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Erin D's picture
October 23, 2014
Late October can be a telling time of year when it comes to gaging your child's social/emotional health and personality this school year. By this point, most kids have gotten to know their teacher and settle in with their new set of classmates, and hopefully made a few good pals. But it can be a different story if your child is shy and struggles to speak up in class or make close friends.  Shyness is fairly common in kids, especially cautious preschoolers and kindergarteners and privacy-craving tweens and teens. Is shyness something parents should worry about? In most cases, no. Your...
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October 16, 2014
Today's generation of teens seem to be following a disturbing trend — the thinner your are, the more you'll fit in. Although this isn't true for everyone, social media, magazines with their photoshopped images, and even certain stores (have you heard of Brandy Melville?) seem to be jumping on the "be thin to win" bandwagon. Their target audience? Teens. With all of this going on, it should come as no surprise that most eating disorders begin around this age. In fact, Canadian researches have found in a new study that eating disorders can begin as early as...
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October 8, 2014
Halloween used to be a much more kid-centric holiday, all about carving pumpkins and making cute homemade costumes, and maybe a spooky scarecrow (EEK!). Now, many parents lament the lost innocence of October 31 -- a day (and weeks-long season) of all things scary, gory, and "sexy." Simply put, adults have hijacked Halloween.  Studies have shown that Halloween can in fact be too scary for young children -- who have trouble separating make-believe from reality and are largely shielded from death anytime other than Halloween. But the holiday has turned into an $8 billion (...
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October 1, 2014
You've likely heard the word "parabens" and "pthalates" at one point or another, but probably never gave much thought to what they actually mean. The reality is, they are chemicals that can be found in virtually everything — cosmetics, bath products, hand soap, rain coats, school supplies, toothpaste, perfumes, cleaning supplies, sunscreens, and even scented candles and air fresheners. They have been found to disrupt hormones, cause cancer, and cause allergies, asthma, and a slew of other sicknesses. But, how much does it take for this to actually happen? Should...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...