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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
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Teen’s Perspective on High School Parties

by Sam P. January 9th, 2015| Teen Perspective, Teens
In every high schooler's educational time period, they will land themselves in a high school party.  Some may go to more than others, and some may only go to one or two.  If you are worried that your child is going to a high school party where drugs and
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3 Winter Perils to Avoid

by Ronald A. Rowe January 7th, 2015| Elementary, Safety
The turn of the New Year brings with it the coldest weather of the year.  January’s wintery bluster brings a whole new set of challenges for parents of elementary children.  Depending on your local climate, these winter dangers can range from mild inconveniences to potentially severe health and safety
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Keeping My Preschooler’s Social Life in Balance

by Joe Lawrence January 6th, 2015| Preschool, Social
Hearing the phrase, “preschooler social life” one year ago would have brought much laughter. How could a four-year old have a social life? Well, I stand corrected, as my daughter has a more impressive social calendar than I ever had.

At least once a week, my wife or I find
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How to Cope With Infections When You’re Pregnant

by R. Carnavale January 5th, 2015| Pregnancy
Despite your best efforts to stay healthy when you're pregnant, you may come down with an infection of some sort -- a cold, a respiratory flu, hay fever, chickenpox, or bladder infections. The key thing to remember is most infections will not harm your baby, so focus on getting
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How Do You Deal With the Unexpected?

by Jennifer S. Rowe January 2nd, 2015| Safety, Teens
When it comes to teenagers, I think we can all agree that there are some behaviors that are universal and we can certainly all relate to. Once you have a teen son or daughter, believe me, you know it! Mood changes, body changes, peer pressure and a plethora of