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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.

Having a Cast

by Jacob P. February 8th, 2012| Teen Perspective
Last Thursday I was wrestling and broke a metacarpal. Since then I have gotten a cast, covering my forearm and left hand. In my fifteen-and-half-year-long existence, this is my first experience with a cast. I like to think I'm lucky. Now that I have a cast I thought I

After School Extra Curricular Activities

by Sam P. February 6th, 2012| Tweens
Seeing as this is my last Tween Advice article, I figured I would write about something I enjoy doing. So I am going to write about extra curricular activities, drama in specific. This is actually only my first year doing drama, and I am so glad I joined! I

Teen’s Perspective on Projects

by Sam P. February 3rd, 2012| Teen Perspective
Whether you really like them or not, projects are frustrating. Me, I typically like them. I actually just finished one in science that was an egg drop project. You had to keep an egg from breaking when it was dropped. It was quite frustrating. So I decided to write

Disney Princess Soft EVA Play Mat 4 X 4

by T Akery February 2nd, 2012| Preschool, Product reviews
The Disney Princess Soft EVA Play Mat is an option for kids to play on. The challenge for them starts when they have to put it together. It comes with 16 squares and numerous border pieces. Since it is a puzzle, it is meant for kids to assemble, which

Parenting Through Illness

by Ronald A. Rowe February 1st, 2012| Elementary
Plenty has been written about the medicinal aspects of parenting your child through an illness. All of it boils down to: keep them hydrated and see a doctor if it doesn't get better soon. Less has been written about the more mundane aspects of parenting your child through an

Are You a “Lame” Parent?

by Lori Sciame January 30th, 2012| Teens
When a child makes the transition to teenager, many times parents seem to become "lame" in the teen's eyes. What I mean is - a child who would always listen to a parent's ideas, thoughts, and even jokes with rapt attention, many times will seem to shut the parent

Reinforcing Preschool Lessons

by T Akery January 27th, 2012| Preschool
Your child's preschool teaches colors, numbers and letters. But the time they spend teaching your child these important school-ready concepts is much shorter than most parents think. This is because there are also other lessons that your preschool has to incorporate that take up valuable time, such as arranging

Feisty Child/Independent Teen

by Lori Sciame January 26th, 2012| Elementary
One word could describe my youngest daughter while in elementary school -- feisty. She had her own ideas about everything, from what types of clothes she would wear to how much homework she thought she needed to do. At the time, I found this personality trait of to be