April is Autism Awareness Month. With the latest research indicating that 1 in every 88 children is diagnosed with autism, as a society, we must gain a greater understanding of this neurological disorder that impacts millions of families nationwide. Parents of newly diagnosed children may feel helpless and need guidance to really understand this complex disorder that can affect one’s ability to communicate, think, move, and function independently. Here are five suggestions to help your child ... Continue Reading
Learn the do’s and don’ts of teaching stranger danger to children.
It’s blatantly horrifying. Seven-year-old Brittney Baxter was standing in the toy aisle of Wal*mart when she was scooped up by (allegedly) Thomas Woods, who covered her mouth and attempted to take her. While we can wage a debate as to whether she should have been alone in the toy aisle of Wal*mart in the first place, the one thing that can be conceded is her parents prepared her well for such a moment. "They [Brittney’s parents] always tell me to scream, kick, and then get away and go ... Continue Reading
Tips for staying green when it comes to your pet.
Almost every family has a pet. They have many benefits: they’re loyal, loveable, and a great way to teach children responsibility. But what is your pet’s carbon footprint? Is there a way to make it smaller? Here are some tips on staying green while having pets. Get your pets from a shelter.There are so many animals out there that need loving homes; there is no need to get a pet from a breeder or pet store. Your local shelter will have tons of dogs and cats in need of good homes. ... Continue Reading
Good nutrition is important for learning, so keep these tips in mind as you send your child back to school.
Back to school time means a getting back on track in many ways. The lazy days of summer can sometimes lead to lax eating habits and sleep schedules. Now is the time for parents and children to discuss healthy eating habits and nutrition. Good nutrition is important for learning; research has shown that children who regularly ate breakfast had better standardized test scores, better behavior, and were less hyperactive than children who skipped breakfast. When children eat high sugar breakfasts, ... Continue Reading
When parents take time to teach their children about money, children are more likely to save money as an adult as well as stay out of debt.
As most parents have learned, kids are great at spending money. And since they are so good at spending, if parents don't take the time to teach their children about money and finances, then the children will grow up to be adults who are great at spending. It is important that parents teach their children about money beginning at a young age and continuing through their teen years. When parents take the time to teach their children about money, children are much more likely to save as an ... Continue Reading