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Teen’s Perspective on Team Sports

by Sam P. August 2nd, 2021| Teen Perspective, Teens
Team sports are so important, especially in middle school and high school.  It allows your child to become more social and learn how to work together with people.  Team sports also teach your child how to take the blame when something is their fault, but also to learn that
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4 Super Social Activities for Tweens

by Lori Sciame July 26th, 2021| Social, Tweens
Study after study tells parents that children spend too much time on electronic devices.  The ramifications of doing so are many, including decreased social development. This summer, work with your tween to improve his or her social skills by moving away from the computer, and into the real world.
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How to Prevent Sunburns in Children

by Lori Sciame July 19th, 2021| Elementary, Safety
A day at the beach can be blissful...the crashing waves, the cool water, the endless sunshine...what could go wrong?  A parent's first thought may be drowning.  I agree.  Children should be monitored at all times to prevent this from happening; however, another safety issue should be on one's mind:
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How to Protect Your Preschooler From the Sun

by Jessica B. July 12th, 2021| Preschool, Safety
In some ways it can be trickier to protect your preschooler from the sun than your little one, because they have a bit more independence. Here are a few tips to make sure your preschooler takes sun safety seriously so that you can all work together to make sure
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Teddy Bear Picnic For Young Children

by Tania Cowling July 5th, 2021| Infants/Toddlers, Social
Eating a meal al fresco (aka picnic) is fun for all ages. And, your baby or toddler will enjoy eating this new way outdoors amongst their teddy bears, just like in the book The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy. There are quite a few teddy bears at the picnic,
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Teen’s Perspective on Summer Work

by Sam P. June 28th, 2021| School, Teens

My personal opinion on summer work is that we shouldn't have it, but alas, we do.  I think that it is unfair for teachers to give us work to do over the summer while they don't do anything, but we do, so there isn't

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4 Ways to Create a Memorable Vacation

by Lori Sciame June 21st, 2021| Tweens
Family vacations rule!  Why? They provide a much needed break from the daily grind, as there are no deadlines to meet, no school lunches to pack, or no fourth grade science projects to complete.  Even more importantly, they have the power to create positive and lasting memories for your
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No Sweat Olympics: Active Indoor Games for Kids

by Tania Cowling June 14th, 2021| Elementary, Entertainment
Summer weather can often be so hot and humid that no one wants to be very active. These no-sweat active indoor games for kids do not require high-energy output, but are exciting and fun. Living in the south, these activities kept my kids engaged in easy competitive and skill
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Vacations With Preschoolers and Fun for Parents

by Joe Lawrence June 7th, 2021| Preschool, Seasonal
Vacation season is finally here. Summer is just around the corner and many of us have or are starting to make plans for the family. What can you do to make the vacation fun for the whole family?

I noticed that most of our vacation plans have been centered on
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5 Ideas for When You Have to Wait

by Tania Cowling May 31st, 2021| Behavior, Infants/Toddlers
Whether it’s the doctor’s office, a restaurant, the bank, or long lines at the grocery store, there are times of waiting and this is probably very difficult for your young child. There’s a good reason why quiet activities without a lot of movement only last a short while. It’s
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5 Ways Having A Pet Helps A Teen

by Jane Wangersky May 24th, 2021| Social, Teens
When we think of pets being good for our children, we usually think of elementary age kids. After all, they’re at the age when it’s good to start learning responsibility. Teens, not so much. Your teen probably already has a fair amount of responsibilities, maybe sometimes more than they
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3 Ways to Assess Pet Readiness

by Lori Sciame May 17th, 2021| Social, Tweens
Bringing a new pet into the home can be an amazing experience or an awful one, especially when tweens are involved.  While pre-teens may express a desire for a cat or a dog, they simple do not understand the tremendous work that comes along with owning a pet.  When
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