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    December, 2010

  • The Kwanzaa Holiday: A Cultural Celebration - December 26, 2010 09:20 AM
    Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, the Kwanzaa holiday is not a religious celebration. Kwanzaa was created as a means of identifying and affirming cultural traditions and principles within the African-American community. Celebrated for seven days, from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a gathering of friends and family where stories, customs, meals and decorations are shared in honor of a common history and shared future. Use The Kwanzaa Holiday Web Guide to learn about the founding of Kwanzaa and how you can celebrate.
  • March, 2009

  • Surrogacy - March 26, 2009 10:04 AM
    For prospective parents unable to have a successful pregnancy, surrogate motherhood can be a viable option for having a family. This Surrogacy Web Guide can help you learn more about what surrogacy is, how to choose a surrogate and, if you’re considering becoming a surrogate mother, how to decide whether it’s the right choice for you.
  • February, 2009

  • Interfaith Marriage - February 17, 2009 01:37 AM
    The number of couples marrying outside their religion in the United States has grown in recent years. Interfaith relationships come with special challenges, such as merging different beliefs for a wedding ceremony and deciding which religion children will follow. Use the Interfaith Marriage Web Guide to prepare for and cope with the difficulties that may face an interfaith couple.
  • January, 2009

  • Foster Care - January 12, 2009 01:56 PM
    Children of foster parents often come from families in crisis, so adults thinking of becoming foster parents must research this choice carefully. This Web guide can help you decide whether you’re ready to be a foster parent, find support resources, and if you are (or were) in the foster care system as a youth, connect you with others who have had similar experiences.
  • October, 2008

  • Lice - October 14, 2008 10:24 AM
    Lice are parasitic insects that live in human hair. Usually more irritating than dangerous, these little critters can be a chore to get rid of (and prevent in the first place). The resources in this Web guide can help you accomplish both of those goals.
  • Halloween: Get Wicked on the Web - October 02, 2008 10:01 AM

    It's the second largest commercial holiday in America, but your Halloween celebration can be as homemade or as far over the top with special effects as you want. On the Web, you can discover the history of this holiday, learn to plan a spooky party, find that costume you've dreamt about since last year, become an expert pumpkin carver, or find the most terrifying haunted house in your neck of the woods.

  • September, 2008

  • Teething - September 25, 2008 10:38 AM
    Teething is an often-difficult rite of passage for infants and toddlers (and let’s face it, for their parents, too). Taking care of a youngster’s discomfort during this time and learning how to care for new teeth once they emerge requires some patience—and maybe a little research. Use this Web guide to help answer your teething-related questions.
  • August, 2008

  • Understanding YouTube - August 13, 2008 09:24 AM
    YouTube, the popular social Web site that allows anyone to upload online videos, presents a new set of challenges for parents. Because YouTube can be a lot of fun for both parents and kids alike, the more flagrant videos that also populate the Web site can sometimes be overlooked. This guide takes you through what is out there and how to monitor your child’s YouTube use.
  • Potty Training - August 11, 2008 03:14 PM
    Potty training is a milestone that most parents eagerly anticipate for their children. If you’re looking forward to relieving yourself of diaper duty, this Web guide can help you determine when your child is ready to start potty training, figure out how to potty train and find answers for potty training problems.
  • June, 2008

  • Anniversaries - June 04, 2008 03:57 PM
    Married couples have been celebrating wedding anniversaries for centuries. Just because it’s a time-honored tradition doesn’t mean you can’t plan an anniversary celebration full of fresh ideas. If you need help commemorating this special event, the sites recommended in this Web guide can provide suggestions for celebrating an anniversary, throwing an anniversary party and buying a perfect gift for your beloved.
  • Genealogy - June 03, 2008 10:55 AM
    The Internet’s ability to track and store an immense volume of content has made genealogy research more efficient and effective than ever. Online resources for tracing family history have never been so accessible or so comprehensive. Use the recommended links in this guide to discover, organize and share information about your family background.
  • April, 2008

  • Planning a Bridal Shower: Themes, Invitations, Gift Ideas and More - April 02, 2008 07:39 PM
    The tradition of throwing a bridal shower began in the 16th century with a poor young couple in Holland. To ease the couple’s material burden, friends and family showered them with gifts. Today bridal showers are often more elaborate affairs, and the Web sites recommended in this Planning a Bridal Shower Web Guide can help you plan a bridal shower to remember.
  • March, 2008

  • Engagement Rings - March 26, 2008 12:35 PM
    Maybe finding an engagement ring feels like the most exciting thing in the world, or maybe it’s the task you’ve been dreading ever since you met your partner’s parents and realized this was the real deal. Either way, the Engagement Rings Web Guide makes it easier than ever to research and buy engagement rings.
  • Planning a Baby Shower - March 25, 2008 03:14 PM
    Baby showers can be a fun way to share in the excitement of a new baby, but planning one is rarely much fun. This Web guide spotlights online resources that simplify baby shower planning and offer suggestions for preparing refreshments, and purchasing baby shower decorations and baby gifts so you can enjoy the party.
  • Relationship Advice - March 17, 2008 11:03 AM
    We create numerous relationships throughout our lives: friendships, family relationships, romantic relationships, professional relationships and many more. Because each one can be so strikingly different, it's reasonable to expect that you'll need some advice once in awhile to keep them running smoothly. Use the resources in this Web guide for advice about building and maintaining strong relationships, and even for suggestions about how to cope when a particular relationship is over. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Shopping for Baby - March 06, 2008 11:01 AM
    Congratulations! Whether this is your first or fifth child, having a baby is exciting. A new baby means love, joy and a whole new world of responsibilities. Babies also require some special gear, though what they need and how much you should spend on it is a seemingly endless debate. Luckily, the Web can help you determine what is best for your family and where to get it.
  • Honeymoons - March 05, 2008 09:45 AM

    For the engaged couple, the honeymoon trip is as important as the wedding itself. The Honeymoons Web Guide offers resources to help you plan your honeymoon vacation, including destination ideas, travel tips and more. Learn how to keep costs down and read success (and disaster) stories from honeymooners with sage advice to share.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations: History, Traditions and more - March 03, 2008 09:45 AM
    It’s been said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. So no matter what your nationality or faith, use our St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Web Guide to find links to parades, the best places to have fun and of course, tips on beer. We’ve also provided a history of St. Patrick’s Day, and suggestions for family-friendly traditions.
  • February, 2008

  • Single Parenting: A Mix of Families on the Web - February 28, 2008 04:48 PM
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 12.9 million single-parent families in 2006, including 10.4 million single-mother families and 2.5 million single-father families. Because these numbers are fairly substantial, more and more parenting and family resources on the Web contain a section devoted to single-parent families explaining what life is like as a single parent. This Web guide highlights some of the best.
  • Summer Camp: Online Tips for Summer Fun - February 21, 2008 11:41 AM
    With the thousands of summer camps available, the possibilities may feel endless, but we’ve found some Web sites that should help narrow down your options. In this Web Guide we also share our favorite sites for tips on preparing and packing for camp, the best resources to check for summer camp jobs across the country, and even some Web sites that showcase summer camps just for adults. No matter your summer camp needs, this Web Guide can help you become a happy camper.
  • Las Vegas Weddings - February 15, 2008 10:19 AM
    Vegas has long been a hot spot for getting hitched. In this Las Vegas Weddings Web Guide, you’ll find out why weddings are such a popular Vegas pastime and how you can arrange a wedding of your own in Vegas.
  • Hosting a Party: Ideas, Recipes, Drinks and More - February 13, 2008 01:22 PM
    If you're interested in hosting a party everyone will enjoy, the Hosting a Party Web Guide is sure to help. Whether you're throwing a multi-course formal dinner party, a Halloween costume ball or a casual gathering of friends for Super Bowl Sunday, this guide points you to the best resources on the Web. Learn where to find invitation designs, party themes, menus, party food and drinks, and lots more.
  • January, 2008

  • Valentine’s Day Ideas: Ways to Make It Special - January 18, 2008 10:30 AM
    Celebrate—or ignore—Valentine’s Day in your own chosen way with help from this Valentine's Day Ideas Web Guide. Arrange a special date, have a blast on the town with friends or plan a Valentine's Day meal for your whole family. You’ll find recipes, cocktail ideas and Valentine's craft instructions.
  • New York City Guide - January 17, 2008 06:31 PM
    You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide.
  • Life Insurance - January 16, 2008 10:21 PM
    Life insurance is a topic that many people would like to avoid, yet it could be one of the most important forms of insurance to have. Planning for life insurance is not always easy. You have to keep an eye out for scams, understand which insurance policies are right for you, and choose an insurance provider, among other things. This guide will help you cut through some of these obstacles, by using the Web to teach you about life insurance basics.
  • Pregnancy: Information You're Expecting - January 16, 2008 12:00 PM
    Want to know exactly what to expect during a given week of your pregnancy or what foods to avoid when you're expecting? The sites below can answer the questions you have about your pregnancy from start to finish. Find out how to choose a doctor, how to stay happy and healthy during your pregnancy, even how to get your home and family baby-ready with the sites in this guide. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Mardi Gras Information: Lean Web Sites for Fat Tuesday - January 15, 2008 04:18 PM
    Mardi Gras is more than just a debauched free-for-all: In fact, the history of Mardi Gras is steeped in tradition and religious meaning. This Mardi Gras Information Web Guide shows you Fat Tuesday in all its incarnations. Use these resources to learn about Mardi Gras traditions, and find help throwing your own Fat Tuesday celebration.
  • Social Networking: Cast Your Social Net on the Web - January 01, 2008 12:19 PM
    You’ve undoubtedly heard the names Facebook, MySpace, and Friendster thrown around in recent years. These sites are examples of online social networks, and are a tiny fraction of the number of similar sites taking root on the Web. We're all familiar with social networks offline; they could be one’s professional contacts, college friends, or family members. Online social networks take this idea of connecting with others and make it digital. Whether it’s for fun, business, romance, or any other reason, more and more people are interacting over the Net. To learn more about this phenomenon, and to do some networking of your own, use the resources provided in this guide. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • December, 2007

  • Quit Smoking - December 31, 2007 12:19 PM
    If you’re thinking about quitting smoking or using tobacco (or are trying to convince someone else to quit), then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found the best Web sites to help you understand why you should quit smoking, determine the best way to do it, and find support to help you along the way and keep you from restarting.
  • New Year’s Eve: History and Celebration - December 31, 2007 09:20 AM
    "Auld Lang Syne," perhaps the most famous New Year’s Eve song in the English-speaking world, is also considered "the song that nobody knows.” It might be apt that few people know the words to this song, because the meaning of New Year’s Eve in the Western world has always been somewhat nebulous. Use this New Year’s Eve Web Guide to learn what New Year’s is all about, and where to find celebrations, helpful hints on fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions and New Year’s customs from around the world. 
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