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Academic Anxiety On Children

We are half-way through the school year.  For little children, middle school aged children, high school kids, and last but not least, college kids, the Spring semester is a time of transition.  The college kids have their first quarters and semesters under their belts.  They get their first set of grades and you may or may not hear the results. If the first year of college is not turning out as you and your child envisioned, you are not alone. Moving from the academics of high school is not an easy move for some kids.  A student with high school academic struggles can bring them to college.  Even the high school’s academic champions can have problems.  If your student is a top drawer student in a high school of 1000, and goes to a college with thousands upon thousands of fellow geniuses, your child may land at the bottom of the totem pole.  A child might be getting low or failing grades. This will mean academic probation.  This can be devastating to parents and children.

Holiday Safety

Holiday safety for children does not stop when Halloween ends.  Christmas brings with it some challenges, from broken ornaments to choke-size candy.   When decorating, keep small children in mind.  Candles and lighters or matches should be out of the reach of small children.  Always put glass ornaments higher up on the tree and make sure they are secure.  Do not leave candy canes within reach of very small children as they can pose a choking hazard.  The rule is, if it fits in a toilet paper tube, it is a choking hazard.  This should be the guide you use when making decorating decisions.  Also, make sure your tree is secure in the stand, but small children should never be left unsupervised. 

Halloween Safety For Kids

halloweenHalloween is right around the corner and kids are bouncing off the walls with excitement!  Keeping them safe is always a top priority for parents.  Use reflective tape on shoes and dark costumes, give your child a flashlight, and make sure your children have clear vision through their masks.


Halloween trick-o’-treaters should never trick-o’-treat alone.   Groups of children are safer.  A trusted adult is the safest policy.

Budget Plan on Summer

Summer is here!  Kids are happy and parents are worried about money.  Keeping kids busy and paying for camp or activities are concerns for many families.  Children love to be occupied and that means dollarsspent.  Each city and state will, of course, offer different things to do, but making a plan is universal.  First, make a budget plan for the Summer.  Know exactly what you will have to spend.  If your kids are like most kids, then you can plan on having to buy seasonal clothes.  Hand-me-downs are always great.  The next stop would be the sales at top discount department stores.  You can find t-shirts and shorts for as little as $6.00-$8.00, perhaps even less.  Do not rule out the dollar stores.  They have t-shirts, hats, flip flops, sunglasses, and socks and you really can not beat a one dollar price tag.

Cooking With Kids


The food networks on television are an  amazing phenomenon.  When you were young, (this is for the over 30 age group,) would you have imagined a time when there would be channels dedicated to cooking and baking?   The networks provide nearly twenty-four hours of food related entertainment.  There are an array of chefs and cooks from all walks of life, and representing many regions of the world.  They have food for the healthy food fans and the fans of all things fattening!

Family Traditions


Keeping traditions alive in a world of newness is difficult.  Kids and families are busy.  Homework takes hours.  Families live towns, states, and even countries apart.  All these things make holding your traditions not just dear, but near, to your families’ lives and hearts.  Making the time to keep the traditions you learned as a child will have a positive impact on children.  Learning a family history, from one generation to the next, is told by these days.  Storytelling time and large family Sunday dinners have lost their place in recent time for some families.  It is never too late to bring those times back to your home and family. 

Fussy Eaters

Help, My Kid is a Fussy Eater!

Five Strategies to Avoid Food Wars

by Lisa Vance

The frustrated cries of parents with fussy eaters are very familiar to me.  While this may be reassuring for you in the “thank goodness I am not alone” kind of way,  I hope that comfort doesn’t leave you complacent and joining the ranks of the “given up” club.

It is useful to understand a few key factors around eating behaviour so that you know what your options are, exactly how you can influence your children, where you can take more ownership and control and where you might need to surrender some, and importantly, be able to identify who the real “baddies” or saboteurs are.