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Signs Your Tween Can Stay Home Alone

by Lori Sciame February 26th, 2015| Tweens
You love your child.  This translates into worrying about every aspect of his or her life.  You worry about everything from providing enough nutritional foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to stewing over whether he or she gets enough sleep.

One area that causes parents a great deal of concern
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3 Things to Consider when Choosing a Babysitter

by Joe Lawrence February 24th, 2015| Preschool
Being a parent means making tough choices and decisions. One of these difficult choices is who to choose as a babysitter for your child. I will tell you the process that has worked for our family twice now.

The first issue we faced was where to choose the sitter from.
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How to Hire a Good Babysitter

by Tania Cowling February 23rd, 2015| Infants/Toddlers
Do you remember what it was like BC (before children)? Do you yearn for a date-night with your spouse? Finding a good babysitter is such a daunting task; and not one that can be taken lightly or in a hurry. Here are a few tips when looking for the
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Teen’s Perspective on MTV

by Sam P. February 20th, 2015| Entertainment, Teens
If I can be honest, I love a good reality TV show every once in a while, but one about teen pregnancies? Not so much.  Now, I may be called a hypocrite for saying this as I am not old enough to have ever watched MTV when it really
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How to Raise a Socially-Conscious Tween

by R. Carnavale February 19th, 2015| Social, Tweens
Raising your tween to be socially conscious will help your child become more compassionate and helpful to others as your tween becomes more aware of the problems that members of your local community and the global community face on a day-to-day basis. If your tween is a socially-conscious young
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What’s Appropriate for School?

by Krysten Gouveia February 18th, 2015| Elementary, School
Life at home and life at school for children are two very different things. At home, children are allowed to watch, eat, and say certain things that other children may or may not be able to do depending on their own parent’s rules. However, at school there is one
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4 Questions to Teach Our Preschoolers About Safety

by Joe Lawrence February 17th, 2015| Preschool, Safety
Safety is first and foremost in my military career. Working on aircraft, there are thousands of ways to get hurt. I was able to carry this over into parenthood and see the potential hazard areas where my children are playing. When they are still little ankle-biters there is no
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Homemade Kitchen Art for Babies and Toddlers

by Tania Cowling February 16th, 2015| Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers
The knowledge of ‘Kitchen Art’ can be a valuable tool for parents. Art does not have to be difficult or expensive to be fun. Your pantry is filled with ingredients that can be mixed into paints and clays. These are the best art mediums for babies and toddlers as
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Communicating With Teens About Sickness

by Jane Wangersky February 13th, 2015| Communication, Teens
It can be hard seeing a teen through flu season. Like anyone else who’s physically an adult, they’re vulnerable to all the nasty sicknesses going around, but they can be too easily embarrassed, or too independent, to admit something’s going wrong with their bodies. You’ll probably have a pretty
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6 Ways to Involve Preschoolers in Storytelling

by Tania Cowling February 10th, 2015| Entertainment, Preschool
Try something different during your next reading session. Why not try storytelling and get your preschoolers into this creative form of language arts? It is fun to convey stories with a unique twist of words and movements. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Time to put the
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Keeping Allergens Away From Children During Winter

by Tania Cowling February 9th, 2015| Care, Infants/Toddlers
Is your child sniffling this winter? Maybe it’s not a respiratory cold, but allergies. Yes, you can get an allergy flare during the winter too! When the house is airtight due to cold weather and snow there are things you need to do to ensure an allergen-free environment for
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How to Set Ground Rules with a Step-Sibling

by Sam P. February 6th, 2015| Teen Perspective, Teens
I love my step-siblings, don't get me wrong, but occasionally my stepsister doesn't know where to draw the line.  I hardly ever see her and am so grateful when she is able to come up and visit, but lately when she has been coming up she has been getting