Welcome to the May 2009 edition of modern families. As summer is quickly approaching, there has been a definite increase in submissions about how to spend your holidays. Starting with this carnival, I have included a section about vacation ideas (and there are some great ones).
Thanks to everyone for their excellent submissions and I hope you all enjoy reading this carnival …
- Erin presents 7 Things Parents Should Know Prior to Going to an IEP Meeting posted at School Psychologist Blog Files.
- English Subject presents Free Online Tools for Practicing English Grammar posted at English Tutorial, saying, “For many people, learning to correctly use English grammar is very difficult. This is especially true if you’re learning English as a second language.”
- Alvaro Fernandez presents Arts and Smarts: Test Scores and Cognitive Development posted at SharpBrains, saying, “At a time when educators are preoccupied with standards, testing, and the bottom line, some researchers suggest the arts can boost students’ test scores; others aren’t convinced. Karin Evans asks, What are the arts good for?”
- Jeannie Anderson presents Water Water Everywhere posted at The Adventures of Mr. Busypants, saying, “I’m a SAHM/PT college-level writing instructor/freelance editor. The purpose of my blog is to have a place to write about the Adventures of Mr. Busypants, my 6-year-old son with autism, and his chunky sidekick (and little sister), almost 2 Miss Chattyshoes.”
- Cleaning Up Clutter presents The Baby’s Closet posted at Cleaning Up the Clutter, saying, “This blog is about our effort to clean the clutter out of our home once and for all.”
- Bill Urell presents Recovering People Should Have Rights: The Recovery Bill Of Rights posted at Addiction Treatment Challenges.
- Banquet Manager presents Breast Feeding in The Restaurant posted at So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager….
- Raising Whiskers presents Big Cat Games – Cat Games – Mouse Play – Cat Play posted at Cat Care Tips, saying, “If you want to improve the mental and physical prowess of your cat, you should try playing some big cat games with her.”
- Ralph Sparkson presents Why I Love My Dog posted at Best Funny Dog Pictures, saying, “We got another dog about two years ago. It had been over ten years since our last dog, who died just before our daughter was born. With our new dog, we were lucky because our daughter has a small neighborhood business of caring for pets and that is how we found the dog we now love so much.”
Health & Fitness
- Pregnancy Hut presents Preparing for Your Baby – Recipes that Freeze Well posted at Pregnancy Calendar, saying, “As a new mom, you’ll be lucky if you have time to sleep at all – spending an hour on dinner the way you did before you got pregnant is probably out of the question until your baby is old enough to spend time alone.”
- Pregnancy Advisor presents How To Choose A Pregnancy Doctor posted at Pregnancy Advisor, saying, “It is important to be under the care of a qualified pregnancy doctor.”
- Cory presents Sneaky Sources Of Sugar In Your Diet posted at Eating Healthy, saying, “Cutting back on sugar is a key factor in losing weight.”
- Cash Tree presents “Organic” Is More Than Just Edibles posted at Organic Baby Wearhouse, saying, “When we tell people about Organic Baby Wearhouse, all too often the response is “How are clothes even organic” or “How is organic any better than regular baby clothing”. More and more people are beginning to accept and embrace organic foods, but when it comes to clothing there is often a disconnect. Many just don’t understand the problems with traditionally produced clothing and the benefits (health and environmental) of organic baby clothing.”
- Courtney presents Healthy Hair Means A Healthy Internal Body posted at Female and Proud, saying, “Eating foods that are high in B vitamins are crucial to the development of healthy hair.”
Money & Finances
- Jim DeSantis presents 3 Reasons That Can Cause Your Family Budget To Fail posted at Free Family Budgeting eBook from On Line Tribune, saying, “Money is the only tool you have to secure your future and the future of your family and to live a good life today. Unless you get spending under control and start treating your household like the goldmine it really is, you are destined to struggle financially for the rest of your life.”
- Dorothy Wilden presents How to Save Money on Your Wedding Rings posted at Affordable Wedding Planning, saying, “For most people, the words “Las Vegas Wedding” conjure up images of eloping couples speeding through the desert to get married without anyone knowing, or weddings that aren’t even remembered until a sobering realization the next morning.”
- Frank Vertin presents Just Buy Index Funds Directly posted at No Load Index Funds, saying, “Save your family a huge amount of money over the long-term. Buying an S&P 500 index fund through an investment counselor can substantially increase your initial purchasing costs and and drive up your annual management expense fees. Unfortunately, the vast majority of individual investors buy mutual funds and ETFs through brokers and investment advisers. Rarely do financial advisors recommend that you buy index funds with low fees. This is because low cost, no load mutual funds do not pay them as well as loaded, high fee mutual funds.”
- Larry Russell presents Most Individual Investors Are Poor Personal Portfolio Managers posted at Personal Investment Management, saying, “People who manage money for their families more easily understand investment costs that are directly measurable, such as fees deducted on investment statements. However, many investors ignore or are unaware of the opportunity costs of their sub-optimal investment behaviors. Opportunity costs are usually much more difficult to measure directly, but these investment costs can be even higher than more visible investment fees.”
- Rebekah presents The Toughest Job You Will Ever Love posted at Moms Blog, saying, “This blog is about my experience as a step-parent”
- Sierra Black presents Consensual Parenting? I don’t think so. posted at Childwild, saying, “Why I don’t believe in “consensual parenting”.”
- historyiselementary presents The Gift posted at History Is Elementary, saying, “A book review regarding a new children’s book that discusses adiption, blended families, and what really makes a mother…a mother.”
- Damaria Senne presents Do you know what love means to your partner? posted at OneLove, saying, “I hope that this article fits in with your requirements.”
- Victoria Jennings presents Truth About European Men posted at Time To Get Married, saying, “The pros and cons of marrying a European man.”
- Robert Burton Robinson presents Are You Having an Emotional Affair? posted at Mind Over Mania, saying, “Cheating is one of the quickest ways to kill a marriage. And you may already be cheating without even realizing it. You may be having an emotional affair.”
- Kela Price presents Repairing your relationship with your ex-spouse posted at blended family soap opera.
- Erika presents Ecotourism in the Amazon Rain Forest posted at Visiting Spanish Speaking Countries, saying, “If you are looking for a different kind of vacation for you and your family to take, you should definitely look into ecotourism.”
- America001 presents Visiting The Wisconsin Dells posted at Traveling In America, saying, “A great family trip for Midwesterners is a visit to the Wisconsin Dells.”
- Gary R. presents Camping with Young Children posted at Camping Tips, saying, “Camping can be a lot of fun for younger children; however, you’ll need to prepare differently than you would for a camping trip with your buddies.”
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of modern families using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.