Taking Time Out

I remember my one-and-a-half-year-old testing all the boundaries. He knew exactly what “no” meant, but would still try to climb that shelf or open the fridge. After correcting and redirecting time-after-time with no results, I referenced one of my favorite reality shows, “Super Nanny,” for guidance and put him in a corner for timeout. He […]

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Graham Cracker Chicken

Ingredients 2 cups of fry oil 5 graham cracker sheets 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 pound chicken tenders honey, for drizzling DIRECTIONS In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Crush the graham crackers in a food processor or plastic bag with a rolling pin. Add […]

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Grandparents Who Cross The Line

Even before your child was born, you may have experienced the problem of grandparents who seem to consistently disrespect their boundaries. The situation can become even more difficult when it is your in-laws who are trespassing on your parental privileges. Here are some tips on how to gently, but firmly handle grandparents who have crossed […]

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Get Ready For Summer!

Many parents are concerned that over the summer, their kids will experience a setback in academic skills, often referred to as ‘summer learning loss.’ Finding a variety of summer camp programs that involve both recreation and academic learning opportunities disguised as fun can help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in math and reading skills. In addition, […]

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Discussing Depression & Anxiety

The National Alliance on Mental Illness found that one in 5 Americans are affected by mental health conditions. When you understand some of the misconceptions and how to appropriately communicate with someone who may be down or anxious, they will be less likely to feel the shame and fear that can often come along with […]

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Activities For Your Young Child

Studies have shown enrolling your child in extracurricular activities at a young age leads to improved academic, psychological and behavioral function. Plus, finding your child’s interests early on aids towards their optimal success and growth. Although there are benefits to enrolling your child at an early age, finding activities for your child under the age […]

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Milk Carton Birdhouse

Supplies clean empty cartons acrylic paint paint brush water paper towel nail or screwdriver string or yarn scissors utility knife bird seed Directions Use a utility knife to cut the sides out of a carton. Place the carton on a protected surface and paint with acrylic paints. Let dry. Poke a hole into the top […]

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Making Friends as an Adult

During my childhood years I struggled to make Heather A. and Heather B. “like me,” but I always had my ride-or-die crew. My best friends were decided in the 5th grade and we grew up together. Choosing largely different paths in life, we still keep in touch, but with 900 miles between us, we can’t […]

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Low Down on Low T

Testosterone is known as a male hormone but it is present in the bodies of women and men. In men, it is produced by the testicles and is the main sex hormone. It is responsible for proper male sexual development and function. Testosterone is important to fertility because it assists with the daily production of […]

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Promoting Tween Confidence Through Action

Experts say a significant drop in self-esteem happens between ages 9-12. Instilling confidence in kids during these pivotal years can start with action-oriented activities that promote family time and conversation. “Simple tasks like doing a good deed for others, learning something new or accomplishing a goal, goes a long way in boosting self-esteem for tweens,” […]

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