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Entertain Elementary Kids With Science at Home

by Tania Cowling July 16th, 2014| Elementary, Social
It’s summer and the kids are already whining, “I’m bored.” It’s fun to play games and craft, but don’t forget that summer's also a time for learning. Think about some easy science experiments that can be done at home. Your kitchen is the place to demonstrate very simple scientific
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Waldorf Preschools Encourage Creativity

by Margot F. July 15th, 2014| Preschool, School
Welcome to Waldorf Preschool. Notice the cozy homelike environment complete with curtains, carpets, and lots of natural lighting. The furniture is comfortable and the classroom is well organized. The atmosphere is peaceful, helping the child feel relaxed and free to learn in a supportive environment. The teachers are caring

Death By Heat: Babies Left In Hot Cars

by Tania Cowling July 14th, 2014| Care, Infants/Toddlers
Every year about this time we hear the horrifying news about young children left in hot cars that ended in death. Just recently we have heard about several incidents that hit the national news, one even premeditated. Why? As parents we should know that these deaths are preventable. Is

How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

by Sam P. July 11th, 2014| Teen Perspective, Teens
Almost every teen has to get their wisdom teeth removed at some point or another, and I won't lie to you, it isn't fun. As I am writing this I am sitting on my couch icing my large chipmunk like cheeks in an attempt to have the swelling go down. 

Breaking Your Tween’s Obsession with Video Games

by T Akery July 10th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Video games are addictive for many Tweens. While they can be fun and entertaining, they are also very time-consuming. This can disrupt the other things that your Tween needs to be doing such as homework, reading, socializing with other friends face-to-face and doing chores. After all, this is the

Airport Safety for Elementary Kids: Get Them Ready

by Ronald A. Rowe July 9th, 2014| Elementary, Safety
Air travel brings us to exciting destinations for summer vacation.  While the destination may be pure joy for your family, the actual day of travel can be stressful, scary, and downright dangerous, especially if you are traveling through unfamiliar territory with young children.  Here are a few tips to help

Preschoolers and Limits for Computer Devices

by Margot F. July 8th, 2014| Preschool, Social
In my urban community, it seems that everywhere I look, a young child has access to a computer technical device. For example, when a young preschooler gets fussy in a restaurant, the mother hands him her phone to scroll through pictures. In another instance, a preschooler is busy on

Moms-to-Be: What to Heat Before You Eat

by Jane Wangersky July 7th, 2014| Pregnancy
I once read a novel where the narrator suspected another character was pregnant after seeing her eat the fat off a ham. There’s no predicting what you may crave during pregnancy, but if you find yourself longing for ham, or any other cured meat, you’ll need to heat it

Teen Dating Sites: Parents Need to Know About This

by Jennifer S. Rowe July 4th, 2014| Safety, Teens
So, teen dating. Just the thought of this makes me nervous and the thing is, it didn't used to, but in this day and age, things are very different than when I was a teenager (and I'm not that old!). To find out just what's going on in the

Summer School Rules! Vacation Learning for Tweens

by Lori Sciame July 3rd, 2014| School, Tweens
Another school year has ended. No more missed school busses or forgotten sack lunches.  No more misplaced backpacks or last minute homework assignments.  It's almost too good to be true ... well, at least for a week or so.  Just when a parent thinks he or she can relax

4 Tips to Improve Concentration in Elementary Kids

by Lori Sciame July 2nd, 2014| Behavior, Elementary
Parents of elementary age children understand the concept of perpetual motion.  The reason: their children never stop moving.  Children this age literally jump, wiggle, twist, run, skip and twirl through each day.  They can be exhausting to watch, let alone keep up with.  In addition, being unable to settle
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Community Helpers Work to Keep Our Kids Safe

by Tania Cowling July 1st, 2014| Preschool, Safety
Sometimes people need help, even our children. Isn’t it nice to know that many of our community helpers are there to help the children? It is our job as parents to teach our children that there are people whose jobs are to help keep them safe. Preschoolers can learn