Keeping the Kids Happy, Healthy This Winter

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It may be freezing cold in most parts of the country, but winter doesn’t have to be the unhealthiest season of the year for everyone in the household. A good diet, a little exercise, a vacation, and gratitude will help beat those winter blues before they start.

Much to the delight of many kids throughout the country, snow fort and snowman building season is here. The kids are ready. Are you? Read more

Teach Consent to Your Toddler

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As parents, often times we dread the discussion that many refer to as “the talk.” We see it not as an important introduction to growth and adulthood, but as a loss of innocence. We want to hold our little babies for as long as we can, and not give up their childhood.

Yet, we grow. We all do. And in this day and age – when it’s hard to hide our children from the terrors of the outside world – we need to teach them early to ensure that they become the best people we always want them to be.

Teaching them to be “the best” means something different for everyone, but empathy and critical thinking is something we all hope to share with our children. That is why I urge you, as parents, to teach your children the importance of consent at a young age. Even toddlers have the ability to learn and understand the importance of bodily autonomy. Read more

Parenting Tips: How To Help Your Child Transition Into A New School

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Teacher helping a young boy at school

Moving to a new place, where you child will attend a new school, is a nerve-racking experience. There is anxiety for both you and your child about the nuances of the school environment and the experiences they will encounter. You can calm your fears with a little bit of research and planning. Turn that anxiety into excitement — find opportunities for optimism, instigate early introductions, identify school logistics, make searching for living arrangements a group effort and explore possibilities for community relations. Here are some tips on how you and your child can make a the positive transition to a new school: Read more

5 Ways to Commit to a Stress-Free Holiday Season 

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Creating the perfect holiday also creates stress. Stress about holiday calories, finances, gifts and social event schedules starts to add up, especially if you’re trying to maintain your regular routine of work and family obligations. In 2015, Entrepreneur reported on a Healthline survey that found that generation Xers felt the most stress (65 percent), followed by baby boomers (62 percent) and millennials (61 percent).

As the season approaches, know that there are ways to minimize your stress. This year you can focus on celebrating the holidays with joy and gratitude instead of worrying about your stress levels. Read more

Tips for Cyber Monday

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With each passing year, Cyber Monday becomes bigger and bigger. Last year, sales totaled more than $3 billion, a 16 percent increase over 2014. So it’s anyone’s guess as to what the total sales figures will be this year. It’s probably safe to say that they will be through the roof. Of course, this popularity means that you may be among the people shopping on Cyber Monday (which, if you don’t know, is the first Monday after Thanksgiving; this year, that happens to be November 28th). If so, make the most of Cyber Monday with these tips. You’ll be glad that you did – and so will your bank account. Read more

Three Arguments for School Uniforms

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When I was in school, dress codes were always a big topic. At the beginning of the school year, the school would make a big deal about how the dress code was going to be fully enforced, no exceptions. And always within two weeks students were wearing whatever they wanted again, because teachers weren’t sure how to enforce the rules. Often uniforms would be a threat the school would throw out to scare students into following the dress code, but it never worked. I was always a lone soul wishing that the school would follow through with their threat – I wanted school uniforms. Read more

13 Ways to Look Good and Feel Good During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a wonderful, life-changing experience! And looking good and feeling good is easy, with these simple tips:

Dress the part

Pregnancy is an excuse for a shopping spree. Fall in love with your body all over again. Invest in a few key pieces that flatter and hug your new shape.  Accessorize with your favorite pieces. Just because you are pregnant does not mean you need to change your style completely.  Read more

How Animals Can Help Children

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Animals are sometimes a controversial topic among families.Your kids want one, but maybe you don’t. Animals are a lot of work and time, and you worry that you will be stuck with most of the work. Animals are so much more than just an extra chore. The benefits of having and being around animals outweigh the annoyances associated with them. Animals can help kids in many ways, in the home, and outside the home. Read more