02 Dec2015February 6, 2017
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Playing Games While You Wait with Young Children

Playing Games While You Wait with Young Children

Waiting can be hard for children and adults. What can you and your child do to have fun and learn while waiting for your food to arrive in a restaurant, story for the bus to come, or in a long line at the store? Try playing one of these word games. It can make the time...

17 Aug2015February 6, 2017
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Tips for Easing Back into the School Year!

Tips for Easing Back into the School Year!

Adjust Sleep Schedules. Most school-age children function best with 8-11 hours of sleep, more for teens. Figure out what time your child needs to wake up in order to have stress-free schoolday mornings, and work backwards from there to find an appropriate bedtime. Blackout shades or curtains help during the September nights when the sun stays...

25 Feb2015February 6, 2017
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Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

and times, health serif;”>Most parents underestimate what their kids are able to do. Keep in mind that a child who has mastered a complicated computer game can easily run the dishwasher.  In general,  preschoolers can handle one or two simple one-step or two-step jobs. Older children can manage more. And, as your children grow up...

30 Jan2015February 6, 2017
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Cooking with Pre-Schoolers

Cooking with Pre-Schoolers

Cooking with Pre-Schoolers Cooking can help young children learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills. And the experience of creating meals with you can help build their self-confidence and lay the foundation for healthy eating habits. It may take a little flexibility and some simple prep work, but with the right...

03 Jan2013January 3, 2013
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Favorite Kid Friendly Recipes

Favorite Kids' Recipes Playdough–stovetop (cream of tartar) 2 cups flour 1 cup salt 2 cups water 2 tablespoons oil 2 tablespoons cream of tartar (a few drops liquid food coloring if desired) In a medium pot, mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water (and food coloring, if used). Cook over medium heat, stirring...

02 Jun2012June 2, 2012
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Some of our Best of the Best Recipes for Children’s Play

Ooey Gooey liquid starch (found in the grocery store laundry aisle) school glue (such as Elmer’s white glue) liquid food coloring, ambulance if desired Mix equal parts liquid starch and glue until it forms a rubbery consistency, salve then knead to blend well. Store in a cool airtight container. If you want colored ooey gooey,...

02 Jun2012June 2, 2012
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Playdough Recipes

Playdough–stovetop (alum) 1 cup flour 1 cup water 1 tablespoon oil 1 tablespoon powdered alum (available in the grocery store spice aisle) 1/2 cup salt liquid food coloring, clinic if desired Mix all dry ingredients in a medium pot. Add oil, medicine water and food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is...

09 May2012May 9, 2012
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Outdoor Adventures with Kids!

Outdoor Adventures with Kids! Getting your children to step away from the computer or TV and instead play outdoors can be a difficult task for many parents.  But once you do get your children outside, site they're going to have fun, physician burn calories and develop important social skills.  The backyard may be the easiest...

01 Mar2012March 1, 2012
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Will Preschool Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten?

Will Preschool Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten? Parents are sometimes concerned about whether their child will be ready for kindergarten following a preschool education. In fact, early child care experts are noting an increased pressure by parents to teach preschool children how to count, name letters, make letter sounds, and even learn to read. However,...

30 Dec2011December 30, 2011
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Words to Use with Your Kids Every Day.

You can use these everyday phrases to instill confidence, self-respect, and thoughtfulness in your children. Thank you. It’s important to acknowledge your child’s efforts to help you or others. You might say: “Thanks for helping me look for that missing sock” or “Thanks for setting the table; I got the salad made while you were doing...

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