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Tips to Prevent Getting an Infectious Disease While on Vacation

Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.

Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases…

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All Blog Posts Tagged 'teenagers' (56)

8 ultimate ways to help your teenager make the most out of the summer break

Can you recall making huge plans for summer as a child, but the only things you ended up doing is watching TV and wandering around the neighborhood? Now, as a parent, you certainly need to help your kids make the most out of their summer break by engaging them in various activities,…

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Added by Helen Shep on May 29, 2017 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Does talking about Suicide encourage Suicide?

I'm a firm believer that in order to fully understand the cause of something we must ask as many questions as possible. Being afraid of the answer is not going to get rid of the problem much less solve it.

I love my Netflix,…

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Added by Mari Corona on May 5, 2017 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Good Parents ask the Right questions

If it's on thing I've learned for sure in my twenty-two years of parenting is the value of asking the right questions. I'm a firm believer that in order to fully understand the cause of something we must ask as many questions as possible. Being afraid of the answer is not…

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Added by Mari Corona on April 28, 2017 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Why do Kids Lie?

We all lie period. For different reasons at different levels at different times and to different people. I've talked about this before. Our current President is a huge example of lies. So why should we expect that our kids would not engage in this deception as well?

Now that my daughter is older she has moments where she will say to me "oh I can…

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Added by Mari Corona on January 29, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments

8 Useful Tips How to Become Friends with Your Child

If your family has a teenager, the tips that I want to give you a uniquely useful as to find a compromise with teenager is always not easy. What is puberty? This is the time when the body grows, the hormones are dancing, going wild emotions, anger often spills out uncontrollably. The task of parents in this period is to be patient and always willing to help. And here are some simple tips:

1. Give their freedom…

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Added by Stacy Green on June 21, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Fountain of Freedom

Wildly flying down the street, wind in hair, wheels on fire, 
I knew then that life wouldn't be easy
with you.
 
Screeching to a sudden stop, tires…
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Added by MamaMadHatter on March 1, 2016 at 10:26am — No Comments

Home Phone Etiquette

Everybody is accessible ALL the time now.  Most of the time, this is a wonderful thing.  My car breaks down? No problem! I just call for a tow truck on my cell.  Late for my dinner engagement?  No worries; I’ll just shoot them a text message.  However, there are those moments (and I know you know what I’m…

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Added by MamaMadHatter on February 27, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Making positivity cool

I try very hard to stay a positive person. Yes, I have backup plans if things go wrong and like everyone I have off-kilter days, but generally speaking, I like to think that life will go my way. And I have noticed that I am the happiest when I am hanging out with like-minded positive people: Happiness spreads happiness.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

How happy are you really?

As mentioned before, when I have a bad day I sometimes play a little game with myself called, "When Mom was my age." For example: When my Mom was my age she had a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. She worked a physically and mentally demanding job with long hours and a long commute - often not getting home until…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 10, 2015 at 6:25am — 2 Comments

The goths who like to roller skate

When my husband and I were in our 20s, we discovered an all-night skating rink. We both had fond memories of roller skating when we were younger and decided to go. The rink had a familiar feel to it: There was a disco ball in the center, 80s music blaring over the speakers, lots of first-time skaters hanging onto the wall, and the smell of leather and slightly musty air.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on September 16, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments

Lessons in alcohol

While reading my son the story of Dumbo, I had forgotten there was a passage around the clowns drinking some "funny water." And of course my son didn't understand what that meant. So that became the moment when I told my five-year-old about the effects of alcohol.



We had talked about alcohol before at the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 11, 2015 at 5:48am — No Comments

What are your demands?

As a young teen, I once asked my Mom if I could get an after-school job. Her reply was: "Your job is to be a good student." So I tried my best to do a good job and balance my school work with all the other chores I did around the house.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 3, 2015 at 6:32am — 3 Comments

Taking that first (legal) drink

At a recent happy hour with my coworkers, we started talking about our 21st birthdays. There were the usual tales of being taken out by friends to have their first legal drink, with lots of admissions that they had had alcohol well before that milestone birthday.



When it came to me, I told the truth: I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 18, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

I don't want to cut my child's hair

I’ve discovered through talking to other mum’s that, cutting or trimming their child’s hair is a very stressful ordeal so they just don’t do it. However, this is an activity that is necessary for the health of your child’s hair  especially in the following cases:

  1. You relaxed your child’s hair and now you want to transition your child back to natural. It is a lot easier to manage one texture of hair and keep it healthy than two. However, it can be traumatic for…
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Added by Christina Sandema-Sombe on March 7, 2015 at 8:36pm — No Comments

It's true: Your teen isn't listening to you

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

The Salt and Ice Challenge – Kids Are Using Table Salt and Ice to Cause Painful Burns to Their Skin

Yesterday afternoon when my son got into the car, he was asking his sister if she ever put salt on ice.  I didn’t realize that he was talking about putting the salt and ice combination on his skin.  I just assumed that his science teacher was teaching them about temperature changes using salt and ice.  Then this afternoon, I noticed a huge red spot…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 14, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Start Shopping for All of Teenager’s Special Occasion Dresses and Accessories for Best Selection

Parents if you have a teenager in high school, you will quickly realize that it is very expensive for  your child to attend all of the school sponsored events throughout the year.  Most kids enjoy going to football games, homecoming dances, several other special occasion dances throughout the year, band or other club banquets, senior prom, and graduation.  As you can see these expenses can quickly add up, especially, if you factor in the following costs: the cost of the attire, accessories,…

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Added by Christy Garrett on January 2, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Should Parents Consume Alcohol Around Children?

Many parents often wonder if they should drink alcohol in front of their children.  If you do drink alcohol in your home, do you wait until your children are in bed or do you consume it in front of them?  I personally feel that if you are going to drink in front of your children that you should consume it…

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Added by Christy Garrett on July 22, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

As Parents Do We Really Talk To Our Teens?

Talking to teenagers to give advice or simply to find out how they are doing is not a common act among parents today. One of the reasons why this is so is that teenagers in general are difficult to approach, let alone communicate with. A gap in age could be an obvious cause to blame, but despite these impediments, parents should never give up on trying to communicate with their…

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Added by Karen Rodriguez on July 2, 2013 at 8:53am — No Comments

Teen Suicide is on the Rise: Parents Learn the Warning Signs of Teen Suicide

This morning I was watching the news while I was eating my breakfast and caught the tale end of a  news story about teen suicide.  This isn’t the first news story that I have heard on the news about teens trying to commit suicide or actually following through with it.  In fact, teen suicide is on the rise according the Centers of Disease Control.  Teen…

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Added by Christy Garrett on June 3, 2013 at 4:58pm — No Comments

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