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Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Holidays bring joy and family traditions that warm the hearts of many. For those of us who have children with special needs, the holidays take on an entirely new dimension. Like everyone, we have shopping, cooking, decorating and preparation. However, there are additional ways in which we must ready our children for the holiday season. Children who have autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and self-regulation difficulties need some assistance to navigate the

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Tips for Moms to survive the holidays

Tips for Moms to survive the holidays

We all know it's the most wonderful time of the year. But there is so much pressure to create perfect moments and memories, give the perfect gift, remember and connect with friends and loved ones. Quite frankly, the holidays are exhausting.

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The Stuff alternative: Why experiences make the best gifts

The Stuff alternative: Why experiences make the best gifts

Each year, we stress about which gifts we're going to give our friends and families and how we're going to pay for them. Just in time for the holidays, Donna Skeels Cygan suggests an alternative to the traditional gift exchange: give experiences instead of things. Here, she suggests 12 options and explains why they're so meaningful.

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Healthy School Environments

Healthy School Environments

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Pittsburgh Public Schools are working together as part of a national program to create a healthier school environment for students. Children’s Hospital will partner with local schools and provide assistance to create environments that promote nutritious eating and physical activity using the country’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiative, the Healthy Schools Program.

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Babies unnecessarily put at risk by poor parental choices for their sleep environment

Babies unnecessarily put at risk by poor parental choices for their sleep environment

Most parents of young babies have likely heard the line “Back to Sleep,” the official mantra warning them to have their infants sleep on their backs. But there are other advisories, such as one that tells parents to have only a mattress and fitted sheet in a young baby’s crib to avoid having the baby suffocated by soft bedding — pillows, quilts, and comforters, for example. How well do parents follow this advice? A recent study in the journal Pediatrics sought to determine the extent of parental compliance with these directives.

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Lessons learned: Teachable moments for children

Lessons learned: Teachable moments for children

Teachable moments are times encountered by all parents but we rarely take advantage of these moments as we should. A teachable/learnable moment is any experience that causes us to learn and grow from it. They can be unplanned moments, negative or positive moments. As long as we take the experience and learn from it, then it’s a teachable moment.

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BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

The college application process is an exciting, but expensive time for high school students. Scholarships, grants and financial aid are all common elements in the process and unfortunately, so are scams. With a new school year right around the corner, your Better Business Bureau is warning college-bound students and their parents to be wary of financial aid fraud.

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10 reasons for holiday-gifting summer camp

10 reasons for holiday-gifting summer camp

While the holidays tend to be a big time for tech purchases for our kids and teens, the gift of summer camp – where kids unplug – may be the BEST, longest lasting, most impactful gift a parent can give.

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DOS and DON'TS for finding the Perfect Nanny

DOS and DON'TS for finding the Perfect Nanny

Finding the right caregiver ranks as one of the most overwhelming challenges of parenthood. Out of desperation, too many parents hire the first person who comes along, and cross their fingers it will work out. This backwards approach can leave children with caregivers who could do developmental damage.

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Tips to keep your potty training resolutions

Tips to keep your potty training resolutions

With every new year comes New Year’s resolutions! From losing weight to quitting smoking lots of folks like to kick off the season with a personal goals, but what about those of us with toddlers? Specifically, potty-training ready toddlers.

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