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Archives for February 2016


Mosquitoes Don’t Just Make You Itch

by Tania Cowling February 29th, 2016| Infants/Toddlers, Safety

There has been a lot of talk about mosquitoes, especially concerning the new Zika virus that has been affecting pregnant women and their babies in the Americas, including cases in the United States. So far the Zika cases here in the


Helping Toddlers Develop a Sense Of Time

by Marnie Bii February 28th, 2016| Development, Infants/Toddlers
For toddlers, every minute seems to last a lifetime. Therefore, the phrase ‘just one more minute’ is a highly dreaded thing to hear. You can help your toddler develop a sense of time, and a lick of patience, by utilizing a few key strategies. This task will keep you incredibly
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Tween Sleepovers- Up All Night?

by Michele February 25th, 2016| Social, Tweens
The tween years, for boys and girls, tend to be filled with weekend sleepovers. At least in our house, they were. On a Friday or Saturday afternoon there was the rush of excitement- which friend to ask, which house to host, what movie to watch. Yes, these are the major
Pinterest candy

Pinterest Is Creating New Social Norms

by Joe Lawrence February 24th, 2016| Elementary, Social
Pinterest is ruining the world. At least that is the feeling many elementary school parents get these days. All of these ideas are actually pushing new social norms, and we need to know when enough is enough.

Recently, my daughter had a Valentine’s Day party at school, and my wife volunteered

Teen’s Perspective on Healthy Living

by Sam P. February 19th, 2016| Seasonal, Teens
One of the key points to a healthy lifestyle that many people forget is hydration.  And it's rather simple to forget, everyone tries to eat healthy, workout, and simply make better life choices when trying to get in shape or simply lead a better lifestyle, but something as simple as drinking
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Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle with Elementary Aged Kids

by Michele February 17th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Ahh. . .elementary school years. They are such a wonderful time of learning. Of course, not all learning is ABCs and 123s. One of the biggest revelations can be the mind-blowing introduction to junk food and mindless TV. Let me explain.

I was fortunate in that I was able to be

A Guide to Responsible Gun Ownership for Parents

by Editorial Team February 17th, 2016| Elementary, Safety
Marksmanship is a hallmark of the U.S. Marine Corps, a military service that considers every Marine a rifleman first and foremost. They have the longest and most rigorous boot camp; they have the most challenging rifle qualification standards. Recruits who don’t meet the minimum rifle standards do not graduate from
Baby peeled carrots in a bowl for a picnic

Getting Kids to Eat Healthy

by Joe Lawrence February 16th, 2016| Preschool

“A carrot by any other name, is a still a vegetable and kids will still refuse to eat it.” This is a slight twist on Shakespeare’s quote, but something most parents with preschool aged children know. What is the deal with children and vegetables?

Never once have I had to plead
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Healthy Lifestyles for Toddlers

by Michele February 15th, 2016| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
I'm sure there are many books and apps that you can buy to guide you, but let me offer you some simple (and free) advice. Teaching your toddler how to live a healthy lifestyle is common sense. Like anything else in parenting, that doesn't mean that it's simple, but the

6 Ways to Communicate with Teens About Health

by Jane Wangersky February 12th, 2016| Communication, Teens
Getting through to your teen about healthy living takes some work. Teens usually hate to be talked at -- and they’re quick to let you see that -- and they may have a feeling that health issues are something that happen to other people, not them. But that doesn’t mean

Casual vs. Proper Grammar & Tweens

by Michele February 11th, 2016| Communication, Tweens
I am a self-declared grammar fanatic. I believe in the proper conjugation of verbs, the correct use of punctuation, and everything else that makes for good writing. However, I also understand that there are exceptions to these rules. As a parent, I believe is my job to help teach my
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Teen’s Perspective on Biting Your Tongue

by Sam P. February 5th, 2016| Behavior, Teens
While we have passed the holiday season and stress levels should be back down, that doesn't necessarily mean we don't get stressed out by people at times.  One may think it is better to air out your problems with a person and talk things out, but often times it is