Tips for Parents

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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Honor Black History by Raising Anti-Racist Children

Honor Black History by Raising Anti-Racist Children     Every February, we celebrate Black History Month, but it is critical to remember that black history is American history and should be celebrated all year. Some ways to celebrate all year include, reading books or watching movies that represent diversity. Diversity can often be found in books and toys, but you may need to look for it. Another …

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Focus on Healthy Relationships

Focus on Healthy Relationships       Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone.  It was a special day to celebrate all those important people in our lives – our partners, children, and friends.  Life is continually challenging, as we near the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.  Parents are under a lot of stress.  Not only balancing work and home life, but also the stress we are all feeling living in this isolating environment. Maintaining healthy relationships is more important …

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Celebrating Black History Month with Kids

Celebrating Black History Month with Kids              February is Black History Month, and we want to help provide fun family activities to celebrate and explain the importance of honoring black history to your children.   “African American history is American history, and when kids understand the fuller picture of history, it will also help them understand the fuller picture of …

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