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Teen’s Perspective on Family Dinners

by Sam P. March 30th, 2020| Seasonal, Teens
I have always considered family dinners a sort of magical thing.  It gives the appearance of being the perfect family and has this wonderful feeling when you're there.  Something about crowding around the table and asking for people to "pass the mashed potatoes" or "toss me a roll" has this

If You Have Nothing Nice to Say

by Michele March 23rd, 2020| Behavior, Tweens
The tween years can be trying. For everyone. As the parent, you may be feeling frustrated with this hormonal, pre-adolescent person, but remember, he or she is feeling that frustration, too. Of course, frustration is not a get out of jail free card for poor behavior.

The key piece of advice
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How to Make Family Dinners Awesome

by Tania Cowling March 16th, 2020| Elementary, Seasonal
Mealtimes should be happy routines for your kids. Remember that pleasant eating experiences are just as important as nutritious foods. At this age, the kiddos are developing their food habits and attitudes – hopefully good ones, although sometimes the dinner table can be a battleground between kids and their parents.
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3 Ways to Bond Over Family Dinner

by Joe Lawrence March 9th, 2020| Preschool, Seasonal
Family dinners are one of the best, if not the best, ways to bond. There is something about sitting down as a collective group that brings us all closer together. However, when you have a preschoolers or toddlers, it does not always feel like “bonding” as much as it does
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Conventional Versus Organic Milk

by Tania Cowling March 2nd, 2020| Care, Infants/Toddlers
Organic has been trending these days especially when we talk about fruits and vegetables – but what about milk? There are several reasons that concerns us about buying milk for our youngsters, and believe me children go through a lot of milk per day. We have to consider the cost,

Age-appropriate Responsibilities for Your Kids Regarding the Family Pet

by Editorial Team February 28th, 2020| Elementary





Many parents struggle to decide when the best time is to get a family pet. Should they wait until their kids are older and better equipped to cope with the responsibility of taking care of an animal? Or should they get

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3 Social Influences for Teen Health

by Jane Wangersky February 24th, 2020| Social, Teens
Getting a teen to live a healthy lifestyle is one more of those things that take a village. It takes more than just parents, anyway -- though your example is a strong influence, your teen is likely too intent on becoming an independent person to let that show. (That’s why
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Family Activities to Keep Your Tween Healthy

by Kimberly Hays February 17th, 2020| Seasonal, Tweens
It can be difficult to get your tween to disconnect from technology and move to get some exercise. Most often, they’d rather play a video game, watch a movie, or chat with friends on social media. Having at least one activity that you do as a family will assure that
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4 Truths to Communicating with Our Children

by Joe Lawrence February 10th, 2020| Communication, Elementary
Communication is the most important part of any relationship. When we communicate well, things run smoothly. When we do not, there is much frustration. Most people would agree with this; however, most of us (me included) are very intentional with making our children better communicators.

We practice communication from the moment
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4 Ways to Help Kids Reach Activity Milestones

by Marnie Bii February 3rd, 2020| Development, Preschool
During the preschool years, the timing of hitting movement milestones tends to spread out across the peer group. Some preschoolers may exhibit a strong ability to run, climb and jump, while others are a bit clumsier. Most kids’ abilities tend to even out upon approaching kindergarten, which is important due
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5 Tips for Creating a Healthy Toddler Schedule

by Marnie Bii January 27th, 2020| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Toddlers of all personality types, from outgoing to reserved, thrive on routine. A stable daily routine helps eliminate constant anxiety from expecting the unexpected. Toddlers are taking in new information a mile a minute, so it is important to keep some areas of life stable and calm. You do not
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Teen’s Perspective on Schedules

by Sam P. January 20th, 2020| Seasonal, Teens
Schedules are everything.  They are so important in my life and many of my friends' lives, simply because they keep us organized.  My friends and I all keep fairly busy schedules, so having a way to lay out our day and what we need to achieve makes it much easier
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