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6 Presents that will Please Kids–and Parents!

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Children can be tough critics. When it comes to choosing the perfect gifts for kids, you have to consider their current likes, dislikes, and distinct personalities which, let’s face it, change all the time. The key to finding the right gift is choosing something that the child can grow with. Sure, trendy toys are fun for a week or two, but after the newness has worn off, parents are left to deal with a forgotten piece of plastic. With the assortment of practical and fun gift options below to inspire your shopping list, don’t be surprised if 2015’s presents are still being used this time next year. Read More »

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WE HOPE FOR PEACE AROUND THE WORLD…AND AT YOUR FAMILY DINNER TABLE

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Family gatherings are a meaningful way to celebrate the season but they don’t always go as planned due to various family dynamics. Whether someone brings up politics and an argument ensues or the dueling culinary aunts are at it again, get-togethers can be hard. Fortunately, we have some tips for bringing family and friends together for a festive, drama free holiday celebration. Read More »

Your Family and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

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With the end of October came an end to a month-long national effort to raise awareness for breast cancer. While nearly every month is a time to raise awareness for an illness or a disease, November’s is a particularly important one. According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million people had diabetes in 2012. In the same year, 86 million people aged 20 and over had pre-diabetes. Read More »

GOT DOWNTIME WAITING FOR YOUR KIDS IN THE CAR?

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As a parent of school aged children—we’ve all been there. You’re either in the car line waiting for the school bell to ring or at your child’s soccer practice. You’re stuck in the car with nothing planned to pass the time and a cell phone running out of battery. Listen up fellow parents, this is prime time to take care of some neglected business or make the most of your downtime. Here are some top tips to pass the time while waiting for your kids. With a little pre-planning, the kids’ practice times can become your best friend! Read More »

5 Mom Hacks that Will Change Your Life

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You’ve heard the saying “Moms know everything.” And the truth is, you probably do know a lot. Between cooking, cleaning, working, and taking care of the kids, you’ve picked up a trick or two that makes getting the job done easier and faster. Learning something new never hurt anyone though, and you probably haven’t heard about these under-the-radar life hacks. From beauty tips to health tricks, these five pieces of advice are ones you’re going to want to write down, save on your computer, and share with your fellow moms. Read More »

Top 5 Brain Booster and Brain Buster Apps

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It’s no secret that today’s generation of students are more familiar with touchscreens and social media than they are with spiral notebooks and the #2 pencil. Districts across the country are investing heavily in technology for their students to make learning, and teaching, easier. Read More »

What You Need to Know About STEM Education

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By Greer Barnes If you have a child between the ages of five and eighteen, then you’ve probably heard the acronym STEM tossed around at parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings. You probably don’t know, however, just how important STEM education is and will be for years to come. For years the U.S. government has funded various programs in the hope ... Read More »

A Family Who Plays Together, Stays Together

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By Lauren Putnam of McCarthy Music (www.mccarthypiano.com) It’s no secret that music enriches lives. In fact, according to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), 85% of people who do not play a musical instrument say they wish they had learned to play one. And, when it comes to kids, learning a musical instrument has numerous benefits. Music not only ... Read More »