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4 Smart Toddler Climbing Safety Tips

by Marnie Bii September 28th, 2015| Infants/Toddlers, Safety
No matter how hard you try to prevent it, toddlers are going to climb. Even the youngest of the bunch, unable to stand for more than a few seconds on wobbly legs, will quickly learn how to climb over the bars of the crib and flip themselves out in

Science of Parenthood: An Unscientific Review

by Jane Wangersky September 25th, 2015| Product reviews, Teens
This is a book for times when you’re feeling a little (or more than a little) cynical about parenthood, and you’re looking to get a couple laughs out of it, because deriving any other benefits seems out of reach. You could say it’s a quick read -- despite its
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From Tween to Teen – Ensuring a Smooth Transition

by Gary Hays September 24th, 2015| Social, Tweens
Where does the time go? It seems as though only yesterday you were swapping clean diapers for dirty ones and your little bambino was on hands and knees crawling about on the floor. With more and more birthday candles being blown out every year, the teen years are just
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3 Tips for Homework Completion

by Joe Lawrence September 23rd, 2015| Elementary, School
Elementary children are bombarded with commitments and responsibilities at an early age. They are being pulled in many directions with extra-curricular activities and home commitments. Not to mention getting daily homework assignments.

To be completely upfront, I am against 90% of the homework assignments that children receive. For the most
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4 Outdoor Outings for Infants and Toddlers

by Marnie Bii September 21st, 2015| Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers
Infants and toddlers love to explore their world and take in all of the amazing sights around them. No matter where you go, young kids and babies will experience something new that sparks connections and encourages future learning. You will also directly benefit from the time you spend outdoors
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Teen’s Perspective on Libraries

by Sam P. September 18th, 2015| Teen Perspective, Teens

Libraries are great.  I practically live at my local library.  Not only do I volunteer there over the summer, when I have time, I use it quite a lot.  Of course, you can get books at your local library, but there is so

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4 Ways to Inspire Your Tween’s Love of the Library

by Lori Sciame September 17th, 2015| Tweens
A successful school experience. Isn't that what most parents hope for? That each of their children enjoys learning, a trait which ultimately leads to graduation from high school? As a parent, you can assist your tween with being successful in school in many ways, including making regular visits to
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Walking to School – One Neighborhood at a Time

by Gary Hays September 16th, 2015| Elementary, Safety
At one time in the not too distant past, it was not uncommon to see hordes of children wandering through neighborhood streets in search of fun and new adventures. They were everywhere. And if these same children lived within a mile of their school, they walked, or bicycled, or
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Cardboard Boxes: Who Knew?

by Joe Lawrence September 15th, 2015| Entertainment, Preschool
As parents, we are always trying to find new ways to keep our young ones busy. We do not want to simply set them in front of the TV, but sometimes have to just get some things completed. Most of us are missing a big opportunity.

It never fails that
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Teens, Trends, and Back to School: The Good News

by Jane Wangersky September 11th, 2015| Social, Teens
Although schoolwork is the number one worry for teens going back to school (according to a survey by the Nemours Foundation), social issues and appearance come in a close second and third. For teens, the two are closely connected, often more than they should be. Sadly, a
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School, Smartphones and your Special Needs Tween

by C. Finkbeiner September 10th, 2015| Communication, Tweens
Every eleven year old would love for their parents to go out and buy them the latest iPhone so they can take it to school and show everyone how cool it is. The surge of wireless technology has become a major crutch to communication for lots of active adults
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3 Ways to Make Libraries Exciting for Children

by Joe Lawrence September 9th, 2015| Elementary, Entertainment
Libraries are somehow hanging on during the Information Age that we are in nowadays. Just because it is an archaic establishment does not mean we can’t try to make it exciting for our children.

Let’s be honest, libraries are not as useful as they once were 30 years ago. In