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5 Feel Good Movies for Teens

by Jane Wangersky January 29th, 2016| Entertainment, Teens
Right about this time of year -- Christmas and New Year are over, it’s still winter, and we’re all back at our everyday tasks -- everyone, especially teens with all their emotional ups and downs, can benefit from taking a break to see a good movie. A feel good movie,
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Tweens and Instagram

by Michele January 28th, 2016| Social, Tweens
If you have a tween who owns a device that runs on the Android or iOS platform, they might have an Instagram account. However, Instagram, like all other social media platforms, has a policy of not allowing children under the age of 13 to use their app.  That being said,
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Too Much Screen Time?

by Joe Lawrence January 27th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
“Kids today are on these electronic devices too much,” said most parents. However, few parents are doing much to change this.

The average child is behind a screen of some sort for two to three hours per day. This equates to a full year before they reach the age of seven.
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3 Entertaining Interactive Songs for Preschoolers

by Marnie Bii January 26th, 2016| Entertainment, Preschool
When you do not have toys, games or other diversions available, a cute song can keep preschoolers busy in a pinch. Silly songs with interactive movements capture their attention fast and keep them entertained for several rounds of singing. You can easily memorize the words, melodies and movements to bring
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5 Awesome Apps for Infants and Toddlers

by Marnie Bii January 25th, 2016| Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers
If you just cannot afford to (yet again!) leave the grocery store or restaurant due to a cranky, crying baby, you may be desperate for a solution that works to quiet your child for just a few more minutes. You may try singing, dancing, holding, feeding or making silly faces,
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Tweens and Hectic Schedules

by Kimberly Hays January 21st, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Tweens can have hectic schedules with school, sports, and other extracurricular activities. They can become totally exhausted, not to mention you, too. Keeping up with our adult work and family is tough enough, but we have to find a balance that works, so that everyone isn’t frazzled and stressed. Follow
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How to Schedule; It’s Elementary

by Michele January 20th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Your child has entered elementary school, and a good portion of her day is consumed by school. This might make scheduling easier than the preschool days that filled only a few hours a couple days a week, or so you thought. However, even though a large portion of her day
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Don’t Rush Through Your Day

by Joe Lawrence January 19th, 2016| Preschool, Seasonal
Time management is one of those things that are a lot easier to say than do. We can plan out an entire day or week; however, it crumbles very early on in the execution phase. Children create this variable that works against the most thought out plan, and all the
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6 Things Teens Need to Know About Winter Driving

by Jane Wangersky January 15th, 2016| Safety, Teens
How are your teen’s winter driving skills? Teenslearntodrive.com notes that with summer break seeming like the natural time for teens to take their road tests, many of them get licenses without ever driving in winter conditions. So maybe it’s time to make sure (in a low key way)
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Gun Safety and Children

by Joe Lawrence January 13th, 2016| Elementary, Safety
Guns are everywhere these days. You can’t go on Facebook or watch the news without hearing about another shooting or someone claiming that there need to be more guns. This is a deeply, rooted issue and one that is near and dear to a lot of people. What should our
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7 Tips for Safe Crafting With Preschoolers

by Marnie Bii January 12th, 2016| Preschool, Safety
Preschoolers are just starting to develop the skills they need to complete complex craft projects. They are learning how to cut paper, apply glue, secure with tape and draw to the best of their abilities. The crafting process should always give kids a chance to hone their skills without exposing
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4 Smart Ways to Follow Safe to Sleep Guidelines

by Marnie Bii January 11th, 2016| Infants/Toddlers, Safety
The Back to Sleep program changed its name to Safe To Sleep several years back, but its message remains the same. All babies need to be placed on their backs for sleep during naps and nighttime hours to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Unfortunately, some babies absolutely
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