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Archives for February 2012

Teen’s Perspective on Dieting

by Sam P. February 29th, 2012| Teen Perspective
Nowadays it seems as if every girl feels as if she is not skinny enough. And with the way celebrities look today it makes sense. It seems as if every single celebrity is either insanely skinny and called anorexic, the perfect size zero, and everybody envies her skinny waist

Four R’s for Raising a Teen

by Lori Sciame February 27th, 2012| Teens
Narrowing down what it takes to be an effective parent of a teenager can be a daunting task; however, key factors do influence a person's ability to relate to his or her child. If you strive to implement the four R's I've listed below, your relationship with your child

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Better

by Jacob P. February 24th, 2012| Teen Perspective
Every parent has dealt with a picky child at least once in their life. Even as a teenage boy, I have coerced (or tried to) many children into eating foods they normally despised. It is no mean feat. Many kids are are so stubborn that you have to flat

Sports for Preschoolers

by T Akery February 23rd, 2012| Preschool
Preschoolers are about the age when sports programs will accept players. There are multiple reasons why your preschooler should get into some sort of sport. Not only does it provide an additional outlet and direction for excess energy, it is a fun way for them to get some exercise.

Birthday Party Blues

by Lori Sciame February 22nd, 2012| Elementary
Over-the-top birthday parties. Has your child attended one? When my daughter was five, her friend's mother hosted a marathon party. The day began with hairstyles and manicures at a local hair salon. Next, the girls had lunch at a local restaurant, and the event finished with a movie and

Should You Take Your Toddler to a Chickenpox Party?

by T Akery February 20th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
Your parents or your grandparents likely took you to one when you were a toddler. Until the vaccine became available in 1995, the prevailing theory was that exposure to chickenpox at a young age was necessary. In fact, this practice was encouraged by many doctors who knew the risks

Putting the Fun in Family Fundamentals

by Ronald A. Rowe February 17th, 2012| Elementary
Schools are taking a much more practical approach to teaching life skills than they used to. Elementary school students are being exposed to concepts like budgeting as well as specific skills like writing a check. As parents, we need to piggyback on these school assignments to reinforce these lessons.


Melissa and Doug Easel

by T Akery February 16th, 2012| Preschool, Product reviews
The Melissa and Doug Easel is a station where children can express their creativity. There are two sides, a white board and chalk board. It also comes with a roller on which a roll of paper can be placed and colorful trays on both sides. (Photo shows a similar

Waiting Room Blues

by Lori Sciame February 15th, 2012| Preschool
I've spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms lately. It's not fun, waiting for a loved one's surgery to be over, and wondering if he or she will be OK. Time drags. Emotions are raw. Basically, this is not a place I want to be. And the

Studying, from the Teen Perspective

by Sam P. February 13th, 2012| Teen Perspective
I am one hundred percent sure that, when given studying for homework, at least eighty percent of you won't. And I say all the power to you! Most of the time when I am given studying for homework, I don't do it either. But, sometimes you just have to

Surviving a Newborn’s Cold

by Lori Sciame February 10th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
I gave birth to my second child when I was sick with a terrible cold - runny nose, fever, cough - all the nasty symptoms. My daughter caught the cold as well. It proved to be a scary few weeks, as she had to sleep in a carrier sitting

Overnight Outings with Toddlers

by T Akery February 9th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
Toddlers don't typically do well when their bedtime routine changes especially when a new bed is involved. Whether it is going on a camping trip, going on a vacation, or spending the night with the grandparents, toddlers might have a hard time going to sleep in a different bed.