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    Water Safety for Kids

    Water Safety for Kids

    Splash! Swimming and playing in the water is one of the great joys of summer – good exercise and great fun. But before your little ones dive in head-first, take some time to explain the risks of oceans, lakes, and pools, and know what you need to do to ensure your children’s safety. A few [...]
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    The Joy of Music

    The Joy of Music

    Do your kids have enough music in their lives? Numerous studies have shown that steady musical exposure, whether it’s listening to a song or mastering a difficult solo, can boost children’s reading comprehension, improve their motor skills, and even increase memory retention. Following a rhythm or melody requires the same kind of abstract thinking and [...]
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    Sun Safety

    Sun Safety

    What do afternoon walks, playing in the backyard, and bike riding all have in common? Besides being summer activities kids love, they all expose children to the sun’s powerful – and potentially harmful – rays. Sunburns and other types of sun damage can happen any time kids are outside for prolonged periods. Practicing sun safety [...]
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    Camping with Kids

    Camping with Kids

    Camping with Kids For kids of all ages, summer is basically glorified recess; they’re running around outside from sunup to sundown, discovering and exploring their surroundings, and having lots of fun doing it. And if your toddler suddenly decides that finding a new bug is infinitely more interesting than any of their Elmo toys, it [...]
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    Sun, Sand & Fun

    Sun, Sand & Fun

    There are lots of reasons to love summer – weekend barbecues, no school for three months, fireworks on the Fourth of July – but one of the biggest is summer beach trips. Many children have fond memories of afternoons spent building massive sandcastles or painstakingly assembling a souvenir seashell collection. Whether you’re planning a family [...]
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    My Room!

    My Room!

    Do you remember your childhood room? Sure you do. Whether it was a wonderzone of imagination and fun or a clothes-strewn mess, it was memorable. And now you have the opportunity to give your child a room as cool as they are. From room rules to décor choices, these tips will help you make sure [...]
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    Tempest in a Sippy Cup

    Tempest in a Sippy Cup

    Dealing with a Temper Tantrum It’s happened to everyone. You’re in the middle of the grocery store and your little guy just won’t let go of that box of Double Chocolate Sugar Puffs. Or you’re trying to buckle your toddler into the car seat and they’re so adamant about sitting up front they start tearing [...]
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    Taking Time for You

    Taking Time for You

    Your daughter’s school just emailed you a reminder that tomorrow night is the annual parent-teacher conference. Your toddler is tugging at your pant leg – she wants to watch “Finding Nemo” for the umpteenth time. Dinnertime is in ten minutes, and of course you forgot to run the dishwasher. Is it time to scream yet? [...]
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    When Children & Pets Collide

    When Children & Pets Collide

    Your daughter is obsessed with her best friend’s Jack Russell terrier, who gives new meaning to the word “adorable.” Your toddler squeals with delight every time they see another Animal Planet special on fluffy kitties. The signs are all there – they want a pet. And while you have fond memories of Misty, your childhood [...]
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    Time to Play Outside!

    Time to Play Outside!

    A lonely wind howls through the swing set. A tumbleweed rolls across the nature trail. Backyards, front yards, side yards – no one is playing outside. Where are all the kids? Ditch the Screens It’s no secret that kids are spending more time indoors than they used to. Between homework, various screen entertainments, and after [...]
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