Best tips, ideas and products for families, kids and parents.
Buy Educational Toys At Live And Learn
The "Live and Learn" online specialty toy retailer was given the highest possible rating by Bizrate.com. They sell children's toys, games, books and software. The site is accompanied by many helpful articles, reviews and discussion forums. Their credo is "The #1 Resource For Teachers And Concerned Parents".
Cut Taxes By Hiring Your Kids
An article at Microsoft MoneyCentral explains how to pay your kids to work for you and subtract their income from your taxes. It's really one of the best (and most overlooked) tax savings opportunities. You must have a non-incorporated business (it's easy for anyone to start one from virtually any hobby; you just need to make sure you make a profit 3 out of 5 years), and pay reasonable wages.
Download FamilyTime Organizer Software
FamilyTime.net has created an integrated home organizer with six programs, which along with their web site can save you both time and money. "We've spent the last three years talking to people like you about how your life might be made a little easier. The result is a software program and a web site designed to save you time and money with your daily chores."
Probably the best thing about this site is the people: they're very
helpful and responsive to any concern that you may wish to talk to them about. simplify your daily life. The software package has programs for scheduling, planning meals, grocery shopping, coupons and more. This offer is for USA residents only, allow three to five weeks for shipment.
Explore A Haven For Parents At ParentSoup.com
Parent Soup is a respected community site for parents and kids too. There are discussions, expert advice, educational resources and fun & games for kids. You can get a free Child Development Profile and a free personal homepage to play with.
Explore A Site Just For Women
Women's Wire has witty, funny, smart writing for women. There's a sections on Money (investing, saving and taxes), Work (career and small business advice), Talk (relationships, test yourself with polls and quizzes), Style (beauty, fashion and current trends.) and Pulse (entertainment news and culture coverage.) It's part of the Women.com network: Women's Wire, Stork Site, Prevention's Healthy Ideas, MoneyMode, Crayola FamilyPlay, Beatrice's Web Guide and the Women.com Store.
Explore A Web Directory For Families
Wouldn't it be nice if a major web directory focused on family sites? At familyseek.com, you'll find that kind of a site, plus a family-oriented club for parents, and sections for kids and online chats.
Explore Disney's Family-Friendly World Of Fun
Nobody combines Family and Fun like Walt Disney! Their site includes tips on visiting Disney theme parks, online RealAudio "Radio Disney" family-oriented feature stories every day, information about Disney films and TV, and many other great features for parents and kids.
Find A Local Shelter To Adopt A Pet From
Robin's FYI is a site that describes many kinds of animals that are up for adoption, from hamsters to lions (but mostly cats and dogs, of course.) The site also links to many animal shelters around the country, so you can pick up
an animal locally. Usually the shelter charges a fee of about $50 to $75 per adoption.
Find An Award-Winning Toy Or Children's Product
Over a thousand toys and other children's products have been given awards by Dr. Toy. Get full descriptions, along with toy-company phone numbers to call for more information, plus articles, links and much more. This site is a free public service provided by The Institute for Childhood Resources, a not-for-profit organization.
Find Any Child's Learning Style At SmarterKids.com
You can take a free learning style survey, then get product recommendations based on your child's learning style. This site reviews and rates educational products so you'll know which are the best ones for kids.
Find The Right Breed Of Dog For Your Personality
The Purina site will find the best dog for your personality and living situation.
Get A Free Circus Ticket For Your Newborn Child
Do you have a newborn child or grandchild, or maybe you're expecting one? You can get a free ticket to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for any child born in the United States in the past 12 months. The ticket has no expiration date and may be redeemed anytime during the lifetime of the child. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery.
Get A Free Online Photo Album
EasyFoto gives you a free online photo album that lets you share your photos with family and friends online. It's easy to use: just point and click to place your pictures into your online album. The site awards prizes each month for the best photos. You can choose to keep your photos private, or share them with the world.
Get A Free Puppy Care Kit
Fill in the simple online form at Purina's Puppy Care Site, and you'll get an instruction video and booklet aimed at keeping your puppy happy, and good advice on veterinary care, nutrition, and training.
Get Free Family Stuff At FreeShop
At FreeShop's Family freebies page, you can find fun & free family-friendly ideas, free catalogs and trial magazines.
Get Free Kid's Pamphlets From Uncle Sam
The Consumer Information Catalog has the full online text versions of federal consumer publications to help kids and parents. You can view them for free online, or purchase printed copies that they will mail to you (some of which are free.)learning, parenting, college planning
Get Free Pet Tags For All Your Pets
PetsMart will send you a free pet tag by mail, just for signing up at their site. You'll also get email reminders of pets' birthdays, and be able to keep your pets happy and healthy with their Pet News updates. It's a nice site, with helpful sections such as "ask-the-vet" with 24-hour response, a "smart pet guide" and a "luv-a-pet" adoption center. They have an Answers Page with lots of good pet information, Community pages with daily Vet Expert chats and message
boards, and product comparisons. There's also two nice new family activities: a "Pet Family Quilt" of pictures that you can add your pet to, and a "Smart Pet of the Day" contest that lets you send in your pet pictures and stories.
If you're tired of having to lug heavy bags of Pet food home from the store, you might like PetsMart's new You Sit, We Fetch program for regular pet food deliveries.
Petopia has a similar program, except you get free pet tags for ALL your pets, and you can choose from four different styles, four colors, and four sizes! You have 5 lines of text you can add to the tag to show all your relevant information (it's only 2 lines at Petsmart.) Petopia also has a notable list of "Pet-Friendly Hotels".
Learn How A Family Can Live On 1 Income
Are you looking for more time to enjoy your family? The Dollar Stretcher site has an article entitled "Twelve Secrets to a Single Income Success".
Learn The Right Way To Write A Will
Writing a will may seem simple, but there's really a lot of "ins and outs" to the process, and many pitfalls to avoid. Without a will, your loved ones will be subjected to the vagaries of state law when determining who receives what. The Quicken Retirement Center has an article on this subject, pointing out that about 70% of Americans have yet to make up a will. This article explains the pitfalls and how to avoid
Another article at The Dollar Stretcher shows how you can get a paralegal to make out a will for about $25, much less than what a lawyer would charge.
For paralegal advice, click: Dollar Stretcher Article
Participate In Local Community Activities
This site from Walt Disney Inc. has a great listing of local happenings around the US. Just click on your state's name in a drop-down select-box, and you'll be led to local events, news and more. There are also many helpful articles on kids, education, family and more.
Protect A Child From Harm At MissingKids.org
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is the nation's resource center for child protection. They lead the national effort to locate and recover missing children, and educate the public about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and exploitation.
Read The Best Literature For Kids
This site gathers together and categorizes the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults. It's more of a site for parents and librarians than for kids.