Are Your Kids in the Pen?

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  More parenting videos on JuiceBoxJungle There is a new Juice Box Jungle video on playpens. Are they hip or outdated? What is your take on putting kids in the pen? This weeks Juice Box Jungle widget also gives you access to last-minute sitter impulses and funky hairstyles from the past and allows you to Tweet, send your friends fun ecards, post to Facebook, and watch the show, all without leaving Madame Deals! Wow, all that infor on one little widget! I sent an e-card today and it was simple. ...

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Ask a Dental Hygienist: Fluoride

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One of our readers had a question about the School Fluoride Rinse program available here in Virginia. As many kids are getting back to school, you might find that your child's school may offer similar programs. I thought I would answer a few questions about fluoride as it can cause confusion. The school fluoride program is done once a week in the "swish and spit" format. It is a topical flavored fluoride rinse like the over the counter mouthwash ACT. Fluoride has been key in the great ...

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Ask a Teacher

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The Morning Routine It just dawned on me as I was buying my son's new backpack for kindergarten, because "Mom, Diego is so preschool", that school is almost here. I am excited for my son to begin his educational journey. I am not excited for the crazy twist that this will put in our morning routine. We have also decided that our son needs to take responsibility for his things. So, I suggest a visual schedule. I also suggest you make this with your child so they have ownership of their chart. ...

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My Child is Scared of school, help!

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What do you do when your child is scared of starting school? The first thing I ask the parent is are you sure your child is scared? I sometimes think as parents we are scared or we have bad memories that we assume our children have the  same fears we had. If they are scared try to narrow down the reason. First, I would ask direct questions to clarify their fear. I would then start with how they are transported to school and move through their school day to determine where their fears lie. It ...

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Library: A Great Resource for the Whole Family

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We talk a lot about our families and saving money. We also talk about educating ourselves and our children. The best place to do both of those things is the library. The library is the best place to save money. How? Well they have books, movies, video games, free internet, and community activities. How do I save money? Well, I use the library. I read books very quickly and I was spending hundreds of dollars on books. I now go online and reserve my books and I the library calls me when they are ...

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A Trip to the Dentist

Ask a teacher... Here are some tips about making your child's first dental visit an enjoyable experience. Many books say to take your child to the dentist at the first sign of a tooth. While this may sound like good advice, it is really not practical. If you are not able to look in your child's mouth, there is high probability that the dentist or dental hygienist will not be able to either.  By the age of three, most children are ready to have their first visit without making it a ...

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Ask The Teachers

A teacher is someone from who you can learn from. We met this amazing women Gina from the Proactive Black Parenting Blog Spot on one of our blog sites. I love her. I think you will as well. Here is an article she wrote on Gratitude Here are the ten ways to teach it Gratitude is a virtue that is taught. We come into this world utterly selfish beings.At first, we only give in ways that bring good things back to us We are naturally thankful for good and pleasant things. But we may not naturally ...

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Ask The Teachers

Teaching what is just enough… How do you raise children that aren’t greedy? I had a lovely conversation with a student at our coupon workshop and she disclosed to me that people used to take advantage of the free food given by the local churches. The churches had to come together to create a single place to distribute food to make sure everyone got their fair share. It got me thinking, were these adults raised to be greedy? Is this nature or nurture? I am not sure but I know what we do at our ...

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Ask A TEACHER

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Ask A Teacher In the interest of keeping our website as one that addresses the needs of our readers we are starting a weekly topic. We are calling it ask A Teacher. Renae and myself are both teachers. I am a certified Regular and Special Education teacher.  Renae is certified in Adult Education. We are also both moms, wives, and friends. We will answer a question from one of our readers each week. If you are going to ask about your child please, use a fake name. I get requests all the time ...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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It wasn't that long ago that I thought a toilet paper holder just held the toilet paper. The dish soap bottle's only job was to make my hands gorgeous as I attempted to scrap food off dishes. The milk jug was only used to hold the milk... and then came the kids. The brightly colored mass distributed toys are not nearly as fun as the ones we can make using household castoffs. The creativity and environmental impact are invaluable to my children. I suggest you grab your trash and create an ...

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