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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Helpful Heather’s Cool as a Cucumber!

Lemon water

Cool as a Cucumber There are a couple of things I have noticed lately. The first is that although my family loves cucumbers, they are coming out of our garden at a faster rate than we can eat them in salads, scooped out with peanut butter in the middle as a snack, or even as the occasional beauty treatment for puffy eyes. The next thing that I have noticed is that even though it is hot out, I have not been overly good at drinking all the water that I should in a day. Enter my first tip. Cut the ...

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Let's Make up for FREE

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Rite Aid Looking good for free or close to it! Here at Madame deals we like to get out beauty products for free or close to it. Why? Well we would rather spend our money on other things. Wouldn't you? Rite Aid has single check rebates (SCR). Make sure you bring along a $5/$25 purchase coupon. Also, the August SCRs start this week. Makes sure you enter July’s receipts and request your check! Single Check Rebate Deals Herbal Essence Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler $3.00, get $2 SCR wyb 2 -$1.00 ...

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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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Are Parents Over Praising Their Children?

 More parenting videos on JuiceBoxJungle As a parent going through potty training currently, I can relate to how you could over praise your child. My son loves gum. I figured that sugarless gum would be a great reinforcer for going potty on the toilet. It is better than candy, cheap and easy to transport. The problem? Now my son will run in and try to go potty even if he doesn't have to go in order to get gum. While the gum was initially an incentive, it has now become the focus. I have started ...

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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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Helpful Heather's Tuesday Tips: Conserving Ultilities

Conserving Utilities As I mentioned a couple of weeks back, we as mom's wear many hats and there is a variety of things that fall under the umbrella of our responsibility. In my house, one of those things is trying to look for ways to conserve (time, money, energy) so that we might be able to pool our resources elsewhere. I learned long ago, that I only have 24 hours in my day - same as everyone else - however, if I approach the use of that time, wisely, then at the end of my day I am feeling ...

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House Party: What it is all about

I joined House Party awhile back and I was finally picked to host a party! Saturday I hosted a Splenda Sweet Rewards party at my house. It was so much fun and we ate some pretty good food too! So how does it work? First you need to join House Party. Once you are a member, you can start filling our applications to host a party. There are many types of parties and they are sponsored by the manufacture. Basically they want you to help promote their products. Now, do not expect to get picked to ...

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Is "Easy" Better?

Yesterday I was out grocery shopping for a party I had last night. As I was going through the store, I was organizing in my head the many things I had to do before five o'clock. I wondered into the meat department thinking, "get chicken that is ready to go; make it easy". I had planned on chicken kabobs. Right there staring at me was kabobs already done. I was tempted but then looked at the price. Doing some quick math, I realized that it was not worth spending the majority of my grocery budget ...

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