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Updated: August 27, 2019

Staff Tips: 9 Morning Routine Hacks to Get Your Kids to the Bus Stop on Time

Morning Routine Hacks

It's 7:29am, the school bus is pulling up in front of your house, and your child has one shoe on, can't find the other one, her homework is still on the kitchen counter, and the contents of her backpack may or may not actually be what she needs to bring to school that day. The morning routine is way off course.

You open the front door and wave the bus driver away...looks like another day of driving your kid to school, being late for work, and generally watching your morning collapse in chaos. Or is it?

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Preventing Chimney Fires

How do chimneys work?

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A flue is the void or passageway through which the products of combustion are removed from the fire to the outside. A flue pipe is a pipe used to connect a fire or appliance to a chimney. A flue liner is the material used to form the flue in the chimney. They can be made of fire clay, refractory quality concrete, or metal. Some older chimneys may not have liners.

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Expert Advice: Strangers and Safety During the Holidays

Expert Advice: Strangers and Safety During the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyful time of year, but it's also a time of year when you need to be extra-cautious when out and about with your child. Between frenzied trips to the mall for holiday shopping, crowded airports, and holiday parties, it can be hard to keep track of your little one in the crowds.

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When to Keep a Child at Home

When to Keep a Child at Home

Although it may seem obvious, children should not go to school when they're contagious to others, when they have a fever, or when they're too sick to learn. Childhood illnesses are spread easily when children are in close contact in the school setting.

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Updated: June 26, 2019

Help! I Don't Like My Teen's Friend

Teen Girls on Smartphones

We raise our kids to make good choices, whether it's what to eat or wear, and their wise choice of friends. Then the teen years hit and, along with them, teen behavior. Some kids sail smoothly through these years, but sometimes they need a little guidance when it comes to choosing friends. Teens aren't mature enough to see what adults do. So what if you don't care for your teen's friend?

Dr. Jennifer Guttman, PsyD Clinical Psychologist has the following tips for parents:

Strangulation Hazards

Strangulation Hazards

The first rule for preventing strangulation is never tie a pacifier, teether, or necklace around a baby's neck. The cord can catch on crib posts, toys, and pieces of furniture, among other things, and strangle a small child. Never tie one to the crib or playpen either. Remove bibs or other clothing tied around your baby's neck before putting him in the crib or playpen.

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Kitty-Proofing Your Home

Cat supplies

Shopping for Your Cat

If you shop before your new feline friend's homecoming, you'll be able to spend the first few days getting to know each other instead of running off to the pet supply store. Here's a basic list for your shopping trip:

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Drywall an Existing Wall

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Step 2: Cutting Drywall

Building Smarts

A jigsaw is great for cutting inside corners. A hand wood saw does a fine job of cutting drywall, if you use enough support to avoid breakage.

A rasp (rough-cutting file) smoothes cuts in drywall. If pieces are too tight, rasping the edges may save recutting.

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Crafts for Every Holiday

Epiphany

Twelfth Night (Epiphany): January 6

Traditionally, this is the day the Three Kings from the Orient came to Bethlehem bearing gifts for baby Jesus. It's called Twelfth Night because it's the twelfth night after Christ's birth.

Get some incense made from frankincense and myrrh. Check in religious shops, health food stores with larger herb departments, and herb specialty shops. Learn what frankincense and myrrh look and smell like. Find out where they come from and how they were used.

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Protecting Your Child from Abuse in Daycare

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Safety Savvy

During your interview with a prospective day care provider, ask detailed questions about her philosophy of discipline. On your visit, observe how she handles behavior problems, including punishments she uses.

Go to the Source

To see how caregivers are treating their charges, you can volunteer to go on field trips or help out occasionally. But for real day-to-day information, your child is probably your best source.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Tech-Corps Volunteers

Tech-Corps Volunteers

What's a single guy, age 27, doing on a Saturday morning at Patrick Henry Elementary in Virginia? He's not a teacher, a coach, or a school employee. Shane Ahn, a strategic planning manager at Bell Atlantic, is a member of Tech Corps, an organization of professionals who offer their skills and expertise to help schools integrate technology in the teaching process

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Christmas: Old Traditions Are New Again

Christmas: Old Traditions Are New Again

It's fun to read about Christmas in times past and learn about old-fashioned traditions. The thought of a tree lighted exclusively with real candles sounds dreamy, even if it's more than a little impractical and even downright dangerous. The nice thing is that today we can pick and choose which traditions fit into our lifestyle. We can make them a priority and gear our crafting accordingly.

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Safety Tips for Your Growing Baby

More strategies for safety

  • Never leave your baby unattended for even one single minute. This includes and is especially true for leaving your baby around other babies and pets, and/or unattended on couches, beds, and changing tables, in car seats, and in the bath. Babies have been known to drown in one and a half inches of water. That's another reason why making a crib enjoyable for your baby is so important.
  • Automobile Safety for Dogs

    Automobile Safety for Dogs

    We've all seen dogs hanging their heads out car windows or riding in the backs of pickup trucks. Dogs that travel that way are at risk of serious injury or even death. Dust and other airborne debris traveling at the speed of a moving vehicle can cause serious damage to eyes and ears. Worse, dogs sometimes jump from a window or truck bed. If they luck out and land safely, they still may be struck by another vehicle, or run and become lost. Many dogs are killed or badly injured this way every year.

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    Updated: May 15, 2019

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    Boys and Online Porn: What's A Mom To Do?

    Modem highjacking victim

    The frustrating truth is that AT&T's policy remains unchanged. All international long-distance calls made from a computer are billed as normal toll charges, and customers placing these types of calls are required to pay the charges. But as more complaints flooded its offices these past few months, AT&T did issue a customer alert about ''modem hijacking.'' They are now referring all inquiries and complaints to the Federal Trade Commission for investigation.

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    Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs?

    Should I Snoop into My Daughter's Private Affairs?

    Building Blocks

    Excessive behavior that is socially destructive and characterized by fighting, stealing, arson, truancy, and leaving home is called a conduct disorder.

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    Updated: March 2, 2021

    5 Tips for Avoiding the Stores During the Holidays

    woman cozying up and avoid stores during the holidays

    If you dread the holidays because crowded stores and bright lights spike your pulse, there is a solution. Just stay out of the stores. This holiday season, keep your sanity and stay in your flannel pajamas. We have five tips that will help you make it to 2020 without ever stepping foot in a brick and mortar shop. 

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    The Ballerina or Skater

    The Ballerina or Skater

    The Ballerina or Skater

    One of the best things you can do for your daughter is to help her discover what is deep inside her and to encourage her to grow into what she is meant to be. Remember the words of Oscar Levant: "It's not what you are, but what you don't become that hurts." Therefore, you will never know what your daughter could become unless you validate her early wishes and accompany her as she tries to follow the path of her innermost passions.

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    Why Seek a Diagnosis for ASD?

    Why Seek a Diagnosis for ASD?

    If you have any concerns about your child, it is important that you consult with a medical professional who is experienced in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Hopefully, you will have worried needlessly. But if not, it is important that you have a diagnosis as early as possible, in order to access services.

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