Hoo’s Picks for Fall Crafts

Fall Handprint Tree Supplies: Cardstock – brown, yellow, red and orange Paper Towel Roll Glue Stick Tape Paper Plate Green Paint Pinecones and sticks for decoration Directions: First paint your paper plate green and set aside to dry. Cut slits in the bottom of the paper towel roll and tape to your paper plate. Then trace your […]

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Sensory Friendly Show | RiverCenter Presents The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Columbus, Georgia – RiverCenter invites audiences to come aboard and prepare to explore the universe with TheatreWorks USA’s production of The Magic School Bus: Lost In The Solar System on Saturday, September 29 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The 10 AM performance is a special sensory-friendly performance, designed for children with special needs. “For this season, adding sensory-friendly […]

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Encourage Your Curious Kid with Nonfiction 

Gravitation towards fictional stories seems to determine if a child “loves to read”; however, grown-ups sometimes overlook those children that prefer learning non-fiction over fiction. Subjects rooted in facts and real events occupy a space in a child’s world and can be excellent reading material for those children who do not engage with imagined tales. Non-fiction titles encourage children to expand their scope of knowledge by exposing and explaining natural phenomena, current events and rapidly evolving […]

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Why its OK to be the “Mean Mom”

Many parenting books cover the topic of the types parenting styles. However, from the perspective of kids today, it seems parents either fall into the ‘cool’ category or the ‘mean’ category. A phrase often overheard when kids compare notes on the playground is ‘My mom is so mean, she made me clean my room!’, as if this a major offense. While the thought of being labeled a ‘mean’ mom may not seem […]

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The Rock Ranch | Fall Family Fun Days

Fall Family Fun at The Rock Ranch Begins Oct. 6 It’s time to celebrate Fall at The Rock Ranch. Located about an hour south of Atlanta, gates will open Oct. 6 for a 5-weekend seasonal event. In addition to this family fun destination’s offerings of more than 25 attractions, guests will enjoy additional entertainment during […]

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AAP Updates Recommendations on Car Seats for Children

Today, 8/30/2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated a recommendation for car seat safety, rear-face as long as possible. Previously the recommendation was rear-face until age 2. Many parents have already opted to rear-face until their child outgrows the seat for the safety benefits. The science behind it is simple. Majority of car crashes are […]

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Separation Anxiety in Older Kids

The tears, tantrums, and clingy behavior of toddlers when separating from their parents is a normal part of early childhood development. It can be a distressing stage for parents, but separation anxiety usually diminishes by age 3, as toddlers mature and learn to cope with transitions. However, for some kids, it can make a reappearance in the preschool and school age years.   Big changes in surroundings such as a move, a new sibling, or new […]

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Dangerous Apps for Preteens

Recently, teens have been moving beyond Facebook and Instagram to social networking apps that their parents probably have never heard of. Here are a few of the dangerous apps for preteens that every parent should be aware of.  Tinder:  This is a dating app that is notorious for being used by preteens and teens to speed up the dating process and quickly find hookups. The […]

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