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March 17, 2020     Category: Family FunSTEMNature

Everything is off kilter at this moment. We are being barraged with all kinds of messages: some sensible and some are very confusing. The kids are confined, schools are closed, restaurants are running at 50% capacity and parents are frustrated.What to do? Take a deep breath and take this show outside! Grab the kiddies and go out and get some fresh air, go for a leisurely hike, explore the nesting bird habitats and maybe do some weeding!   The biggest value of learning about nature is that it already exists. You can’t miss it! It i...

March 02, 2020     Category: Childhood AnxietyPets

According to a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a pet, especially a dog, may reduce your child’s stress levels. Pets come with some powerful mental health benefits. Here’s how caring for a dog or cat can help with depression, anxiety, and stress.Pets can promote conversation, creating an important effect that alleviates social anxiety. Did you know these facts about pets?36.5% of households in the US own a dog30.4% own a cat1.5% own a horse.Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with dogs reduce...

February 17, 2020     Category: Daylight Saving TimeSleep

Daylight saving time can bring a welcome end to the short, dark days of winter, but it can also disrupt the natural sleep cycles of adults and children.Simply put, daylight saving time is not always fun. It is tough on adults, but it can be even tougher on kids! As young children need more sleep, any interruption such sleep deprivation is often not well-tolerated. The loss of just one hour can affect a child's attention span, appetite, and overall disposition.Now, here is some good news: There are steps you can take to mitigate any adver...

February 02, 2020     Category: VPKKindergarten

VPK gives children who are 4 and 5-years-old a jump start on education and it’s FREE!The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program – or VPK – is a free prekindergarten program for 4 and 5-year-old children who reside in Florida. Please see the VPK flyers. We encourage all our parents to register for VPK now to avoid last minute rush for certificates!ALL of our locations are taking certificates but some spaces are limited. Please get your certificate in as quick as possible and not wait until the summer when you risk your child's...

January 15, 2020     Category: Family FunWintertime Fun

Yes, in warmer weather, there’s the beach, cute restaurants and easy access to family-friendly attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, which include award-winning tiger and jaguar exhibits — but St. Johns County's main appeal is found in its history. And,  it is tailor-made for families to escape from wintertime blahs. The historic district is small, with scores of sites packed into just a few square blocks, and there are many, entertaining quirky sightseeing tours.Potter’s Wax Museum - the First Established Wax Museu...

December 31, 2019     Category: Happy FamiliesSiblingsFamily

A child’s personality is significantly affected by the family’s size and the child’s relationship among the members.While family size is significant, it is only part of a larger picture. The other factors include personality traits, gender and spacing of the children. Children from larger families often learn cooperation at an earlier age and they take on more responsibility for themselves and their younger siblings. Additionally, these children must cope with sibling rivalry, which may help them later in life. This element may be a...

December 16, 2019     Category: Infant Childcare

If you’re going back to work and plan on putting your baby in daycare, often the thought of leaving your baby with someone else all day when you are at work, makes you want to never leave your baby at all. This is a big decision, especially when this is your first baby.But if you're planning to return to work, you are not alone - some estimates state that more than 70 percent of all moms work outside the home.Choosing your daycareDepending on where you live, you may need to leave yourself a little more time to find a daycare. It's ...

December 02, 2019     Category: Temper Tantrum

Those ubiquitous preschool temper tantrum. Every parent has been through it and we all dread it! These episodes are humbling and embarrassing, especially when they happen in public. The two that most commonly asked questions by frustrated are: Are these tantrums and meltdowns normal? And is it possible to prevent them?For the most part, these incidents are a normal part of your child’s development. It might be difficult to remember this in the heat of the moment, when your child is throwing a fit on the floor in the grocery store. But ...

November 18, 2019     Category: DinnerSavingsBudget

We know our families work hard and do their best to make the holidays memorable for all. So, waste not, want not – when it comes to the festive spread! There’s bound to be leftovers - here are a few favorite recipes for your big bird and some tips on storage. These are delicious and will help you get the most of things; keeping your holiday budget on track! There is always be some meat left after the big Thanksgiving dinner irrespective of the size of your turkey or the number of guests at the annual feast. While the simple tu...

November 01, 2019     Category: Working parent with a sick child

Struggling to balance the demands of a job and an ill child? Here are tips and advice on how to cope when kids are not feeling well.“Mommy/Daddy, I don’t feel so good.”It’s that phrase, along with that pale, listless look that your kids get when they’re coming down with something — a not unusual event you simply dread. Two things are certain, whatever the ailment:You’re going to spend the next day or so, worrying about and helping your child to get better You’re going to spend most of that time in rush trying to cover respo...