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10 Surprising Things I Learned After Sending My Child To Camp

I knew certain things about sending my kids to camp. I knew they would spenda lot of time outside and they would try new things. I was thrilled they would meetnew people and learn more about something they love. They would swim and laugh and stay up way too late. These are the things I […]


Choosing the Right Summer Camp for Your Kids

It’s no exaggeration to say that the one event kids really look forward to all year is summer camp. But how do you choose the right one for them? Based on my experiences as the parent of a teen, as well as conversations with other parents, I’ve figured out the top 6 things to consider. […]


Tips for Parents What Not to Say to Your Teens

Every parent of teens knows how difficult it is to get them to talk. If they’re not in the mood, and you ask how their day was, the likely answer is a monosyllabic “Fine.”But it’s not always the teen’s fault when communication shuts down. There are thingsparents do – but shouldn’t be doing – that […]


How to Find a Safe, Quality Daycare

Finding safe, suitable daycare is one of the more stressful undertakings parents of young children face. You have to contend with the logistics, such as the convenience of location and hours of operation, and of utmost concern is the safety and development of your child. National statistics on abuse and neglect by daycare providers aren’t […]


7 Ways to Promote Your Child’s Healthy Lifestyle

It’s essential to keep our kids as healthy as possible to prevent illness. Maintaining good overall health in children is important, so they grow and develop appropriately. A child’s health encompasses physical, mental, and social well-being. My grandfather used to say, “if you have your health, you have everything.” If you and your child are […]


What To Do When Your Kids are STRESSED?

Do your kids complain about being stressed? How do you help them cope with it? Experts agree on the following points: Listen to Them: What’s Going On? How Are They Feeling? It’s important to sit your kids down and ask them what’s happening and how they feel. Then, listen calmly and non-judgmentally to what they […]


New Year’s Resolution: Make Health a Priority in 2023

When January arrives, many of us have already thought about our resolutions for the new year. According to, the most common resolutions in the U.S. are health focused, including exercise more, eat healthier and lose weight. Sadly, by January 8th, 25% of us have already given up, and by July 4th, only 46% of […]


3 Steps to Choosing the Best School for Your Child

Comparing schools is challenging because each institution offers unique programs in a unique environment. One may present a specialized science curriculum geared toward a future in engineering, while another focuses on developing cooperation and compassion through active community service. The comparisons parents must make are apples-to-oranges at best. Faced with so much detailed information about […]


Help Your Child Develop Empathy to it’s Full Potential

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in another’s shoes. It’s similar to sympathy but with an important difference. To sympathize is to care about and under­stand the suffering experienced by another. When you sympathize with someone, you feel sorry for them. Sympathy gives you the ability to say the right thing to comfort another. […]

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Dinner’s Ready: Darlene Jones Sweet Glazed Ham

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas has arrived and celebrations are in full swing for families on the Gulf Coast. This month’s Dinner’s Ready recipe, brought to you by Darlene Jones from Orange Beach, AL, might just be the perfect addition to all those upcoming family meals. “I’m sharing the original recipe that my grandmother, […]

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