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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
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Allowing Preschoolers to Experience the Consequences of Their Choices

by Joe Lawrence August 30th, 2016| Behavior, Preschool
As parents we want to shield our little ones from every possible danger. We see the things coming down the path and know we can help them avoid this danger or consequence. However, I do not think that we should be doing this for them all the time.

Let’s stop to
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Discipline & Little Ones: Natural Consequences

by Michele August 29th, 2016| Behavior, Infants/Toddlers
As a parent, I believe that discipline needs to start at an early age. Although naughty behavior may seem cute at the age of one, it's easier to manage at its onset than to try and correct it when it's less cute at the age of six or sixteen. Of
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Back to School Shopping for the College Freshman

by Sam P. August 19th, 2016| Seasonal, Teens
Going into your freshman year of college can be stressful; trust me I know, I'm going through it, too.  The first thing on your mind at all times is cost efficiency and "Will I be able to afford that after I pay my fees?" After fees and tuition are paid
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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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