Keeping Kids Hydrated

Keeping Kids Hydrated       A study from Harvard recently found that 50% of all children in the US are dehydrated. It is important that children drink enough water throughout the day all year, but especially in these hot, summer months! Water needs to be part of your family’s day-to-day life. Some common side effects of dehydration include headaches, poor …

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Launching your Child into Adulthood

Launching your Child into Adulthood       As we watch our teenagers grow into adults, we must ask ourselves if we have equipped them with the skills they need to be successful in this world. Basic life skills are very important but can be overlooked in a teenager’s education. Our education system largely depends on parents to teach critical life skills. As a child’s independent life approaches, …

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Explaining Pride to Kids

Explaining Pride to Kids       June is Pride Month! It is important to start conversations with your children surrounding LGBTQ+ rights early and often. It is also important to remember that these conversations should not be limited to the month of June, it’s important to keep them going year-round.         “Pride Month is both a joyful celebration and …

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Summer Car Safety for the Entire Family

Summer Car Safety for the Entire Family        Summer car safety should be in the front of your mind every time you get in the car. Whether you are driving cross county, or just down the road, it is important to follow these safety rules.   Step one: Make sure all passengers are properly buckled.   Each passenger should be buckled appropriately based …

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Problem Gambling and Child Abuse and Neglect

Problem Gambling and Child Abuse and Neglect          Some may be surprised to know that there is a relationship between excessive gambling and caregivers capacity to nurture and care for their kids. Since 2012, 32 have been children left unattended on Casino properties in Maryland alone. When parents or caregivers have addictive or problematic behaviors, children are often the easiest targets to let …

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The Family That Volunteers Together Stays Together 

The Family That Volunteers Together Stays Together  After a year of social distancing, smiling behind a facemask, and staring at screen, it feels like the perfect time to strengthen your family the best way possible by— volunteering. What? Absolutely. Volunteering with your family is a great way to spend time together while also supporting your community. Kids learn responsibility, the importance of …

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Healthy Ways to Discipline Your Children

Healthy Ways to Discipline Your Child  One of the most important jobs that parents have is to ensure that they are raising their children to be productive citizens.  Although that is an easy statement to make, it takes a lot of time and patience to achieve this. It can be helpful for parents to learn about the effective methods to disciplining their children. Here are …

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Selecting Appropriate Child Care

Selecting Appropriate Child Care    When it’s time to go to work, how do we choose the best option for our littlest ones? First things first, how do you find child care centers?   Call LOCATE: Child Care. This is a free referral service for parents looking for child care. They can be reached at 1-877-267-0060 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm.   Telephone Interview. Call all of the child care centers you receive …

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month        March is Women’s History Month! We are excited to honor women’s history and provide you with tools that help you celebrate with your family. Women’s history month is a relatively new celebration designated by Congress in 1987. However, the movement started in California in 1978 with a weeklong celebration. In 1980 President Carter declared the week of …

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Children’s Social Emotional Health

Social Emotional Health and Our Children         Throughout our lives we are continually shaped by our experiences. Our interactions with the world rely on our social-emotional skills. How we respond when meeting new people, overcoming difficult situations, or expressing our own feelings of joy or disappointment can be influenced by our caregivers.           Even …

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