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Are You Ready if Swine Flu Arrives at Your School?

Are You Ready if Swine Flu Arrives at Your School?

Since the outbreak of swine flu in April 2009, cases of the novel H1N1 virus have been confirmed in all 50 states and continue to be reported all around the world. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization classified the pandemic as "Phase 6," meaning widespread human infection. While the death rate is low compared to the seasonal flu (302 people in the United States died from the illness as of July 24, 2009), the transmission rate for the H1N1 virus remains high: Reported cases in the U.S.

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Updated: March 29, 2022

Are Gender Reveal Parties Problematic?

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2018 was the year of elaborate Pinterest-inspired gender reveal parties. Let’s hope 2019 is the year that ends this unnecessary trend. These parties are over the top, costly, and force newborns to subscribe to gender norms. Baby showers and sprinkles help parents celebrate the excitement of a new family member. They also help parents gather what they need to prepare for the baby’s arrival as far as collecting needed baby clothes and paraphernalia.

The Cost of Utilities

The Cost of Utilities

Just when you think you've got your financial situation pretty well under control, you start getting these pesky little bills. Nothing too big—$30 here, $19 there. When you add them up, though, you've got some significant expenses.

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The Earliest Names

The Earliest Names

The earliest names were very simple, given the rudimentary form of language millennia ago. It's a pretty sure bet that none of these names survive in their original form today (although “Ugh” could have formed the basis for “Hugh”).

Teach Kids to Save Money for the Wish List

Teach Kids to Save Money for the Wish List

Did you ever dream about owning a Ferrari? Did you ever want to put a pool in your backyard (or even have a backyard to put one in)? An adult's financial goals generally require a heavy savings commitment to reach them. Grown-ups save to buy a home, start a family, maybe start a business, and have a comfortable retirement. Those who are successful in meeting their goals generally are the ones who are experienced in saving. These people learned about saving early on.

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Your Child and His New Sibling: Baby Love?

Your Child and His New Sibling: Baby Love?

Childproofing

NEVER leave your baby alone or unwatched where your older child can reach her. Your baby's room should be not only babyproof, but childproof as well, preventing your older child from going into the room without adult supervision.

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The "Just Say No" Fallacy

The "Just Say No" Fallacy

If your tween is like most, he swears he won't smoke, drink, take drugs, or have sex until he's married. He has learned that these things are very bad and can easily recite what happens to people who indulge in these evils: They end up addicted, with a baby, or dead. Before you relax too much, though, keep in mind that in a few years he will outgrow his black-and-white mentality.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

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The Prevalence of Peanut Allergy

The Prevalence of Peanut Allergy

The Prevalence of Peanut Allergy

First the airlines stopped offering in-flight peanuts. Then you started getting notices from your child's school, or phone calls from the parents of his friends, urging you to avoid sending along any foods containing even a smidgen of peanuts. Perhaps your own child has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy. If you think you're hearing more about peanut allergy in kids these days, you're not imagining it.

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Ritalin and Other Medications

Ritalin and Other Medications

If you mention ADHD medication, most people--doctors and consumers alike--think of Ritalin. In the United States, it's the overwhelming choice for treatment.

But it's not necessarily the best choice.

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Updated: April 19, 2022

8 Reasons Why All Parents Should Take a Kid-Free Vacation

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Most parents probably spend a few moments fantasizing about a kids-free vacation every week. It may happen when your child is popping out of bed after you’ve already said goodnight five times or when you’re facing mounds of child-sized laundry or when you’re telling your kids to stop arguing with each other for the tenth time that day. Those moments of fantasy are as much a part of parenthood as dirty diapers and boxed mac and cheese. 

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Using Punishments Effectively

Using Punishments Effectively

At Brandt and Audra's house, beds need to be made before leaving for school. If you fail to make your bed, you go to bed thirty minutes early. The last time that Brandt failed to make his bed was three weeks ago. Audra fails to make her bed about four mornings a week. She goes to bed early each time.

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Setting Up a Home Office

Setting Up a Home Office

While we can't begin to cover every aspect of creating a home office in this short section, we can offer some suggestions to get you started. You'll need to find the right space for an office, outfit it with a phone, computer, and other equipment; consider zoning and legal issues; and, of course, figure out how you'll pay for what you'll need. The first thing to consider is whether you can legally work from your home.

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by: Grad L. Flick, Ph.D.

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Attention Training Games

Attention Training Games

Here are five simple games you can play with your child to build visual- and auditory-attention skills.

The games are designed to improve your child's attentional processes by being more specific than other attentional tasks. They may also reveal information that could be helpful in other situations, such as your child's classroom. However, these games are not intended to provide a "treatment program." Attentional disorders are far too complex to be addressed by game-like tools.

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Choosing Your Crafting Space

Choosing Your Crafting Space

Crafty Clues

Keep air vents and filter for exhaust fans (and heating and cooling systems) clean. This is all part of general ventilation system maintenance, but if your craft involves the creation of dust, you may have to clean or replace these filters more often. If you have some design leeway in your crafting area, install an exhaust fan if there isn't one. They can be installed in any room, not just a kitchen or bathroom.

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Updated: March 15, 2019

How to Enjoy the Holidays Like a Kid Again

mom and daughter watching santa in sky

Special childhood holiday memories have a way of staying with us like no other. Whether it’s presents under the tree, lighting a family menorah, delicious holiday treats, or special winter pajamas, those memories are still visceral for us - even now in motherhood. It’s easy to remember the pure magic and uncontainable excitement of those childhood holidays, though those memories can seem more like a lingering dream with each passing year.

Giving Children Feedback on their Artwork

Giving Children Feedback on their Artwork

It is a fact that parents, teachers, and counselors try to support children's creativity, but often they do not know how. Through casual feedback or well-intentioned but ill-advised statements, they may inadvertently undermine children's creative spirit. Children are hungry for true appreciation. They do not want flattery, opinions, or even blind support for what they do. They want to be seen. Positive or negative evaluation brings creativity to a superficial level. Parents and teachers should never compare children's work.

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

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It may ease separation anxiety later if you at least occasionally employ a sitter during the first six months of your baby's life. She may feel more comfortable with separation if it has always been a familiar aspect of her life.

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