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Archives for August 2016


Guiding Behavior With Natural Consequences

by Tania Cowling August 31st, 2016| Behavior, Elementary
As your child’s main teacher, you are a guide helping your youngster develop self-discipline. You must think about goals for your child’s behavior. For me, I wanted my children to make good decisions and be respectful for the feelings of others. I wanted them to learn and continue to use

Five Facts Your Teen May Not Know About Bike Safety

by Jane Wangersky August 26th, 2016| Safety, Teens
Parents may breathe a sigh of relief when their teens decide to bike somewhere instead of driving -- after all, it’s healthier, it doesn’t use up gasoline, and teens probably have a lot more experience with it. You’ve probably made sure they know basic bike safety and traffic rules. But

Tweens: Get Them Biking

by Michele August 25th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Perhaps the title of this article should be, "How to Get Them Biking?" Many kids enjoy biking when they are elementary aged. It gives them a small amount of independence whether it is riding up and down the driveway, to the end of the street and back, or all the

Biking Safety for Kids

by Joe Lawrence August 24th, 2016| Elementary, Safety
“Stack up one more box, I know I can jump higher than you!” This is something I remember saying often behind the plaza where we used to ride our bikes at as a child. Safety was the last thing on our minds as we had our own version of the

Preschoolers Riding Bicycles: Tips for Parents

by Tania Cowling August 23rd, 2016| Preschool, Safety
Has your preschooler transitioned from training wheels to traditional bicycle riding? While bike riding is a healthy activity, it does hold risks. Unfortunately, too many children end up in the emergency room due to bicycle related injuries. Safety is a priority and parents should heed this advice by the U.S.

Biking with Infants & Toddlers

by Michele August 22nd, 2016| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
With a little one, aged two or younger, you obviously know that she can't pedal her own bike, or at least well enough to keep up with a family bike ride. However, at what age can you bring your infant or toddler along as a passenger? Based on research from
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How to Talk to Your Child About the Death of a Loved One

by Editorial Team August 22nd, 2016| Elementary
Experiencing the death of a loved one is extremely difficult for everyone, but it can be especially confusing and scary for a child who does not fully understand what death is, and who does not understand where their loved one went. Talking to your child about the death of a

Back to School Shopping, Tween-Style

by Michele August 18th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
During the tween years you may see an evolution in back to school prep. As you enter the tween years, your tween may be reminding you about the new outfit he needs for the first day of school. But as your tween gets closer to the teen years, he may
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It’s Time for Back to School Shopping

by Tania Cowling August 17th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Have you ever experienced a “before-school-starts” nightmare to try and find the “coolest” clothes or the most efficient tablet? I have. Hopefully some of these “I've been there” tips will help get your school shopping done somewhat stress-free. It’s all about the planning.

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Preschool Back-to-School Shopping Like a Pro

by Joe Lawrence August 16th, 2016| Preschool, Seasonal
Back to school shopping was one of my favorite times each year. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but my big sister would take me and we would stretch out every dollar. I am very excited to see my wife take my kids shopping for supplies and

Back to Daycare: Are You Ready?

by Tania Cowling August 15th, 2016| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
As the school bells ring for most children, so does daycare for the younger set. Your child may attend daycare year ‘round, or only during the school year, but in any regard there are necessary items that babies and toddlers need. So, as you transition from home to school, packing

How and Why Is Your Teen Changing How They Communicate?

by Jane Wangersky August 12th, 2016| Communication, Teens
As your tween grows into a teen, you may find it harder to decode what they’re feeling at times. Other times, it will seem all too clear -- but does your teen really mean all the overblown things they may be saying?

Here are three ways kids’ communicating their feelings to