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Archives for September 2011

Prioritizing Elementary Activities

by Ronald A. Rowe September 30th, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Football. Chess club. Chorus. Band. Drama club. Piano lessons.

If you've got an elementary or junior high school student, you probably have a similar list of obligations. How do you prioritize among them? School work comes first. That one's easy. I think we can all agree that the extra-curricular activities

On Playing Games: Teen Perspective

by Louise September 29th, 2011| Teen Perspective
Playing games isn't just an activity for children; that's an important message to send to your kids. The best way to do this is to find a game that you genuinely enjoy and can play with your kids.

My dad loves to play bridge, but it is far too complicated

Four Things Your Child Needs

by Lori Sciame September 28th, 2011| Elementary
It goes without saying that a child needs love, and plenty of it; however, to develop into a well-adjusted adult, a child needs much more. Here are a few tips to help you raise not only a loving person, but one who is capable of tackling the world on

Oregon Scientific Barbie Junior Laptop

by T Akery September 26th, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
The Oregon Scientific Barbie Junior Laptop is a toy that appeals mainly to girls. It is pink and purple and decked out with plastic jewelry on the case. It has a convenient handle and is designed to flip open like a laptop.

While it is geared toward three years of

Dealing with Toddler Allergies

by T Akery September 23rd, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
Dealing with allergies in toddlers is a very difficult task for parents. The thought that your child could react adversely to the things around them is very scary. You can only control so much of their environment. It is the things beyond your control that you worry most about.


Medicine: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. September 22nd, 2011| Teen Perspective
A recent study based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008 supplied some interesting news. The study stated that accidental medication poisonings increased 22% among children 5 and under. This is definitely not good news, but it is also in no

Embracing Change

by Lori Sciame September 21st, 2011| Teens
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.

-- Anatole France

Ninth grade...the freshman class. Remember when you went from being the "top dog" in eighth

First Middle School Dance

by Sam P. September 19th, 2011| Teen Perspective, Teens
Now that school has started and we are back in the swing of things, it's time for the dances. My middle school is 5th grade through 8th, but the 5th graders aren't allowed to go to the dances. So once you get into 6th grade you feel different, almost

Vtech Kidizoom Cameras

by T Akery September 16th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Product reviews
Vtech Kidizoom cameras are one of the more innovative toys out on the market. Since giving your child your cell phone to take pictures inevitably leads to certain disaster, this is the perfect way for your child to dabble in the world of photography and take things from their

What Kids Really Want

by Ronald A. Rowe September 15th, 2011| Elementary
There's an expression that goes around in parenting circles: Children don't care how much money you make, they only care if you're around -until they're teenagers. Then, they don't care if you're around, they only care about how much money you make. While I certainly hope the second part

Avoid Spoiling Your Toddler

by Lori Sciame September 14th, 2011| Infants/Toddlers
Spoil. This word brings to mind negative connotations, including spoiled food in the refrigerator, and the rain that spoils an outdoor party. When we use this word while describing a toddler, temper tantrums and incessant whining probably come to mind.

Parents of a baby know you can't really spoil a

Teen’s Perspective : Going Back to Homework

by Sam P. September 12th, 2011| Teen Perspective, Teens
It's 6 p.m., you just got back from football and you have tons of homework to do, but you just don't feel like doing it. Your bedtime is 10 p.m., you still have to eat and shower too. Time ticks by and suddenly it's 9:30 and that essay that