forth whether  humans are born innately innocent with a clean slate, if we're selfish by nature or if it's some kind of combination of both. The discussion focuses around the core question if it's our biology or our environment that plays a stronger role shaping our behavior. It's the classic discussion of "nature" versus "nurture." As a parent (and former child myself) I tend to believe that we don't have to train our kids to be selfish - they manage to … [Read more...]

Hilarious Words With Kids

Humorist Art Linkletter is most well known for his popular broadcast program Kids Say the Darndest Things, which ran from the 1940s through the 1960s. However, beyond merely saying the darndest things, sometimes kids DO the darndest things that have no existing description within the English language. How do parents convey these unexplanable antics??? Enter Eric Ruhalter's book The Kid Dictionary - hilarious words to describe the indescribable things kids do. Ruhalter is a father of … [Read more...]