What to Expect When You’re Adopting + Admissions Essay Bootcamp


Mary Ostyn, author of Forever Mom.
Topic:
What to expect when you’re adopting.
Issues: Navigating the difficult road to adopting a child; preparing your other children for new siblings; help babies, toddlers, and other children settle in; address misbehavior while remaining connected; dealing with cultural difference; nurturing your marriage throughout.


Ashley Wellington, author of Admissions Essay Boot Camp.
Topic:
How to write your way into the elite college of your dreams.
Issues: Identifying your student “type”; brainstorming and other exercises; creating outlines and drafts; making your essay unique; how to handle tough topics; what topics to stay away from and why.

2015 Lexus RX 450h: Comfort, Luxury, and Excellent Mileage

lexus rx450h backseat

lexus rx450h exteriorDisclosures: I had the use of a 2015 Lexus RX 450h for a week to facilitate my review. Opinions are purely my own (and, occasionally those of my daughter, who needs no financial incentive to speak her mind).

The Lexus RX 450h is a luxury crossover, with the emphasis on luxury. It’s plush, spacious, incredibly well-built, is packed with features, has good power and a smooth ride, and being a hybrid, gets great gas mileage. It is not, however, sexy—and it’s not supposed to be, either.
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Calming Chaos and Nurturing Your Child’s Developing Mind


Daniel Siegel, author of No-Drama Discipline.
Topic:
Calming the chaos and nurturing your child’s developing mind.
Issues: how to identify your discipline philosophy; best ways to communicate the lessons you want to teach; facts on brain development and what kind of discipline is appropriate for each age; how to calmly and lovingly connect with a child—no matter how extreme the behavior; navigating your child through tantrums; discipline mistakes we all make.

Respect Your Children + No-Drama Discipline


Jay Scott Fitter, author of Respect Your Children.
Topic:
A practical guide to effective parenting.
Issues: Getting out of bad communication ruts with your kids; why giving advice rarely works—and what to do instead; best and worse ways to deal with negative behavior; how to help kids learn good values without lecturing; getting kids to do the right thing without punishing them.


Daniel Siegel, author of No-Drama Discipline.
Topic:
Calming the chaos and nurturing your child’s developing mind.
Issues: how to identify your discipline philosophy; best ways to communicate the lessons you want to teach; facts on brain development and what kind of discipline is appropriate for each age; how to calmly and lovingly connect with a child—no matter how extreme the behavior; navigating your child through tantrums; discipline mistakes we all make.

New Articles for Military Families

I’m the Military Families Expert for About.com, and I post new articles every month

This month, we’ve got a couple of articles on retirement planning, one on the Strengthening Our Military Families Initiative, one on the age old buy-vs-rent dilemma, and one on support groups for servicemembers, spouses, and children.

You’ll find these and dozens more articles for military families at militaryfamily.about.com.

Here’s Why You Should Travel by Car This Thanksgiving

thansgiving travel

thansgiving travel

You’ve heard that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, right? Well, it turns out that is a myth. Troy Green of AAA told NPR there are five to 10 days over the summer that are even busier. That’s not to say that Thanksgiving travel is a breeze; 66 percent of Americans plan to travel by car this Thanksgiving, according to Skyscanner, a flight, hotel and car hire search engine. And the U.S Department of Transportation reports that during the six-day Thanksgiving travel period, 91 percent of long-distance trips are made by personal vehicle. Traveling by car is the best way to avoid exorbitant flight fares and holiday crowds. Still not convinced? We’ve listed the best reasons to travel by car this Thanksgiving:

You Get to Call the Shots

When your Uncle Harold is telling about his cat for the 100th time, you’ll probably be eager for an escape plan. Traveling by car gives you the means to make a quick getaway. In all seriousness, this way you aren’t tied to a flight plan. And for those self-proclaimed procrastinators out there, driving might be your only option if you left buying plane tickets for the last minute.

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