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Top 3 family road trip travel hacks

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Taking your family on a road trip is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll share together. The stories and memories made on those trips will last a lifetime. Cranky children tired of sitting still can make the trip itself feel like a lifetime too! Don’t despair! Road trips can indeed be fun for everyone with a little advance planning and creativity. Let’s review our top three family road trip travel hacks.

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5 tips to fight off the boredom blues

Thursday, June 16, 2016

There’s nothing to do!

Can’t I just watch more TV?

It’s inevitable. At some point during summer vacation your child will utter those dreadful words: “I’m bored.” They might be surrounded by toys and have a yard full of things to do, but there are times when children just can’t think of things to do. This is a prime time to help your child build their powers of imagination and creativity. We’ve got five tips to beat the boredom blues this summer.

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Summer Rash Survival Guide

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rashes are more common during the summer months than any other season. It can be hard to distinguish between a rash, sting or insect bite. Keep this guide handy to help treat and soothe the most common rashes.

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Tips for keeping your kids safe around water

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A cool dip in the pool on a hot summer day is fun for the whole family. Let’s make sure it’s safe too. Whether you visit your neighborhood pool every day or will be taking a road trip to the beach, it’s important to keep basic water safety in mind.

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Five important technology rules for your babysitter

Thursday, May 26, 2016

When you hire a babysitter you spend time showing them around your house, telling them about bedtimes and other house rules. However, have you considered talking to them about your policies regarding cell phones while watching your children? You want to make sure your sitter’s attention is focused solely on your children - not the latest SnapChat story. Take some time in advance to establish clear rules about your expectations regarding technology to help ensure the safest environment for your children when you’re gone.

Babysitter with cell phone

Leaving kids home alone for the summer

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Child care during the summer months can be a challenge for working parents. It’s harder to find care for elementary age children and expensive too. How do you know when your child is ready to be home alone? If they (or you) aren’t ready for that step, what options do you have?

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Infant nutrition: making the transition to solid foods

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Is it time for infant cereal? Rice, oatmeal, or barley? What baby food will you serve after that? Which comes first fruits or vegetables?

Happy eating baby

Recommendations for a healthy breastfeeding diet

Thursday, May 5, 2016

It’s true, breastfeeding moms need more calories - 500 more calories each day in fact. If you’re breastfeeding, make sure those extra calories come from foods that will help you stay healthy, keep your energy up and best support your baby’s development needs. Experts recommend following a diet high in antioxidants, protein and other key nutrients. Wondering how that translates into your grocery list?

Woman eating healthy

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