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Summer Jobs

If your child wants to make some cash this summer, do not discourage them.  Kids as young as 13 year olds can make money by putting in some effort in finding a quality job. Prepare your child by providing the following life-long advice: -Always apply in person before noon. If he or she applies in the morning, it shows motivation -He should dress like

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Cursing and Kids

As my son enters the tween stage, he has begun to model his peers more. This has added new pages in his vocabulary, including some colorful language. Since not every parent agrees about what constitutes offensive language, chances are kids are going to come home uttering unacceptable language. To combat this effectively and without a lot of drama, I find setting boundaries for him

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Learning Fire Safety

We spend a lot of time teaching our children about the dangers of the world- not to talk to strangers, what to do if they are lost etc. When I received a flier from our local fire fighters about fire safety, I realized I had not imparted important fire safety tips or an evacuation plan to my kids. Being prepared for incidents such as

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Constellation Afterschool

One of our favorite past times is stargazing. However, it’s hard to keep track of all those constellations.   Although, he’s been taught all about constellations, the retention has always been minimal. He will remember little bits and pieces, but not enough to mark as proficient. I think the reason is that he learns best by doing something -an activity-related to what he’s learning.

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Posters for Kids Bedroom Walls

My son’s interests change quickly but he is passionate about each and every one.  For example, a year ago he really liked Beyblades so there posters of Beyblades everywhere in his room. It gets expensive to buy these posters, even if he is using his allowance. They cost $15 and up, yet rip easily.   A great way to spend an afternoon together is

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Flower Arraging for Kids

A friend of mine has three girls and recently they took a flower arranging class together. What fun! I have been looking for something new to do with my son, but would this new project be too “girly” for him?  I figured the only way to find out was to try.  His Aunt’s birthday was coming up so I suggested we make a flower

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Kids Get Stressed Too!

The other day, my son mentioned his stomach felt funny. Instantly, I thought,”oh,no, stomach flu!”. I am glad that I took the time to ask him some questions before I doused him with echinacea.  It turns out he was feeling stressed about an upcoming test.  I explained that stress or worry can make his body feel sick, like with a stomach ache or headache

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Tennis

I’m always wary of exposing my son to the hyper competitive afterschool sports available.  From parents yelling at their kids, children learning bad sports behavior etc, it can be a volatile environment at best. I have been lucky to find a great sport that seems to bring out the best in coaches, kids and parents- tennis! There are a lot of benefits that playing

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Etiquette Guide for Kids

For kids to be successful adults, social skills are as imperative as academic skills. If you start early, polite and caring behavior will become second nature to children.   We all want our kids grow into thoughtful, generous, considerate and respectful people. The key to enabling this is to make learning manners an everyday fun activity.   A great way to learn manners is

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Building Blocks Great for All Ages

The quintessential image we picture in our minds when we think of a toddler learning is that of a three year old playing with building blocks. Parents know that building blocks, whether plastic, foam or wooden, aid in the development of young children through constructive open play.  I believe they are still imperative through the later years of adolescence- its an enriching afterschool activity.

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