Volunteering in the Chattahoochee Valley

Volunteering is an excellent way to teach your kids important life skills. In addition, volunteering during the holidays helps promote an ‘attitude of gratitude’ in your household and takes your child’s mind off their holiday wish list. Volunteering Is For the Whole Family It is not only those who you help that benefit when you […]

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Do I want an Elf in My House?

Elves are appearing in homes all over America. Your child wakes up, rubs their tired eyes and is greeted by a mischievous elf who toilet papered their bedroom! Hilarious, right? Last holiday season I toiled with the idea of Scout the Elf for my then 2-year-old, but decided he wasn’t old enough. This year, he’s all […]

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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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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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How to Robot Proof Your Child’s Future Career

A recent study estimated that in the next two decades, about 47% of US jobs could be taken over by computers and robots. This Oxford University study titled ‘The Future of Employment’ authored by Michael Osborne and Carl Benedikt Frey, published in September 2013, analyzed how susceptible US jobs are to being taken over by […]

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Learning Disabilities Didn’t Stop Them!

For children with learning disabilities (LD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), a school can be cause for anxiety. Encourage your child by sharing this list of famous personalities who’ve succeeded in spite of their learning challenges. Hans Christian Anderson is known around the world for his many fairy tales including The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. […]

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Boredom Busters for Creative Minds

Has your home been taken apart by your little explorer? Don’t despair. It may simply result from an extraordinary desire to learn. Who knows, your child just may be a future scientist, inventor, or leader in the making. When your child needs to occupy some creative energy, have your child try some of these fun, […]

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Kids in the Garden

We are in a day and an age where gardening seems to be getting scarce.  Of course, many parents and their children live in suburbs or big cities where it’s hard to grow a garden.  Hoeing, tilling, and planting seems to associate more to the past.  You imagine a plow and a tiresome mule toiling […]

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Benefits of Playing with LEGOs

What are the benefits of playing with LEGOs? When kids discover they have similar hobbies, parents know they’re likely to “disappear” for hours at a time sharing their common ground. That’s when a lot of social skill learning takes place: taking turns, division of labor, collaborating, nonverbal communication, cue-reading. Playing with LEGO blocks are no exception. In […]

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Lunch Ideas | Switching Up Your Child’s Lunch

Back to school time means back to the lunch box packing routine for many moms. Picky eaters can make this task a challenge. Here is some healthy mix and match lunch ideas that will have your child looking forward to opening her lunch box at lunch time. Each lunch should contain a lean protein, a serving of whole grains, a serving of fruits […]

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