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July 31, 2020     Category: Family FunSummerCamp

Summertime is slowly coming to an end, but there is still time for kids to get outdoors and soak up the warm sun. There’s no such thing as too much time outside, right? And outdoor fun does not need to end when the sun goes down. Happily, there are plenty of nighttime games and activities that are just as fun for adults as they are for kids. So, gather the whole family, especially the kiddies, for backyard fun as dusk arrives. Here are some great summer-night activities:Glow-in-the-dark face paintSet the stage for a glowing and gor...

July 20, 2020     Category: Childhood Illness

Though most of the world has been following COVID-19 closely, as a parent, you should become familiar with  other illnesses that can affect you child beyond the  typical ear infections, colds, and stomach bugs.This blog is a summary of an article originally published by webMD.RSVRespiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an infection of the airways. It usually isn’t serious, but if your child is under 2, or has a heart or lung disease or a weak immune system, it can inflame the lungs&n...

June 29, 2020     Category: MovingChildhood AnxietyHappy Families

Kids find moving stressful, just as adults do. Though less complicated for children, it is equally stressful. Kids feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods, with the school and friends they know. Even with an air of excitement of the unknown, it also frightens them.There are steps below can help you make kids more comfortable with relocating. If you move often with the military or for a job, put these ideas on your moving checklist and keep it handyHow to make the move easier for the kids and for you!...

June 10, 2020     Category: Summertime BoredomLearningSummer Camp

Wonderful Summer Memories in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL are Just Waiting for Your Child at T’s Learning Center Summer Camp! Summer’s on its way . . . time to put the memories of the long lockdown aside, step out and feel the warmth of the sun, the softness of grass underneath our feet and make new memories for kids with an exciting summer camp learning experience.We’ve got themes and activities galore that let their imaginations soar. Ask your center director for details and save your spot today for all or  part of...

June 01, 2020     Category: AdoptionBringing Home an Adoptive ChildBlended Family

When bringing home an adoptive child, irrespective of age, parents often take a few weeks to settle in at home and get to know each other, limiting outside interests and work commitments. Here are important things adoptive parents should do when bringing their child home for the first time.PREPARING FOR THE BIG DAYHere are a few things to do in advance of your child’s arrival if time allows.Organize the child’s bedroom and gather bedding, clothing & diapering necessities. Ensure that your home is safe by childproofing electrical o...

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...