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How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry is often caused by brothers and sisters fighting for the attention of their parents. The typical onset of sibling rivalry is shortly after the birth of the second child. The oldest child may have difficulty understanding that the parents must now divide their attention amongst several children, resulting in jealousy and difficulty adjusting …

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Finding a “Normal Day” with a Special Needs Child

If you would ask parents what their greatest challenges are, many of them will mention managing the family’s time, energy, and resources.   This becomes an even greater challenge in a family with a child with a special need. In a special needs family, there are numerous doctors, therapies and insurance phone calls demanding the parents’ …

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Why We Play

A child’s play zone, whether it is in the home or classroom, can look like a free for all at times. A world full of movement and noise, of colors, textures, smells, and sounds, it’s a world where princesses build structures alongside superheroes, which turn into monsters just long enough to be scary and then …

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Make Your Own Baby Food

Beginning around six months of age, your little one may be ready to start eating solid foods. Making your own baby food may sound complicated but it is incredibly simple and will save your family a lot of money. You can also be confident that you are providing your baby with the freshest, most nourishing …

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Fun Fall Activities for Kids

Fall is one of the best seasons for fun family activities. It may be getting chillier outside, but there is plenty of warmth to be found in bright orange autumn leaves, bonfires and fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin pie. Have some fun with your family this fall with all of these autumn-related activities! Seasonal Activities: Autumn Go Apple-picking …

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)

What are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders or FASDs are conditions that can potentially occur in a child whose mother consumed an excess amount of alcohol during pregnancy. The conditions can cause growth, mental and physical problems. Children with FASDs typically experience a mix of these problems. Many professionals say there is …

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How Gardening Can Improve the Wellness of Children

Chronic illness is undoubtedly on the rise. Almost everyone seems to know someone suffering from disease within their circle of family and friends. The current outlook is bleak. Global cases of cancer are anticipated to rise by half – growing from 14 million in 2012 to 21.6 million cases by 2030 (World Health Organization). Cancer …

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Maintaining Parental Authority

Raising children is perhaps the most challenging experience we can undertake as adults.  There is no formula or technique that will work with every child and we often spend time trying to figure out what works with our specific child.  While each child is different and each child has different needs, wants and desires, each …

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Finding a Great Babysitter

Looking forward to going out, but dreading having to find a babysitter? The decision to leave your children in the care of someone else may be nerve racking, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you find a babysitter that you, and your children, trust.  Have no fear, help finding a babysitter …

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The Benefits of Having a Pet

Are you debating whether or not to have a pet join your family? A pet can be a perfect addition to your child’s life and has the potential to provide much more than loyalty and afternoon cuddles. Having a pet in your home can actually boost your child’s emotional, physical and intellectual vitality. From an …

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Bike Safety

More children ages 5 to 14 sustain injuries and go to emergency rooms after biking than with any other sport. Following these guidelines will help to ensure your child is as safe as he or she can be when riding. All about the Bike When selecting a bike with your child, choose one that fits, …

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The Importance of Family Time

Family time is important.  It increases a family’s bond, communication and health and well-being. However, with dual income homes, extracurricular activities and weekend events it can be difficult to find time to spend together as a family.  Advances in technology have also put constraints on the time that families spend together. Both parents and children …

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A baby is considered premature if it is less than 37 weeks old at birth.  A premature baby, or preemie, is not fully developed, meaning some vital organs may not be functioning to their full potential or not yet ready to operate at all. While a full-term newborn weighs about seven pounds at birth on …

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The Effects of Music on Childhood Development

Since nearly the beginning of human history, music has been used as a force for healing. Aristotle taught that “When we hear (music and poetry) our very soul is altered.” From Hippocrates to Native American medicine men, people have long used singing and playing instruments to cure. In modern times, scholars and doctors have researched …

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