Wicked ideas: Fun neighborhood Halloween contests

By Kimberly Blaker Are you looking for some fun new ways to celebrate Halloween with your kids this year? How about a neighborhood contest? Costume contests are just one of the many options to get everyone in the spirit. So read on to see if one of these wicked ideas grabs you. Craziest costume –…

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Music’s Power: Songs and sounds — benefits for babies

By Cara Johnson-Bader Whether it is singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or playing music and swaying back and forth, engaging in musical activities with your baby helps brain development. Recent research shows that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and strengthens cognitive and sensory development.Language development – Learning to classify sounds…

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Needed now: 5 coping tips for parents and kids

By Sandy McDaniel Live in today. Don’t re-live yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. We only have today that we can live in. What can we do with today? Ask how the other person (child or adult) feels deep down inside. And be quiet when any words are spoken. Listen! Pain is stored in layers, so…

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