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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...

October 15, 2019     Category: HalloweenSeasons

It’s almost THAT time again . . . a magical, mystical and fun-filled evening of tricks and treats and a myriad of costumes! The happy kids are on their way, so you get ready for the big night with the annual candy-buying binge! Talk about sugar overload!While all the neighbors are handing out Halloween candy, why not stand out from the crowd and give the kiddos something to enjoy after the costumes are taken off and are ready for post trick or treat activities?Why not give out some non-candy treats? They will be a hit with the neighborh...

September 30, 2019     Category: Fall Crafts

Fall brings pumpkins, colorful leaves, candy corn, and tons of Halloween activities from trick-or-treating to fall festivals. As the weather cools down, chances are your kids are spending more time inside. Easy fall crafts for kids are the perfect solution to boredom and rainy days during the season. Get the kids in the fall mood with beautiful fall crafts that will not only help you deck out your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but will give the entire family a lifetime of memories. Here are easy fall crafts ...

September 18, 2019

We naturally think a younger child would not likely suffer from the “blues”, but it seems to be part today’s society.To identify the “blues” in a child, observe what is normal. It is normal for little children to be afraid of strangers and become afraid of the dark or storms as they get older. These fears are progressive as the child develops. As they get older, some kids are afraid of storms or the dark. Some are afraid of monsters under the bed. Or they begin to understand about death. It is a progressive thing, as they de...

August 31, 2019     Category: Germs

Most parents probably spend plenty of time teaching their young child to share. They learn that if we give a little to others, we can get some of what we want as well. Children who share also learn how to take turns, how to negotiate, and how to cope with disappointment. These are all important life skills.Those are good reasons to teach your child to share. So, can you really blame your preschooler if, as he starts to give his sister a sip from his juice box, he’s confused when you stop him? How can you possibly explain the diffe...