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A Guide To Getting Your Kids To Wear A Helmet

A Guide To Getting Your Kids To Wear A Helmet
Head injuries are no laughing matter. Trauma from bike riding, motorcycling, skating or football accidents can lead to neurological disease and behavioral issues. One study in Scientific American even shows prison inmates are seven times more likely to have suffered a traumatic brain injury in the past. Of course, getting your children to understand this danger is akin to convincing them candy is yucky. If your child will not listen to you, then .... read more

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On The Road With Family: Car Trip Boredom Busters

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Top 12 Family Car Trip Boredom Busters Ideas Family road trips can be a trunk load of memories, fun, and…. endless, mind-numbing questions: Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?  Are we there yet? But don’t let car boredom ruin the trip.  Stave off the incessant questions with some of these sure-fire car trip boredom busters.  Soon, your kids will be clamoring to get back into the car and head off on another road trip. &nb.... read more

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Safe Summer Boating Tips

Safe Summer Fun: Go Boating on New Jersey's Waterways
Safe Summer Fun: Go Boating on New Jersey's Waterways There's no better way to enjoy the sunny days of summer than on the deck of your boat, exploring New Jersey's many waterways. From Swan Bay to the Shrewsbury River, the Garden State is full of scenic maritime playgrounds, and thanks to massive clean-up efforts after Superstorm Sandy—more than 450,000 cubic yards of debris and sediment have been removed from marinas, bays and inlets thus far—N.... read more

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Manners Myths

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Written by Barbara Gilmour, NJ Mom Squad Team. Manners or etiquette rules have come into being because of a need for them. Some, such as the handshake, have been around a long time. Others, such as where to park your carriage (and what to do with the horse) when visiting someone’s home, disappear because times have changed. Now we have Netiquette, which is Internet Etiquette, or how to use the Internet so you don’t offend anyone, and everyone ca.... read more

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Raising a Cool Kind Kid® - Original Poem/Song Written Shortly after September 11, 2001

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In honor of the 4th of July and The World Cup, Cool Kind Kid® is sharing this original poem/song written shortly after September 11, 2001. Raising a Cool Kind Kid® It all starts in the homeWhen a young child first says “please”We follow him to preschoolWhere he learns not to tease Along the way, with others’ helpHe soon learns how to careTo be kind and honestAnd play fair and share When he steps outside his doorHe then begins to seeThat many.... read more

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Four Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Your Teen’s First Car

Four Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Your Teen’s First Car
Since the day your child was born, you’ve done everything you can to help keep him or her safe. From installing child-proof (and sometimes adult-proof) latches on cupboards and cabinets to making sure your child always wore a helmet when biking or skateboarding, safety has always been one of your main concerns. So now that your baby is — gulp — 16 years old and shopping for a first vehicle, it’s natural that you will want to keep your fledgling .... read more

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Redefining “Cool”

Written by Barbara Gilmour, NJ Mom Squad Team. Kids today are bombarded on a daily basis in school, in their neighborhoods, and on TV with the idea that the rude, disrespectful person is the “cool” person. They see people they look up to as role models sending the message that the unkind person is cool. They watch as the kids who are acting out, destroying others’ belongings, bullying in school, to name just a few negative behaviors, seem to gai.... read more

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Gender Stereotyping-It’s Role in Bullying

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Written by Barbara Gilmour, NJ Mom Squad Team. Gender stereotyping is an issue I’m seeing more and more of on blogs, in articles, and LinkedIn discussions. This issue was raised in the Children’s Publishing group that I belong to and led to quite a string of comments. As writers of children’s literature we have a role to play in portraying characters that become positive role models for children, no matter their gender. In my writings, I have t.... read more

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Car Shopping Tips for New and Expecting Parents

Car Shopping Tips for New and Expecting Parents
The nine months leading up to the birth of their first baby can be a very exciting time for new parents. In addition to choosing a name, painting the nursery and taking a tour of the hospital, many expectant parents take a hard look at their current vehicle and realize it’s time to get a new, more family-friendly car. The following four tips are things that expectant and new parents should keep in mind when they head out to shop for a new or p.... read more

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Gender Stereotyping: Being “Bossy”

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Written by Barbara Gilmour, NJ Mom Squad Team. There is a campaign now going on to ban the word “bossy” from our language. This has stemmed from the realization that when directed at girls, the meaning is very different than that directed at boys. This was brought to light in a December TED Women Conference that featured Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts, among .... read more

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