Author: Monica Beyer


Monica Beyer is the author of two books and has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in SheKnows, Babble, Mental Floss, GOOD Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and more. She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.

How to legally put on a fireworks show

John Adams, one of the men involved in drafting the Declaration (and later the nation’s second president) had proposed that the signing be commemorated annually with “Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

How not to get arrested for leaving kids home alone

Although there are federal and state guidelines on the topic of unsupervised kids, there’s a lack of hard-and-fast rules. Only three states legally mandate the minimum age at which a child can be left unsupervised: Illinois says kids under 14 can’t be left home alone, Maryland mandates the age of 8, and Oregon says 10.

When can kids legally stay home alone?

Generally, you must consider your child’s maturity, medical needs, and developmental status. At the same time, you should ensure the home environment is safe, making sure that your child cannot access household hazards like toxic cleaning materials, medications, or firearms.

Your legal rights when you lose your luggage

There’s nothing quite like that sinking feeling when the luggage carousel goes around and around and your bag is nowhere to be seen. The good news is there is legal recourse to recoup your losses if your luggage never turns up. The bad news? It’s not easy.