When Grandparents Raise Grandchildren

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With the first of the Baby Boomers turning 60 this year, the nation is beginning to see the effects of its aging population-and with the average life expectancy extending to nearly 78, those approaching retirement must plan ahead financially, emotionally and physically. However, for some people, that planning includes taking on a responsibility they thought […]


Keeping Kids Active Ideas For Parents

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Children are more sedentary than ever, watching television and playing video games instead of biking to the playground or playing kickball in the backyard with their pals is a major cause. And even schools have stopped emphasizing fitness, in some school districts, physical education has vanished completely because of under-funding. Kids need regular exercise to […]


Ymca Helps Families Bring Healthy Habits Home

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Keeping kids physically active and healthy isn’t exactly child’s play. Efforts to keep kids fit are most successful when scheduled as a family affair, according to Chicago-based YMCA of the USA. Children are more likely to stay active and to make smart, health-related choices when parents lead by example. “Families that make health, activity and […]


Why First Borns Fuss Seconds Are Resilient And Youngests Like To Laugh

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How can two or three children in the same family be so different? They are brought up in the same broad social environment, under a similar set of rules and an identical family value system. They also come from the same genetic pool yet they can be so different in personality, interests and achievement. While […]


Learning The Skills Of Parenting

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Parents unite! Complex as it is, it is possible to rear children into responsible, happy and well-adjusted adults. From our end as parents, it will take patience and commitment. However, it will also take wisdom and experience. This is where our support system and access to those who know will play a big role. No […]


Childhood Obesity Family Fight

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Childhood obesity, as most people now know, is effected by many behavioral factors. In addition to the behavioral changes that may be required by changing the way your child eats and how much physical activity they engage in every day, you must observe at other factors in their behavior, and in the behavior of the […]


Helping Children Adjust To A Stepfamily

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In the Paramount Pictures film “Yours, Mine & Ours,” a widower with eight children runs into his high school sweetheart, a widow with 10 of her own. The two rekindle their love and marry without letting their children in on the nuptials until after the fact. A culture clash ensues, and the kids soon devise […]


The Keys To Raising Happy Kids That Super Nanny Doesn T Tell You

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There are many things to like about the television show Super Nanny that has captured the public interest recently. First, the nanny character is very likeable, if a little scary at times. She has that old-fashioned school-teacher demeanour that says, ‘Listen up. I know best and I am in charge here.’ Many of the families […]


Tips To Help Your Child Stay Healthy And Fit

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American kids are making headlines. But, the news isn’t something to cheer about. Turns out they are becoming more overweight than ever before. Today, about 16 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the number is steadily increasing. The […]


Is It Ok To Put My Kid On A Diet

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Many concerned parents often ask me “Is it OK to put my kid on a diet?” My answer is always a quick and firm “NO”. The word diet is defined as ‘A food regimen designed to promote weight loss in a person.’ To lose weight, keep it off and live a long healthy life an […]


Child Safety How To Use Code Words Effectively

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Did you know that there is a 1 in 42 chance that YOUR child will become lost, missing, or abducted? In other words…those are not odds in your favor! To many people have become very complacent about child safety. They seem to have a “It couldn’t happen to my child” attitude. You can believe that […]


The Supernanny Serves Up Tips For Families

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Although she knows how hard it can be to gather everyone together, TV’s “Supernanny,” Jo Frost, believes in the benefits of the family dinner. “I understand how difficult it can be for busy parents to keep their families on track,” said Frost. “But with a few simple and easy-to-follow tips, families can achieve happy, well-balanced […]


Every Living Person Needs To Know These Secrets

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You know everything start within ourselves. We can control our behaviors and our attitudes – up to us. But our behaviors or attitudes normally derive from our upbringing. In other words, our family plays a major role in shaping our behaviors and attitudes. In fact, not just us, everybody – since the beginning of mankind. […]


The Challenge Of Families

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Angie grew up in a family where she was the caretaker. The oldest of four, Angie was the only member of her family capable of deep caring, empathy and compassion. As a result, she was always attempting to protect her brother and sisters from her father’s physical and emotional abuse. Even her mother learned to […]


Keep Kids Safe Online During Summer Vacation

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During vacation, kids often stay up late, sleep in late and play outside a lot. Today’s kids also spend more time online during the summer, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and meeting friends in chat rooms and social networking sites. Although these online activities can provide hours of entertainment and learning, they can also […]


Caring For Baby S Clothes

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New parents are full of concerns about what regular household activities may pose a threat or present problems for their newest family member. At some point the question about the best ways to wash baby clothing will arise. Parents typically ask whether there is a certain type off detergent that they should use, whether it […]