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4 Ways to Help Toddlers Stop Throwing Food

by Marnie Bii December 27th, 2021| Behavior, Infants/Toddlers
Just when you think you are safe to eat your own meal with your toddler eating in a highchair nearby does the food throwing begin. As you quickly grow exasperated by these messy antics, your toddler is likely just starting to really enjoy this new game. You do not have
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Teen’s Perspective: Making it Through the Holidays

by Sam P. December 20th, 2021| Seasonal, Teens
For as much as I love Christmas, I understand it can be very stressful.  All those family visits are fun and loveable at first, but can get a tad annoying very quickly.  Having gone through it for the past seventeen years, I have learned a few tricks on making
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5 Tips on Handling the Holidays: Tweens

by Lori Sciame December 13th, 2021| Seasonal, Tweens
Presents...food...concerts...decorations...religious observances...parties...pageants...and STRESS.  The hype surrounding the holidays begins around November 1, and the frenzy doesn't end until after January 1.  This makes for a LONG holiday season. Adults have experience dealing with the holiday blitz; however, children have a more difficult time handling the pressures surrounding this fun, yet emotionally exhausting, time
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Say Thank You, Dear

by Gary Hays December 6th, 2021| Communication, Elementary
Especially with the holidays upon us, this is the perfect time to reiterate to your child, the value and importance of proper communication. This is a time of family, and if yours is akin to the typical one, you will be spending at least a portion of your time
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5 Rainy (or Snowy) Day Preschool Entertainment Ideas

by Marnie Bii November 29th, 2021| Entertainment, Preschool
As rain showers start to become a daily occurrence, preschooler's boredom levels skyrocket. Without time outside running and playing, most kids this age start to act out and drive everyone up the wall. Luckily, you can introduce a few fun indoor activities into your preschooler's life to drive boredom
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4 Ways to Teach Your Toddler Empathy

by Marnie Bii November 22nd, 2021| Infants/Toddlers, Social
Toddlers are just beginning to realize that their feelings and experiences are separate from everyone else's. As a parent, you must help your child better understand this phenomenon by exploring feelings that people and animals potentially feel in a variety of situations. Through discussions, pretend play and behavior modeling,
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Do We Need A New Approach to Teen Bullying?

by Jane Wangersky November 15th, 2021| Behavior, Teens
There's a backlash going on.

My son, having his first block of the day free, managed not to have to go to the school assembly on cyberbullying. But he came home repeating the negative comments of students who had been there: It was all about “the problem, but no solutions”
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How to Make Cooking Fun: Tweens

by Lori Sciame November 8th, 2021| Tweens
Food, glorious food, hot sausage and mustard!  These words from the musical, Oliver, certainly convey a child's love affair with food.  For children, eating is usually viewed as the fun part, while cooking the meal can seem like drudgery. A good parent knows, however, that children must learn how to
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I Am Not to Be an Entertainer to My Children

by Joe Lawrence November 1st, 2021| Elementary, Entertainment
“How are we going to keep the kids entertained while we <insert scenario here>?” is a question we tend to ask ourselves often. I wonder if our parents cared as much about how to entertain us as we do today. In hindsight, I would say they did not.

It never
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Develop a Child’s Values to Ensure Their Success

by Joe Lawrence October 25th, 2021| Behavior, Preschool
As parents we are constantly trying to discover what the next big thing is. We want our children to be set up for success and to become productive members of society. When it comes to this, our preschoolers and us can learn a lot from the military.

I have been
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Tooth and Gum Care Tips for Infants and Toddlers

by Marnie Bii October 18th, 2021| Care, Infants/Toddlers
Preventative care is key when it comes to dental health. For kids, this means starting dental care as early as possible to give them the best chance at avoiding cavities and other dental problems in the future. Regular tooth and gum care can also make the teething process much
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Talking to Your Teen at Dinner

by Jane Wangersky October 11th, 2021| Communication, Teens
Getting teens to talk is hard, getting a contemporary family together for a sit-down dinner is hard, so why attempt to do both at the same time? Because a few simple (not easy) things you can do will help make it a time for the family to reconnect with
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