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Managing Stress: Tips for a Stress Free September

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Back to School is not for the faint of heart. Between PTA meetings, orientations, class breakfasts, and curriculum nights (of course multiplied by the number of children you have), how is a parent supposed to get anything else done? And that doesn’t take into account the scheduling and preparing that…

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Back to School Preparation When Your Child Has Special Needs

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When your child has special needs, back to school preparation can be stressful for both of you. It may take a little more work, but adding a few extra steps to your back to school routine can pay off greatly in the long run. Try these techniques to get the…

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Education: Ways To Prepare Your Child For School

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School can be a very hard time for children. After spending a long summer with family and friends, the transition back to school can be tough. Going to a new school or starting a new schedule can make your child hesitant. Prepping your child for the school year is a…

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Free Resources for Parents for Learning Issues and Attention Issues

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When you are parenting a child with learning issues or attention issues it can feel scary. And very lonely. And even if you are able to identify learning challenges for your child, it can be hard to get the help you need. And support for both you and your…

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Teaching Children to Recognize Emotions With Art

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The key to teaching children to recognize emotions is by getting hands on and involving them in the teaching and learning process (like in this post on learning to identify emotions with cupcakes). Using art is another great way to do just that! Why Is Teaching Children to Recognize…

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17 Graduation Ideas: Food, Gifts, and Party Themes

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It's that time of year when families across the nation are celebrating the graduation of their kids! Whether they are graduating from high school or preschool, acknowledging students for their accomplishments is very important. Here are a few graduation ideas to help you can make your child's graduation memorable. Graduation…

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4 Things Every High School Graduate Should Do This Summer

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High School is over and your graduate is probably going on senior trips and relaxing for the summer. Did they really graduate? Where did that time go? It seems like yesterday you were helping them with their homework and teaching them how to drive. I've thought a lot about this…

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5 Top Tips for Teaching Kids about Healthy Eating

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Summer is an ideal time to teach children about health and wellness—between the unlimited outdoor activities, longer hours of sunlight, and bounties of fruits and veggies at your disposal, this is a great time of year to create healthy eating regimens before the back-to-school cafeteria foods and busy days

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Kids’ Bikes: How to Keep Safe While Riding Bikes

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Bike rides are a great activity for the family and a great form of exercise. Be sure to keep your kids safe while riding by taking these necessary precautions. How to Keep Safe While Riding Bikes

Wear Helmets

Make sure your kids have a helmet that fits snug around…

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Encouraging Active Play: 10 Ways to Get Your Child Moving

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Active play is defined as any type of physical activity that children do which involves moderate to high bursts of energy, thereby raising their heart rate. Research shows that encouraging active play in children helps boost mental development and resistance to infections, among other benefits. Below are 10 ways of…

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