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How to Raise Service-Minded Kids in a Self-Centered World

How to Raise Service-Minded Kids in a Self-Centered World

Sometimes the world we live in doesn’t lend itself to helping those in need. In general, the culture around us tells us to look out for ourselves, even at the expense of others. Our communities can pay the price for this type of mindset. Parents who want to eliminate the “look out for number one” attitude can do so by taking specific steps to encourage service-minded children.

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What to Do If You Suspect That Your Child Has Dyslexia

What to Do If You Suspect That Your Child Has Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common language-learning disorder found among school-aged children. Kids with this condition often have trouble matching letters and sounds together, but this doesn’t mean dyslexia is in any way an indicator of intelligence.

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Raise a Confident Girl by Breaking the Fashion Rules

Raise a Confident Girl by Breaking the Fashion Rules

Girls hear a lot of ‘don’ts’ from a very early age, and a lot of them are justified by falling back on appearances. Even when we aren’t directly telling girls that their appearance is their number one priority, we can accidentally reinforce the idea just by using image-based reasons to restrict movement or rein in play.

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How to Keep Your Kids Active on a Rainy Day

How to Keep Your Kids Active on a Rainy Day

A miserable, rainy day can spell disaster for some parents, with tantrums perpetually on the horizon. Kids need to run around to lose some of that built-up energy and being trapped indoors can seem the opposite of what they need. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do with them on a rainy day…

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How to Avoid the Halloween Meltdown

How to Avoid the Halloween Meltdown

Halloween trick or treating is a highlight in a preschooler or kindergartner’s year. Dressing up, candy, going out in the dark – what’s not to love? At that age, however, anything that is exciting and highly anticipated has a decent chance of turning into an overwhelming, tantrum-inducing event. Here are some ways to head off the Halloween meltdown.

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8 of the Healthiest Halloween Candies

8 of the Healthiest Halloween Candies

Candy isn’t likely to ever be considered a health food, but some sugary options are better than others. When it comes to eating candy, it pays to read nutritional labels and find out exactly what you and your children are consuming. Comparing calories, sugar and fat content can help you decide which treats to indulge in and which to leave alone.

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What to Do About Head Lice

What to Do About Head Lice

As almost every parent can testify, head lice are not pleasant to deal with. Most children will have head lice at least once, so it is definitely something that many  parents will have to cope with at some point. Checking for head lice is never pleasant, but very necessary.

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This Fall, Make Beautiful Leaves with Your Kids

This Fall, Make Beautiful Leaves with Your Kids

Everyone loves the colorful leaves of fall! Your child will love making pretty patterns with them, too. This activity is not only captivating but also educational. Help your child develop skills such as pencil control, color recognition, and creativity.

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Help Your Child to Look on the Bright Side of Life

Help Your Child to Look on the Bright Side of Life

Happiness doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with luxury, success, or money; it’s largely a matter of attitude. So teach your child to have a brighter view of life and the world, however rocky the road. It’s never too early to start, so here are some tips to help you inspire that essential positivity in your child.

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5 Hands-on Ways to Make Gardening Fun (and Educational) for Kids

5 Hands-on Ways to Make Gardening Fun (and Educational) for Kids

To a child, and even many adults, the garden is a magical place where life sprouts from almost nothing. The passion for gardening starts early when children are given the opportunity to learn and grow in nature. Here are a few ways to help your child experience gardening from an early age.

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8 Tips for Supporting Your Kids Through Team Tryouts

8 Tips for Supporting Your Kids Through Team Tryouts

Trying out for a team can be as stressful on parents as it is on children. It’s hard to watch your children put themselves on the line, and it’s heartbreaking if they fail. But competition can be an incredible learning experience, and there are ways you can increase the benefits no matter the outcome. 

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Three Great Snuggle-Time Children’s Books for Fall

Three Great Snuggle-Time Children’s Books for Fall

No modern technology can compete with good old-fashioned, sit-on-my-lap story time for little ones and those that love them most. Here are three titles that make for an especially rich story time or even a treasured gift for a beloved child.

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6 Quick Tips for Staying Cool During a Toddler’s Tantrum

6 Quick Tips for Staying Cool During a Toddler’s Tantrum

While they might not mean to be “difficult,” parents of toddlers can feel frustrated or overwhelmed by the tantrums that come with this great learning period. The good news is that there are several things parents can do to keep their cool. Here are six tips to get parents started.

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Toddler Appropriate Chores

Toddler Appropriate Chores

The old adage “many hands make light work” couldn’t be truer and even the smallest set of hands can help. In fact, toddlers love helping their parents or older siblings with chores because it not only teaches them basic housekeeping skills but makes them feel important, too.

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What Every Parent Should Understand About Bullying

What Every Parent Should Understand About Bullying

We do our best to make sure our children are neither bullies or victims. But that way of looking at the problem only envisions two possible roles: bully or bullied. Psychologists know that bullying behavior includes other children too. If you want to address or prevent bullying, it helps to understand how everyone contributes to it.

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5 Tips to Naturally Help Teething Babies

5 Tips to Naturally Help Teething Babies

Teething is, unfortunately a necessary part of life. While there are plenty of medicinal teething remedies flooding the modern market, a lot of moms just don’t want to turn to medicine unless they have to. If you want to help soothe your teething baby naturally, there are a lot of different things you can try.

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