Month: March 2017

Hello Readers!

I hope your 2017 is shaping up to be everything you planned it to be! As for me, I would say I am staying on track with my resolutions. I am writing this mid-February, and I can proudly say I am sticking to my New Year’s resolutions. They were much like the ones I’ve made in past years: stay consistent with fitness, eat like I love myself, eliminate any negativity where possible, and journal more often. I must say that journaling has been put on the back burner for almost two weeks now, but admitting it in writing to...

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IT’S A ZOO OUT THERE!

• Are they too loose? • Rear facing or forward facing, and when do I change? • Do I need a tether strap, and what is it anyway? • UAS? Where do I go for help? • So many different makes and models! These are just some of the bewildering questions that moms and dads, new parents, and even grandparents are constantly asking. Plus, we know that you have a frustrating time finding somewhere or someone to check your car seats, and are often turned away or delayed in your search. In this issue of Family Matters we begin...

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RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN

It’s normal for parents to question whether they are doing the right thing. Caregivers want to protect children from challenging situations, whether it’s a bully at school, struggles with school work, or a difficult boss at a teenager’s part-time job. But such challenges are a part of life. Every person experiences difficult situations, and either has to cope with something they cannot change, or take steps in problem-solving something that can be changed. Emotions such as sadness, anger, and fear are normal in challenging situations. How children navigate those challenges is what makes the difference. Having caregivers who provide...

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IS YOUR PUPPY GETTING ENOUGH PLAY TIME?

When a furry, little bundle of joy first arrives in our home, we want to do everything to prepare it for a life of success and happiness. We also want to make sure to keep them safe. A question I often get from new dog parents is: “at what age should I start socializing my puppy, and how can I do it safely?” Puppy socialization classes are a great idea for all young pups between three and five months. Not only does your puppy get exposed to others in a safe, controlled environment, but it is also a great...

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OH, FOR THE LOVE OF READING!

Here’s a little secret I’ve learned over time as a teacher and as a parent. How you handle books will eventually influence how your kids treat them. Children naturally follow your lead, so if they see that you enjoy reading and treat books with care, they will likely do the same. Every parent wants their child to enjoy reading, but ironically, many have a way of messing up the inherently joyful act of reading a good book. One of the most crucial ways you can instill the love of reading in your kids is to show them what it...

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