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Archives for July 2014


Tackling Back to School with Tweens

by Lori Sciame July 31st, 2014| School, Tweens
Every stage of human development has its own unique characteristics, the tween years included. For instance, these young people struggle with emerging independence, as well as changing bodies.  For them, being a tween is both a scary and an exciting time.  As a parent, you can help your tween
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Coping as a New Parent

by Editorial Team July 31st, 2014| Care, Infants/Toddlers
Whether you’re a first time parent, or you’re becoming a mom or dad for the second (or third!) time, you have plenty of exciting, new adventures to look forward to. Even if you’ve already experienced the wonders of parenthood before, no two children are ever the same, and there’s

Surefire Ways to Improve Behavior

by Lori Sciame July 30th, 2014| Behavior, Elementary
Exasperating ... confusing ... maddening.  These words can run through a parent's mind when contemplating the behavior of his or her elementary aged child.  Being a parent is difficult, but it can become overwhelming if a previously sweet child becomes too much to handle.  There is hope, however, as

Protect Your Children From the Buzzing Biters

by Tania Cowling July 29th, 2014| Preschool, Safety
Summer is upon us and the weather is beautiful. It’s a time for pleasurable outdoor excursions and events, except for the buzzing biters – the mosquito. And this year where I live in Florida we have a new invader that even bites during the day. This small, black Aedes

Wet and Wild Water Play For Toddlers

by Tania Cowling July 28th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
During the summer months, let your toddlers engage in wet and wild water play with activities that are excellent sources of learning, exploration, and problem solving. And, think how water play is easy on the budget as most activities are free.

Begin with time in the backyard. Play with a

What to Do After Wisdom Teeth Removal

by Sam P. July 25th, 2014| Teen Perspective, Teens
Now that I've fully recovered from my very own wisdom teeth removal, let me tell you it's not a fun thing.  The procedure itself tends to go fairly easily, but recovery can be quite difficult.  Parents should remember you must have everything you need before the surgery.  Any stop

Tween Tech: Balance It With Real Interaction

by Ronald A. Rowe July 24th, 2014| Social, Tweens
Raising 21st Century Tweens presents new challenges and opportunities that no previous generation of parents ever had to face.  Technology has gone mobile.  Smart phones are, in reality, portable computers that go everywhere the owner goes and open portals to a whole new world of possibilities, both good and

Waldorf Students Are Creative & Self-Confident

by Margot F. July 23rd, 2014| Elementary, School
The education provided at a Waldorf school is child focused and intended to promote creativity, critical thinking and community involvement. Further, Waldorf educators say there is no bullying in their programs. What makes the Waldorf system different from conventional programs?

Waldorf Education is founded on the principles presented by the

Bedtime Rituals for Preschoolers

by T Akery July 22nd, 2014| Behavior, Preschool
The act of getting a Preschooler to bed is a difficult one. Often, they are over-excited by the day's events and, to top it off, have had a nap. But it is important to establish rituals that signal that it is time to calm down and get ready for

Pregnant Women: Helpful Info You May Have Missed

by Jane Wangersky July 21st, 2014| Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time for learning, both the things you can learn only by experiencing them and those you can be taught, or teach yourself. Still, as I’ve noted before, it’s all too easy to miss something as you try to handle all that new information. So

Hosting A Teen Party: The Parent’s Role

by Jennifer S. Rowe July 18th, 2014| Social, Teens
Parents understand the importance of a social life when it comes to their teens, and should take a great deal of interest in this subject. Hosting a party is a great way to for your teen to socialize, and it gives you, the parent, an opportunity to get to

Tweens and Safe Travel: 3 “Musts” for Your Family

by Lori Sciame July 17th, 2014| Safety, Tweens
Traveling with children presents special safety concerns.  Unlike the familiarity of home, children will be exposed to new situations, lots of unfamiliar people, and to illnesses.  As stated by the U.S. Travel Association, "In 2012, 26 percent of domestic leisure travelers traveled with children under the age of 18