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Good Friday, Heroes! Below please find a plethora of amazing content to enjoy. Whether it’s shopping, nanny issues, life insurance, or teaching quadruplets to be gentle with pets, there are plenty of articles below jam-packed with great information. Enjoy!

Welcome to the February 24, 2012 edition of parenting link roundup.

Joanne presents Valentine Recipes To Make With Your Children posted at Fun Easy Recipes For Kids, saying, “Here’s a few Valentine recipes your whole family is sure to enjoy. Older kids who are more experienced in the kitchen can do most of this on their own, but these are also fun to do alongside your younger children. Maybe you can start a new Valentine tradition.”

Barbara Williams presents 10 Different Monsters that Scare Children posted at Find A Babysitter, saying, “There’s something uniquely human about our need to scare ourselves silly. As far as anyone knows, no other species goes out of its way to invent reasons to wet itself from fear. Children have the best imaginations, of course…”

Linda@NHE presents Cheddar Potato Soup Recipe posted at Natural Health Ezine, saying, “Learn the secrets of making the best pot of soup and try out this delicious cheddar potato soup recipe!”

Hannah Anderson presents 10 Times it Might Be Okay to Leave Kids Alone posted at Full Time Nanny, saying, “Parents often struggle with the concept of leaving their children home alone. When are they old enough to take care of themselves and possibly their siblings?”

Jennifer Bardsley presents Education Begets Education posted at Teaching My Baby To Read, saying, “This article centers on thoughts and musings about changing your children’s lives for the better by bequeathing them your education. Some families do this really well already, and their kids are getting a leg up in school. Is your child one of them?”

Paul Taylor presents 10 Diseases Kids Can Catch from their Pets posted at Babysitting Jobs, saying, “Kids tend to be more hands-on with pets than the adult members of the family, and to also have poorer hygiene habits. As a result, they’re more likely to end up on the receiving end of an illness that can be passed from animals to humans. These ten diseases can originate with the household pet, but affect the entire household.”

Debbie Denard presents 10 Ways to Condense Your Kids Clothing Needs posted at Nanny, saying, “Isn’t it amazing how our kids keep growing and growing? It’s often hard to keep up with their clothing needs. There are often so many sales and so many cute items that it’s truly hard not to over buy. You know the kids are going to get three to six months of use out of these clothes so why buy them more than they really need.”

Maureen Denard presents 10 Four Letter Words Describing Parenthood posted at Find A Nanny, saying, “Parenthood is probably one of the most wonderful, difficult, rewarding, thankless, exciting, terrifying, satisfying, amazing jobs on earth. It is full of ups and downs and all kinds of conflicting emotions and experiences. Can it be described using four letter words? I think so…”

Roxanne Porter presents 7 Ways to Make Just About any Owie Feel Better posted at Nanny Jobs, saying, “Trips, spills, stumbles and falls are all a part of growing up. Whether you have a little one that isn’t quite steady on her feet yet or an older child who’s part daredevil, you’re likely to spend a fair amount of your parenting time trying to ease owies and boo-boos.”

Dna Testing presents How a DNA Test Can Save a Life posted at DNA Testing Blog – DNA Paternity, Sibling, & Biological Family Testing, saying, “Our bodies are made up of cells and those cells are made up for chromosomes and each chromosome is made up of our DNA and our DNA is comprised of over 20,000 genes. Our genes determine all of our traits. A genetic disorder occurs when there is a mutation in your genes that alters your DNA.”

Sara Dawkins presents 10 Sounds That Help Kids Sleep posted at NannyPro.com, saying, “Sleep disturbances and difficulty falling asleep are such a common issue for infants and children that there are dozens of products on the market to combat the problem.”

Nancy Parker presents 10 Real Reasons Kids Fight Taking a Bath posted at eNannySource, saying, “Do you have a child that hates taking a bath? What do you think the reason is? Sometimes adults feel like kids are just being difficult when they refuse to take a bath and that there isn’t a real reason behind why they don’t want to take a bath.”

Tina Marconi presents 10 Ways to Keep Your Baby Away from Sickies | Babysitters posted at Babysitters, saying, “With all the new strains of germs and viruses going around, no mother wants to subject her child to exposure. Although it’s pretty near impossible to completely avoid illness or the bugs that cause it, there are some things you can do.”

Molly Cunningham presents 10 Affordable But Still Fun Kids Birthday Party Ideas posted at Live-In Nanny, saying, “What is it with kids’ birthday parties these days? Where I live people spend anywhere from $300-$1500 on a party for their child. The last party I went to they had a pizza oven in their front yard and they had two guys making custom pizzas for everyone at the party.”

Abby Nelson presents 10 Situations Where Adults Often Model Bad Behaviors to Kids posted at Nanny Classifieds, saying, “As parents I know we like to think that we do no wrong, but have you ever thought about the fact that kids learn by example? How many times a day would you say that you get after your kids about something? Where are they learning those behaviors?”

Sarah Johnson presents 10 Reasons College Kids Call Home for Help posted at Home Phone Service, saying, “You’ve sent your kids off to college and, as much as you’ll miss them, you’re really looking forward to the peace and quiet. Good luck with that.”

Lisa presents Believe in Your Own Authority posted at thisblogisforwomen

Sleeping Mama presents Encourage early literacy posted at sleeping should be easy.

Charles Chua C K presents All About Living With Life: How to get along with your son posted at All About Living with Life.

Jessica Miller presents Great Tips for Kids on FaceBook posted at Internet Service Providers, saying, “Facebook was originally created for college students in 2004. Ever since then the once small private website has grown to over 800 million uses. Not only is it for college students, but for parents, companies and children.”

Suzanne Cullen presents Au Pair » 10 Reasons the Whole Family Should Get Groceries posted at aupair, saying, “Maybe there are people who enjoy grocery shopping, but I think most of us consider it a chore. However, it is one of those necessary evils. We need food to feed our families and the vast majority of us get all our food from a grocery store.”

Carol Watson presents 10 Benefits Employers Can Provide for Parents posted at National Nannies, saying, “Most jobs in the United States are offered with at least a minimal list of included benefits, such as medical insurance and vacation / paid time off. For parents who work full time, the needs are substantially different and, depending on the employer, those needs aren’t always addressed.”

Theresa presents Rat a tat tat posted at Capri + 3, saying, “I am a Mom of 4 same-age babies (now 15-months). This post is about teaching the babies to use gentle touch.”

Chelsea Prescotti presents Parents Do Not Need To Buy Life Insurance For Their Children posted at Insurancequotes,org, saying, “Many parents are bombarded with advertisements for purchasing insurance for their children. For a new parent, we want to do everything we can to ensure that our children are protected. It can be quite overwhelming for a first time, new parent as well who feels pulled in all directions. But, one thing that parents should not worry about is purchasing life insurance for their children.”

Jodi presents Choose Joy posted at Meaningful Mama.

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