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Be proactive! Create a Family Disaster Supply Kit!

Information in this blog comes directly from the University of Illinois Extension Disaster Resources Web Page The images from Hurricane Florence had me thinking this morning.  Would my family be prepared for such a disaster?  Sadly, my answer was no. When disaster strikes, loc...

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Make Family Mealtimes Happen

With many families in back-to-school busy mode, it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy having meals together. However, research shows that having meals together is beneficial for individuals as well as the whole family. F...

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Back to school! Ease those First-Day Blues! A tip sheet from the Illinois Early Learning Project

Ease Those First-Day Blues! A tip sheet from the Illinois Early Learning Project! Separations, sadness, fears, and tears—a young child's first day in your program can be challenging for children and adults! These strategies can help teachers and caregivers make it easier for children and parents to get through those first-day blues. Help families prepare....

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Take a Stand to Prevent Falls

  Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans and are costly -...

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Bullying or Peer Conflict

Back to School, Back to Bullying?

With the start of the new school year, I thought I'd re-share a blog post on bullying I wrote in 2015.  This timely information is a great reminder for us all in how to tell bullying apart from peer conflict. A concerned parent once approached me with a myriad of questions on bullying. Why was her child being excluded from the peer group? What about name calling – is that bullying? Why...

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School and Homework Tips for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

With the beginning of school fast approaching, I thought I would share this article that I originally wrote back in 2015. August is the time of year when parents are busy getting their children ready to go back to school. Registering, shopping for school supp...

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