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12 Toys to Avoid This Christmas

One of the most beloved holiday movies of the last few decades is “A Christmas Story,” the tale of a little boy who dreams of finding a toy gun under the tree but is constantly being told that he’ll shoot his eye out. Alas, toy guns aren’t the only dangerous playthings being marketed to kids these days. Some toys are dangerous to children’s health and safety, while others encourage values that parents may not want to reinforce. Here our dirty dozen toys, the ones responsible parents won’t be buying this Christmas. Laugh & Learn Apptivity Monkey It’s never too early to get your kids addicted to staring at a screen instead of playing outside, and this one teaches the little ones to play with expensive […]

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3 Ways To Ditch The Blame Game

If you were raised in a family with other siblings chances are you have played the blame game a time or two. In fact, more than we all would care to admit, when confronted by a parent with the question, “Who did this?” we quickly replied “Not me.” As I have raised my children past the age of running around the house like a tornado, I have had my share of conversations about this mysterious person, “Not Me.” It is no wonder once we grow up we still have a tendency to shift the blame to a fictitious character. The major difference is as adults the stakes of our behavior are significantly higher. We truly are a product of our environment, and if we are […]

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5 Ways To Improve Your Quality of Life By Being More Childish.

You came into this world; naive, innocent and full of curiosity. Like a sponge ready to soak up all the world had to offer. Yet something happened in the process of growing up that turned you into a cynical, jaded and perhaps miserable adult. Somewhere along the line you stopped seeing the world with a child’s eyes. Where there was once wonder and enthusiasm, now there is only work, bills, chores and endless to-do lists. It’s not surprising that under a mountain of laundry and paperwork you haven’t had the time or energy to bounce around with the excitement of a five-year-old. But even terminally busy can incorporate a little bit of childhood magic into your daily life with these simple and easy to follow […]

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7 Amazing Ways to Be Creative Like a Child

Creativity is like the ebb and flow of waves in an ocean. There are periods in your life when you may feel very creative. But there may be other periods where you experience the creative doldrums. Ideas stop coming to you. You attempt to sit down with pen and paper but it seems like an exercise in frustration. If you are like me, you might have wondered how to jump-start the creative process. If you want to find a source of how to be endlessly creative and find inspiration when none is to be found, rediscover the child inside of yourself with these 7 actionable ideas. 1.  Reconnect with Amazement and Wonder “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates One of the major lessons […]

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Can Playing Video Games Elevate Your Life?

Unless you’ve been under a rock or completely unconscious, you know how popular games and the video gaming industry has become over the last 10 years. A multi-billion dollar industry, gaming, has impacted everything from foreign policy to the sports world. The impact on games and training in the military has even changed the way we fight wars. And if you have children, you know what it does to kids whenever they are sent to their rooms to clean. The reality is, even if you don’t like them, video games have come and aren’t going anywhere. To be honest, I haven’t regularly played video games since the days of Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers. Considered high tech for its time, games have moved into more futuristic […]

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Don’t Let Your Children Fail In School. Know The Top 3 Distractions That Keep Students From Studying.

With a generation growing up with the ability to find an answer to any relatively simple question in seconds and being used to holding a phone or tablet in hand, it seems that many have also lost the ability to stay focused on a single task for long periods of time. For college students, that can be an issue as they try to study for a test or sit down to write a paper. Here are the top causes of these distractions and their solutions. If you are a parent with a child heading off to college or if you are a student these tips will help you stay focused on the task at hand,. Checking Your Smartphone or Tablet For those who have had […]

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Almost Anything

Parents often bribe, plead and even threaten their kids to get them to eat their veggies. And while this feeding strategy may get kids to reluctantly ingest their greens, studies show it makes healthful foods less attractive to children over the long haul. It’s like kids take that pressure and translate it to mean “that food can’t possibly taste good.” So what’s a parent to do? There’s another way but the results won’t become evident today, tomorrow or even next week. But if used consistently, the action plan below has a huge pay off. That’s because it will not only get your kids to eat more healthy foods while they are young, it will increase the likelihood they’ll become adults who prefer nutritious fare. Let’s […]

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How to Take Care of Other People’s Kids

Whether you’re a parent who frequently has other kids around for playdates, a teen making some pocket-money from babysitting occasionally, or someone with responsibility for kids in a community group, taking care of other people’s kids can be a tricky thing to get right. I spent many Friday and Saturday evenings in my teens babysitting (yes, I didn’t have much social life) and currently work eight hours a week as a childminder. I’ve also taken care of kids on summer camps, at Church and in other situations. Here are a few general guidelines on how to take care of other kids, making sure that you, they, and their parents are kept safe and happy. Get References If you’re taking care of other people’s kids, whether […]

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Protect Your Child: The Top Five Safety Features to Look for in a Car Seat.

Child safety seats are best chosen for quality, not price. Kids can exit unsafe seats and can be ejected during an accident. You want a seat that is baby and accident proof. As you look for a child safety seat it is important that you are looking for these five safety features. Not only will you be protecting your precious cargo but knowing that you have these safety features will give you a bit of peace of mind while you are driving your child around town. This is an article that anyone with a child should make sure they read. Front Harness Adjustments During a crash, it takes time for a passenger to come to a full stop. This is referred to as the ride […]

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Teaching Your Child to Learn Through Music

Music is a powerful tool that parents and educators can use to help children excel academically, socially, and psychologically. If your preschooler is struggling to learn to tie his shoes, try creating a little song to help him remember the steps. If your third grader is frustrated and failing at those pesky multiplication tables, singing the math facts will work every time. Music is an effective way to help with memorization. Here is a closer look at how music can help your child succeed. How Music Helps Children Learn First, music opens the door to better language and literacy skills. By memorizing simple nursery songs, your child is exposed to new words.  Songs create repetition and reinforce new words that your child is learning on […]

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