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Coping with Teenage Acts of Rebellion

by Editorial Team August 14th, 2018 | Teens
Wondering what your kids will be like when they become teenagers is something that is on the minds of most parents even when their children are infants. Of course, in many ways you hope they never do grow up, but remain as the sweet, innocent youngsters you adore so much. Inevitably though, time passes and the specter of the teenage years looms ever closer. It
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The Terrible Tween Years?

by Michele August 13th, 2018 | 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 the land of in-between. She isn't a little kid, but she isn't a tween. Although she probably has an immense vocabulary, sometimes the tween years may feel similar to the toddler years, especially when it comes to expressing emotions.

Remember when your two year old would throw himself on the floor
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Dealing with Children’s Emotions

by Joe Lawrence August 6th, 2018 | 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 badly and laughed when things were funny. There were not too many time where I saw someone crying for no reason or simply to have a good cry. My wife’s family was the complete opposite. The wind would change directions, and tears were flowing. Apparently, kids are emotional roller coasters.

I
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Parenting Teens: How to Provide the Best Care

by Editorial Team August 1st, 2018 | Teens
Throughout their teenage years, your children are discovering who they are and experiencing things and feelings for the first time, so it’s essential you are there for them during this testing period of their lives. Providing the best care involves being empathetic, willing to compromise, and setting boundaries to keep your teenage children safe. You need to keep your teens well-informed since they have no prior experience of drinking alcohol, experimenting with illegal substances, driving, sex, and romantic relationships. If you’re looking for ways to provide the best care for your teenage children, here are four suggestions for doing exactly
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How to Help Your Child Through Grief

by Editorial Team July 31st, 2018 | Elementary
Grief is something that most people deal with as they go through life. Sometimes, it can affect your children more than anybody else, and this is true especially when a child hasn’t come to terms with death before, as it presents a new situation for them to navigate around. Understandably, this can be a confusing time for children, which is why it’s best to do whatever you can to help them through the grieving process. It can be hard if you are also grieving the same loss, but there
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The Hazard of Heat This Summer

by Tania Cowling July 30th, 2018 | 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 are a few tips for you and your preschoolers.

Dehydration is the number one concern during summer activities. It has no age boundaries and can affect anyone from a newborn to age 100. Preschoolers have the ability to listen to their bodies and realize when they need to quench their thirst.
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Parenting Pre-schoolers: A Guide

by Editorial Team July 26th, 2018 | Preschool
Keeping your home tidy is often an arduous task, but when you throw kids into the mix especially pre-schoolers, it can often be a challenging job that takes patience and consistency to tackle. A tidy home can help everyone relax and feel good about their property, so keeping on
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5 Things to Try for a Zen Mind

by Editorial Team July 25th, 2018 | Helpful Hints
When we think about stress, we often think about the physical facet of it and forget or ignore the mental or emotional parts. But the truth of the matter is that the latter is as important, sometimes even more so when it comes to our wellbeing. You can’t achieve true wellness with just a peak physical condition -- your mind and heart should also feel at ease.

With that being said, here are some things you can do to feel more relaxed and achieve a sense of tranquility.

Gardening

There’s already plenty of scientific evidence that spending time in
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3 Ways to Reduce Stress While Entertaining Your Kids

by Editorial Team July 23rd, 2018 | Elementary

Parents of all ages and experience levels wage a never-ceasing war against stress and anxiety. Given all of the expectations and responsibilities associated with raising a child, it’s no wonder parents often experience high levels of nerves and strain. And that stress extends to the realm of educating and entertaining children. Indeed, even “fun” activities can be fraught with tension. The good news is, savvy parents know how to reduce their stress and provide their children with exciting and reasonable stimulation at the same time. How you ask? Consider one of these three options the next time you’re

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Keeping Your Baby Safe During the Summer Heat

by Tania Cowling July 23rd, 2018 | 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 baby’s skin is thin and delicate, make sure to avoid direct sunlight for extended periods during the sun’s peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and always find shade whenever possible. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies younger than six months should only wear a
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Do’s and Don’ts for Getting Teens to Listen

by Jane Wangersky July 16th, 2018 | 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 a group of teen volunteers with only minimal whispering in the audience, I realized that I knew something about getting teens not to tune out completely. So here are my do’s and don’ts:

  • Do model good listening yourself. The way you do it is the way your teens will find
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Tweens: Water Fun that Doesn’t Tax Parents

by Michele July 9th, 2018 | Seasonal, Tweens
Tweens are at that lovely/awkward stage in childhood. They aren't little enough to want to play in the sprinklers or kiddie pool. They also aren't old enough to drive to the beach or have friends that are old enough to bring them. So, how's a tween to have some water fun? Having experienced these years with my kids, I have a handful of ideas.

First, for some very simple and inexpensive fun, purchase a few water
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6 Fun Ways to Get Your Children Involved with Nature

by Editorial Team July 2nd, 2018 | Elementary
Getting kids outside and immersed in nature is beneficial for a number of reasons. Firstly, being outdoors is known to help boost creativity and wellbeing for a healthy mind, plus it helps them appreciate their natural surroundings and how to take responsibility for the world around them. In schools,
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Beat the Heat With Water

by Tania Cowling July 2nd, 2018 | Elementary, Entertainment
Your kids can quench the “sizzle” of summer with water. So, whether you have a swimming pool, wading pool, or just the garden hose, your kids can spend hours of fun and “beat the heat” this season. These wet and wild activities and games will make your outdoor time a splash hit!

Dry Run Derby
Have the kids line up at the shallow end of the pool, then hand each one a dry sheet of newspaper (or paper towel). On cue, everyone enters the water and starts swimming while holding their papers above the water. The goal is to deliver the driest
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Summer Day Trips That Educate

by Tania Cowling June 25th, 2018 | Preschool, School
During the summer preschoolers love to accompany their parents, grandparents, or sitters on errands. Think about all the teachable moments that accompany a trip to the bank, veterinarian, grocery store, and such. Everyday places provide entertainment and learning. Then, on weekends you and your family may go on an extended day trip to special places that will increase your little learner’s understanding of the world and his/her place in it. Here are a few day trips your child may enjoy.

Animal Hospitals, Shelters and Stores:

Children love animals and it’s time to discuss where a pet goes to stay well just like
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Key Things Every Active Family Needs

by Editorial Team June 20th, 2018 | Elementary
Having a family can be a great experience as well as something that motivates you on a daily basis. It comes with its own unique challenges, but it’s nothing that patience and planning can’t fix most of the time. When managing a family, there are fundamental things you need to ensure everyone is happy, healthy, and growing. Although these needs may be unique to each family, there are some elements such as having
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How to Get Started Swimming With Your Baby

by Tania Cowling June 18th, 2018 | Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Getting your baby into a pool is one of the smartest things a parent can do. It’s never too early to teach swimming, keeping safety in mind of course. Most of my tips below are about taking your little one into a full-size pool with you, but do keep in mind that placing your baby into a kiddie pool in the yard needs as much supervision as the big one. Children can drown even in a small amount of water if unattended.

If you are going
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The Life of a Surrogate Mother

by Editorial Team June 18th, 2018 | Pregnancy
The life of a surrogate mother may not be what you would think. Surrogacy Ukraine is a burgeoning field for many women and I was fortunate enough to speak to one.

Surrogacy Ukraine has become a viable and wonderful option of employment for many women. While pitfalls can exist, progressive laws
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Apartments vs Hotels: Benefits of Apartments While Traveling with Kids.

by Editorial Team June 18th, 2018 | Elementary
The thought of traveling with children can be enough to bring even the savviest parent out in a cold sweat. How do you maintain a routine or keep the children happy without their home comforts, and just where will you all sleep? Often, when booking a holiday, apartments are overlooked in favor of hotels, perhaps because they are just easier to find on an internet search. There are many benefits, however, for choosing an apartment, especially when taking children on holiday. Here are some we've come up with.

Apartments offer traditional comforts of home

Apartments come fully furnished, with everything you need
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Is Older Pregnancy Possible?

Editorial Team June 14th, 2018 | Pregnancy
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Let’s be honest, most women don’t plan on waiting until their late forties or even early fifties to have a child. Life, however, can sometimes throw you a curveball.

When you’ve spent your life advancing a career, searching for Mr. Right, or perhaps struggling with health issues, you may wake up one day and realize your dreams of having a
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