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Losing: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. January 24th, 2014| Behavior, Teen Perspective, Teens
Nobody enjoys losing.  Anyone who tells you that "they don't mind losing" or "I like seeing other people win" is lying to you -- and themselves a little bit.  Let's be honest, losing is horrible.  Whether it is in sports, school, or other activities, losing competitions sucks.  The challenge
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Tweens: Be Safe!

by Lori Sciame January 23rd, 2014| Safety, Tweens
For a tween, the world is a wonderful place. There are plenty of chances for adventure, from exploring a new middle school to mastering a difficult skill; however, the world can also be a dangerous place. Parents realize that this dichotomy exists, yet they may wonder, how does one
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Who Controls the TV Remote At Your Home

by Tania Cowling January 22nd, 2014| Elementary, Social
The television -- you know, that screen in your living area that mesmerizes your child. It’s such a part of America's lifestyle with children even having their own televisions in their bedrooms. And, the Nielsen ratings show that the TV is on for more than seven hours a day

Is My Child Ready for Preschool?

by Margot F. January 21st, 2014| Preschool, School
Shortly after a child’s second birthday, many parents start thinking about sending their child to preschool. For a stay at home parent, preschool might allow for a much needed break from an active child. Also, preschools provide excellent opportunities for a young child to socialize and participate in new
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Toddlers and Scary Movies

by T Akery January 20th, 2014| Care, Infants/Toddlers
Scary movies are often a no-no for toddlers. However, there are times when your toddler might see a scene from a movie that scares them. Dealing with the issues that result from this scary viewing can take time to deal with. So, you must also be patient while confronting
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Safe Relationships

by Sam P. January 17th, 2014| Safety, Teen Perspective, Teens
As teens it may often feel like society pressures us into relationships. But as a teen I completely understand that we don't always want a relationship. We see intimacy and couples all around us and oftentimes it is easy to give into the pressure and start dating. And as

Apps Tweens Should Be Warned About

by T Akery January 16th, 2014| Safety, Tweens
Smart phone usage is on the rise among Tweens. While you may think that it is a good idea for them to have one, you still need to watch out for what is put on their phones. More and more apps are trying to circumnavigate parental controls because they
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Sleepover Safety

by Ronald A. Rowe January 15th, 2014| Elementary, Safety
Many parents worry about their children going to a sleepover at a friend’s house. But not as many give proper thought and concern to safety issues surrounding having your child’s friends sleep over at your house.

There are liability issues, among other things. You need to be concerned with not

Group B Strep in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky January 13th, 2014| Pregnancy
During your pregnancy, you’ll likely be tested for Group B Strep (GBS). If it’s found, you and your doctor will need to take steps to prevent you from passing it on to your baby during delivery. Though GBS is both rare and treatable -- only about 1,200 babies in

Grades are Rigged: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. January 10th, 2014| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
No, I'm not here to profess some conspiracy theory about how the educational system is rigged to help some students more than others.  Rather, I'm saying that the system is rigged for all students.  Grade inflation is rampant throughout the school systems in the U.S.

A "C" is supposed to
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Curbing Test Anxiety in Tweens

by Tania Cowling January 9th, 2014| School, Tweens
How does your Tween feel about taking tests? Does he become jittery, feel butterflies in his stomach, or actually feel nauseous? He could be suffering from test anxiety. Yes, it's a real thing! In Florida, children study throughout the school year for the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test). It’s