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March Fast Facts on Families: The Pressure to Give Our Kids Everything

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

I read an article recently that said that there is entirely too much pressure on parents these days to "get it right."  From registering their unborn children for the "right preschool" in order for them to make it into the best university to giving them everything they want, parents are working harder than ever before to give their kids the best of everything. Here are a few of the things I see as trends in parenting these days that seem to put a lot of pressure on parents: 1. Registering unborn children for the "right preschool" 2. Spending hundreds of...

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Top 10 Ways to Start Family Conversations

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

When my kids were growing up, we were never at a loss for conversational topics. Maybe it was because we were homeschoolers and felt that it was our job to inform more than just on traditional school topics.  Whatever the reason, we'd ask thought provoking questions about current events, religion, science, history, the economy, just about any topic.  However, I've come to find that many families aren't used to this and are missing opportunities to discuss not only important life topics, but they don't get through to more personal topics that their kids are dealing with.  Sometimes it's because the...

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News from around the Grape World: February 2018

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

Here are the most valuable things we shared this month--in case you missed anything super important for your family! To start things off, we had our monthly column from the Adventures of Mug Man and Java Jo: Happy Valentine's Day from Mug Man and Java Jo with inspiration for being a loving couple all year long and beyond children to the empty nest!  We also had a weekly article series going for families in trial called Paul vs Job over on the Life Beyond Surviving site. JoJo shared lessons from Paul.  To view the other weekly articles in this series, click...

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Fast Facts on Families: Older Moms Trending

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

When I was a child, most families had two parents and one income earner.  My folks were married with a home and three kids by the time my mom was 23.  But families are changing in the new millennium.  According to the CDC, women are waiting much longer to have children these days.  In an article by U.S. News, "The number of mothers having babies even later in life also drew the average up. From 2000 to 2014, the proportion of first births to women aged 30 to 34 increased 28 percent, and those among women over age 35 went up 23...

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Top Ten Important Family Conversations to Have

Posted by Joanne Tabares on

If your family has never experienced a tragedy, you may not have ever thought about these things, but I'd suggest that you do. The best time to be prepared for something is BEFORE it happens.  The better prepared your family is for something, the easier that something will go down.  So...here is this month's top ten: Top Ten Important Family Conversations to Have:1. Fire Safety procedures It's important that each member of the family know where the fire extinguisher is and what they should do in case of a house fire.    2. Emergency ProceduresEspecially in California where there are earthquakes,...

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