Category: Childcare Advice

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St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts to do with Toddlers

Little kids love all holidays, even if they’re too young to understand the full meaning of these holidays yet. As the adult, you can help them to learn to enjoy every holiday, including St. Patrick’s Day, by teaching them simple and fun arts and crafts projects. 1. Handprint Shamrocks What you will need: -White paper -Green...

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Smarter Children Less Likely to Be Overweight?

Does being smarter keep you thinner? If so, I’m in trouble! A new study draws the conclusion that smarter children are less likely to be overweight. The research looked at 4-year-old children and followed them for two years. The researchers looked for  cognitive factors that would end up preventing obesity. The study showed that children at...

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Preparing Your High Schooler for College

There is a common misconception that preparation for college starts somewhere around Junior year in high school. This is when most students begin studying for and taking their college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. Then they check out schools and start the application process toward the end of the Junior year and over that summer. However,...

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Parenting Now and Then

Now that I am a parent there are so many things I can appreciate about my parents that I just didn’t before. I even find myself using a lot of the same phrases and techniques that my mother did. Things like “Don’t make me come in there!” and “Change that look on your face or it...

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Note or Conference? Communicating With Your Child’s Teacher

In today’s society, it is no longer acceptable for parents/guardians to just walk into a classroom, unannounced and unexpected, to discuss their child’s progress in school. Currently, schools are run more like a business in that before you can see your child’s teacher, you must make an appointment. Not every circumstance requires a parent-teacher conference, though. There are...

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Kid-friendly Holiday Traveling

“Are we there yet?” “Mom, tell Sally to quit looking at me!” “If you kids don’t stop crying I’m going to pull over and give you something to cry about!” “Dad, he hit me!” Ah. Isn’t holiday travel with kids just so much fun? There are a few things we as parents can do to make the...

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Keeping Your Kids Safe on Halloween

If your kids plan to partake in Halloween celebrations this year, here are a few tips to help you allow them to have fun while staying safe. 1. Adult Supervision If you don’t feel that your children are old enough to Trick or Treat on their own, ensure that a reliable and responsible adult you trust...

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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,...