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Erin D's picture
September 30, 2014
October is Nationall Bullying Prevention Month, and we've complied a list of great children's books that help teach kids about bullying, teasing, and empathy.  Reading stories about bullying can help children learn to identify it and protect themselves, their friends, and their peers. Books geared toward younger children encourage them to stand up for each other and get help from a teacher or other trusted adult when they experience or witness bullying. And books for older kids help them learn about the different ways that boys and girls tend to use bullying -- even to hurt...
Lindsay's picture
September 15, 2014
Dave Brady writes about budgeting, money management, and family activities. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 68% of Americans do not currently use a budget to help manage their finances. If you want to maximize the effectiveness of your income, stay out of credit card debt, and build a strong retirement portfolio, you've got to know how much money is coming in each month, and how much is going out. Of course, committing to a budget and actually creating one that works are two very different things. Here are six tips to get you started down the road to financial responsibility. 1. Create...
Lindsay's picture
September 10, 2014
Ahhhh, pumping breastmilk at work....one of the less joyful parts of becoming a new mom. Did you pump at work? If you have you know...it's not easy. From leakage (we've all been there) to equipment malfunctions, there are aspects of pumping at work that certainly aren't glamorous or pleasant, but we do it anyway because, as any new mom will attest, we'd do anything for that little munchkin waiting for us back home. So, with all that in mind, I'm here to offer some tips to simplify pumping at work. No, they won't make it necessarily make it more fun, but they'll at...
Erin D's picture
September 9, 2014
We know you're busy with all things back-to-school, but if you can find the time, fall is a great season for getting cozy with a good book. Cooler nights and earlier bedtimes for the kids mean you might be able to squeeze in a chapter (or at least a few pages!) before crashing at the end of the day. We're excited to announce a giveaway of a great new book that's perfect for the back-to-school season: Big Little Lies , the #1 New York Times Bestseller by Liane Moriarty (author of The Husband's Secret, What Alice Forgot, and many other bestsellers). It's the story of three...
Erin D's picture
September 9, 2014
"Was homework always this hard?" That's the question many moms and dads are asking as they settle into the new school year and face the new Common Core standards. While homework may not technically be "harder," you have probably noticed that it's definitely different from your days as a student. Rather than memorizing ways to do mental math, your child is most likely encouraged to count on her hands, or to draw sticks, dots, or bar models/tape diagrams to solve math problems. And rather than cracking a classic book and slogging away at an essay for English class,...
Lindsay's picture
August 27, 2014
Whether it's a classmate who is on the autism spectrum or a loved one with muscular dystrophy, your child probably has someone in her life with a disability that she might have questions about. When she comes to you, are you prepared to answer them? Talking about disabilties doesn't have to be difficult, and it doesn't have to involved a big, sit-down conversation. Children are naturally curious, of course, but they are also incredibly accepting. It's natural for your child to ask questions when she sees someone who might look or act different than her, and it's important...
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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...
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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...
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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,...