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July 03, 2017     Category: ShoppingClothing

Listen Up Smart Shoppers in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL!For families on a budget, being mindful of monthly financial commitments like childcare and grocery bills can stretch their earning and land great deals when they shop creatively!T's Learning Center moms - all moms - know clothing the kids and the whole family can be a frustrating and costly endeavor; especially knowing how quickly kids grow out of things or how rough they can be on clothes. The retail markup on clothes can border on crazy - so for the budget conscious consumer, sec...

July 03, 2017     Category: ShoppingBudget

Oh, you know that feeling – that urge – that temptation – that destroyer of budgets! The infamous beast is impulse buying! Unplanned purchases can derail the best of budget intentions. It takes some discipline to avoid impulse buying, but keep in mind, just because it’s there doesn’t mean you need to buy it.These strategies can ease the urge to stray from your budget and keep you on financial track!1. Shop with a list. To avoid impulse buying, make a list for all your shopping, whether it’s groceries, tools, clot...

July 03, 2017     Category: AllowanceSavings

5 Tips to Help Your Child Be Fiscally Responsible With Their AllowanceTeaching children early on the benefits of learning to be financially responsible. Saving, budgeting, planning, and teaching them to be prudent are key factors of them learning responsibility and being able to live independently in the future. A great place to start is with their allowance. Here are 5 tips that will help you get started in the right direction:1. Divide allowances into three categories. Wisely, have set percentages for each category: 10% fo...

July 03, 2017     Category: SchoolPreschool

The end of the school year often is both exciting and bittersweet. It's a time for basking in accomplishments, recalling fond memories, and taking stock of how much was learned. It's also a time of leaving our friends and saying our 'goodbyes' to teachers and those we shared so much time together with.Here are 7 activities and projects to help end the school year in a memorable and positive way:1. Goodbye Room BookWe all know how hard it is to say goodbye sometimes, especially for younger children. This activity may provide some closure fo...

July 03, 2017     Category: FoodSnack Ideas

Fun and healthy summer snacks . . . summer is here which means along with lots of playtime, hungry kids are home all day! Anxious about running out of summer snacking ideas? We all know the ‘Good Mom’ drill: offer apple slices, carrot sticks and string cheese. Good intentions however, are sometimes met with moans and groans and it’s not long before you find yourself buckling to the pressure of potato chips and ice cream.Let's keep it healthy and fun with these 7 snack ideas that are sure to keep even your most discerning ki...

July 03, 2017     Category: SchoolSummer

End of school year blues is a real thing. Having to say good-bye to friends, teachers and a predictable routine can prove challenging for a child. Alas, however, over the years T’s Learning Center has taken notes and listed are some constructive ideas to help your child leap into summer smoothly and end the school year on a positive note.Have Pre-Scheduled Playdates over the SummerHow assuring for a child to know they won’t have to wait the whole summer to see their classmate friends again and even better, that there’s summertime fun...

July 03, 2017     Category: Summer CampSummerT's LearningCamp

Why Summer Camp? - T’s Learning Center Summer CampThere is something magical about a summer camp experience. It can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. Carefully selected role models are dedicated to showing your child how to have fun, learn from experience and make friends. All of the positive outcomes— self-confidence, overcoming challenges and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road.More wonderful reasons for summer campKids spend their day being physically...

May 22, 2017

Poison Oak and Poison Ivy - Typical Summertime NuisancesWalking through the woods, or even in your own backyard, is enjoyable. However, the appearance of a red, itchy rash the next day is not much fun. Poison Ivy has “hairy” vines and though not really an ‘ivy’, it’s growth pattern resembles ivy. The leaflets are almond shaped and smooth and sometimes irregularly lobed. Poison Oak is not a member of the oak family, yet has the leaf shape that resembles an oak leaf. Their leaflets are more distinctly lobed that poison ivy and...

May 22, 2017     Category: Parents

There’s a good chance you are reading this and are experiencing ‘parent guilt’ at this exact moment.It’s a feeling felt far too often and not easy to let go of. Guilt gnaws at us during times of quiet and is our unwanted companion as we retire for the night and rise for the day. It confuses and makes us feel insecure as parents, and as people in general. It fosters anger and blame and can cast dark shadows. The moment we become parents we come to the realization that all you do or don’t do, succeed at or fail at with your childre...

May 22, 2017     Category: Early Childhood EducationGoalsValuesTeamwork Communication

Being a leader - is it ‘natural born’ or is it nurture? Several psychologists conclude it’s more 50/50. Coming from a strong leadership family will definitely have an effect on leadership encouragement, even for a most mild-mannered child. Leaders can be categorized into two different styles. There is the inspiring leader, who is a thoughtful listener and inspires others in a positive and encouraging manner. The other being a dominate leader, who leans towards a more bossy and rigid in viewpoint.Parents can often confuse their i...