24    Apr 20122 comments

Names: Choosing one for your child

Recently we posted about interesting birth stories. As a follow-up, we've been thinking about our children's names and how we choose them.

There are several reasons why parents select a particular name for a child. Some choose to name after a deceased relative, or to honor a living person. Some simply like a certain name or its meaning.

Other factors are important when selecting a name. What will the child's initials spell? Would a name result in an embarrassing nickname?

Some countries prohibit using certain names and won't allow the registration of such names. Parents may want to avoid names that might get them in trouble with the law!

Many families use recurring names in each generation, as they name children after those in the previous one. This is very helpful in tracing some families, as an unusual given name can provide clues if the surname is common. Of course, in some families, it can offer another challenge as some given names are used so commonly that researchers may have trouble separating each generation from another.

How did your parents select your first name? Who were you named after? Do you have a story about your name? Share your story in the comments below.

22    Mar 20125 comments

Family: The art of grandparenting

Two weeks ago we introduced Elisabeth, our French community manager. Here she shares a post about grandparents.

The earliest memories I have of my grandparents revolve around fun and candy! They picked me up from school, took me on long weekends and invited me to stay with them during the summer. My grandmother taught me to ride a bike and my grandfather told stories so that we’d fall asleep.

These unforgettable family moments are treasured our whole lives. What's better than being pampered by your grandmother, or taking a walk along the beach on Grandpa’s shoulders? Continue reading "Family: The art of grandparenting" »

19    Oct 20100 comments

4 Extraordinary Teenage Achievements

The teenage years are when our kids really start to garner some achievements. Exam results, sports trophies, musical performances: all of these and more give good reason to be proud of our youngsters.

For some teens, though, this just isn’t enough. They have to go and achieve that bit more than the rest. A lot more, in some cases.
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