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Saving Options for Children in the UK: Junior ISAs and SIPPs

by Editorial Team January 21st, 2019 | Elementary

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Many parents in the UK have a desire to save money for their children, but their ability to do so varies greatly. According to a recent survey, the average savings per child is £561 per year, adding up to less than £10,100 by the time a child turns 18. While this

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Too Much Screen Time?

by Joe Lawrence January 21st, 2019 | Elementary, Entertainment
“Kids today are on these electronic devices too much,” said most parents. However, few parents are doing much to change this.

The average child is behind a screen of some sort for two to three hours per day. This equates to a full year before they reach the age of seven. Admittedly, I am not one to shy away from letting the kids enjoy a show or play around on the iPad. Although, my wife and I have been limiting their time on electronic devices this past year, we still let them play.

I am a huge fan of electronic devices like
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Four-Step Reflection Tool for Preschoolers

by Joe Lawrence January 14th, 2019 | Preschool, School
I am a huge fan of challenging what I am taught. I truly believe that there is more than one way to skin a cat. This was a thought I carried all through school, college, and into my professional life. It is something I want to pass on to my children, but how do you that for a preschooler?

Nothing frustrated more in school than the teacher telling me I got the answer correct, but the process was wrong. I never understood this or liked it and often rebelled. I do not want to turn my five-year old princess into
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Creating a Home for Your New Family

by Editorial Team January 11th, 2019 | Infants/Toddlers

You've decided it's time to start a family or maybe you've learned that your expecting, the next item on your list may be finding the perfect home in which to raise your family. If this is your first home, you may be experiencing sticker shock, as you see just how much it will cost to have your own place.

Don't panic! There are many options. First, you could stay in the place you're renting. Many a family has been raised in a rented home or apartment. There's no saying

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How to Teach Toddlers About Winter

by Tania Cowling January 7th, 2019 | Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
To young children, there is no big difference between reality and fantasy. Toddlers believe everything they see, touch, and hear. They basically learn by their senses and experience. So, how do you teach toddlers about the winter season?

The first snowfall of the season deserves to be celebrated. For many children, this is the first snow in their memory. So, make time to take your little one outdoors to experience the snow (if it isn’t too cold), or get a front row seat by a large window if the conditions are bad. Think of activities that help toddlers explore the
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How to Tell Someone You Want to Exchange a Gift

by Sam P. December 31st, 2018 | Communication, Teen Perspective, Teens
Christmas is a wonderful time of family gatherings and gift giving, but what do you do when the present your dear grandmother gave you is a sweater you can never imagine yourself wearing?  You don't want to hurt her feelings, but you also don't want to have the sweater go to waste and just sit in your closet for a year until you finally "outgrow it" and tell your mom to give it to charity.  This scenario happens all the time during the Christmas season, and the best thing to do is just tell dear old granny the truth.

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How to Give Back at the Holidays

by Lori Sciame December 17th, 2018 | Tweens
The holiday season offers lots of opportunities to teach tweens about the concept of giving back.  Sample volunteer positions include: ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, collecting food for the local food pantry, assisting at a soup kitchen, buying toys for economically disadvantaged children, and writing letters to
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How to Keep Greed Under Control

by Lori Sciame December 10th, 2018 | Elementary
The holidays are a time of joy and giving, a time for love and family.  Unfortunately, however, for elementary age children, the holidays can also be a time of greed.  If parents are not careful, children this age can succumb to the mantra, "I want more!"  We've all seen it before.  There's the child who opens gifts so fast that he or she doesn't even know what's inside the package.  All that's important...another gift!  As the pile of torn wrapping paper and bows grows, so does the need for just one more present.

Don't let this happen to your elementary
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Choosing the Best Tradition for Your Family

by Joe Lawrence December 3rd, 2018 | Preschool, Seasonal
Handling the holidays is always full of excitement. Most of the time it is filled with fun things to do and meaningful traditions; however, when you have a preschooler there is no telling what will come next. The real excitement is surviving the season sometimes.

My wife is a very creative woman and always coming up with some new thing to do each year. The kids almost always enjoy this new event; we do not always enjoy the prep work that goes into them. Where do you draw the line?

We fall back to our parental priorities. We want our children
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Holiday Tips for Curious Babies and Toddlers

by Tania Cowling November 26th, 2018 | Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
The holiday season is upon us and we are busy decorating the house and getting into the spirit. Please, don’t forget the babies and toddlers – they want to feel the joy too! Here are some tips to make your youngest of children happy during the holidays.

First, let’s think of safety. Babies and toddlers are curious beings. Thus, when you put up a Christmas tree or set out the menorah, they can’t wait to head over to these new objects to touch and taste. Think about how you can childproof your home during the holiday season. The first year
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How You Can Help Your Kids Grow Up to Be Healthy

by Editorial Team November 23rd, 2018 | Elementary
Kids, especially when they are smaller, need guidance from their parents. It is up to you to steer them on a path where they grow up to be healthy and responsible adults. However, there is more to consider than only the education component.

Parents must lead by example in everything that they do, and this includes the everyday diet and exercise routines. Still, the guidance shouldn’t stop when kids reach college years, or even when they are older. Family members and loved ones must continue to support and encourage one another, and especially help each other in times of need.

Teaching Health
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The Importance of Staying Healthy When You Are a Parent with a Sick Child

by Editorial Team November 19th, 2018 | Elementary
Children get sick all the time, but as any parent can tell you, there is a huge difference between staying at home for a fever and being in the hospital for a life-threatening disease. It shouldn’t happen, but it can, and when it happens to you it will seem like life has completely turned upside down. You don’t have experience in how to care for a sick child, and though that doesn’t mean you won’t
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How to Have a Job and a Car While You’re in School

by Sam P. November 19th, 2018 | Teen Perspective, Teens
Being a teenager without funding can be quite a difficult task. For starters, if your parents make you pay for your car, gas, insurance, and so on and so forth if you don't have a job you don't have a car. Many of my friends have cars and jobs
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7 Ways to Help Your Child Through Their Teenage Years

by Editorial Team November 15th, 2018 | Teens
One of the most fun and also confusing times in a child’s life is their teenage years. It’s a mix between trying to gain some independence and also figuring out who you are as a person.

Everyone knows it’s a challenging stage, one which takes true willpower and perseverance to get through it in one piece, both from a child’s and a parent’s perspective. As the adult of the household, be glad to know there are ways for how you can help your child make it through their teenage years. It’s important to keep trying your best and focus on all
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3 Ways to Travel Stress-Free with Kids

by Editorial Team November 13th, 2018 | Preschool
Question – once you’ve packed up the kids, driven them to the airport and hauled them out of the car, what do you have?

Answer – a major migraine and many more steps to take before you reach your destination.

Taking your little terrors anywhere can trigger parental traumas akin to the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan. This is your D Day, your Battle of Normandy – and all you wanted was a simple holiday.

That’s right, this is an article about ferrying your kids from one location to the other with as minimal stress as possible.

If you’re heading on a winter
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How to Raise Your Child to Be a Responsible Adult

by Editorial Team November 12th, 2018 | Elementary
Every parent wants their child to be responsible when they get older, and you also think that other children should also be raised in the same way. So how do you raise your child in a way that allows them to understand the importance of being responsible? Here are some tips that you can use to help you teach your children to be the responsible adult they need to be.

Teach them to Clean Up Their Mess

Although you might think that most children are taught to
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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Work as a Team

by YPI Editors November 12th, 2018 | Elementary, Preschool, School, School, School, School, Teens, Tweens
It's the day of parent-teacher conferences. You arrive a few minutes early and are waiting in the hallway for your turn. You enter the room calm and ready to chat. (If you didn't do both of these things, be sure to read Tuesday's article filled with helpful hints.) What should you do once the conference begins?

As we mentioned in the previous article, if you have specific concerns or questions, you should mention them at the start of the meeting, so that they are
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Top Tips for Stressed-Out Parents This Holiday Season

by Editorial Team November 8th, 2018 | Elementary
The holiday season is almost upon us and the thought of preparing for the big day may leave you feeling slightly stressed and anxious, especially if you haven’t yet got any plans in the pipeline. This year, why not try and cut the ‘crazy’ out of Christmas and aim to
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How to Deal with Teenage Years

by Editorial Team November 7th, 2018 | Teens
As your children grow up, you may start to see that they become more aware of their social surroundings and of their peers. As they enter their teenage years, the need to be accepted by their peer's increases while their dependence upon their parents becomes less so. However, while many teenagers get through this period, there are some that suffer more from pressure and from a desperate need to fit in. As parents, this can often lead you to wonder what to do for the best. Here are some tips on how you can help support your teenage children.

Keeping Your
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8 Tips for Helping Your Kid with Homework

Editorial Team November 5th, 2018 | Elementary, Teens, Tweens
Having children changes the dynamic of your life. You have many more responsibilities and you often find that you end up taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting things from your childhood. One of the things that you’re likely to revisit is homework. In these moments, you may find it challenging to remember all of the English, science, or math knowledge you acquired over the years. Helping your kids
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