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Four-Step Reflection Tool for Preschoolers

by Joe Lawrence January 18th, 2021 | 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
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How to Teach Toddlers About Winter

by Tania Cowling January 11th, 2021 | 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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Teen’s Perspective on Starting the New Year Right

by Sam P. January 4th, 2021 | School, Teens
Now everyone has their own New Year's resolutions, but a great one is to focus on your studies.  Set a reasonable goal, like doing better in your classes than you did last semester, even if your first semester hasn't ended.  Don't make it anything ridiculous; if you got three C's last semester and four B's, try to bring it up to one C and six B's.  You don't have to set some crazy goal like a perfect GPA, just try your best and accomplish a few mini-goals.

A great way to improve your grades with this New Year is to be
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How to Give Back at the Holidays

by Lori Sciame December 28th, 2020 | 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 those overseas in the armed forces.

Why not take some time this holiday season to teach your tween about that joyful feeling that only comes after helping someone in need?

There are literally dozens of ways to help out in the community in which you live.  In addition, there's usually a volunteer
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How to Keep Greed Under Control

by Lori Sciame December 21st, 2020 | 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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Nutrition for children: Guidelines to a healthy and balanced diet

by Editorial Team December 21st, 2020 | Elementary

The nutrition of the children is one of the things that most concern parents. Which nutrients are necessary and in what amounts, are a few of the main questions they formulate to experts. Therefore, in this post, we will provide you with some guidelines to a healthy diet for your kids, considering the ideal nutrition according to their age.

The first thing you should know is that kids need the same nutrients as adults; there is no difference in the type of nutrients they must consume, only

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How to Select the Best Kratom for Pain Relief

by Editorial Team December 16th, 2020 | Helpful Hints

Have you been suffering from chronic pain for some time and you are now wondering about the best alternative to opioid-based medication? Although prescription drugs have proven to be effective, they come with severe side effects, including addition. 
However, it is

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Choosing the Best Tradition for Your Family

by Joe Lawrence December 14th, 2020 | 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 Survival Guide for Parents of Infants

by Marnie Bii December 7th, 2020 | Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Despite wanting to share your bundle of joy with family and friends, the arrival of your infant may tempt you to find an excuse to stay home for the holidays. Traveling and visiting with an infant in tow is a whole lot of work, after all. Thankfully, you can take a few measures that will make your holiday visits stress free. That way, everyone can bond with your sweet new baby while you take some much-needed time for rest and relaxation. Here's how to keep your holiday travels enjoyable for all.

Keep Schedules Calm

For the bulk of the trip, you
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How to Have a Job and a Car While You’re in School

by Sam P. November 30th, 2020 | 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 and manage to juggle their schedule fairly well, but several of them also don't have to pay for their car.

One of my friends pays for almost everything on her car. She did not specifically buy the car, but she pays for half her insurance, inspection, gas, and little things like
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How to Know When Your Daughter Needs Her First Bra

by Editorial Team November 24th, 2020 | Tweens

When is the right time to buy your daughter's first bra? There really isn't a specific age, but there are some signs and situations that might bring the dilemma to the table. Your daughter may be developing and may need support or coverage for her breast, or maybe she just wants to buy her first bra because all her friends are wearing one.

If your daughter is from 9 to 12 years old, you might be going through this moment, whatever the reasons are. You should probably start

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Not Too Early to Think About College

by Lori Sciame November 23rd, 2020 | School, Tweens
As an advisor at a college, I encounter some students who tackle the transition from high school to college with relative ease, as well as those who suffer a multitude of issues, from social to academic.

Reasons for a student's success or lack thereof vary; however, I can state with assurance that those who succeed have most likely had parents/guardians that promote the value of education.  In fact, since they were young children, the successful
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Questions, Questions

by Ronald A. Rowe November 16th, 2020 | Elementary, School
My family and I recently moved to a new part of the country, and with that, there have been many changes. One of the most crucial ones was choosing a new school for our eight year old son. There were many things we were looking for since he came
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3 Ways to Bring Children into the Kitchen

by Joe Lawrence November 9th, 2020 | Preschool, Seasonal
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas is not too far behind. We place so much thought into the gifts we purchase; we lose track of the most important aspect of the holidays…family. One great way to spend time with family is to cook together.

When it comes to fun things to do with my children, my first thoughts do not turn to including my preschooler in the kitchen. In fact, most evenings I am trying to keep her out of the kitchen so I can get dinner on the table before midnight. I often lose track of how
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4 Types of Exercise Even Toddlers Can Enjoy

by Marnie Bii November 2nd, 2020 | Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers
As a parent of young kids, you may feel like you never have enough time for a proper workout. Exercise sessions are more important than ever at this time in your life, however, due to their ability to mitigate stress and keep you healthy. You can adopt new exercise strategies that integrate your toddler's needs and interests to facilitate an acceptable exercise schedule. Here are four exercises your toddler will even enjoy.

Neighborhood Jog

Strap your baby in the jogging stroller and go for a run around the neighborhood to get your blood pumping while keeping your tot entertained. Kids love
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Teen’s Perspective on Fall Entertainment

by Sam P. October 26th, 2020 | Teen Perspective, Teens
Apple picking!  I love apple picking.  Not only is it cheap and fun, but it is exciting for all groups and ages.  It is great for all sorts of things, from a fun date to a group activity; everyone will love it.

The first thing to you should do is look up places near you.  I have a few local farms that I swear by and always go to, but it is always fun to switch it up an try some place new.  Look for
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Playdates for Tweens?

by YPI Editors October 19th, 2020 | Social, Tweens
First of all, we need to start with a quick parenting update- your tween will not want to use the word playdate. Playdates are for little kids. However, don't let terminology confuse you. Your tween very much wants to hang with friends. She just doesn't want you to call it a playdate.

As much as they were in the elementary years, playdates/afternoons spent with friends are crucial in the tween years. This gives your tween time to express himself in the comfort and privacy of a
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Elementary Playdates- A Vital Activity

by YPI Editors October 12th, 2020 | Elementary, Social
The term playdate is a modern term. Even just thirty years ago, children just played with the other children in their neighborhood. Walk down the street, knock on the door, go outside and play, repeat. Sure, it still happens, but more likely than not, playing with a friend involves some
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Preschool Playdates- Let the Fun Begin

by YPI Editors October 5th, 2020 | Preschool, Social
More than likely, by the age of three or four, your child is attending preschool during the week. This time at school is one way that your child can begin socializing with other children her age. However, preschool on its own may not be enough for your child. She may want to spend more time with friends.

By the age of three, I found that my children were excited to play with other children, especially when they had similar interests. Just like us adults, preschoolers don't want to play with someone else just because he's the same age. Let your child
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TV as Family Entertainment: Little Kids

YPI Editors September 28th, 2020 | Entertainment, Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers, Preschool
Let's start with the acknowledgement that there are other screen options besides televisions. Laptops, smartphones, tablets, and more offer screen time entertainment for all ages. However, rather than working with a topic that broad, we've decided to focus on good old television watching for the next two weeks. How can we transform the tv from mindless viewing to a decent form of family entertainment?

We'll get to that in a moment,
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