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Teen’s Perspective on The Office

by Sam P. May 29th, 2015| Entertainment, Teens
I love The Office.  I have seen, literally, every episode.  I think I have watched every season about three times by now.  I am dead serious; when I finally got Netflix, for those of you don't have it, I highly suggest it. It was the first show I binge
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How to Improve Your Tween’s Communication Skills

by Lori Sciame May 28th, 2015| Communication, Tweens
Are you tired of the grunts and groans you receive from your tween when you try to talk to her? Do you fear that she will be held back socially and academically because she falters when it comes to talking with her peers as well as to adults?  If
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Speaking Up for Better Speech

by C. Finkbeiner May 27th, 2015| Elementary, Special Needs
Did you know that May is also Better Hearing and Speech Awareness Month? Communication disorders are now commonly considered the first sign or symptom of another underlying diagnosis, but it is also the most common special need most children share. By kindergarten age, children often have a vivid vocabulary and
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Can Preschoolers Learn Initiative?

by Joe Lawrence May 26th, 2015| Behavior, Preschool
Is it too early to teach your preschoolers life skills at this age? Can five-year olds grasp concepts like initiative and leadership? I think they have the ability to grasp these behavior traits and so much more.

Recently, I attended a conference on leadership for work. My boss brought leaders
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The Literal Aspergian Child

by C. Finkbeiner May 21st, 2015| Special Needs, Tweens
It was a blazing summer afternoon. My son and I were driving to pick up my husband from work. There was no air conditioner in the car, so we had the windows open and the music loud. Just me and my boy out for a cruise. Just before we
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Dogs for Kids Who Have Allergies

by Tania Cowling May 20th, 2015| Elementary, Social
I love dogs but my nose says otherwise and the same with my kids who have allergies. But, this doesn’t always mean you can’t have a pet. We have been adopting Greyhounds and this dog is working well with us. The allergic reactions to pets can be anywhere from
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3 Steps in Social Etiquette for Preschoolers

by Joe Lawrence May 19th, 2015| Behavior, Preschool
Recently, I went to the store with my preschooler and I learned that she was very honest on her assessment of others. Not only was she honest, she was loud in proclaiming it. Her comments revealed to me that we have some work to do in teaching her about
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Do Pets Pose a Health Risk to Your Toddler?

by Tania Cowling May 18th, 2015| Infants/Toddlers
I didn’t have a pet when I was growing up and I always felt a void since I love animals. So, in my home we have always had a dog and cat. Affection from the family pet can make a child feel terrific. Do they threaten your child’s health?
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How to Be Sure You & Your Friends Have a Hangout

by Sam P. May 15th, 2015| Social, Teens

Not only will this make sure you always have a place to hang out, it will keep you from breaking the bank.  Nowadays everything is so expensive, which is why my friends and I almost always hang out at one of our houses. 

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How Do You Feel About War Play?

by Tania Cowling May 13th, 2015| Behavior, Elementary
As a mother of two boys, I never let them play with toy guns, but yet these siblings seem to play war with water squirt toys and even sticks from the yard. As parents we tried to enforce that guns can harm people and are not toys. I think
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Prepare Preschoolers for a Pet

by Joe Lawrence May 12th, 2015| Behavior, Preschool
“Daddy can we keep her?” is a question most parents are asked by their preschool children and just about every other age group as well. Children love the idea of having a pet to care for, but they are still too near-sighted to understand the realm of responsibility required
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Food Allergies in Infants and Toddlers

by C. Finkbeiner May 11th, 2015| Infants/Toddlers, Special Needs
This week is National Food Allergy Awareness Week. Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis affect 1 in 13 children in the United States (Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc., 2015). According to the Center for Disease Control, the most common food allergy among infants is soy, which is a common ingredient
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