Twin Toddlers, Teeth and Torture

Well friends, that magical time in our lives just recently rolled around – I made the bi-annual trek to the dentist’s office with the twins. To say that the twinnies hate the dentist would be the grossest understatement of the century. I thought we had a chance at a pleasant visit this time. The girls were so enamored with the office fish tank and the buckets of toys. They are two though and unfortunately had no clue that the brightly colored games, toys and Disney wall decals were nothing but smoke and mirrors.

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Safe Halloween Treats for Kids with Food Allergies

Halloween is a time of major stress and anxiety for families with food allergies. How do you keep your little one safe without stealing away the wonder and magic of the holiday? What do you do when you get home from trick or treating and go through her bag only to find that there is almost nothing in it for her to enjoy? Read on to discover safe treats for kids with food allergies.

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A Child’s “Special Time”: Giving Individual Attention

If you have more than one child, it is sometimes hard to give each child that individual attention they need and crave. One mother found a way around that obstacle. Because I think it’s such a wonderful idea, I am dedicating today’s entire column to this one suggestion. Read on to see what this mother did.

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3 Character Traits to Instill in Children

Character Education is a structured program to teach children good behavior traits. The usual traits include respect, caring, self-discipline, honesty—typical characteristics that most people would agree are indicative of a “good” person. I would like to propose a few more “soft” traits that I think should be included in every program of character education. I believe these traits are important because they create well-rounded children who are fulfilled.

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6 Benefits of Being a Drama Queen (or King!)

Ever since I was a toddler, my mum called me a “Drama Queen.” Whilst my friends would brush themselves off and carry on when they fell over, for me it was the end of the world. Being given the opportunity to study drama set me on the path to become the drama teacher I am today. One of the frustrations I have in my job though is that people think it isn’t a worthwhile subject. Here are 6 benefits of studying drama for kids.

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Better Bus Safety

For millions of school-age children, each day begins and ends with a bus ride. While parents entrust their children’s safety to the capable hands of bus drivers, these tips from the National Association for Pupil Transportation provide some measures parents can take and lessons they can teach to increase safety going to and from the bus, and even during the ride.

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Sleep Training Ain’t for Sissies!

When it comes to getting your baby to sleep, don’t be misled by the stories about THAT MOM who manages to get it done so easily she’s shocked at your difficult time. There is always THAT MOM whose little angel just naturally starts sleeping through the night…at three weeks. And, finally, there are ALL THE OTHER MOMS who stumble through their little Tyrant’s first year, trying, failing, doubling-back, and then trying something else…until their little Tyrant finally, maybe, capitulates to a full night’s sleep.

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Why Human Milk Matters, Especially to Preemies

Nutrition is one of the most critical factors in healthy child development, but this is especially true for babies born prematurely. For many preemie parents, the early arrival of their baby quickly turns what was expected to be a blissful time into a period fraught with a host of unexpected decisions – including those involving their fragile baby’s nutrition.

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Experiences as a Young Parent with a Special Needs Child

I had my first child young at age 18. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not capable of being a parent or that I follow the stigma of being a teen parent. It also doesn’t mean that I can’t better myself because of having a young child, or that I am a bad role model for others. For me personally, having my son young was the best thing that happened to me. But my son has ADHD and Austim, and I’m tired of the disapproving looks I receive when others see I’m a young parent to a special needs child.

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Worried About the Time Change and Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule? Here is Your “Fall Back” How-To Guide

Now that the sweltering heat is dying down and the long days at the pool are starting to feel like a distant memory, you’ve put the whole family back on a routine and things are starting to run like clockwork again. Drop-off, pick-up, meal planning, school, play dates, whew! You truly are a logistics superstar! But in a few short weeks there is another challenge that can throw a wrench into your smooth-running operation, and your baby’s sleep schedule: the end of Daylight Savings Time. You worked hard to get everyone back to business, so I don’t blame you for being worried about how the time change will affect everyone’s busy schedule. So, today we will talk about what to expect and help you find the best strategy for your family and your baby or toddler.

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