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Generations Can Learn From Each Other

  Since Older American's Month is coming up in May, wouldn't it be great to get our younger generations involved with our older generations in fun and meaningful ways? When children, teens and younger adults spend time...

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Screen Time and Young Children: A Q& A from the Illinois Early Learning Project

Screen Time and Young Children A big thank you to the Illinois Early Learning Project located at the University of Illinois for their partnership, support and permission to share this information on our blog! "Screen time" refers to time spent using a device (e.g., television, game console, tablet, computer, smart phone). Increasingly, children are spending more time using...

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Helping Your Child Make Decision for Higher Education

Helping your child make decision for higher education Decision making While I was attending a dual credit meeting for my daughter, I was thinking about all the decisions that high school juniors and seniors are making. High school students are planning and thinking about their future; if they want to attend a trade school, work at a local business, start their own busin...

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Don't Put Off Reading This Article!

Mark Twain said "Never put off til tomorrow, what you can do the day after tomorrow." As I've been helping my son during his senior year of High School, I hav...

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The Importance of Caregiver Self-Care

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Intentional Harmony

Intentional Harmony We know that if we have a partner, that relationship is probably one of the most important ones. Then why is this relationship one of the most vulnerable ones to work-life stress? It is all too easy to take out frustrations on the person we love the most. How can we avoid this? Well, the answer is "It takes work" and an investment. Just like the title of this blog, w...

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Too Much is NOT a Good Thing

Originally printed in March of 2017, but thought it would be worthwhile to release again. 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 tha...

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5 Cures for Cabin Fever

With much of the state covered in snow and plunging into the deep freeze this week, I thought I'd re-share this blog originally posted in 2016. "Mom, he's touching me." "No, mom, HE's looking at me." "MOOOooooM, tell him to stop touching MEEEEEE." "I'LL STOP touching you when you stop...

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Winter Fitness

Winter Fitness Now that winter is upon us, it is quite comforting to sit down with a movie, hot chocolate, and your family for some quality time together. Although it is important to do some enjoyable and relaxing activities, it is important to try to incorporate some plans that include physical movement for overall fitness. Even though you may have to be creative in your planning as yo...

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Fighting the Post-Holiday Blues

  The flurry of wrapping paper has settled, the holiday meal leftovers are a memory, decorations are packed away, New Year's resolutions have been made and broken, and family and friends...

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Your Teen's Developing Brain

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Tips on Handling Tantrums

Tips on Handling Tantrums Can you think of a time where either you had a toddler or you witnessed a toddler in the store checkout line throwing...

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Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Let's Measure!

Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Let's Measure! This is used with permission from the Illinois Early Learning Project https://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/fun-measure/ Your preschool-age child hears you talk about miles, inches, pounds, liters, acres, and minutes. He sees you measuring things. He may wonder how tall he is or how long he can stand on one foot. Here are so...

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Family Holidays…not always merry & bright

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Gifts Kids Really Want

Despite the title, I am not going to talk about the latest video game or Monster High doll! According to authors Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock-Staeheli in their book Unplug the Christmas Machine, as early as the age of four or five kids can l...

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Winter Fitness

Winter Fitness Now that winter is upon us, it is quite comforting to sit down with a movie, hot chocolate, and your family for some quality time together. Although it is important to do some enjoyable and relaxing activities, it is important to try to incorporate some plans that include physical movement for overall fitness. Even though you may have to be creative in yo...

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Achieving Balance in Your Life

Periodically, I am asked to do a presentation on work/life balance. Everyone is so busy juggling work, school, family, friends, household duties, self-care, etc., that they want to know how to fit everything in their schedules. This can be a very tricky thing to accomplish s...

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Holidays and Traditions ~ tis the season

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Practicing Daily Gratitude

Practicing Daily Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday and with it quickly approaching, I thought I would re-share a blog post from 2015. Food, family, and of course remembering what I am thankful for makes turkey day the best day for me.  I also relish this time of year because it seems as if EVERYONE is practicing more gratitude.  Scrolling through social media, you will likely find at least on...

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Making Meaningful Memory Care Visits

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Stay Mommy, Stay!

When my son was very young, I remember dropping him off at the child care center and then preschool. I recall seeing little ones crying, clinging to their parents – and then seeing those same parents crying in the parking lot. It is very...

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Making the Grade

        School has been in full-swing for a while and…ready or not…the...

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Mental Illness Awareness Week - Be a part of the solution not the problem

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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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