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Baby blanket

New Baby Supplies Checklist

  • Bassinet
  • Changing table and changing pad
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Notepad with a pencil

Questions to Ask Aging Parents

  • Do you want to live in your house for as long as possible? Are there things we need to do to your house so it’s safe and comfortable for you as you age? Can we make some of those changes now?
  • Are you willing to move into a smaller place that’s easier to manage, like a condo? When?
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Toddler standing in front of a bookcase

Childproofing Checklist

  • Check the crib.
  • Install window guards.
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Woman with laptop in bed

How to Childproof Technology Checklist

  • Install filtering software on your computer.
  • Enable SPAM filters on your kids’ e-mail accounts.
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Kids' backpack and school supplies on a bench

Back-to-School Supplies Checklist

  • 1 art smock
  • Change of clothes for spills or accidents
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Dog offering his paw to a woman

New Dog Owner Checklist

  • Select a breed.
  • Scout your new pet.
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Cat condo

Pet-Sitter Hiring Checklist

  • Research boarding options or sitters.
  • If you plan to board your pet, visit your top two or three choices.
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Cleaning a Nursery or Child's Bedroom Checklist

  • Remove the padded topper.
  • Wipe down all sides of the changing table.
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Changing table

Complete Child's Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Dust the furniture.
  • Clean the upholstery.
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Wooden truck, jack in the box and pink stuffed animal

Speed-Clean Your Playroom

  • Minutes 1 to 2:
  • Minutes 3 to 5:
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Gifts wrapped in blue paper with jingle bells and tiny handmade paper fan

Child’s Away-From-Home Birthday Party Checklist

  • Discuss with your child what kind of party he or she wants and whom to invite.
  • Pick a date.
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Birthday cake

37 Steps to Planning Your Child’s Birthday Party

  • Discuss with your child what kind of party he or she wants.
  • Decide whom to invite.
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SUV parked outside house with roof rack loaded with luggage

20 Road Trip Essentials

  • Books, magazines, and comics
  • Games, such as the license plate game or travel bingo
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50 Fun Summer Activities

  • See a movie at the drive-in
  • Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet
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Paper construction of autumn county scene by Matthew Sporzynski

50 Fun Fall Activities

  • Go apple picking
  • Go leaf-peeping
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Paper construction of mittens holding hot cocoa by Matthew Sporzynski

50 Fun Winter Activities

  • Have a snowball fight
  • Build a snowman
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50 Fun Spring Activities 

  • Plant something green
  • See the cherry blossoms
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Newsletter checklist

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