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Archives for August 2012

Your Preschooler’s First Day

by T Akery August 15th, 2012| Preschool
The first day of preschool is a very emotional time for both you and your child. It is the moment when you realize that your baby is no longer a baby anymore. It is the moment when they begin their first big kid steps of not having a parent

Teen’s Perspective on Summer Romances

by Sam P. August 14th, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
What teenage girl or boy doesn't want to experience their first summer romance? Specifically girls, but either way, I don't think there is a single teenager that doesn't want to experience love. And when you are going into high school, it is the perfect time to test out your

Predicament: Family History of Alcoholism

by Editorial Team August 13th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
When talking to my teens about drinking, should I let them know that two of their grandparents (now deceased) were alcoholics and that this caused problems for all of us?

Solution: Summer Math Loss

by Mrs. C. August 10th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
I think my nine-year-old has forgotten her multiplication facts since summer break began. Should we start reviewing them now, or is it better to wait till closer to September?

Longtime teacher Mrs. C. replies:

If your daughter truly had her multiplication facts committed to memory, she would not have forgotten them,

Baby’s First Time Getting a Haircut

by T Akery August 9th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
Eventually, you will want to take your child to get their hair cut. It can be a stressful experience for your baby. That fear comes from going to a strange place and not knowing exactly what to expect. You can help your baby through this experience with a few

Don’t Rush the Growing Up

by Lori Sciame August 8th, 2012| Tweens
A tween who has older siblings may try to act older than his or her age, yet this can backfire. Doing so can place a child into situations he or she is not mentally ready for, including relationships with the opposite sex. Parents should strive to allow a tween

Sleeping Schedules for Preschoolers

by T Akery August 7th, 2012| Preschool
Sleep patterns differ from child to child. But with preschool looming ahead, your preschooler needs enough sleep to make it through their day. Tired, cranky preschoolers are harder for teachers to deal with and they tend to get into more trouble. So, the best way to set your preschooler

Money Management: From the (Driving) Teen’s View

by Jacob P. August 6th, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
As I have said before, I am a saver. I rarely spend money,prefering to put it away for later. When I do spend, I will mentally debate it for quite a while and even research what I am buying. "Cheap" is an accurate descriptor of me. Now that I

Resolutions of a Pregnant 36-Year-Old

by Jane Wangersky August 3rd, 2012| Pregnancy
Pregnant women aged 35 and over are sometimes -- happily, not very often anymore -- called "senile gravidas". It has nothing to do with failing mental power, it just means that you're considered a little old to be having a baby.

Anyone over 35 should know her own mind and

Tweens and Laundry

by T Akery August 2nd, 2012| Tweens
Laundry is one of those chores that never really go away. For a tween, learning how to do laundry is something they should know how to do for when they go out on their own. While it may not become one of the chores they do all the time,

Lessons from the Olympics

by Ronald A. Rowe August 1st, 2012| Elementary
Watching the Olympics together is great family fun. But it can also be a good time to work in some sneaky life lessons for the kids. They may even enjoy themselves so much they don't even realize they're learning something. Here are four lessons that we can teach our