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Must-have free educational apps for your kids

There are many free educational apps you can download to your phone or tablet to help your kids learn and have fun doing it! From preschool to junior high, more than ever kids are using smartphone apps to enhance their learning. Kids 5 and Under Sight Words Learning Games – …

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Parents of special needs children to be paid caregivers in NY State

Starting in April of 2016, the Social Services law will be amended in NY State to allow for parents of their adult child to be paid under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) , as long as the parent is not also named as the designated representative. This is …

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Eight Expert Tips for Traveling with Your Toddler

  As a former professional travel writer, Id like to think I speak with authority for both adult and, now, kid travel. Here, then, are my eight pro tips for traveling with your infant, baby, or toddler. Thats just how we were raised, and well do the same to him. …

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10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids

  You probably wouldn’t use old-school phrases like “Wait until your father gets home” or “I wish you were more like your sister” with your kids. But there are lots of less obvious ones that you should avoid, for their sake and yours. 1. “Great Job.” Research has shown that …

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10 Things I Want My Son to Learn Before He Becomes a Teenager

    By Shannon Ralph/The Next Family I have an amazing 11-year-old son. He is smart. He makes me laugh every day. He is kind and he is generous. And despite my nightly pleading to the universe to please — for the love of God — slow down time, my …

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4 Things Every Parent of Twins Needs to Survive

  Author, poet, storyteller, editor, musician. Wife of one, mama of six. Blogger at Crash Test Parents and Racheltoalson.com I don’t know if I’ve ever faced a harder challenge in my parenting years than raising twins. Maybe it’s because our twins came near the end of the line of boys …

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I Have the Perfect Body

  It may not have been your first thought when you looked at this picture of me at 39 weeks and two days pregnant, playing with my children in our backyard. But it’s true. It was a hot Saturday. The boys were splashing around in the pool, and on a …

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Sleep: Tricks and advice to get kids to sleep

  Are you extremely tired, grumpy, clumsy, disoriented, emotional, stressed or finding it hard to concentrate? If the answer is yes, you might just be a parent. It’s pretty much a given as parents that we do not sleep. I remember vividly when my first daughter was a newborn that …

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5 Ways Being the Middle Child Helps You in Life

  by Michelle Muller-Marinis This particular topic is quite near and dear to my heart, as I have three boys ranging in age from 3 to 7 years old. I think I carry a certain amount of guilt when it comes to my middle son. Why? He will never have …

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