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Archives for August 2011

Paper Dolls

by T Akery August 31st, 2011| Helpful Hints, Preschool
Paper dolls are a very old school toy that has never really gone out of style for little girls. Even now, little girls are just as fascinated with the concept as they were years ago.

Paper dolls started out relatively modestly. They were a creative and cheap way to give

Advice – Take It or Leave It

by Lori Sciame August 29th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
Can you believe a nurse at the hospital told me not to hold my newborn baby? I still remember her - very old school - still wore that stiff nurse's cap on her head! I didn't think I'd heard her correctly, then she repeated the advice: hold the baby

Preparing Toddlers For The New Baby

by T Akery August 26th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
The world of a toddler centers directly around them. So, when a new baby makes an appearance, your toddler is not always going to accept this newest demand on your attention. This often means that the demands for attention from your toddler will increase. Meaning your toddler may have

Starting Middle School

by Sam P. August 25th, 2011| Tweens
It's always scary moving up into a new school. Last year you were in 5th grade, the head honcho of the elementary school, but now you will be one of the little kids. It's always frightening, but you have to do it and every kid does. I am actually

For the Love of Music

by Lori Sciame August 24th, 2011| Preschool
The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. William Shakespeare

Shakespeare understood the power of music, and he often spoke of it in his plays and sonnets. The good thing is every human can

Video Game Censorship

by Jacob P. August 22nd, 2011| Teen Perspective
If you follow the news, you will notice that every once in a while, another government figure is advocating the banning of violent video games. While video games can cause significant problems, banning the games is not the answer to the problems.

According to the American Psychological Association, "Playing violent

Co-Parent Your Teen More Effectively

by Lori Sciame August 19th, 2011| Teens
Parenting a teen in a shared custody situation can be difficult even in the best of circumstances; however, if the relationship between the parents remains strained after the divorce, optimal parenting can truly suffer. Sadly, some parents refuse to put the interest of the child first, by failing to

Crayola Washable Paint

by T Akery August 18th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Preschool
Practically every kid loves to paint. However, you can rarely find paint that doesn't come in those little ovals. Instead, Crayola Washable Paint comes in 2 oz plastic bottles of paint. There are 10 bottles to the pack. They come in the shades of red, blue, and green along

Back to School Checklist

by Ronald A. Rowe August 17th, 2011| Elementary
Here in Florida we're just a week away from the start of the new school year. Some of you in the Great White North (anywhere north of Georgia) may have a little longer. But you can take a lesson from my last minute scrambling about what you've still got

Teen’s Perspective on Back to School

by Sam P. August 15th, 2011| Teen Perspective
It's that time of year again! The time when kids groan when the word is even mentioned. School! Every kid is dreading it. In just a few short weeks you'll have to get back into the rhythm of waking up early to catch the bus, coming home with what

Preparing Your Preschooler For Their First Day

by T Akery August 12th, 2011| Preschool
Preparation for Preschool actually starts weeks ahead of time. There are several key preparations needed to make the transition from home to school much smoother for the both of you. It can make a big difference in the way your preschooler embraces school.

The major reason to start several weeks

Keeping Your Toddler Safe Near Water

by T Akery August 11th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
It happens nearly every summer. Reports hit the news media that a toddler has drowned. No state is immune. Drowning occurs in a matter of minutes and without sound. It takes less than five minutes for the toddler to suffer serious damage or death from drowning. Pools are the