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10 ways to unplug on National Day of Unplugging

Do your kids spend their downtime plugged into a handheld device? Are they more into connecting with friends via video games than seeing them face-to-face? And how about you? Are you perusing your Facebook newsfeed or turning on the TV to unwind? If this sounds like your family, you may be in need of a digital detox. This Friday, March 4 at sundown is the start of National Day of Unplugging – 24 hours dedicated to putting down your handheld… Read More »

When to let your kid stay home sick from school

We’ve all seen it. The droopy eyes. The down-turned mouth. The slouching posture. The “I don’t think I can go to school today” pout. You prompt your child to get ready for school and then see how they feel. They pick at their cereal and insist they’re dying. You wonder how many sick days you have left so they can stay home with you, once again. You aren’t certain they’re telling the truth, but you also don’t want to be… Read More »

How to help your struggling middle school or high school student succeed

It’s been a full week since students returned from winter break. Gone are the mornings of sleeping past noon and (hopefully) staying up until the wee hours of the morning. The school schedule is back in full force, whether they like it or not.

At this point, the year is almost half over, and students have just begun their second semester. If their first few months of school have been less than satisfactory, it’s not too late to offer a helping hand with organization and gaining control of their school work.

Here are 6 ways to help your student if they’re struggling to make the grade. … Read More »

Single moms get the worst sleep of all

According to a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, single parents of kids under the age of 18 get the worst night’s sleep out of everyone. Topping that list at a whopping 44% are single moms. Making this study even more interesting is that among married parents, dads are the ones who get less sleep than moms do.

Looking back to my single mom days, I can’t say that this study surprises me. … Read More »