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May 11, 2020     Category: Blended FamilyHappy Families

According to statistics, about sixty-five percent of remarriages create blended families. The stresses that blended families face run from practical and logistical  issues to deep-seated emotional ones. Here are the most present worries and solutions for parents of blended families:Financial considerations. When there are different child supports and alimony involved, it is best if parents forming a blended family meet with a financial planner who can detail objectives so that both parents agree to the expectations an...

May 02, 2020     Category: NatureCrafts

Spring is here! The birds are out, chirping, and hungry! What better activity to do with your kids this summer than to make some homemade bird feeders! The feeder will quickly energize any backyard and give the kids a chance to do bird watching and learn more about our feathered friends. And these bird feeders are all made with easy, available household items.We are cheating a bit for this blog . . . simply could not resist this fun project for kids, especially since so many are at home indefinitely. The following came from www.yourda...

April 20, 2020     Category: coronavirusCOVID-19

The evolving changes of COVID-19 affect families around the country. Schools, non-essential businesses, churches and places of public gatherings are closed because of the pandemic. Parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to the new normal. This is not easy, but it helps to stay focused and to reassure children that they are okay and that the situation will get better.Children look to adults for guidance, especially during stressful events. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is approp...

March 31, 2020     Category: funding money allocation2020 Census

On April 1, 2020, it is important that people and their families are counted.Every 10 years, the census counts everyone in the United States. The gathered census data affects many key things. So, it’s vital that everyone be counted. The Census 2020 data determines how much funds are available to state and local governments. The money is used for education programs, Medicaid, and housing vouchers. Funding shortages or cuts often affect people with disabilities. This data also determines how many representatives each state...

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...