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Morning Routines: Teens Are Hands Off

by YPI Editors September 21st, 2020| Seasonal, Teens
Ok, the title of this article may not be 100% accurate. Young teens may need some guidance in their morning routines, especially when they start high school and have to learn new times for their routine. However, your goal should be for morning routines to become completely teen-owned.

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TV as Family Entertainment: Tweens

by YPI Editors September 14th, 2020| Entertainment, Tweens
The tween years can become the time when your child wants to be out of the house or with friends on weekend nights. So, those family movie nights you enjoyed during the elementary years may be fewer and further between. Your tween also may be wanting more alone time. There's
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TV as Family Entertainment: Elementary Years

by YPI Editors September 7th, 2020| Elementary, Entertainment
There's something so delightful about the elementary years, although it isn't obvious while you're in the midst of them. Your children are old enough to have a tiny bit of independence, yet they also welcome time with mom and dad. Since they're still young, small things are exciting: a later
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Allowing Preschoolers to Experience the Consequences of Their Choices

by Joe Lawrence August 31st, 2020| 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 24th, 2020| 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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Back to School Shopping for the College Freshman

by Sam P. August 17th, 2020| 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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The Terrible Tween Years?

by Michele August 10th, 2020| Communication, Tweens
Your tween wants to be a teenager so very badly. It seems that the world of a teen is much more exciting- able to go to more places on their own, later bedtimes, driver's licenses, dating. Yes, it is an exciting world. But for now your tween is stuck in
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Dealing with Children’s Emotions

by Joe Lawrence August 3rd, 2020| Communication, Elementary
Ever since becoming a parent, I have learned so much. Some of it was from diligent study; however, most of it was on the fly. Dealing with emotional breakdowns is one those things I learned by winging it.

Growing up, my family was not overly emotional. We cried when something hurt
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The Hazard of Heat This Summer

by Tania Cowling July 27th, 2020| Preschool, Safety
The sun is shining, the temperature is soaring, and you are sweating. This sounds like you have to be indoors in the AC, but not really. With a little common sense and forethought you can be outdoors enjoying your summer and still keep your kids safe from the elements. Here

Keeping Your Baby Safe During the Summer Heat

by Tania Cowling July 20th, 2020| Infants/Toddlers, Safety


The temperatures are soaring, and parents should take care to keep babies healthy and cool during the summer season. We think of summer as fun in the sun, but potential dangers lurk, so here are a few things to think about when out and about during these hot months.

Since a
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Do’s and Don’ts for Getting Teens to Listen

by Jane Wangersky July 13th, 2020| Behavior, Teens
While thinking about this article, I wondered if I really knew anything about getting teens to listen. It’s never easy, and even when you manage to do it you’re usually not sure you’ve succeeded -- at least not until much later. But after giving a mandatory safe environment talk to
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Listening Rules for Tweens with Earbuds or Headphones

by Michele July 6th, 2020| Behavior, Tweens
Earbuds. Headphones. They are everywhere. It's not just a tween problem. Take a walk down any city street, and you'll see a multitude of people walking with either one or both ears hosting an earbud. From shoppers to joggers to executives, a good portion of them have their ears focused
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