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How Gadgets and Digital Screens Are Harming Your Child

The amount of time children spend watching digital screens is worrying. Children don’t seem to get tired of watching TV or playing with the iPad. This obsession with gadgets is a matter of concern, but the immediate worry is about its adverse impact on their vision. Why gadgets and kids don’t mix well Kids use […]

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4 School Bus Safety Lessons for Kids

  School bus safety has been at the forefront of the news lately.  Despite the recent media attention, school buses are actually a relatively safe mode of transportation. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, less than 0.5% of all automobile accidents since 2003 have involved school buses.  Still, it never hurts to remind your […]

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How to Help Your Teen Prepare for the SATs or ACTs

While some colleges no longer require SAT or ACT scores for admission, most college-bound students will need to take at least one of these tests. For some students, the idea that one test could make such a difference in their lives can be intimidating. If you have a high school-age child, there are several things […]

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6 Things Parents Need to Know About Teenagers and Drugs

  Every teenager goes through a critical period in their teens when they discover drugs. Some ignore the temptation, some try drugs and move on, and some get hooked to the extent of ruining their lives. You cannot predict how your child will turn out, so the safest option is to manage the risk from […]

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5 Things Parents Need to Know About Bullying

Sadly, young people today are facing what seems to be an increasing amount of bullying – and not just on playgrounds or in their neighborhoods. Aggression and violence are taking place on the internet and in the classroom, too. Many are appalled at the number of times they read about such incidents, but some are unaware […]

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5 Healthy Homework Habits Recommended by Teachers

Teachers know that the best time to develop healthy homework habits for your family is before homework becomes a problem.  Parents who approach their children’s homework without a clear strategy are asking for problems down the road when school gets hard.  You see, students who haven’t developed effective homework habits tend to lack the motivation […]

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How to Raise a Happy Teenager

  Teen depression is a serious problem in America, with an estimated 20% of adolescents suffering depression at some stage. Changing hormones make life tough enough without the added pressures often caused by social media and modern advertising. Here are some ways to make sure your teen is happy and educated in the information age. […]

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Empathy: Teaching Kids to Value Others

Empathy is one of those strange qualities – something almost everyone wants, but few know how to truly give or receive it. In a world where self-gratification is emphasized, it is in short supply but high demand. This is all the more reason to teach the next generation what it means to have empathy for […]

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10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe Online

  by Kari Ann Fallon While it may seem harmless, the Internet poses plenty of financial and security dangers to the average family. 1. Watermark photos of your family. Watermarking photographs keeps them secure. If someone wants to steal photos from you, it will be harder if you have a personal watermark covering the photo. If […]

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6 Sneaky Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

  by beconrad Getting kids to eat healthy can be an exercise in frustration and the source of much family discord. Many kids are picky eaters to begin with and simply plopping them down in front of a plate of broccoli is unlikely to turn them into vegetable fans. If you want your kids to […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Your Child’s Report Card

Twenty-first-century report cards look nothing like their twentieth-century predecessors. Sometimes it feels like you need a master’s degree in education just to decipher all the eduspeak in the comments section (not to mention schools that have moved away from using traditional letter grades). How are “adequate” skills different than “competent skills”? What does it mean […]

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Get Moving!  Toddler Activities to Encourage Physical Development

There are countless activities to keep a toddler happy and occupied on a rainy day.  The challenge is uncovering the ones that help develop their little minds and bodies–especially the projects and games that require neither money to obtain nor lots of time to prepare. These fun pastimes get children from 18 months to 3+ […]

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