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5 Tips for Getting Ready for the School Year

It's a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Here are five tips to make sure your children get off to a smooth start this September.

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Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

Giving kids the responsibility to stay home alone can be a positive and confidence-building experience, a rite of passage. All parents reach the point when they are faced with making a decision as to whether their child is ready to stay home alone. How do you know he or she is ready?

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Benefits for Kids Who Participate in Theater

There is a reason theatrical productions are referred to as "plays." Surely, it is because in addition to being hard work, theater can also be a great form of play. Even one small moment in the limelight can serve to permanently fire the imagination and creative spirit of a child.

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Effective Ways of Handling Homework

Setting the homework stage properly is important. Whether you like it or not, parents have to play a role in helping their children handle homework. Initially, their role is fairly large. However, the sooner you put them on the path to handling homework by themselves, the happier all of you will be.

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Montessori Method Learning Theories Explained

Montessori learning is hardly novel - Maria Montessori's first school opened its doors in 1907. But a trend toward mindfulness in education is sparking new interest in this century-old style of education, and new science is showing how this type of learning benefits today's young minds.

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School Year Recipes and Strategies

An interview with the dynamic duo behind this new inspiring cookbook that shows moms how to master meal prep throughout the busy school year, from packing school lunches and making healthy dinners to fueling kids up for soccer practice. This indispensable fail-proof guide addresses every major food dilemma parents face during the school year.

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The Importance of Annual Eye Exams for Kids

Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many obstacles in life - academically, socially and athletically. Children often don't know how they should see and may not know if something is wrong. If a child's eyes and vision suffer, so too will their general health and ability to engage in normal childhood activities.

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The Maryland Renaissance Festival 2017

Don your suits of armour and dust off your tiaras - the Maryland Renaissance Festival is here! Now in its 41st season, the family-friendly festival celebrates all there is to love about life in 1527 under the reign of Henry VIII.

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The Real Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

When used appropriately, antibiotics are one of our most vital weapons for fighting off harmful bacterial infections. Unfortunately, however, studies have shown that almost 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed to children are unnecessary.

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Tips for Managing Back-to-School Stress

As summer draws to a close and the new school year approaches, it is normal for children to feel butterflies in the pit of their stomachs and to wonder what awaits them in the next grade level, classroom or school.

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