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Tips on Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Child
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Finding the right pediatrician is not always an easy task.

Lower Your Heating and Energy Costs At Home
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:18 pm

With lower temperatures come higher heating costs. And with Americans already spending more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool and light their homes, cost-consciousness is more important than ever.

Tips for Glowing Skin
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:22 pm

The winter months can be damaging on skin. The cold weather is drying and can cause your complexion to look dull. To keep your skin glowing till springtime follow these simple tips:

Healthy Tips for Healthy Kids
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:25 pm

By Beth Cline

James Wand's Top Ten Tips for a Great Birthday Party!
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:26 pm

James Wand’s Top Ten Tips for a Great Birthday Party!

10 Tips for Traveling Parents
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Business Trips are a requirement for many jobs, but they are especially difficult for parents who deal with the guilt of leaving their children behind and worry about how these parental absences might affect the children’s development. Charlie Hudson, author of The Parent’s Guide to Business Travel, offers parents tips to ease these stressful trips for the entire family.

The Perfect Hair Blowout
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Tips sponsored by: Michael Helene Salon

Home Appliance Troubleshooting
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:39 pm

 Tips Provided by Mr. Appliance.

Study Tips for All Ages
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:39 pm

Help your child get in the right Study Mood next time they sit down to work on homework with these tips!

Black Friday Shopping Tips
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Help Your Child With Bedwetting
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:48 pm

by Tom Jackson, M.D.     

Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:51 pm

Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

Tips for Protecting Children from Environmental Risks
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:53 pm

We hear all the time in the media how we should protect our children from harmful things in our environment. But how do we go about doing this? Here are some tips that will help you in your quest to protect your children.

5 Tips: How to Create Original Halloween Decorations
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:57 pm

1. Decorations are there to be noticed, so don't be afraid to be bold. A few large statements will make a bigger impact than several small ones.

Tips for Throwing a Themed Party: Up, Up and Away!
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:56 pm

By Penny Warner with Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kits

Key Points to Consider When Hiring a Tutor
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:58 pm

by Dr. Ralph G. Perrino

Make School Lunches Fun and Nutritious
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:59 pm

As the beginning of the school year nears, parents once againface the challenge of preparing healthy lunches and snacks thattheir kids will actually eat. After all, you can send your childto school with a well-balanced lunch a home-ec teacher would beproud of, but if he trades his carrot sticks for a cupcake, allyour efforts go down the drain. What parents need are ways to makehealthy food fun for kids to eat. And there is no better time toincorporate these foods into your family's diet.

Online Safety Tips
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Teach your children to communicate responsibly.

Tips from the Trenches: Raising Tweens
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 5:59 pm

I have four children, two boys and two girls. Three have made it out of their tween years, two into teendom and one all the way into adulthood.

Ten Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy!
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:04 pm

Wondering what to do with all that leftover candy? Here’s 10 great ideas that will help you put that candy to good use!

How to Recycle Old Refrigerators
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Tips Provided by Mr. Appliance.

Sports Injuries Prevention Tips
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:07 pm

  • Gearup. It's extremely important that your child has all the correct protectivegear (shin guards for soccer, helmets for baseball or softball orhockey, or eye protection for basketball or racquetball, etc.). Make sure everything fits correctly as well, and have your children try on gear before you buy it.

  • Bemindful of head bumps. There are around 300,000 headinjuries that are reported each year in young athletes. A child with aconcussion (even a mild one) should be evaluatedimmediately by a doctor and stay out of the sport until completely recovered. You want toavoid the risk of second impact syndrome (SIS), in which a secondinjury occurs to the brain before the first one is healed.

  • Keep a level playing field. Ask your coach or sports organization togroup your child in with other kids his size and level ofdevelopment. Grade-schoolers can often vary in size and ability, anda child who is smaller and less skilled at a sport than other kids onthe playing field faces a greater risk of injury.

  • Make sure that safety rules are enforced. If the coaches or refereeare not condeming unsafe behavior, you should talk with the coach about your concerns. If he or she doesn't list, you have every right topull your child out of the game.

  • Water, water and more water. Be sure children are given frequent andrepeated breaks to drink water. It’s also a good idea to keep themcool by misting them with a water spray bottle. Sports drinks with electrolites can also be beneficial.

  • Resting Days. Many doctors recommend limiting sports activityto five or less days a week, with at least two days off for rest.

  • Stretch. Make sureyour kids are stretching after practice and games. They are much moreprone to injury and straining muscles if they don't.

  • Sunscreen.If your child is involved in an outdoors sport, have them wearsunscreen all the time, even if it's cloudy outside.

Ten Tips to Get Your Child Reading
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Ten Tips to Get Your Child Reading

Quick and Easy Allergy Tips
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:09 pm

Nothing breaks a mom's heart like a sick child. Try these home remedies when your child (or you) start complaining about allergies.

Sledding Safety and Frostbite Tips
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:14 pm

Here are some sledding and frostbite tips for you and the kids on a cold, snowy day.  If you are looking for outdoor activities when the schools are closed, you have come to the right place.

Packing Tips
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 6:19 pm

  • Keep packing simple and limited to what you feel the camper will absolutely need.
  • There is no need to buy a "camp" wardrobe. Clothes should simply be comfortable, yet durable.
  • Shorts, t-shirts and jeans are staples of a camper's wardrobe, and how many of these items a child will need depends on the length of stay and laundry facilities at the camp.
  • Use a permanent marker to write your child's name on every item.
  • Be sure to pack long pants as well as shorts. Campers need leg protection on hikes and during horseback rides.
  • New shoes should be broken in and comfortable before leaving for camp.
  • A hat serves multiple purposes - it repels ticks during hikes in the woods, protects against sunburn in the open daylight and comes in handy during stormy weather.
  • A raincoat or poncho is a must.

Financial Planning Tips
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 1:21 pm

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Tips for Working with a Moving Company
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 1:23 pm


How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 1:28 pm

  • Plan ahead with water. Fill the bathtubwith water, so you can flush the toilet. Keep a bucket by the tub. It takesabout one bucket to efficiently flush a toilet. Buy four or five gallons ofwater for drinking.

  • BuyLED flashlights and LED headlights. The headlight is great because it keepsyour hands free. You can sit and read or walk around with an instant flashlighton your head. LED lights are brighter and last longer.

  • Stock up on batteries for the radio andflashlights.

  • Keep a cooler handy to keep food fresh.You can set the cooler outside in the snow or cold. This will come in handy ifthe power is off for more than a day.

  • Purchase a generator if you have noother heat supply. Generators will run the furnace, refrigerator, and otherelectrical items. Ifyou plan to use a portable generator, place the generator outside, not in acrawl space, basement, or attached garage.

  • Makesure your generator is connected safely; an improperly connected generator cancause serious injury or death. When your power comes back on, turn off anddisconnect your generator immediately.

  • Stock up on magazines, books, andgames. Use the LED headlights to entertain the children and yourself in theevenings.

  • Keep warm socks available and blanketsto wrap up in one basket that can be easily located.

  • Stockemergency food and related items. Ideal choices are nonperishable foods thatrequire no cooking, such as canned fruit, peanut butter, crackers, cereals,cereal bars, canned soup, tuna, and bread.

  • Keepa manual can opener handy, along with disposable plates and utensils.

  • Ifyou plan to use a charcoal or gas grill for cooking, keep the grill outdoors.

  • Remember,melted snow or ice can be a source of water during winter outages (but not for drinking).

  • Planan alternate source of heat in the event of a cold-weather crisis. If you havea fireplace or wood stove, keep adequate kindling and firewood on hand.

  • Ifyou plan to use a portable generator, place the generator outside, not in acrawl space, basement, or attached garage.

  • For your cell phone, use an auto adapter may be needed to recharge your phone.

  • Keepfresh batteries in your smoke detectors.

  • Fillup your car’s gas tank.

  • Maintaina supply of cash. Credit cards and ATM machines may not work if the power isout.

Decorating Kids' Rooms
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Tips provided by Ewa Pohl Art Studio.

Developing Healthy, Bright, and Creative Minds
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 2:55 pm

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Tips for Safe Holiday Travel
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 3:03 pm

With a wintry mix predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday, you'll need these tips to navigate the holiday's potentially hazardous road conditions and arrive safely at your Thanksgiving destination.

Tips for Dog Ownership: Is Your Family Ready?
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 3:05 pm


Top 10 Safe Summer Travel Tips
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 3:47 pm

As with any safety measure, parents should coach their children on what to do in an emergency situation. 

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 4:01 pm


Tips for Safe Walking in Snow and Ice
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 6:45 pm

With winter weather settling in, snow and ice melts during the day and refreezes at night. The Snow & Ice Management Association (www.sima.org), the trade association representing the snow removal industry, has these 10 tips for safe walking in snow and ice especially during refreezing.

Help Your Infant Sleep Soundly
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Tips Provided by: DC Baby Coach

Holiday Travel with Children
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:00 pm

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Destress Your Holiday
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:02 pm

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Tips on Choosing a Child Care Facility
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:06 pm


Tips for Baby Proofing
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:09 pm

10 Surprising Places (and People!) You Should Check When Baby-Proofing

Concussion Precaution Tips
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:09 pm


Keeping Your Home Safe
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:15 pm

Halloween Tips for Reducing Cavities
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:30 pm

It’s that time of year again! Children come home with their bags full of candy after a fun night of trick-or treating and want to indulge. Parents know that the candy is high in sugar and bad for teeth, and yet it is the one part of Halloween that excites children more than anything else. How does a parent reduce their children’s risk of cavities from all that candy while not arguing with their kids over the fun of eating it? The Center for Health Literacy has put together some “better,” and then “best” ways that the American Dental Association and current research says can help reduce tooth decay risks during Halloween:

Tips to Help Children Improve Their Writing
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:31 pm


12 Hacks to Help Manage Kids' Technology
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:31 pm

How to keep up with your kids’ technology? There may not always be an app for that, but there are techie tricks to keep your kids protected in the veritable device-storm we’re all experiencing.