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  1. How to tell if your child is too sick to go to school

    Taking the temperature of sick daughterIf your child goes to school or day care, he or she will inevitably catch a cold. If one child gets sick, the close proximity and interaction among classmates often spreads the cold throughout the class.

    Children can come down with varying degrees of illness, from a sniffle and runny nose to a fever and sore throat. Some illnesses can be highly contagious whereas others aren’t and simply need to run their course.

    How can you tell if your child is too sick to go to school? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends asking yourself the following questions:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. How to Help Prevent Spreading Germs at Home

    toddler with runny noseTaking care of a sick toddler or grade-schooler can cause considerable worry and concern. Taking care of two sick children can be even more worrisome. When a child or other member of the household falls ill, trying to guard against or contain the germs may not be easy but can be done.

    Germs can spread in various ways, including by:

    • Touching a contaminated object or surface
    • Eating unwashed fruits or vegetables
    • Inhaling germs that are in the air

    However, even with the best of intentions and taking every possible precaution, a child could still get sick, since some infections and maladies can be contagious even before noticeable symptoms appear.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. How to Make Restaurant Busy-Bags for Your Toddler

    Toddler sisters coloring in restaurantKeeping toddlers entertained at home can seem like a mission in itself, but how can you keep your little one occupied while trying to enjoy a meal out? It’s a luxury that doesn’t happen too often.

    Enter restaurant busy bags. They’re a great way to help keep your child quietly occupied, whether at a restaurant, or the waiting room of a doctor’s office, or elsewhere.

    A busy bag usually consists of simple, budget-friendly activities that parents can make in advance and keep ready-to-go at a moment’s notice.

    Want to make a busy bag? Here are some suggestions:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. 4 Potential Symptoms of Stress in Children

    stressed girl at schoolBelieve it or not, children can experience stress just as much as adults. Pressure to do well in school, to make new friends or maintain old friends, or just managing expectations of mentors and role models are all example sources of stress for kids.

    Some children may not be able to articulate the stress that they are feeling, however. The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends tuning into the following emotional or behavioral cues to recognize possible signs of stress.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. How to Make Way for Life Insurance in Your Family Budget

    Dad calculating family budgetWhen creating a household budget, we all need to account for many kinds of expenses. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), they include:

    • Housing
    • Food
    • Child care
    • Transportation
    • Health care
    • Taxes
    • Other necessities

    Another important item that should be on the list is life insurance. How to find the money to do so when creating a family budget?

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