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Sweet Dreams - Setting The Stage For a Good Night’s Sleep

While a child’s sleep-needs vary as they grow, there are two recommendations that remain consistent, no matter the child’s age. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends maintaining a regular bedtime routine and a sleep-friendly environment.

Expert Advise About Teens and Tweens

Teen parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman on how to talk with your constantly irritated child.

Spice Up Your Weekends

<!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.5px 'Times New Roman'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} -->Day-to-day schedules can get tedious. Bouncing between work, home and family obligations, it’s often hard to muster the energy and enthusiasm for making time for yourself. But weekends are two-day opportunities that should be used to recharge and indulge in some much needed fun and relaxation.

Cook up Some Family Togetherness

<!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} -->Family too focused on texting, surfing and gaming? Are they interacting more with a keyboard then with each other? Cooking is not only a great creative outlet, but the simple acts of mixing and measuring even have the potential to help families reconnect, creating opportunities for amazing conversations and memories that last a lifetime.

Explore Nature Nearby: Go Green by Giving Back

Welcome to January! 'Tis the season for New Year's Resolutions, clean starts, and fresh perspectives. So what's on your list of things to do in 2011? If helping out in the community and learning to live more lightly are two of your top ten missions, then read on. It's easy to go green while giving back, and "service learning" can be very rewarding for families and kids.

Images CAN Be Your Reality

Imagine seeing a picture daily and then seeing that picture become your life. This is possible with a Dream/Vision Board. I have been using a Dream Board since I was 15 and have experienced the power of it in my life. I understand that goal setting can be difficult for some, along with accomplishing New Year’s Resolutions. Yet a Dream Board is fun, easy, and creative. While I encourage everyone to set goals, and map out how to reach their dreams, a Dream Board is an asset and another venue to achieve goals and resolutions.

Reading is the Road to Success

<!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} -->Reading is the foundation for a child’s education. Without strong reading skills, it’s harder for any child to succeed.

Making Family Time a Priority

With soccer practice, piano lessons, friends, homework, tests and more, there are countless activities that compete for time on the family calendar. With thoughtful planning, you can be sure that fun family time gets penciled in, too.

Parents Are the Key

Experts agree that parents can help reduce the risk of a crash involving their teen driver. Take the following simple, lifesaving steps:

Tips for Treating a Sick Child

Once the winter months set in, it seems there's always some sort of "bug" going around school. Between colds, flu, strep and other common illnesses, kids are lucky to escape this season without coming down with something. But if they do get sick, what should you do? These tips will help parents and caregivers see kids through the illness and get them back on the way to health.