Are you concerned that your teenage son or daughter is drinking too many energy drinks? Between 30% and 50% of young adults say that they regularly consume these high-caffeine, high-sugar beverages. With health effects of energy drinks ranging from heart palpitations to dental decay, parents need sensible strategies to help their teens cut back. Help […]
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When your preschooler learns to talk, you’ll be able to enjoy a proper conversation with him. But he may expect that conversation to carry on all day, even when he can see you’re busy. In fact, the busier you are, the more he’ll bombard you with questions and observations — probably the same ones, repeatedly […]
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Childhood is messy, sticky, and gooey, but we wouldn’t want it any other way. The time you have with your kids is short, and crying over spilled milk, gum in the hair, or even the dog’s unplanned haircut takes away from the enjoyment of this short season in life. Here are a few life hacks […]
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Money is an essential part of life, and it’s never too early to teach your children its value and the importance of saving, so they will be equipped to spend sensibly when they grow up. Learning the principles of responsible handling of money should give them many opportunities for advancement when they are older, which […]
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Fruits and vegetables are ideal snacks for little ones. They’re packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and also contain useful amounts of minerals and trace elements. They also tend to be low in calories, protein and fat, which are all key components to support your toddler’s growth and development. Fruits and vegetables should feature at all […]
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If you have kids, you have probably tripped over a skateboard or stepped on a block a time of two. When those household incidents happen, you vow that you will finally get organized and that you will insist that your offspring put their toys back where they came from. Unfortunately, that resolve tends to dissipate over […]
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You may wonder why family disaster preparedness is important, especially if you don’t live in a hurricane- or tornado-prone area. While there are many reasons, three stand out from the rest. First, your family might not be together at the time of a disaster, or you may become separated during the crisis. It is important […]
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It’s probably no secret that children who have involved parents are more happy, healthy, and well-adjusted and excel at their educational and extracurricular pursuits. It can increase their cognitive development, keeps them motivated, strengthens the parent-child relationship, and has a direct positive influence on their overall academic achievement. In turn, it can also help parents […]
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Thumb sucking is a concern many parents have. Toddlers suck their thumbs because it’s comforting and calming. It’s probably something they did before they were born and revert back to it when they are nervous, agitated, scared or ill. They may also use it to lull themselves back to sleep in the middle of the […]
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It can be very frustrating to ask your child over and over again to complete their chores without them ever getting done. If this describes your house to a tee, consider designing a chore chart. Chores might include taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, cleaning their room, yard work or putting laundry in […]
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Toddlers can be fussy eaters who refuse to try a new food at least half of the time. Approximately half of all toddlers fit this description, so it is no wonder that food issues are a source of stress for parents. Establishing healthy eating patterns is important to avoid problems such as obesity and eating disorders […]
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Your child’s showing all the signs of being ready to potty train. That’s great! But now where do you start? Explain to your toddler that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk with them about the toilet, a special place where they can potty just like the […]
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Disciplining a young child using the time out method can be very effective, and will work with children as young as 18-24 months old. By using this method of discipline, parents are giving the child time to sit quietly and alone after misbehaving without becoming angry or agitated with the child. Designate an appropriate area […]
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Marriage almost always brings two completely different people together. Unsurprisingly, conflicts can happen, but implementing small, simple steps can help strengthen your marriage. These tips will help you to promote a happy, healthy marriage. 1. Learn to deal with problems Challenges arise in the happiest marriages, and disagreements can strain relationships. Learn to handle problems […]
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By Gail Fero Children of all ages need boundaries, but teens need them most of all. Though it’s tempting, and may seem logical, to give your teen fewer restrictions, this will create more problems further down the line for them and for you. Teenagers are still not adults yet, and though it is […]
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From birth to age 2, your child will display traits that seem simple on the surface yet, for some reason, amaze you and fill you with a sense of pride. This is normal. Otherwise, the field of developmental psychology wouldn’t be so interested in understanding how these mental and behavioral changes take place. Though the […]
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Once your young child begins attending preschool, he or she will begin to ask to do some of their favorite activities at home. Here are a few of the most common types of preschool activities that engage children’s interest and helps them to learn new skills. Collecting Souvenirs A simple walk around the block […]
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The economy may finally be on the road to recovery, but a lot of people are still feeling the squeeze. Sadly, one of the first things that gets dropped from a family budget is vacations. This is understandable, as they tend to be expensive and short-term. But it is also unfortunate because they are some […]
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Have you ever thought about your child’s future and said something like, “I don’t mind if they’re never rich and famous so long as they’re happy”? Some parents want their children to feel good about themselves first; some adults will teach their children that self-worth comes from reaching goals. In fact, a good sense […]
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Young children often cannot communicate when they have been hurt, but there are physical cues parents can look for in their children. Here are some common types of injuries and signs that a child may need emergency medical care. Head injuries Parents should seek medical attention immediately if a child seems much more cranky than […]
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If you’ve ever watched Toddlers & Tiaras on The Learning Channel, you’ve probably seen some the horrendous behavior displayed by parents and children in the world of children’s pageants. If you think the antics of these parents and kids who frequent the pageant arena is a rarity, however, think again. In general, child pageants bring […]
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You might think listening is an automatic response, and it’s true it can be hard to shut out the noise of the world around you, but effective listening is about processing the sounds and responding appropriately to the cues. Effective listening is an essential skill for learning and it’s something you can help your child […]
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Teaching children responsibility is one of the jobs you have as a parent. It’s daunting to think about but necessary. Many adults don’t understand responsibility, not for themselves, their finances or for anyone else. But teaching your child about accountability doesn’t have to be impossible. It doesn’t even have to be hard. Children who grow […]
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In the modern world of games consoles and interactive toys, it’s easy to overlook the importance of outdoor play. It’s a big world outside of the classroom, and playing outdoors has a lot of offer. With the current trend of rising obesity rates in children, it has never been more important to teach young children […]
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It’s finally here! Celebrate Spring with your kids with these five family activities. 1. Take the time to enjoy the outside and have fun at the same time. Let your inner child out as you and your children blow bubbles with home-made bubble solution. Hereís how you make it: Put º cup of corn syrup […]
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With recent stories in the news about ex-football players succumbing to dementia and suicide, brain damage from playing football over a period of years has come into the public eye. For years, the NFL denied that players were sustaining brain injuries from the game, but autopsies on the brains of a number of players clearly […]
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It’s generally accepted that you wait until you baby is around six months old before you try to give them solid foods. Babies should only be given milk for the first six months and then at around six months old, they should naturally develop a desire to eat solid food. Before this point, your child’s […]
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When teens begin to drive, the event signals another step toward independence. It can also be a time of great stress for parents. The common hazards of driving, combined with normal teen immaturity, can make the early driving years a time of constant concern and worry for the child’s well-being. Parents can take an active […]
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Every preschooler looks forward to snack time! While the convenience of packaged, processed snack foods is tempting, these junk food choices are generally loaded with empty calories. To boost your child’s energy level in between meals and to encourage healthy eating habits from a young age, try out some of these fun, homemade treats. 1. […]
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Children don’t always behave; in fact, it takes time to learn the social rules for different situations. Parents play a key role in helping their child navigate their way through the often unspoken rules about how to behave towards others. Research has shown there are certain conditions that need to be in place for a […]
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A new study conducted by researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) has found that low-income families with children that have special healthcare needs have a high likelihood of food insecurity. This is the case even when they receive aid such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]
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The definition of humanity is the state of being human; more specifically, of being kind to others. When we think of humanity, we think of marches or movements or platforms that further the case of equality. These have been a great way to bring attention to issues and be a catalyst for change. But what […]
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Just about everyone keeps a tabletop game or two on hand for those rainy days at the cabin or a game night with the kids. But if that ancient Monopoly set finally had to be retired, and no one wants to play Scrabble this weekend, consider livening things up a bit with one of these […]
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As youngsters, many of us were admonished to sit up straight at the dinner table, put our napkins in our laps, and not play with our food. However, in this day and age, playing with food may be a good way to encourage children to eat the vegetables they used to push to the sides […]
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You’ve supported your child for over a decade and he’s fast heading for his teenage years. What can you expect in the last year before teenhood and how can you help your son through it? Physically, your son is growing quickly and may gain up to 4 inches in height this year; this might make […]
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Your daughter is facing some huge changes in her life: a new school, approaching teenhood and a body that’s changing in ways that may feel scary can make life challenging for her. She still needs your support and, though it’s trickier to help her, it’s worth all the effort. Physically, your daughter is fast approaching […]
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Whether you are a first-time parent or a more experienced one, the toddler years are sure to be a time of excitement. Those helpless baby days are long gone, and now your toddler is up and moving around the house. The amount of energy your child has seems almost supernatural at times, and you may […]
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