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Parenting

Ever wish that your kids came with an owner's manual? You might not get your wish exactly, but you can read a favorite parenting magazine online, find tips from other parents about raising children, supplement your children's education, learn how to keep them healthy or get advice on talking to them about tough issues. Use the sites in this Parenting Web Guide to make your search quick and successful.

Parenting Help

With little ones running around, you probably don't have a great deal of time on your hands; the Internet is a quick and easy way to read up on the latest in parenting news and advice. In this section you'll find some catch-all sites that cover basic parenting issues.

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  • Most of the sites listed in this section are browsable by the age of your child. Look near the top or the sides of each homepage for buttons that will take you to age-specific areas of the site.
  • Online shopping can be a great way for busy parents to save time. You can get baby gear, kids' clothes and toys, and even your groceries delivered right to your door. For more help with online shopping, see our findingDulcinea Shopping Web Guide.

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Age Specific Parenting Advice

The information or advice that you are searching for online will vary greatly depending on the age of your child. While most of the information in this guide pertains to the needs of young children, this section looks at the many resources the Web provides that will help parents answer age-specific questions, regardless of whether you're looking for advice on an infant or teenager.

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  • Many of the parenting sites listed in other sections of this guide divide information by your child's age; these sections can provide valuable age-appropriate tips and tools for your child.

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Raising Special Needs Children

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, some of the more generic parenting resources might not be particularly relevant. You might be looking for advice to help prepare your child for school, to help your child's educators better understand his or her needs, or to make everyday tasks easier for both you and your child. Either way you'll find many resources specific to special-needs children and their parents online.

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  • On many computers, clicking the "Ctrl" key and the "+" symbol will make text on a Web page larger, making it easier to read for a child with limited vision or one who has trouble sorting through lots of information.
  • In the "Connecting to Other Parents" section of this guide, you can connect with other parents who have experiences similar to your own. To find these parents, search on these sites for key terms relating to your child's special needs; you can also search for these terms on a regular search engine.
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Family Fun Activities

Most kids are able to create a game or craft project out of a few odds and ends and a little creativity, but you may be looking for a more structured activity from time to time. The Web offers plenty of ideas to help you think of places to go and things to do with your kids.

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  • Doing some repairs around the house or building something can be a great way to spend an afternoon with your child. To find projects for kids try looking at home improvement store sites-for example, Home Depot's site will show you how to find Kids Workshops in local stores.  You can also purchase plans for projects online; David Stiles' site sells plans for treehouses and other woodworking projects.

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Choosing a Child Care Provider or Guardian

No one can be a perfect replacement for a parent, but on the Internet you'll be able to find resources to help you choose an acceptable alternate caregiver for your child. Whether you need a temporary babysitter or are trying to decide who to appoint as legal guardian of your child, you'll find the resources you need online.

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  • Want to place a classified ad for a caregiver? You can do so online either through most local newspapers' Web sites or on an online classified site such as Craigslist.
  • If you are looking for a new childcare provider, there are lots of Web sites that perform background checks on individuals for a fee, including Intelius.

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How to Choose a School

Education is at the forefront of many parents' minds. And while choosing the right school for your young child can be a difficult decision, the Internet can help to make this choice as stress free as possible. When the time comes, there are also a number of resources to help you and your child chose the right college.

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  • Children's homework helper sites and search engines can be a good place for anyone (parent or child) to go if you are interested in learning a little bit about a new topic because you will find simplistic, reliable information on these sites. To find a list of them see our findingDulcinea Teaching Web Guide.

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Children's Health

The habits that you teach your children while they are young are those that they will carry with them throughout life. It is just as important for their health that you teach them to eat a balanced diet and stay active so that they can live long, happy lives. There are plenty of online resources that can help you teach your child about healthy eating and exercise or find the best medical and safety information.

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  • One way to find a doctor for your child is to check the Web site of your health insurance provider. Try searching for the name of the company in any search engine, and once at the site browse or search for a directory of covered doctors.
  • Many product-safety dangers arise when products are not properly used or installed. There is a large assortment of how-to videos online that can show you the proper ways to use many children's products. Edmunds has a video that shows how to properly install a car seat

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How to Talk to Kids

There will come a time in every parent's life when kids start to bring up some of the more difficult issues: bullies, Internet safety, dating, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, or sex, to name a few. There are many online resources to help prepare you to discuss these issues with your child. You can also find plenty of sites for kids and teens to help answer the questions they don't want to ask you or that you can't answer.

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  • Consider the source when looking at information about drug use or sex; some sites will be more open about these issues than you may be comfortable with. Look for an "about us" section of a site or look for the parent company by searching the URL on the WhoIs database to determine if the opinions of an organization are in line with your own.
  • For resources to help you promote safe Internet behavior with your children or to filter the content available to your child online, see the "What can I do to keep my kids safe online?" section of our findingDulcinea Internet Safety Web Guide.

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Connecting With Other Parents

Even the most experienced parents run into a situation they need some help with every once in a while: your child won't eat any vegetables, or has begun to bully other kids at school. The Internet provides a quick and easy way for parents to connect with each other and benefit from the common pool of knowledge and experience.

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  • Even though some sites are geared specifically toward moms or dads, any parent can find advice on these sites.
  • You will find some communities specific to your child's age in the "Age Specific Parenting Advice" section of this guide.
  • Just like with any online community, be careful about how much personal information you provide to strangers on parent networking sites. Do not put yourself or your child in danger by being careless with the personal details of your life.

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