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Holiday Projects to Boost Teen Life Skills

Kids are typically so wrapped up in school work, college apps, extracurriculars and their tech that parents often relieve them of home responsibilities to avoid schedule overload. But when they leave for college, many kids find that they didn’t acquire the life skills they need to be self-sufficient. Why not use the holidays as a […]

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Happy and Healthy Holiday Snacks

The weather outside is frightful…and honestly so are many of the snacks we eat this time of year. Obviously, ‘tis the season to indulge in fun foods, but it’s also smart to model healthy eating behavior for your teen that shows eating healthfully doesn’t have to be boring. Make the most of a study break […]

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How to Make Winter Break Productive

In classrooms across the country you can feel the excitement building as kids count down the days til winter break. Holidays! Presents! Snow! Homework! Wait…homework? Before you dismiss the thought of holiday homework as a total downer, stay with me. Every school schedule is different of course, but for many, the end of winter break means […]

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Stress Relief Games for Teens – and Parents Too!

Oh December, you crazy, amazing month. Sure, it’s the “most wonderful time of the year,” but when you combine studying for finals, college applications and planning for next semester, then add in schedule stretchers like shopping and parties, you can end up with enough stress to make you burst. Most parents are feeling the pressure […]

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Making the Most of Holiday Time as a Family

The holidays bring out the kid in all of us – even when your kids can hardly be considered “kids” anymore. And in lots of ways, the holiday time is easier these days. You don’t have to move that crazy Elf off his shelf; bribe anyone to smile for the holiday card; wait in line to see […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress for Your Child

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – on that we can all agree. But as exciting as the holidays can be, they can be overwhelming at times too. Here are five situations where your child might need a little help to reduce their holiday stress and stay on the “nice list.” Gift Giving Guidelines: […]

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