1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. A Parent’s Guide to After-School Jobs

    Teen girl working in coffee shopFor many teenagers, having a job is both a rite of passage and their first venture into the “real world.” What do parents need to know about after-school jobs for teens?

    The U.S. Department of Labor website, Youth Rules!, has a great many resources for teens who are either looking for a job or are currently employed.

    Does your teen want to get a job? Here are some guidelines:

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  5. 4 Tips for an Easier Nap Time with Your Toddler

    Napping toddlerIn the busy life of a toddler, having to stop playtime in order to take a nap may well seem like it’s the end of the world. Nevertheless, most active toddlers need naps.

    Daytime sleep not only is important for a child’s healthy growth and development, but it can also do wonders as a short, refueling break for parents.

    Does your child fight against daily naps? Here are four toddler nap-time tips to help make it go a little more smoothly:

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