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Preschool Cooldowns

by T Akery December 31st, 2013| Behavior, Preschool
Sometimes, preschool can become particularly overwhelming for your preschooler. The parties, the playing and the learning are more than they can handle. While some appear to be ready on the go no matter what the time of day, your preschooler may need a cooldown period afterward to help them
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Goal-Oriented Prenatal Care

by Jane Wangersky December 30th, 2013| Pregnancy
How often are you seeing your doctor during your pregnancy? The  answer may not be the same for you as for other expectant mothers, depending on whether you're on a program of goal-oriented prenatal care. Goal-oriented prenatal care has been adopted by the U.S. Defense Department, so if you're
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Driving: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. December 27th, 2013| Safety, Teen Perspective, Teens
Like most 17-year-olds, I have my driver's license.  While this is not a big deal, it becomes one around this time of year.  This will be my second year as a licensed driver, but that makes the weather no less of a concern. With car accidents being the leading
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Winter Sports Safety

by Lori Sciame December 26th, 2013| Safety, Tweens
Winter sports can be exhilarating.  The biting wind, and lots of fluffy snow and slippery ice, combine to send shivers down the spine -- not just from the cold, but from all the fun!  While many adults hate freezing temperatures, tweens not only accept them, they actually embrace them.

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Ways Kids Can Share During the Holiday Season

by Tania Cowling December 25th, 2013| Elementary, Social
The holiday season is a perfect time to help children show they care about their world and the people they love. It’s also the time when kids think of fun and getting presents. Raising three children, I felt it’s never too early to teach them about caring and giving
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A Positive Preschool Experience

by Margot F. December 24th, 2013| Preschool, School
A preschool is a good way to transition a child who is accustomed to being at home to a more structured environment with other children and adults. A positive preschool experience will help a child feel more confident when entering kindergarten.

A responsible preschool will have a safe environment for
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Breastfeeding In Public

by T Akery December 23rd, 2013| Care, Infants/Toddlers
Babies get hungry. Moms have to run errands and would like to dine out once in awhile. Thus, it is perfectly natural to breastfeed in public. But before you take the plunge, there are some things you should think about in regards to breastfeeding out in the open.

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How Teens Can Earn A Free Rein

by Sam P. December 20th, 2013| Behavior, Teen Perspective, Teens
Many teenagers complain about not having any free rein and not being allowed to do anything.  But with that sort of trust from the parents comes responsibilities.  And many teens aren't trusted with those responsibilities because their behavior doesn't reflect that they can handle them.  If you can't remember
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Encouraging Your Tween’s Participation in Music

by T Akery December 19th, 2013| Behavior, Tweens
Music is probably something that your Tween is already heavily invested in. They likely have their favorite artists and their favorite songs. They may even have a teenage idol that they admire. Many of these idols also play instruments. But idolizing music is not enough to develop the benefits
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Safety Training at Home

by Ronald A. Rowe December 18th, 2013| Elementary, Safety
Virtually all parents are concerned about the safety of their elementary-age children but few know what to do about it. Worrying doesn’t do much to keep our children safe. Despite the fervent wishes of more than a few moms that I know, we cannot wrap our children in bubble
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After Christmas, What’s Next?

by Margot F. December 17th, 2013| Preschool, Social
After the last present is opened, even with used wrapping paper piled up everywhere, it is common for preschoolers to become frustrated looking for more gifts. Although it took days to plan for the big holiday, the festivities seem to end quite suddenly. It can be hard transitioning from
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Light Therapy for Depression in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky December 16th, 2013| Pregnancy
Winter, for many, brings more vulnerability not only to colds and flu, but to depression. Pregnant women, with their hormonal changes, are especially prone to it. Though last winter I questioned the wisdom of a study that said anti-depressants during pregnancy didn’t “result in better outcomes” than
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