How to Choose a Guardian for Your Child

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No one can replace you as a parent and the thought of someone else raising your child is unbearable. However choosing a guardian for your child is an arrangement all parents must make. Read more

Activities For Children With Autism

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Did you know that children with autism spectrum disorder can benefit from physical activity just as much as typically developing children? Exercise not only helps kids with autism engage in social environments, but it also aids in weight loss and leads to better overall health. Studies show that vigorous activity for more than 20 minutes may decrease hyperactivity, aggression and stereotypical behaviors. Participation in regular sports or fitness programs might enhance social and motor skills, boost self-esteem and even improve performance on academic tasks. Here are a few tips on how parents and caregivers can motivate a child with autism to keep active. Read more

Face Yoga for Anti-Aging

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These days there are countless creams, serums, and injectibles available to help reduce signs of aging. While they’re effective, they can also come with numerous unwanted chemicals. For example, did you know that anti-wrinkle injections are actually botulinum toxins? Yes, that’s botulism. And while there are all-natural creams, you never know what’s in something unless you make it yourself. If you’re the kind of person that likes to avoid these altogether, or if you’d just like another anti-aging tool in your box, you may consider face yoga. Read more

What an Ideal Holiday To-Do List Should Look Like

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Being surrounded by friends and family during the holidays is a time of year like no other. We all love the warmth that it brings with the holiday music playing, putting up the Christmas tree, decking the halls with essential christmas decorations, and baking cookies. Preparing of all of these holiday endeavors goes right along with that warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling. Getting prepared in advance for the holiday season will make the feeling that we all adore come sooner, as well as make your holidays smoother and more enjoyable this year. Read more

Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

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In today’s uber-connected world, it’s so easy to get caught up in your phone wherever you go. Whether you’re responding to work emails, organizing your kids’ schedules, or updating your Instagram, the hours can fly by before you know it. While this is certainly convenient, it can become unhealthy if it turns into a habit. Because we’re all so busy, your mental health could be suffering and you wouldn’t even know it because you’re too preoccupied to pay attention to what your body is telling you.

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Family Media Contract to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

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In this day and age, kids grow up with access to the Internet in a manner of forms. They can connect with strangers through online gaming. They use school computers to research school projects. They have the Internet in their pocket thanks to smartphones. While access to information is mostly positive, there are also some worries that parents have. These include too much screen time, access to inappropriate content and the sharing of sensitive content that can put their child in harm’s way.

To combat this, parents can have an open conversation with their kids about technology rules and how they should behave online. To help, Panda Security has created family media contracts. Print out a template and go over your ground rules to make sure you and your child are on the same page. Read more

Printables for a DIY Travel Binder

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Whether you’re taking a road trip or traveling over the holidays, it can be hard to keep the little ones occupied. Even with snacks and screens, they can easily get bored. A travel binder is a great way to give each kiddo their own personal activities and is a great way to encourage their love for traveling. 

From coloring to playing games, kids can hunt for water towers out the window on their scavenger hunt or record their favorite memory of the trip in their journal. The Zebra created and collected more than 28 free travel binder printable activities for kids of all ages so you can get started making your own.  Read more

Child Development: Fine Motor, Speech, Language, and Hearing

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The number of development milestones that occur in a child’s first few years of life is truly awe-inspiring. Within just three short years, a newborn goes from being dependent on adults for absolutely everything to being able to ask two-word questions, open doors and draw simple shapes on a page. As a parent, it’s fun and exciting to see these changes. But it’s also useful to know which milestones are crucial for little ones to achieve so you can monitoring their proper development and growth. This can help you know whether your child is healthy and growing appropriately. Read more