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Articles in Mandy Cowley, Summer Fun, Amy Delaney, Family Life and Health and Wellness

Changing the Game: Is it Wise to Specialize?

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Gone are the days of children playing multiple sports just for fun. Now, many kids are playing one sport year round to become elite athletes. This athletic trend is called sports specialization. Is it always a good idea?... Read full article

Taming Your Child's Monster Wish List

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Most children feel compelled to keep up with their friends, and the holidays can bring out their desires for expensive goods even more.... Read full article

Getting Started with Mindfulness for Kids

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You will notice the awareness you are teaching in these structured moments is carrying over into your child’s everyday life. The ability to slow down and be more aware will help them navigate relationships, school, and tough emotions more effectively... Read full article

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4 Reasons Why Every Child Should See Inside Out (And 3 Reasons Parents Should Watch It, Too)

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In 2015, Disney Pixar released a movie called Inside Out. In the movie, a young girl named Riley has to move across the country because her father gets a new job. When she is uprooted from her simple, Midwestern life and brought into the hustle and b... Read full article



Taking Back Summer: The Benefits of Being Bored

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The pace was slow, but our bicycles were fast, and we rode them everywhere.... Read full article

Your Kids Are Watching Your Marriage

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Often, one of the most neglected parenting lessons throughout a marriage is, in fact, the marriage itself. As couples become increasingly hyper-focused on schedules and extracurricular activities (travel ball, dance, cheer, festivals, events, etc.), ... Read full article

How to Agree on a Movie for Family Movie Night

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We get stuck on an endless scroll through Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. One time we ended up not watching anything. Sad! So I came up with a formula that works! ... Read full article

Celebrate New Year's Eve with the Kids

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Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you just don’t feel like fighting traffic, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. The key is to keep the kids occupied as the clock counts down. Here are a few family-friendly idea... Read full article

Vehicular Heat Stroke Awareness

by Mindy Calandro, MD on

It is a heartbreaking headline that we see each and every summer…”Infant dies after being left in car.” On average, 37 children die each year in the US as a result of being left in a hot vehicle, and in 2018, a record 52 children died from heat-relat... Read full article

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