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How to Keep Pass-Along Germs Away from Your Child

by Tania Cowling November 5th, 2014| Elementary, Social
Have the back-to-school colds hit your home yet? Contagious illnesses increase during school months and when the seasons change, as we tend to spend more time indoors with the windows closed. Whether at home or at school, young children contract at least five or more colds a year. On
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How to Plan a Birthday Party for a Preschooler

by Margot F. November 4th, 2014| Preschool, Social
Birthday parties for children aged two through five can be lots of fun with a bit of planning. Young children do well with inviting only a few children and keeping things simple. What kinds of activities are suitable for different age groups? Do caregivers need to stay at the
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How to Deal With Your Child’s Fears

by Tania Cowling November 3rd, 2014| Care, Infants/Toddlers
There is more to a child’s fears than just the scary things that happen during Halloween and monsters. What about fear of separation or the fear of animals? With young children scary things can leave a long-lasting impression. So, how do we deal with a child's fears? Remember all
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Three Causes of Behavior Change

by Lori Sciame October 22nd, 2014| Behavior, Elementary
When a child's behavior suddenly changes, it can be a tumultuous time.  A previously sweet, outgoing young boy becomes sullen - barely leaving his room, or a smart, interested girl suddenly seems angry all the time.  What accounts for these sudden changes?  Let's explore three possibilities.

1.  Sexual Abuse

No parent
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How to Empower Your Toddler’s Speech With Words

by Tania Cowling October 20th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Bet you can't wait to hear your child speak? I went through this with my children and now I'm amazed by what my 2-year-old grandchild can convey. Although toddlers may not yet be speaking clearly, he/she is stockpiling words and will one day burst into speech. Here are a
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How to Juggle After School Activities

by Margot F. October 15th, 2014| Elementary, School
With school in session, many parents are interested in signing their child up for extra-curricular activities. Given everyone’s busy schedule, how do parents juggle working, childcare and after school activities?

Organization is important. Children at any age can help manage their own schedules.

In Kindergarten, printing a monthly calendar which is
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Curbing the Whining in Your Preschooler

by T Akery October 14th, 2014| Behavior, Preschool
Whining is one of those things that can make a parent nuts. The high-pitched whine sets nerves on edge and frays tempers rather quickly. Unfortunately, this is one of the stages they go through. In a sense, it is a transitional phase from the temper tantrums. But it can
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Pick an Evening and Bond With Your Kids

by Tania Cowling October 8th, 2014| Elementary, Social
In the past, a family night was a time to share a special meal together, play board games, or just sit around the living room and share each others company. They were one of the best ways for families to bond. Unfortunately, in this hustle-bustle world we live in,
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Preschools Striving to Prevent Childhood Obesity

by Margot F. October 7th, 2014| Preschool, Social
Preschool educators have an excellent opportunity to help prevent childhood obesity. Children ages three to five are excited to learn and in a group environment are more likely to try new things.

The role of preschools in encouraging healthy eating is increasing as parents and caregivers experience tighter time constraints.
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How to Dine at a Restaurant with Your Preschooler

by Michele September 30th, 2014| Preschool, Social
Going to a restaurant with a young child can be a parent's worst nightmare.  The wait!  The menu choices! The other guests! However, it doesn't have to be that way.  I started taking my children to restaurants when they were very young (about one year old), and they were
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Common Behavior Problems Solved

by Lori Sciame September 24th, 2014| Behavior, Elementary
Kids will be kids. They are not perfect beings, ones that always behave; therefore, parents must realize every child will misbehave in school or at home at one time or another.  Yet, if there are constant behavioral problems -- repeated time and time again, it's certainly appropriate to take
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The Best Homemade Books for Babes

by Tania Cowling September 22nd, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
The best books for young children have large, realistic pictures of items the child sees every day. These may help early toddlers who are just beginning to talk to learn new words. And children really enjoy using books made especially for them. They like to help choose the pictures
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