Most people would agree that parenting is full of challenges -- large and small, expected and unexpected. Some challenges are physical and practical: your six-year-old eats only peanut butter; your three-month-old is running a fever and you don't know if you should call the pediatrician; your pre-teen has a birthday coming up and you have no gift ideas. Some challenges are emotional and relational: you feel depressed after having a new baby; you worry you're not a good parent; you know you need to have "the talk" with your child but you don't know how to go about it.
Many parents are finding solutions to these challenges on familyeducation.com. This online resource, part of Pearson's Family Education network, has been supporting and educating parents through the practical and relational challenges of parenthood since 1996, long before the deluge of parenting sites began [source: Family Education Network]. As a result, the site has had many years to gather quality content on nearly every subject of parenting. In addition to parenting advice of all types, the site also offers meal ideas, arts and crafts projects, educational activities, an online community and parent bloggers [sources: Pearson, Family Education].
With such a wide range of topics, using familyeducation.com may seem like an overwhelming venture -- after all, we already live in a world that's overloaded with information. But you can navigate familyeducation.com. Keep reading to learn more about the site and to familiarize yourself with its basic structure.
Familyeducation.com is an organized online parenting resource with information arranged in several ways so you can quickly navigate to what's most relevant to you. A toolbar-style menu at the top of every page arranges information according to age (moms, children ages 0 to 6 years, children ages 7 to 11 years and children ages 12 to 18 years). The toolbar also provides links to the community resources (blogs and message boards) and food areas.
A color-coded tools box is found in the side margin and includes a number of searchable topics: Baby Name Finder (blue), Recipe Finder (green), Activities Finder (pink), Printables Finder (yellow), Family Name Finder (dark blue) and Expert Advice Finder (olive green). Other tools and high-interest topics are listed underneath.
Throughout the site, serious information, including medical and nutritional topics, is balanced with more lighthearted fare, like "Which TV Mom Are You?" and "Famous Cats" quizzes [source: Family Education, Family Education].
If you're not online too often and don't like to click and search for content, familyeducation.com has another option for accessing its information. In addition to online content, the site offers several newsletter subscriptions. These newsletters are provided free of charge, and you can choose topics of interest or relevance to you and your family and have the appropriate newsletters delivered to your inbox. Newsletter topics range from general family issues, such as "Family Fun" and "Healthy Moms, Healthy Families," to age-specific information, such as "Pregnancy, Babies, & Toddlers" and "Your Child, Ages 12-18." A newsletter concerning learning disabilities, LD and ADHD, is also offered [source: Family Education].
Read on to learn about the benefits of using familyeducation.com.
Benefits of familyeducation.com
The familyeducation.com Web site averages more than 15,000 views per day [source: Dataopedia]. Because of its longevity and popularity, familyeducation.com covers an astonishing amount of information and represents a variety of parenting styles. Whatever your stage of parenthood -- the site offers information from pregnancy issues to advice for parents of college-bound teens -- you'll be able to find relevant information. The site's message boards reflect the diversity of parenting stages, parenting styles and family situations found among users. Discussions on single parenting, stepfamilies and adoptive parents are common [source: Family Education].
Familyeducation.com also serves a growing global community. While two-thirds of its users are located in the United States, nearly 10 percent are located in India, with significant numbers of users in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia [source: Dataopedia]. As a result, site users become part of an international community of parents and have the benefit of listening to the concerns and tips of a culturally diverse group of people.
Another advantage familyeducation.com has over other parenting advice outlets, such as parenting books and magazines, is that it's always up to date on the latest parenting news. Safety recalls, vaccine news and seasonal tips are available as they become known, without the lag time of a print resource [source: My News Desk].
For more information about familyeducation.com, see the links listed on the next page.
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- Dataopedia. familyeducation.com. (Accessed 1/4/10) http://dataopedia.com/familyeducation-com
- Family Education. "Home." (Accessed 1/4/10) http://www.familyeducation.com/home/
- Family Education Network. "About Family Education Network." (Accessed 1/4/10) http://fen.com/resources/aboutFEN.html
- My News Desk. "FamilyEducation: Holiday Resource Center with Toy Finder, Green Gift Ideas, Crafts & Recipes on FamilyEducation." (Accessed 1/4/10) http://www.mynewsdesk.com/us/view/pressrelease/familyeducation-holiday-resource-center-with-toy-finder-green-gift-ideas-crafts-recipes-on-familyeducation-345293
- Pearson. "Family Education Network." (Accessed 1/4/10) http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZ2Fa
- Teacher Vision. "Home." (Accessed 1/4/10) http://www.teachervision.fen.com/