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Erin D's picture
August 26, 2014
Tweens and teens may soon get to hit "snooze" a few more times in the morning. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement this week recommending that middle schools and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later so that teens can get more sleep. The AAP points to a National Sleep Foundation poll that found that almost 60 percent of middle-schoolers and nearly 90 percent of high-schoolers are chronically sleep deprived. (Psst -- do you know how much sleep your child needs based on his age? Check here. Tweens and teens need 8.5 to 9.5 hours a...
Lindsay's picture
August 20, 2014
Am I the only one who gets a little nervous when the first day of school rolls around and suddenly I'm sending my little ones off all by themselves into the unknown? (Ok, that sounds a little dramatic, I know. But still!) If you are like me, it can be a little nerve-wracking watching your child, backpack securely strapped on, get on the bus or walk into school while you stand back and watch. While I know in reality she'll be just fine, knowing she is well-versed on school safety still gives me a little peace of mind. Fom school bus safety to food allergies, these 7 school safety tips...
Erin D's picture
August 7, 2014
As usual, summer has flown by and we're somehow in the back-to-school season! We've rounded up some of the best school clothing trends, new school supplies, healthy lunch ideas, and more so that you can enjoy these precious final weeks of summer. 14 Back-to-School Clothes Trends for 2014 - From maxi skirts and moto jackets to western shirts and gray denim, take a peek at what kids will be rockin' in the hallways this school year. Prepare for some cute first-day-of-school pictures!  Neat New School Supplies for 2014 - We're pretty nerdy about school supplies, and...
Lindsay's picture
July 17, 2014
It's halfway through July which, if you house is anything like mine, probably means one thing — summer boredom has officially set in. Am I right? Although the non-scheduled days of summer are wonderful the first few weeks, now is usually around the time I start frantically looking for something (anything!) to do with the kids that doesn't involved plunking them in front of the television or the computer. So, what's on our schedule this week? Nature activities! The kids and I are getting outside and becoming one with Mother Nature. Care to join us? If you need some ideas,...
Erin D's picture
July 1, 2014
We're thrilled to announce a cool new tool called Book Finder on FamilyEducation.com! You can use it to search for newly released children's books by age, type (picture book, chapter book, poetry collection, etc.), and theme (bedtime story, friendship, nature, and more). Book Finder launched the same week that the American Academy of Pediatrics announced it will recommend reading aloud to babies and young children (see the AAP's new policy statement on literacy promotion here). Studies have shown that literacy is important to kids' overall development, success in school, and...
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June 23, 2014
New research shows that "postpartum depression" isn't always postpartum -- sometimes it begins during pregnancy, or not for several months after giving birth -- and that it can take many forms beyond depression, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, or a combination of different disorders. Many new moms mask mental health issues well and even appear to be fine and thriving. The New York Times recently did a powerful series on our evolving understanding of maternal mental health issues. More women appear to be affected by postpartum depression or some form maternal mental...
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June 11, 2014
Are your kids done with school yet, or do they have a few more days/weeks left? Either way, if you're anything like us, you're already looking forward to the long, lazy days of summer vacation. Until, that is, the long lazy days of summer vacation start to make you a little stir-crazy and you're desperate for something (anything!) to do.   Fear not! We've got tons of indoor and outdoor activities for when the dog days become doggone boring. 11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom Printable Summer Fun To-Do List 10 Best Backyard Science Experiments to Try this Summer 2014...
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June 6, 2014
Oh, dads! Most of them claim they don't want a big fuss over Father's Day... but they secretly love the extra hugs, sweet gifts, and proud papa moments. So here are 10 no-fuss-yet-special ideas to make Dad's day! Top 10 Fun Ways to Spend Father's Day As a Family Father's Day Crafts Kids Can Make 9 Awesome Printable Cards for Father's Day Top 10 Classic Father's Day Gift Ideas Great Gift Ideas for Dad's First Father's Day Printable Promise Notes for Dad on Father's Day Printable "Greatest Dad" Certificate Top 10 Backyard Games to Play on...
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May 22, 2014
Have today's kids become "bullies" toward their parents -- spoiled little manipulators who are mean (or violent) unless they get their way? "Bully" is a pretty loaded word these days, and it seems odd to apply it to a preschooler or young child, but we all know some kids who basically fit the definition: constant ruffians (toward Mom and Dad) who have seized all the power in a relationship. That's why this new TIME article called "How Children Have Become Their Parents' Bullies" caught my eye. We've all seen it: The kid who has mastered the art of...
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May 15, 2014
Move over Jacob! Noah is now top dog among baby boy names. The Social Security Administration just came out with the new list of top baby boy and girl names in the U.S. for 2014 (based on 2013 births), and Jacob -- which was the #1 name for boys from 1999-2013 -- dropped down to second rank in popularity. Meanwhile, Sophia continued its hot streak, staying put in the top spot, where it's been since 2011. It's interesting to look at today's baby name trends and top 100 lists, and compare them with baby name trends of a bygone era. In past centuries and decades, a smaller number of...