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Teen’s Perspective on The Talk

by Sam P. December 4th, 2015| Communication, Teens

We've all been there.  That horribly awkward moment when your parents sit you down for "the talk".  You know it’s coming and just how horrible it could be.  It doesn't have to be that way though.  Keep in mind that your parents or

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5 Communication Blunders Tweens Should Avoid

by Lori Sciame December 3rd, 2015| Communication, Tweens
Humans are social creatures; however, we do not arrive in this world with pre-programmed communication skills. On the contrary, learning to communicate effectively happens after lots of practice. For example, terms such as verbal and non-verbal communication need to be defined, then effective examples of each must be mastered.  In essence,
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Admitting Our Children Aren’t Perfect

by Joe Lawrence December 1st, 2015| Behavior, Preschool

We are used to placing our children on a pedestal, but are we able to admit they are not developing the way they should be? All of us want the best for our kids, and sometimes that means asking for help.

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4 Ways to Help Toddlers Push Past Picky Eating

by Marnie Bii November 30th, 2015| Development, Infants/Toddlers
With the terrible twos comes the incredibly frustrating picky eater stage. Your toddler may refuse to even try the smallest bite of food that looks, smells or tastes different from expectations. If you give into this stage, your child may remain a picky eater through adulthood. Thankfully, you can
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For Teens, Music and Movies Still Reign

by Jane Wangersky November 27th, 2015| Entertainment, Teens
It can be a challenge to write about teens and entertainment. It's true I have 11 years’ uninterrupted experience of mothering teens (with the baby turning 13 just before the firstborn turned 20), but it can still be hard to tell the difference between a teen who’s having a
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The Most Valuable Lesson of All

by Gary Hays November 26th, 2015| School, Tweens
The transition from elementary school to middle school is a big step for any child. Gone are the days spent in one single classroom, and there is no more recess on the playground. The transition represents a very important growth step in the normal maturing process. At first, as
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Is Organic Food Really Safer?

by Joe Lawrence November 25th, 2015| Elementary, Safety
Safety of our children is the number one thought parents have. We are constantly reading and learning about new products and those we use every day in order to ensure they are safe. One such safety concern is the food we feed our children.

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Cooking with the Family

by Sam P. November 20th, 2015| Seasonal, Teens
I love cooking with my family.  I think it is such a fun experience and a great bonding opportunity.  Whether it is just baking a batch of cookies with your mom or a full course meal with your stepdad, it is always a fun and loving time.  Even if
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Cooking With Kids – Just the Basics

by Gary Hays November 18th, 2015| Elementary, Seasonal
We all have one thing in common. We like to eat. As young children, most of us never gave a second thought to the preparation time that went into the meals we were served. We just knew that come supper time, our hunger would be appeased with a delicious
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5 Cooking Tasks to Assign to Your Toddler

by Marnie Bii November 16th, 2015| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Toddlers love to be included in the fun of cooking meals and desserts for the family. Cooking teaches your toddler a number of important skills, including counting, measuring and fine motor control. Mixing up meals and desserts can even have an impact on picky eaters. You may notice that
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The Tween Years – Socialization Skills

by Gary Hays November 12th, 2015| Social, Tweens
The tween years are often awkward for a child. On one hand, they are reluctant to leave their childhood behind, while on the other hand they are anxious for their impending teen-hood and all it entails. Girls and boys are beginning to take notice of one another and realizing
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4 Ways To Help Preschoolers Develop Social Skills

by Marnie Bii November 10th, 2015| Preschool, School
The stress of attending school for the first time can cause your normally cheerful and friendly preschooler to unexpectedly lash out at others. At first, you may feel perplexed at hearing your child is having trouble getting along with his or her peers. At this point in life, however,