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3 Ways to Plan Family Activities

  Work, school, extracurricular activities, screen time, and daily routine tasks pull families in all different directions.  Trying to come together is like herding cats.  Organizing schedules needs to be intentional and requires the cooperation and commitment of all family members.  Here are a few suggestions to help your family’s plans come together more successfully. […]

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How to Set Limits on After-School Activities

  School-age children are faced with many choices for extracurricular activities, and finding the right balance between school and after-school activities can be a challenge. Scouts, music programs, academic clubs, sports, and 4H are just a few options that can be beneficial or detrimental depending on the number of hours taken away from family and homework […]

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6 Things to Consider When Monitoring Your Family’s Screen Time

  Kids today spend much of their time in front of a screen, be it a TV, computer, smartphone, or iPad.  Technology has many positive uses and can provide helpful information, but like anything else there needs to be a balance in how much time is spent using electronics. Here are six things to consider when monitoring […]

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Your Baby's First Test Understanding the Apgar Score

Your Baby’s First Test: Understanding the Apgar Score

  The Apgar score is a test that was designed by Virginia Apgar, an American anesthesiologist, to evaluate the condition of newborns immediately following birth.  The test was developed to aid nurses and other medical professionals in determining if a newborn is in need of emergency care. The Apgar test scores five important features of […]

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5 Tips to Help Students Write Better Papers

In this era of text messaging and Facebook, many kids don’t spend a lot of time honing their formal writing skills. This can be a problem when it comes time to hand in those school papers and essays. Good writing skills will help kids improve their grades and serve them well later in life. Here […]

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Why You Should Give Your Teenager Food Independence

Adolescence is difficult. Older children and young adults are appropriately battling to find out who they are and where they fit in. They want to make choices on their own, but at the same time they’re not always ready to handle the responsibilities that go along with those choices. As might be expected, younger teens […]

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6 major benefits of breastfeeding

6 Major Benefits of Breastfeeding

Deciding whether or not to breastfeed your child is a deeply personal matter and supporters on both sides of the issue tend to have strong opinions. Most experts agree that breastfeeding provides a number of unique benefits for a growing baby, including a perfect balance of nutrients and the building blocks of a stronger immune […]

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5 Methods for Motivating Your Family to Clean

5 Methods for Motivating Your Family to Clean

  Are you tired of nagging your kids to clean their rooms? Are you tired of asking your partner to clean out the basement? When you’re exhausted from nagging, reminding, and pleading, it’s time to resort to other tactics. Here are a few ways to motivate your family to clean house. 1. Stop playing pick-up. […]

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Family Hiking 101

  You don’t have to trek hours into the woods lugging a backpack and camping supplies to reap the benefits of hiking. Hiking and walking are essentially the same thing. Although briskly walking around your neighborhood for thirty to sixty minutes, three to five times a week, is good for your heart, taking in some […]

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