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Get Your Teen’s Attention on Winter Safety

by Jane Wangersky January 30th, 2015| Safety, Teens
If you have a teen, you’ve probably done some worrying about him or her this winter. After all, teens are not typically the most careful members of the family. But you can’t be with them all the time, so you try to pass on what you’ve learned about staying
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4 Winter Safety Rules for Tweens

by Lori Sciame January 29th, 2015| Tweens
If a family lives in an area of the country where cold, snow, and ice prevail during the winter months, special safety concerns should be addressed with children.  This holds true for tweens as well. Although a child this age may sometimes seem like a mini adult, he or
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The Importance of Saying Thank You

by Tania Cowling January 28th, 2015| Elementary, Social
There are many reasons and times when giving a formal “thank you” is appropriate, whether it’s the holidays, birthdays, or any other reason where a gift is exchanged. Giving a "thank you" is an important part of etiquette that is sometimes forgotten. From the time I was a child,
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Teen’s Perspective on Safe Winter Driving

by Sam P. January 23rd, 2015| Teen Perspective, Teens
Driving in the winter can be ever so dangerous, especially if you live as far north as I do.  Up here in New Hampshire we were recently hit with an arctic front and one day I got up and it was negative 7 degrees out.  That obviously will lead
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3 Steps to Keep Your Tween Engaged This Winter

by Ronald A. Rowe January 22nd, 2015| Seasonal, Tweens
Christmas has come and gone but the cold of winter remains.  The Christmas wish list of most tweens is filled with video games and BluRay discs and gift cards to online wonderlands beyond the ken of mere parents.  If your tween got even a quarter of the electronic loot
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3 Tips for Good Winter Health

by Ronald A. Rowe January 21st, 2015| Elementary, Seasonal
A couple weeks back we touched on the subject of helping your elementary child avoid colds and flu this winter.  As incidents of cold and flu have only escalated since then I think we’d do well to take a more in depth look at some of the things that
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Surviving the Extra Indoor Hours During the Winter

by Joe Lawrence January 20th, 2015| Preschool, Seasonal
Winter is a great time of year. For many locations, there is snow everywhere on the ground and outlining the trees and houses. Lots of outdoor enthusiasts are thrilled to take part in the cold weather activities. However, those of us with preschoolers face a different challenge.

When the temperatures
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9 Tips on Surviving Your Pregnancy in Winter

by R. Carnavale January 19th, 2015| Pregnancy
The cold, icy blasts of winter mean you will have to take special care as you trudge about on icy pavement and snow-filled paths with your bulging belly. Not only will you face hazards as you go from place to place, but you'll also face dangers of the germ
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How to Talk to a Tween

by Lori Sciame January 15th, 2015| Tweens
Most adults have no trouble cooing "baby talk" to a newborn, and when the child grows into a preschooler, it's easy to sing along with the A, B, C song!  For the most part, a child's early years lend themselves to excellent communication between children and parents. When the
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3 Things to Know About Elementary Aged Children

by Lori Sciame January 14th, 2015| Elementary
Some parents worry too much.  They obsess over every detail of their child's life, all the while wondering if they are doing right by their son or daughter.  In a way, it's a good thing to worry. For instance, parents should worry - at least a little bit - when a
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Easy Ways Preschoolers Can Help Clean Their Space

by Tania Cowling January 13th, 2015| Behavior, Preschool
Do you ask your child to help with chores? Do you feel an uncluttered space sends a message to your children about the advantages of being organized? From the time my children were in the preschool years they did simple household chores and were rewarded with stars on a
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Plant Safety for Parents of Babies and Toddlers

by Tania Cowling January 12th, 2015| Care, Infants/Toddlers
As decorators we love to see living plants adding beauty and a sense of nature in our homes. But as parents, do you know which plants are safe to be added to your décor or even the plants you encounter outdoors?

Whether the plants are in your home, yard, or