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Tips on Planning a Sleepover Party for the Kids

by Tania Cowling December 31st, 2014| Elementary, Social
Do you remember your first sleepover party? You stayed up all night playing games, making crafts, and eating party food. Here are some tips to make this party memorable for your child.

Here's How It Works

The kids hang out all night with their best friends, crash on the floor for
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What is Your Preschooler Learning at School?

by Joe Lawrence December 30th, 2014| Preschool, School
As our children start their school journey in preschool, we have high hopes and expectations. We want them to come home reading, writing, and arithmetic-ing. However, we have the tendency to set the bar too high sometimes…at least I did.

I get very excited as the work day winds down
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First Music Lessons: Tips for Parents for Babies

by Tania Cowling December 29th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Sounds play a major role in the lives of babies and toddlers. It promotes auditory development. Babies and toddlers are very attentive to sounds and music in their environment. They gradually move from receivers to participators as the child develops. Parents and caregivers can help young children respond to
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Tweens and Anxiety

by Ronald A. Rowe December 25th, 2014| School, Tweens
One of the many challenges facing parents of Tweenagers is to differentiate between a significant issue and “just being a Tween.”  One area that has confounded parents in this generation is the issue of Tween anxiety.  At the age when peer pressure and social conventions begin to weigh heavily
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Change the Room

by Ronald A. Rowe December 24th, 2014| Behavior, Elementary
For many children, elementary school marks the first real exposure to peers who are very different from themselves.  Sure, they may have been to church or synagogue or even a preschool but the odds are that most of the children with whom they interacted at those institutions were pretty
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Dealing With My Preschooler’s Independence

by Joe Lawrence December 23rd, 2014| Preschool, Safety
Safety is the first thing that comes to mind when looking at everything through the eyes of a parent. Ever since my kids have been on this Earth, my observation of the world around us has changed. When they are crawlers and just starting to walk, everything gets child-proofed
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Have a Healthy Pregnancy During the Holidays

by R. Carnavale December 22nd, 2014| Pregnancy
The holidays can be a wonderful time to be pregnant and you'll want to ensure you're healthy, prepared and having fun throughout the festivities. In order for you and your baby to stay healthy, you'll want to avoid packing on too many unnecessary pounds when it comes to eating
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3 Things My Son Will Not Be Getting for Christmas!

by Jennifer S. Rowe December 19th, 2014| Seasonal, Teens
Christmastime - I absolutely love this time of year, don't you? There is very little I dislike about this season since it does seem to bring out the best in people. Giving to charities is higher this time of year than any other, and I see more politeness and
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Preschoolers Can Make Gift Wrap From Brown Bags

by Tania Cowling December 16th, 2014| Preschool, Seasonal
The holidays are coming and gifts need to be wrapped. In my house, wrapping paper is one of those things that I frequently forget to stock, gets misplaced, or I've run out of the paper as I attempt to wrap the gift. Have no fear because you and the
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Hookah Pens From a Teen’s Perspective

by Sam P. December 12th, 2014| Safety, Teens
For those of you who do not know, a "hookah pen" or "vape pen" is essentially an electronic cigarette without tobacco, nicotine, or any of the other harmful products found more commonly in e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes.  Unlike a typical cigarette, vape pens produce an aerosol mist that is often
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Risks in the Life of a Tween

by Ronald A. Rowe December 11th, 2014| Social, Tweens
The Tween years are the time when children start taking risks.  Some risks, like cutting school or smoking cigarettes, are always bad.  But there are good risks, too.  Like trying out for the school play or starting a club after school.  That sort of leap of faith may result
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How to Determine If They Should Stay Home

by Ronald A. Rowe December 10th, 2014| Elementary, School
“Mom, I don’t feel good!”

Those five words have triggered a maelstrom of activity in virtually every household at one time or another.  Your elementary child wakes up complaining of a stomach ache.  Your mind whirls through a checklist to determine your next step.  Is she really sick?  Is that