Daily Archives April 23, 2015

Help! My Child Won’t Go To School

Help! My Child Won’t Go To School

by: Dr. Noel Swanson

“My nine-year old daughter has started to dread going to school. She always has a head or tummy ache, and ends up missing two or three days a week. When I tell her she has to go, she acts as if she’s truly afraid, and cries and screams. We don’t know what to do.”
You need to be firm with her. Don’t count on the problem going away if you ignore it. She could end up not ever going back.
However, don’t be angry with her as her anxiety and distress are real.
She may have one of three conditions that you need to determine: school phobia (fear of going to school), separation anxiety (fear of leaving you or your home, or agoraphobia (fear of crowded and public places).
If someone is bullying, teasing, embarrassing, or abusing her, then it cou...

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Help Your Children to Love Reading

Help Your Children to Love Reading

by: Tracy Catarius

It is so important to create an environment that promotes the love of reading. Not only is reading necessary for survival in today’s world, it is educational, it sparks imagination, it is a stress reliever, provides entertainment and enjoyment, the list goes on.
Here are some ideas to help you help your child love reading.

The most important thing a parent can do to teach a child to love reading is for the parent to let the children see how much you love reading. You need to set the example.
Set aside a time each day when everyone in the family reads. Perhaps it is for half an hour after school or before bed every day. Be consistent.
Read to your children...

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Celebrating Fathers

Celebrating Fathers

by: Susie Michelle Cortright

On Father’s Day, we celebrate the guys in our lives. Not just our dads and the fathers to our children, but all the men who have made a positive impact on a child’s life.
A number of recently published studies call attention to the effects of good fathering. Men who play an active role in their children’s lives stimulate all aspects of development: emotional, academic, behavioral, and social, even when those men don’t live in the same home as their children.
But we don’t need a study to understand that the men in our lives matter, whether he’s a husband who lives at home, an ex-husband who lives across town, a stepfather, a grandfather, an uncle, or a mentor in the community.
Even from a child’s conception, a supportive father make...

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Buying Gently Used Baby Clothing

Buying Gently Used Baby Clothing

by: Mark Freeman

Remember that adorable outfit you bought for your newborn – the one that cost you nearly $40, and got worn three times before it no longer fit? For such tiny things, baby clothing is expensive – and as fast as babies grow, they seldom see much wear. For parents on a budget, those are potent arguments for cutting costs where you can when dressing baby.
Designer duds for baby DO make sense though – and by designer, I mean the elite in the baby design field: OshKosh and Baby B’Gosh, Carters, Sweat Pea and other top-of-the-line baby clothing manufacturers. They concentrate on the little details that cheap clothing manufacturers skimp on – little details that make a major difference in fit, appearance and comfort...

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PreSchool Spanish

PreSchool Spanish

by: Bob Lasseter

Why an EarlyAGE 2nd Language?
Research indicates that from ages 1 through 8 is the best time to introduce a new language to a child. If the 2nd language is introduced early in life children will learn it faster and retain it longer. Being exposed to a 2nd language offers numerous benefits to young children including an improved ability to communicate, better cognitive development, richer cultural awareness, improved academic performance, superior educational opportunities and, ultimately, better jobs. The earlier a child is exposed to a 2nd language the more likely they will speak it with native pronunciation...

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A Wish List From Mom To Dad

A Wish List From Mom To Dad

by: Tammy Pinarbasi

Here is just a little wish list I put together for you. First, I feel I should tell you that I greatly appreciate all that you do for me and our family. Feel free to grant any or all of my wishes time permitting. They can be fulfilled in any order. I will gladly accept them on any given day. No need to wait for a special occasion or holiday to grant any of the following:
A thorough house cleaning preferably when the house is dirty. I will gladly show you where the cleaning supplies are kept and will provide a detailed list for you if needed.
A night out. Just about any activity will do. This would include everything from a simple picnic to a night on the town. Oh, I almost forgot, no kids. So you will need to arrange for a sitter.
A few diape...

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Going Out to a Restaurant with Kids

Going Out to a Restaurant with Kids

by: Brigette Meier

Dining in a restaurant with kids can be very enervating and embarrasing. Not only that you have to desperately try and keep your wiggling toddler seated and silent, you also have to manage the disapproving looks from other (non-parent) guests.
The root problem here is again boredom. So before you decide to eat out, observe your child’s mood. If it’s having a bad day and is getting on your nerves already, better cancel the whole thing. It wouldn’t be worth it anyway.
Consider an expedition to the jungles of Africa. Would you go with just picking your jacket and car keys? This is something similar, going out with kids requires preparation.
Bringing toys is generally a good idea...

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Crippling our Children the Heelys Way – And now in

Crippling our Children the Heelys Way – And now in Adult models too!

by: Winston Ng

“Heelys – The only shoe with a removable wheel in the heel”. – http://www.heelys.com
I figured that Heelys had the best description of their own product, so I decided not to re-invent the wheel and copied it verbatim.
Fortunately, or maybe not, Heelys’ positioning in the market has made them the “Scotch Tape” of the wheel in the heel industry. Customers interchangeably use the term “Scotch Tape” for adhesive tape and Heelys for every shoe with a wheel in the heel.
Prior to our discussion proper, I must point out that I am impartial to genuine Heelys or third world knock-outs. Hence, we shall use the term Heelys generically.
The widespread sales of Heelys have spanned from South Africa to...

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Cut the Costs of Your New Baby… Devour Those Yar

Cut the Costs of Your New Baby… Devour Those Yard Sales!

by: GranMamma

Get some friends together and check out your local yard sales. Before you go, make sure you check the yard sale listings in the newspaper to make sure you don’t make any unnecessary trips. When buying baby furniture, make sure it meets current safety standards. Yard sales often have many used cribs, rocking chairs, and other baby needs that will save you over 50%!
Research before making any purchases
Invest in a What to Expect When You’re Expecting book when you are pregnant. This series of books is quite helpful when it comes to keeping your babies needs to a minimum.
Search the internet
Baby products are a huge market. However, these products are soon disposed of after being used...

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How To Help Kids Deal With Stress

How To Help Kids Deal With Stress

by: News Canada

(NC)-Modern life is faster and more stressful than ever. To cope, many resort to dreaming of their happy childhood days. But for a surprising number of people, this kind solace is unavailable. Childhood can be a very difficult time. Children experience stress just like adults do, and this needs to be recognized. Family conflict, domestic violence, divorce, constant school changes, new neighborhoods and child care arrangements, peer pressure, and bullying all contribute to childhood angst.
Here are a few things that parents can do to help their children deal with stress:

Monitor and modify their own stress levels
Keep communication lines open. Let your kids know what’s going on
Encourage friendships by scheduling play dates, sleepovers, and ...

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