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Creating Good Eaters

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One of the best things you can do for your little one is to introduce him or her to the wonders of healthy and adventurous eating. And the earlier, the better! Young children who have been exposed to a wide variety of foods from the outset are much less likely to reject new veggies and

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Teaching Safety to Your Kids Without Instilling Fear

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As any parent knows, there are seemingly innumerable dangers and risks your child will encounter every day from the moment he’s born. Natural disasters, accidents, and, unfortunately, some of those dangers will even come from other people. But the world isn’t all gloom and doom or impending disaster. You know that, and you want your

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Is your family ready for a pet?

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Having a pet can teach a child a lot of great things – responsibility, maturity, self-control, how to care for something, and lessons in health, life, and death. But having a pet is also a big responsibility that is not to be taken lightly. When you are thinking about getting a family pet and assessing

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Fostering Independence (i.e. Being the Anti-Helicopter Parent)

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Fostering independence in kids is about teaching them how to make good decisions, and how to do things for themselves. It’s important for you to instill these skills without hovering over them all the time or doing it all for them – i.e. being a “helicopter parent”. Here are some tips for instilling independence in

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Extending preschool learning at home

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Preschool is a great time for kids to be learning through fun, observation, and play – and the best thing you can do for them is to keep that fun and learning going at home. Here are some ideas for extending preschool learning at home with your kids: 1. Go on an Observation Walk Go

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Screen Time and Kids

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Technology has come a long way since we were kids. Many parents of young children now have seen the advent of the personal home computer, and the beginning of the internet. This means they had a childhood without the compact, portable technology that kids today have. Our parents had to worry about how much TV

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4 Things People Don’t Tell You About Adjusting to a Newborn – But Are Perfectly Normal

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Being a parent to a newborn baby is one of the biggest changes and adjustments a person could ever make, and sometimes it can be hard to know what’s “normal” – especially when your feelings aren’t all rainbows and butterflies about your new baby. Yes, this is something that is rarely talked about, but often

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8 Ways to Play with a Cardboard Box

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Need some fun ideas for recycling those cardboard boxes in the garage? Try some of these cool things to make with your kids! 1. Make a cat bed or doghouse for the family pet Everyone already knows cats love sitting in boxes, and dogs love to have a bed of their own. Have your little

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How to have an easy, successful drop off at daycare or preschool

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Do you fear the dreaded daycare drop-off scene? Fear not! It doesn’t have to be a terrible, traumatic experience. Here are some tips for how to have an easy, successful drop off at daycare or preschool: Ask the daycare for advice on how to ease this transition They’ve been around for this sort of thing

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Chicago Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

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When winter storms and nasty weather hits, it’s good to have options for indoor playgrounds in Chicago for kids, as we covered last time. But if the weather is cold and wintry but not completely awful, you’ll want to have some fun outdoor winter activities on tap for the kids to do as well. Here

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