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What are your tips for throwing a party that both adults and kids will enjoy?

Shera

It's actually surprisingly simple to throw a great party that all ages will enjoy. Here's a few tips to make it great... Choose somewhere big enough. Make sure there's plenty of room for adults and kiddos to spread out. Themes make it easier. If you have a theme (be it holiday, season, event, topic, etc) it's so much simpler to plan. Keeping it non-age and non-gender specific (such as tropical or beach in summer or snow or igloo in winter) is the key. Keep it simple. Don't be extravagant with food or decorations just pick a theme and create the environment around that. With a varied crowd it's about atmosphere. Finger food is your friend. Children adore it and adults think its cute. Just have plenty on have and feel free to be creative. Kabobs are a fun option as is using cookie cutters to make food into shapes matching your theme. Simple creative containers to serve it in with creative food labels is also a fun addition. Have activities available. A table with crafts and/or coloring pages for the kids to do and ways to keep children busy and active will ensure less frustrations arise. If you plan games leave it open for who can participate and don't plan anything that is mandatory for people to participate in. Have fun. Plan it, prepare it and enjoy it once guests arrive. Try not to put yourself in a position where you're having to prepare things or do a lot of running around once the party starts.
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At what age did you (or would you) give your child a cell phone? (Please include any contracts or conditions you gave your child with this use)

Shera

Every family has different needs when it comes to cell phones and frankly not all children need them at any given time. It is absolutely a requirement for them to have one once they are driving on their own so that we are in touch if something happens. Outside of that the "need" is determined by the child and any communication issues that may arise if they do not have a cell phone. I personally find that younger teens may not need a cell phone on a regular basis if they aren't in after school activities year round so a pay as you go plan definitely makes more sense in this case. That said, many family plans do allow you to add up to a certain number of children for about $10 per month with a free (very basic which honestly is fine) phone. We have a plan with unlimited texting and minutes for my own peace of mind. That said, I make it clear that we will watch what they use the phone for and will not hesitate to take it away if they choose to abuse it. Overwhelming them with rules isn't the goal here, but keeping a realistic handle on what they phone is to be used for is, so they know up front that there is to be no use during school hours or when they are driving. That the phone is only a communication tool only.
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How do you make shopping for your family's clothes affordable?

Shera

Shopping is the biggest challenge for our family of 8. Clothes are way too expensive and my boys outgrow things rediculously fast so I have to be careful. We shop clearance a lot at our local store, sales at Old Navy or other stores are also helpful and occasionally we get like new clothing second hand.
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