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More Activity = Better Health

by Rosanne Lorraine October 23rd, 2008| Elementary
Being active is an important part of keeping healthy. Physical activity can help people of all ages keep fit, strengthen the immune system, improve concentration, and prevent obesity. Activities can be fun and sociable as well. Research reveals that lack of physical activity can hinder a child's physical, emotional, intellectual,

Bedtime Conversations

by Michele October 22nd, 2008| Elementary
Recently, I wrote about the benefits of eating dinner at a restaurant. The lack of household influences (computers, neighborhood friends, lingering projects) allows for a relaxed environment and from this, good conversation can flow.

There is another location that I find encourages conversation even better, and it is free. That location

The Value of Dinner at a Restaurant

by Michele October 16th, 2008| Elementary
I love to cook and have shared this love with all four of my children. However, there are benefits to the occasional family dinner at a restaurant.

As I enjoy cooking, having someone else make dinner for me isn't really a benefit. But having someone else clear the table and

Interested in Homeschooling?

by Rosanne Lorraine October 15th, 2008| Elementary
It is estimated that between 50,000 and 150,000 children ages 5-16 are educated at home. This number is steadily increasing as parents realize the benefits of homeschooling. Children who are educated at home, either alone or in small groups, can have more individualized attention compared to children in a traditional

Help Your Child Become Disciplined Money-Wise

by Rosanne Lorraine September 23rd, 2008| Elementary
Nowadays, a lot of people are struggling financially because of the downturn in the economy. Consumer spending is curbed because people are saving their money for rainy days. But for moms and dads, the situation can become complicated when they are shopping with the kids. Parents always think twice before

Parenting and Being An Entrepreneur

by TK September 16th, 2008| Elementary
Our sister publication, The Entrepreneur's Bible, has a great article about how parenting is like being part of a start-up. If you are a parent and business person, you may find it an interesting read. It could give you a whole new perspective on your work as a

Is your Child a Chatterbox?

by Rosanne Lorraine September 9th, 2008| Elementary
Parents cannot help their excitement when their child utter his first words. But this excitement turns to annoyance when the child's chatter becomes uncontrollable. Often, speaking louder and more often is a child's way to attract attention, a tactic used by adults as well. You need to realize that this

1.5 Pounds of Memories

by TK September 4th, 2008| Elementary
One of my key underlying principles of parenting is that you need to create memories. These memories can be created at any point and in any venue. That was what was on my mind when I took two of my kids to Cheeburger, Cheeburger. For those who do not know

Zooquarium, West Yarmouth, MA

by Michele September 3rd, 2008| Elementary
During our summer vacation to Chatham, Massachusetts, we had one day with rainy weather. We felt very fortunate to have only one day of rain, as there were 6 children and 4 adults staying in our rental house. We decided that an afternoon visit to the Zooquarium would work for

Know About ADHD

by Rosanne Lorraine September 2nd, 2008| Elementary
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be found in many children and adults. People who have this disorder have a difficult time concentrating in school, at home, or at work. Because of this, kids with ADHD are much more impulsive compared to other kids their age. Later on, this behavior will

Babysitting Activity: Meatballs

by Bea August 28th, 2008| Elementary
I was babysitting about a year ago for a family of two. The daughter was 8 years old while the son was 6 years old. When I arrived at the house, I was surprised to see that their parents had planned for me to make the family's meal for the

A Delicious Family Activity

by Michele August 27th, 2008| Elementary
On this past Sunday, we took a leisurely hike at a nearby lake with two of our children. During the hike we discussed dinner for the night, a new meal we wanted to try. Both kids were excited about this meal and immediately asked to assist with cooking. The kids
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