Category: Childcare Advice

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Homework Time

When children get home from school, the last thing they want to do is sit down and study. They have just spent seven hours mentally engaged in learning. From reading and writing and math, their ever-growing brains need a break. I have found that when I give my kids a scheduled afterschool homework place and time,...

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Homeschool, Public School, or Private School: Which is Best?

My daughter is only 1 year old, but I’m already pondering what type of schooling we should give her: public school, private school, or home school. Each one has it’s own lists of pros and cons. I’ve been a student at all three types of schools and can speak from experience in this area. Since I...

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Help! My Baby Won’t Sleep!

I recently came from an almost three month time period where my baby girl did not sleep — at all. I’m talking, weeks on end of maybe getting 4 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. It was a nightmare — only I was awake. Night after night I would think, “Surely, she’ll sleep tonight. She’s...

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Healthy After School Snacks

If you have kids, you know they’re undoubtedly starving after a long day at school. Instead of reaching for a bunch of cookies or a bag of potato chips, feed your kids right with healthy after school snacks they are sure to love! Fruit and Dip Both delicious and healthy, fruit is a great after school...

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Getting Your Finicky Eater To Do More Than Pick At Food

If your child is a picky eater, you know what a battleground the dinner table can be. You try coaxing, cajoling, and maybe even threatening to get your child to eat, but nothing works. Frustrated, you end up tossing the contents of the plate into the trash. You know this can’t go on, but what do you...

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Eating Right… by Law!

The federal government is attempting to regulate all snacks sold in vending machines at schools in order to encourage healthy eating among children. We all want to eat right, even if  we don’t. We want children (especially our own children) to eat right, don’t we? If the federal government is going to decide what foods go...

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Clearing the Clutter: Purging Your Children’s Toybox

So, here you are again — another birthday, another load of toys to throw on the ever-increasing pile of toybox clutter in your child’s closet. Any parent knows how easily the amount of toys in their children’s room can get overwhelming and out of control. Between fast food restaurant kids’ meals, birthday parties, and the holidays, is there...

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The Very Real Risks of Sun Exposure for Children

The suns rays are incredibly harmful to the skin and long lengths of exposure can result in the skin looking dry and wrinkled but can cause far more serious side affects such as skin cancer. For adults, exposure is serious enough as experts strongly recommend the need for sun protection but for children the need to...