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Special Needs Infants and Breast Milk

by C. Finkbeiner August 31st, 2015| Infants/Toddlers, Special Needs
Breast is best. It’s what your OB/GYN, Pediatrician and your mom will tell you when you come to make the decision of whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby. And, then there is the decision as to what age to start weaning your baby away from breast milk,
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Planning Without Pressure for Special Needs Teens

by Jane Wangersky August 28th, 2015| Special Needs, Teens
Before you know it, your teen’s new school year will be in full swing and it will be time to review their Individualized Education Program (IEP) with the school staff. If you live in the U.S., there’s a legal requirement that starts the year your child turns 16: The
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What Preschool Means to a Special Needs Child

by C. Finkbeiner August 25th, 2015| Preschool, Special Needs
When I was a child (in the early 1980’s), “preschool” was an expensive babysitter. I started school, like most children of my generation, at age 5. Only a few of my classmates had been to preschool, and you could tell exactly who they were right away. They were the
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Toddler Care – How to Get Your Toddler Exercising

by Jessica B. August 24th, 2015| Care, Infants/Toddlers
These days, everyone is busy talking about the dangers of childhood obesity, mostly because the long-term effects can be devastating. It can be difficult for a parent to relax when faced with the constant stream of information about keeping your kids healthy while also being bombarded with tons of
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Texting and Driving from the Teen’s View

by Sam P. August 21st, 2015| Teen Perspective, Teens
I will admit right now that the urge to use your phone while driving is strong.  Especially if you're making an hour long trip alone.  In an age that relies on technology so much, being without your phone really can be one of the worst things ever.  But believe
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The Impact of a First Impression

by C. Finkbeiner August 19th, 2015| Elementary, Special Needs
We live in a social world where populated playdates and pre-k are the norm for kids aged one through five. But for many children, kindergarten is the first time they are completely surrounded by twenty or more peers at once, and one adult.

Imagine being five years old for a
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Your Toddler’s Behavior in Sports Class

by Jessica B. August 17th, 2015| Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers
One of the first things new stay at home moms do is to start signing up their kids for classes. This is a great way to meet other parents, let your kid get used to being in groups, and to just get out of the house. But many parents
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Teens in Summer School: The Challenge

by Jane Wangersky August 14th, 2015| School, Teens
Summer school doesn’t exactly mean school in summer -- fortunately. High school students need a break from their nearly year-round routine, and even if they have academic goals for summer break, the ground rules are different. Here are a few things our family’s learned from taking part in summer
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The First Day of School and Prepping with Confidence

by C. Finkbeiner August 13th, 2015| Special Needs, Tweens
The first day of school is approaching, and for some special needs kids, it can be a very difficult time. Children typically get nervous to leave home for the whole day without their parents, this is normal. However for a child with a special needs, not having mom or
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People, Process, Product Method and Behavior

by Joe Lawrence August 12th, 2015| Behavior, Elementary
As parents we often just want our children to listen. They question our authority or even the teacher’s on a routine basis. It can get very frustrating, but here is a method to help with this problem.

When I am managing my work center, I am focused on my people,
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5 Team Sports for Your Preschooler to Try

by Jessica B. August 11th, 2015| Entertainment, Preschool
A lot of parents dream of their kids having successful sports careers, and starting to learn those sports right after they learn to walk. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of time for that. Now is a great chance to let your kid try different sports and see
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3 Tips From a Youth Sports Official

by Lori Sciame August 6th, 2015| Tweens
You're blind ref!  What do you mean she's out? Traveling!   Youth sports officials have a tough job.  They must know every rule of the sport they are officiating, they must keep up with every play during a game, and they must deal with PARENTS.

It's the sad truth.  Many parents