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A Valuable Resource for Abused and Neglected Children

Since April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I thought it might be a good idea to shed a little light on the issue of child abuse in our communities, and highlight a resource that is available for the victims and their families. In fiscal year 2016, there were 245,3...

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Autism: Be Aware of the Signs


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Spare the Rod

Spare the Rod: Alternatives to Spanking

Posted by Karla Belzer - Parenting

Were you spanked as a child? While in elementary school in the 80's, I have vivid memories of the "board" in the principal's office. The rumor was, if you were sent to the principal's office for misbehavior, you would be spanked with the board. While I cannot confirm if this practice was true, it was enough to scare me into good behavior. Parents often turn to spanking as a form...

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Too Much is Not a Good Thing

While on vacation a few weeks ago, I noticed there were many elementary and middle school aged children present at our resort. I also noticed that many of them had something in common.- their rudeness, lack of manners, and disrespect for others. What was...

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Play Is The Way

"Child's play" is a phrase that describes something that is very simple to accomplish.  However, child's play is actually increasingly complex tasks that have a large impact on a child's social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.  Infants play by themselves, called "solitary play."  As toddlers, children typically play side by side, with little interaction, an activity...

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Think about keeping your brain strong today and every day in honor of Brain Awareness Week

Think about keeping your brain strong today and every day in honor of Brain Awareness Week Did you know that this week, March 13-19, 2017, is Brain Awareness Week? First, let me tell you what Brain Awareness Week is all about. Brain Awareness Week, the third week in March, is dedicated to promoting public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Dana A...

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Unscheduled Time: Time to Play and Dream

Is your child forgetful, crabby, or constantly tired? He may be "overscheduled." Would you be surprised to find your child's day is as hectic as your own? People who study young children say that youngsters need time for unstructured activity—what adults sometimes call "free time" or "down time." Why is free time good for children? Health....

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