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Tips for Making Your Next Gathering the Best One Yet!

Tips for Making Your Next Gathering the Best One Yet!

Preparing in advance can help you maximize your time with family and friends, while still serving a delicious meal.
Easter Activities For Kids

Easter Activities For Kids

Family Friendly Bunny Movies for Spring

Family Friendly Bunny Movies for Spring

It’s Spring, and with the release of our newest digital decoration, Hoppy Easter, we hope you’re feeling festive. If you’re looking for some springtime bunny movies to watch with the whole family, here are our top pics.
Ramp Up Breakfast with Morning Protein

Ramp Up Breakfast with Morning Protein

Add milk for simple, high-quality protein to help start your day right
County Parks Seeking Lifeguards for 2017 Pool Season

County Parks Seeking Lifeguards for 2017 Pool Season

The Sideline Parental Scene

The Sideline Parental Scene

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents
The Eight Steps to Loving Your Child Through Purposeful Discipline

The Eight Steps to Loving Your Child Through Purposeful Discipline

An undisciplined child typically develops destructive behavioral patterns that hurt him or her as well as others. On the other hand, a disciplined child will learn constructive methods that will assist him in his interacting with the world. But the most important part of discipline is that it must be purposeful.
Risky Teen Behavior: Teaching Teenagers When to Tell on a Friend

Risky Teen Behavior: Teaching Teenagers When to Tell on a Friend

Sometimes teenagers need to speak up about a friend’s risky teen behavior.
Easter Egg Dive!

Easter Egg Dive!

Tips for Keeping ADHD Kids Focused on Reading Passages

Tips for Keeping ADHD Kids Focused on Reading Passages

Reading can be difficult for children with ADHD. However, with help from parents and these simple tips, children can learn to make adjustments to their reading habits and overcome setbacks brought about by ADHD.
Realistic Tips for Busy Moms

Realistic Tips for Busy Moms

Time is perhaps the most coveted thing moms have and it's crucial to manage it effectively for you and your family.
Transition to a Post- Secondary Educational Setting for Students with Disabilities

Transition to a Post- Secondary Educational Setting for Students with Disabilities

Students face a new set of challenges when transitioning from the secondary to the post-secondary environment, as evidenced by graduation rates that continue to lag behind those of non-disabled students.
Effects of Marijuana on Teens: How Marijuana Laws Change the Conversation

Effects of Marijuana on Teens: How Marijuana Laws Change the Conversation

Thanks to the increasing trend toward legalizing marijuana, the conversation about the effects of marijuana on teens has gotten a lot more complicated.
Disrespectful Child or Teen? Things Not to Do as a Parent

Disrespectful Child or Teen? Things Not to Do as a Parent

If you’re struggling with disrespectful behavior from your kids, you’re definitely not alone: this is one
The Battle Over Inappropriate Teenage Clothing

The Battle Over Inappropriate Teenage Clothing

Does inappropriate teenage clothing drive you nuts? We bet your parents felt the same way.
Pill Cases and Child Safety

Pill Cases and Child Safety

What to Know about Eye Health

What to Know about Eye Health

Tips to Keep Infants Safe in Shopping Carts

Tips to Keep Infants Safe in Shopping Carts

Nearly 24,000 children are in accidents involving shopping carts each year, many suffering cuts, bruises, broken limbs and even head and brain injuries.
Young Driver Car Insurance Tips: 6 Ways to Save Money

Young Driver Car Insurance Tips: 6 Ways to Save Money

You may know already that insuring a young driver is expensive. Our insurance rate doubled when we added our 16-year-old daughter to our policy. If you’re insuring your teen soon, now is a good time to research costs.
Create Fresh, Authentic Mexican Flavor with Mangos

Create Fresh, Authentic Mexican Flavor with Mangos

) Many foods are delicious, some invite cravings and a few inspire passion. In traditional Mexican cuisine, one surprising ingredient embodies all three: the mango.
Julia First Autistic Muppet on Sesame Street to Deput on April 10

Julia First Autistic Muppet on Sesame Street to Deput on April 10

Wow! Yeah! Awesome! Pittsburgh Parent Magazine Wins Big!!

Wow! Yeah! Awesome! Pittsburgh Parent Magazine Wins Big!!

What Parents Need to Know About the Heroin Epidemic

What Parents Need to Know About the Heroin Epidemic

“A big part of why I started using drugs was to escape,” Josh said.
Dental Health is Important for Children's 'Baby Teeth'

Dental Health is Important for Children's 'Baby Teeth'

Pennsylvania Author Holly Jacobs Talks: Parties

Pennsylvania Author Holly Jacobs Talks: Parties

This mom of four children and fiction writer of more than twenty-two novels dishes out her thoughts and humor about parties.
Get Your Party On with Entertaining Expert Cheryl Najafi

Get Your Party On with Entertaining Expert Cheryl Najafi

Get your party started with quick tips from The Today Show's entertaining expert Cheryl Najafi.
Family Communication: How My Family Learned to Communicate

Family Communication: How My Family Learned to Communicate

Dealing with the daily grind of school, work, activities, homework, dinner, and everything else that today’s busy families have on their plates.
Party Blunders

Party Blunders

Kids’ parties should be fun for everyone, including mom and dad. However, a few little blunders can create havoc among the crowd and for the party planner.
Party Time Hits

Party Time Hits

How Can I Help My Difficult Teenage Son?

How Can I Help My Difficult Teenage Son?

Ending That Screen Time Battle

Ending That Screen Time Battle

Getting children and teens off their screens once they are on them can be a chronic source of parent-child or parent-teen stress. Parents are constantly fighting with their kids to shut off their devices, and kids are constantly resisting those efforts.
Wonderful Weeknight Dining

Wonderful Weeknight Dining

With school, work and evening activities all spiraling in different directions, most families find that some things have to give. Make sure quality time around the dinner table isn’t one of them.
Connect Kids with Food for Healthy Habits

Connect Kids with Food for Healthy Habits

Building healthy habits is the top reason moms cite for encouraging more learning when it comes to food, according to research conducted by IPSOS on behalf of Cuties – the sweet little clementines.
Low Birth Weight Babies at Higher Risk for Mental Health ProblemsLater in Life

Low Birth Weight Babies at Higher Risk for Mental Health ProblemsLater in Life

Babies born with extremely low birth weight are not only at risk for physical problems but are also more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, according to an analysis of research conducted over nearly 30 years.
Why do teens try alcohol? One reason: Instant Gratification

Why do teens try alcohol? One reason: Instant Gratification


It’s important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and using drugs.
What Does the Research Say about ADHD and Exercise?

What Does the Research Say about ADHD and Exercise?

Many parents of ADHD children are waiting for the day they can use non-medical methods to treat symptoms of this neurologic disorder.
Feeling Blue after Giving Birth

Feeling Blue after Giving Birth

Many new mothers experience the “baby blues”, a form of depression that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks.
Teaching Children How to React in Dangerous Situations

Teaching Children How to React in Dangerous Situations

When play-acting or pretending, children often imagine themselves as superheroes capable of saving the world from harm.
Bake With Love For Valentine's Day

Bake With Love For Valentine's Day

These delicious raspberry cream heart tarts are guaranteed to please everyone from hubby to the wee ones.
Help Fight Against the Threat of SIDS

Help Fight Against the Threat of SIDS

 American Families Need Affordable, Accessible & Quality Childcare Options Preferences of Parents--Not Politicians--Should Prevail

American Families Need Affordable, Accessible & Quality Childcare Options Preferences of Parents--Not Politicians--Should Prevail

When a Mom Shows Up at a Party in Her PJs … Here’s What Happens Next

When a Mom Shows Up at a Party in Her PJs … Here’s What Happens Next

Do you ever get a gut feeling that says, “Go check it out?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Preschoolers’ Motor Skill Development Connected To School Readiness

Preschoolers’ Motor Skill Development Connected To School Readiness

Preschoolers who performed better on fine and gross motor skill assessments early in the school year were more likely to have better social behavior and “executive function,” or ability to pay attention, follow directions and stay on task later in the school year, scientists said.
Advocate for Kids' Eye Care

Advocate for Kids' Eye Care

While it's true that schools may provide vision screenings for younger children, one study found that even if a child failed such an exam, 50 percent of parents were unaware of the failure two months after the screening.
Costs of College Beyond Tuition

Costs of College Beyond Tuition

Calculators often do not take into consideration is the extensive, non-tuition expenses that are also the costs of going to college. These costs include things like room and board, textbooks, social activities fees, library deposits and transportation.
Reducing the Duration of Antibiotics Does More Harm than Good When Treating Ear Infections in Young Children

Reducing the Duration of Antibiotics Does More Harm than Good When Treating Ear Infections in Young Children

Acute otitis media is a bacterial infection of the middle ear behind the ear drum which causes it to become painfully inflamed. Three out of four children experience this infection within their first year.
Time to Bust These 5 Myths About Early Math

Time to Bust These 5 Myths About Early Math

Anxious about math? You’re far from alone. For millions of adults, a lack of confidence in math skills – often tracing back to negative childhood experiences – has had lasting repercussions.
Why Did I Say That? Teen Regrets His Mean Words

Why Did I Say That? Teen Regrets His Mean Words

Before I knew it, a bitter string of mean words I didn’t really intend shot from my lips as I gathered my stuff and walked out. Immediately, I knew I’d rattled a relationship I valued, and I regretted it.
Fun at Daycare

Fun at Daycare

Out of the mouths of babes, here’s what they have to say about their favorite part of daycare.
The Nest Is Empty… It’s A New Norm

The Nest Is Empty… It’s A New Norm

Some things in life, like selling a house, one can plan; many aspects of parenting cannot be planned.
Amazing Butterflies Opening at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Amazing Butterflies Opening at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

How to Keep Learning Activities Interesting for ADHD Kids

How to Keep Learning Activities Interesting for ADHD Kids

If you are the parent of a child suffering with ADHD, then you know very well the struggles they encounter when trying to stay engaged in an activity, especially learning.
Napkin in the Lap and Elbows off the Table

Napkin in the Lap and Elbows off the Table

To make mealtime with the kids more enjoyable, have the kids learn these simple table manners.
The Secret Power of Chores

The Secret Power of Chores

. Helping out around the house allows your child to experience feelings of mastery, build self-reliance, and learn responsibility.
Self-Care in the New Year

Self-Care in the New Year

Believe it or not, taking care of yourself is critically important to helping your son or daughter.
Focusing on the Other Side of the Report Card in 2017:

Focusing on the Other Side of the Report Card in 2017:

It's time to reassess your goals and priorities for the days ahead. And if you're like most parents, you probably have some resolutions in mind to help you better prepare your children for their future success and happiness.
Things Parents Should Do When Teenagers Are Applying to College

Things Parents Should Do When Teenagers Are Applying to College

College applications … there is a lot to juggle, there is a lot of stress, and there is a lot of emotion. And while parents should not be applying to college for their teenagers, there are important ways that they can (and should) help.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Mental Health Issues

How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Mental Health Issues

According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. That’s a lot of parents.
Celebrating Learning Remade in 2016

Celebrating Learning Remade in 2016

2017 marks the tenth year of the Remake Learning Network.
From The Eyes of An Expert: Top 6 Strategies for Teachers and Parents to Communicate Successfully

From The Eyes of An Expert: Top 6 Strategies for Teachers and Parents to Communicate Successfully

Why is this relationship so important? In my opinion the answer is pretty straightforward. Consistency.
The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

The Ageless Possibilities of Imagination

Young children make sense of the world through play and by using their imaginations. They learn social and emotional skills through play and interaction with their peers and with adults.
Improving child-teacher interactions can reduce preschoolers’ stress levels

Improving child-teacher interactions can reduce preschoolers’ stress levels

A school-based intervention that promotes warm and caring interactions between a teacher and child can reduce the child’s stress in the classroom, a new study has found.
Preparing Students for Careers that Don't Yet Exist

Preparing Students for Careers that Don't Yet Exist

Today's students are growing up in an increasingly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused world, regardless of career choice.
Learning Tool or Distraction?

Learning Tool or Distraction?

Is the mobile phone a learning tool or a distraction for K through 12 students?
Asperger’s Characteristics To Watch For In Your Child

Asperger’s Characteristics To Watch For In Your Child

Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that falls under the autism spectrum. It’s on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Five Stains Americans Love to Hate - And How To Beat Them

Five Stains Americans Love to Hate - And How To Beat Them

You’ve Found Your Child Engaging in Cybersex, Now What?

You’ve Found Your Child Engaging in Cybersex, Now What?

Millennial Parents Struggle with High Cost of Living

Millennial Parents Struggle with High Cost of Living

Family Features
Dreaming of Festivities Without the Fighting?

Dreaming of Festivities Without the Fighting?

Navigating the holidays can be tough for blended families, when unfamiliar dynamics between kids, in-laws, and new partners dampen the typical festive cheer.
Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels

Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels

When you opt to create your own handmade gift labels, the options are nearly endless.
The Exhausted Child

The Exhausted Child

Do you know when your child is exhausted? And we’re not talking drowsy heady after a marathon day at an amusement park.
A Holiday Survival Guide

A Holiday Survival Guide

As the classic song goes, the holidays really are “the most wonderful time of the year.”
Preserving Holiday Traditions

Preserving Holiday Traditions

There is no holiday tradition quite as enjoyable and rewarding as giving back.
Are Your Kids Zoned Out by Overstimulating Children’s Media

Are Your Kids Zoned Out by Overstimulating Children’s Media

Most mainstream children’s media is over stimulating. Instead of relaxing children, it winds them up, makes them anxious or zoned them out—the exact opposite of what’s intended.
Clever Hacks to Simplify Any Family's Morning Routine

Clever Hacks to Simplify Any Family's Morning Routine

Stop dreading the stressful start to the day and start taking control of your mornings.
University of Phoenix Survey: Many U.S. K-12 Teachers Say Fewer than 25 Percent of Parents are Involved in the Classroom

University of Phoenix Survey: Many U.S. K-12 Teachers Say Fewer than 25 Percent of Parents are Involved in the Classroom

According to a national K-12 teacher survey, more than a third of teachers think parental involvement can help address recruitment and retention in the educator rank.
How Much Freedom Should You Give Middle School Kids?

How Much Freedom Should You Give Middle School Kids?

It’s hard to know how much independence to give middle school kids. Because they don’t mature in a linear way—it often feels like two steps forward, one step back.
Don’t Be Turned Off By a College’s Sticker Price

Don’t Be Turned Off By a College’s Sticker Price

Shocked by college sticker price? Here’s what families need to know.
When All Else Fails, Bribing Kids To Eat Better

When All Else Fails, Bribing Kids To Eat Better

Healthy Hacks For Sneaking Whole Grains, Veggies Into Kids' Meals

Healthy Hacks For Sneaking Whole Grains, Veggies Into Kids' Meals

Getting your child to eat better doesn't have to result in a battle of wills. Smart parents can use simple cooking hacks to increase nutrients in meals so kids don't even realize they're eating good-for-you ingredients.
When Fun Fulfills a Purpose

When Fun Fulfills a Purpose

Balancing this heightened level of engagement with the demands of hectic family schedules means parents are increasingly challenged to select the most meaningful activities for their children.
How to Help When a Teenager Feels Unpopular

How to Help When a Teenager Feels Unpopular

When a teenager feels unpopular, it’s only natural for parents to want to help. But help at this age, takes a different form. Our expert has advice.
Oversharing Online Can Lead to Cyberbullying: How to Stay As Private As Possible

Oversharing Online Can Lead to Cyberbullying: How to Stay As Private As Possible

Oversharing personal information online – such as one’s home address - is one of the reasons why cyber-bullying can come into the physical world and truly threaten people’s lives and property.
The Six College Freshmen You’ll Meet at Thanksgiving

The Six College Freshmen You’ll Meet at Thanksgiving

Who will come home for the Thanksgiving break, and will you recognize the new person growing behind that familiar face?
American Families Need Affordable, Accessible, & Quality Child-Care Options

American Families Need Affordable, Accessible, & Quality Child-Care Options

Getting Our Girls More Interested in STEM

Getting Our Girls More Interested in STEM

Despite performing at similar levels to their male counterparts, girls’ confidence and interest in engineering and math experiences a decline during middle school
Telling Teenagers That People Change Can Reduce Stress

Telling Teenagers That People Change Can Reduce Stress

Reminding teenagers that they and their peers are still growing and changing might be surprisingly helpful.
Health Department Offers Tips for Protection Against Carbon Monoxide

Health Department Offers Tips for Protection Against Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that is the by-product of incomplete combustion of a fuel.
Why Human Milk Matters

Why Human Milk Matters

Nutrition is one of the most critical factors in healthy child development, but this is especially true for babies born prematurely.
Get Smart About Snacking

Get Smart About Snacking

Have Proactive Discussions with Your Teen About Cybersex and Sexting

Have Proactive Discussions with Your Teen About Cybersex and Sexting

How do you talk to your child about sex? Many parents wonder what to say, how to say it and worry if they will mess something up by saying the wrong thing.
5 Ways to Persuade a Picky Eater

5 Ways to Persuade a Picky Eater

Proper nourishment is essential for a child's development, so when a battle of wills erupts over food, it can leave parents feeling especially frustrated and concerned about their child's well-being.
Tis’ the Season of Giving: Give the Gift of Yourself and Volunteer During the Holidays

Tis’ the Season of Giving: Give the Gift of Yourself and Volunteer During the Holidays

There are many benefits when you volunteer: not only is it a great way to give back to your community, but it is also wonderful way to connect with others, make new friends, and increase your social and interpersonal skills.
Oreo Turkey Snack

Oreo Turkey Snack

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month

Turkey Treats

Turkey Treats

Family Meals Make a Difference  - The Benefits of Eating Together

Family Meals Make a Difference - The Benefits of Eating Together

Not only is time together around the table an opportunity to catch up and reconnect, numerous studies provide evidence of the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals.
Beat Cool Weather - Keep Health in Mind as Cold Creeps Closer

Beat Cool Weather - Keep Health in Mind as Cold Creeps Closer

Temperatures may be dropping, but just because swimsuit season is over doesn't mean it's time to let your fitness regimen fall by the wayside.