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4 Life Skills to Teach Your Teens

4 Life Skills to Teach Your Teens
Teaching your children important life lessons doesn’t have to be a chore. By creating a fun learning environment, kids will not only learn the lesson, but more easily retain it in long-term memory. Get creative with the lessons you want to teach your children and watch them thrive as you make the process fun, entertaining, and most importantly, memorable. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Sewing Sewing is a life lesson that will help y.... read more

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Enterovirus: What Parents Need to Know

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Many parts of the U.S. are experiencing an outbreak of a respiratory illness that has sent hundreds of children to the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tested a number of these cases and found they were a type of enterovirus called EV-D68, a virus that has been previously reported to cause severe disease in a few individuals. EV-D68 is not new. It was first isolated in 1962 but has been rarely reporte.... read more

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Moms Need a Timeout, Too: 5 Ways to Recharge

Moms Need a Timeout, Too: 5 Ways to Recharge
A peek into the life of mom Dilshad Ali and her autistic son Daanish reveals an exhausting day that requires organization (from feeding him pancakes every morning to tucking him into bed at 8:45 p.m. every night), activism (fighting to get Daanish into the right school programs), forethought (anticipating his moods, which vary from hour to hour, minute to minute) and patience (enabling Daanish to experience life in his own unique way). It's tr.... read more

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Volunteering with Kids

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Inspire a Life-Long Giver by Volunteering Together as a Family November 13th is World Kindness Day – a day to stop looking at what separates us and instead change a life by an act of random kindness.   A fantastic idea – but why settle for a once a year official day of kindness?  Why not strive to incorporate giving and community service into your family’s every day schedule. Yes, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time i.... read more

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Fire Safety Tips

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Lifesaving Tips to Review with your Family October is Fire Prevention Month, and there is no better time to create a fire safety plan with your family. Sadly, at least one child dies every day, and many more are injured, as a result of a fire.   It is never too early to start teaching our children – and reminding ourselves – about fire safety.  We have created a checklist for you to use with your family to create a working Fire .... read more

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Trick-or-Treating with a Child with Special Need

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Lauren Conway, M.A. & Brian Yankouski, M.A., BCBA Behavioral and Educational Solutions and Training of NJ, LLC (BEST NJ, LLC) www.bestnjllc.com Fall is officially underway which means it’s time to prepare for cooler temperatures, shorter days, and of course Halloween! While Halloween is a time for kids to dress up as their favorite character and go from house to house collecting sweet treats, this can be a challenging experience for a c.... read more

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Baby Blues Buster

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  COMBATING THE ‘NEW MOM’ EMOTIONS According to the American Psychological Association, an estimated 9-16 percent of new moms suffer from postpartum depression. Many others struggle with less general melancholy – the culmination of 9 long months of morning sickness, swollen ankles, and sleepless nights (not to mention the cravings and inevitable mood swings).  Couple that with a tiny newborn who needs to be fed, and changed, and then .... read more

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As School Approaches

As School Approaches
160,000 children stay home from school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied. I’m sure many of you have heard the excuses; I’m too tired, my stomach hurts, I’m sick. That stomach ache might be very real as they feel the physical effects of being scared. If you suspect that your child does not want to go to school because of this fear, try to get them to talk about it. Let them know that you support them; encourage them to be o.... read more

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Starting School - Supporting a Child with Special Needs

By Lauren Conway, M.A. & Brian Yankouski, M.A., BCBA (BEST NJ, LLC) www.bestnjllc.com Starting school can be an exciting time of the year, but for others there may be hesitation, wondering what adventures this school year will bring. For children with special needs school could be challenging. Below are a few suggestions that can help ease this transition period in your child’s life. Visit your child’s school for a “meet and greet.” So.... read more

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School Bus Safety = Good Manners

School Bus Safety = Good Manners
So many bullying incidences happen on the school bus every day that we need to help our children know what acceptable and unacceptable behaviors are on the bus. Teaching our children how to be safe on the bus is really about helping them learn to be kind, respectful, and considerate of those riding with them. Let’s first address whether your child may be having a problem on the bus. Some things to look for include a fear of riding the bus, and.... read more

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