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How to Transition Successfully

by Margot F. April 30th, 2014| Elementary, School
The transition from elementary school to middle or high school is exciting and an important step in a child’s education. How can a parent help the child make this move successfully?

The grade a child leaves elementary school depends on the area you live in. For some, the elementary school

Turning Destructive Preschool Behavior Around

by T Akery April 29th, 2014| Behavior, Preschool
Sometimes, Preschoolers like to enter a destructive mode. Even though they can be sweet kids at times, there is still that part of them that is testing boundaries. Getting them into a more constructive mode takes a little bit of work on your part. So, here are some things

Are You In Line for Twins?

by Jane Wangersky April 28th, 2014| Pregnancy
What are the chances you’ll give birth to twins? Small, but not so small as they would’ve been a few decades ago. The twin birth rate in the U.S. has gone up since 1980, according to a recent study that says “In 2009, 1 in every 30


by Jacob P. April 25th, 2014| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is here.  I am in the final quarter of my high school career and honestly I could not care less.  At this point, it seems like there is nothing driving me forward anymore.  I currently have all A's, I have secured my position in the

Keeping Active Tweens Safe

by Lori Sciame April 24th, 2014| Safety, Tweens
Let's Move!  Michelle Obama, the First Lady, has ignited a new passion for physical activity, especially among tweens. Her anti-obesity campaign can certainly be lauded, as a child who takes part in regular physical exercise will be much healthier than a child who remains a couch potato.

I'm glad to
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How Green Are Your Kids?

by Tania Cowling April 23rd, 2014| Elementary, Social
Whether you live in the country or you’re a city dweller, it’s time to launch a conversation with your children about how to become eco-friendly and better the planet. If talking about the environment or the importance of going green has you stumped, here are a few ideas to

Immersion Preschools, Proceed With Caution

by Margot F. April 22nd, 2014| Preschool, School
Language immersion preschools have become popular in recent years. Programs emphasizing French in Canada and Spanish in the United Stare are the most popular, although Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese) preschools are also in demand. Are there different criteria for language based preschools versus regular preschools? Why would you
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Tips for Bath Time With Toddlers

by Tania Cowling April 21st, 2014| Care, Infants/Toddlers
From infancy, the soothing bath repeats the secure feeling of the prebirth experience in the womb, but for toddlers it’s what fun this time brings. Little tykes enjoy making ripples, bubbles, splashes, and some don’t want the soaking time to end. Toddlers actively explore their world in the tub,

Prom Planning

by Sam P. April 18th, 2014| Social, Teen Perspective, Teens
With spring and warm weather comes prom.  If you are going to prom it may be quite hectic trying to get everyone together to plan everything.  Well, I have a few simple tips that will solve everything.

  1. Anything that needs to be ordered or altered should be done so at
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Public Punishment for Tweens

by T Akery April 17th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Recently, there has been a slew of news stories about parents who have found a more creative means to punish their Teens. While you may be considering using this as a means to punish your Tween, this should be used with extreme caution and thought out in regards to

Parental Rights and Responsibilities

by Ronald A. Rowe April 16th, 2014| Elementary, School
Our world increasingly embraces the role of government in the duties of raising our children. Examples abound of parents abdicating their responsibilities one inch at a time and institutions usurping them as quickly as possible. There’s the school in Chicago that's banning home packed lunches, instead forcing children to
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5-Year-Olds and a New Baby

by Margot F. April 15th, 2014| Preschool, Social
Five-year-olds rock! They are active, curious and fun. However, they are still dependent on the adults in their life to keep them safe and explain events. The arrival of a baby tends to cause anxiety for everyone. Here a few suggestions to help make the transitions easier.

As a child