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Is Your Child's School Asking For Too Much Of Your Time?

Are you giving so much of your time that you don't have any left for yourself? Credit: Getty Images
Many moms are being asked to do too much at their child's school, causing a lot of parents to just say no. In this tough economy, there is an...
Many moms are being asked to do too much at their child's school, causing a lot of parents to just say no.

Amazing Dad: Andy Moore

Dr. Andy Moore, second from left, with his extended family in Lexington, Kentucky. Credit: Courtesy of Cecilia Hill
Amazing Dad: Dr. Andy Moore, founder of Surgery on Sunday, a program that offers free surgical care to uninsured patients in...

Colorado Teens Volunteer to Offer Friendship, One Person at a Time

Mike Jerome, a member of The Revolution Group, helps out at a park in Grand Junction, Colo. Credit: Courtesy of Tawasi, the Central High School Yearbook
Believe it or not, some high school students are interested in more than daily popularity...

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Compassion

Craig Kielburger became famous when, at only twelve years old, he founded a charitable organization to fight child exploitation called Free the Children. Since its humble beginnings in the Kielburger family home in 1995, Free the Children has...

School Requires Parents to Perform Community Service

HandsOn Network: A parent and child involved in the 2008 Family Fun'raiser, an annual event that brings parents and kids together to volunteer.
The Academy of St. Joseph in New York City is a part of a growing trend of schools that encourage...

How to Survive the Holidays Without Your Kids

Kidless during the holidays? You don't need to feel down in the dumps. Credit: jupiterimages Just a holiday season ago, you might have been waiting for your children to go to sleep so you could fill their stockings, put out the presents from...

Weekend Fun and Games

It's Friday already and time to make plans for the weekend. We're here to help with a list of what's new in kid's entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. At the Movies Superheroes take the form of monsters in the new...

Should Parents be Required to Volunteer at School?

One of the benefits of working from home is having a flexible schedule. Not only does this allow me to take care of my personal business during business hours, it gives me the opportunity to volunteer at Ellie's school on a regular basis. This, along...

Make a Difference Day is October 25th

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 25, is Make a Difference Day. This is an annual event sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine where everyone is encouraged to go out and do something good for the community. Last year, 3 million people participated in Make a...

Requiring volunteers

A school district in southern Maine has generated some debate by proposing that students complete ten hours of community service a year in order to graduate. Some are saying that forced volunteerism is not volunteerism at all and will not do the kids...

On being a volunteer

As the parent of a school aged child, there will be many, many, oh-so-very many opportunities for you to be a volunteer. I have been a popcorn popper, chaperone of countless field trips (helpful hint for other moms: always sign up for the fire...

Strippers recruited for kids' Halloween carnival

Ellie's school will soon hold it's annual fund raising event. For several weeks now, I've been getting emails and notes from the organizers of the event begging parents to help out by volunteering. I happily signed up and am looking forward to seeing...

No, I cannot help with [insert name of school volunteer thing here]

My sons go to a small Catholic school. This school relies heavily on parent involvement, both because it's good for parents to be part of the school community, and because having volunteers take care of various jobs around the campus keeps costs...

How my daughter inspires me

My daughter Christy is a college student with a very full life. In addition to her heavy course load, she works two jobs and is on several school committees. She is also involved in local politics and regularly volunteers her time to advance causes...

Raising a caregiver

On Thursday nights, Jared, Sara, and I volunteer at a local nursing home for a couple of hours. Jared and Sara are too little to help -- though they both want to help push the wheelchairs -- but the residents love to see them. Even if we did nothing...

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