Articles in Mandy Cowley, Family Life, Health and Wellness and April Guides

Secondary Drowning

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Many parents are unaware of something called secondary drowning, or dry drowning, which can go undetected.... Read full article

Toddler Property Laws

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As a mom of toddlers, you are familiar with toddler tantrums over things that don’t make sense, say a major meltdown when you won’t let them eat cereal and milk from a plate, because you know, gravity, or when you won’t let them eat dog food, because... Read full article

Learning Through The Senses

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Toddlers appear to be everywhere at once and into everything. One reason for this is that toddlers learn by using all five of their senses.... Read full article

Girl Power

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Boosting leadership qualities in girls.... Read full article

From the Brink of Suicide: Why Society Should Talk About Mental Illness

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When I was a teenager, I was hanging out in my room one night when my mom came home really late. She quietly knocked and entered my bedroom. Her face was tear-stained and her voice cracked as she told me where she’d been. She had been attending the f... Read full article



Gardening with Kids: Playing in Dirt isn’t Just Fun–It’s Healthy, Too!

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There’s no question, playing in the dirt tops the list of fun for kids, particularly young children, despite the protests of many well-intended parents. If you happen to be one of those worried parents, you can put your fears aside.... Read full article

Play! Create! Imagine! (and then Clean. It. Up.)

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I walk a very fine line between wanting my children to play and create and imagine...and wanting/NEEDING a tidy house to function at my best. I need order around me to feel relaxed and productive. If I wake up in the morning and I am greeted by a tra... Read full article

Spring Healthy Families Day Is Almost Here!

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Spring Healthy Families Day will be overflowing with storybook readings, family yoga, kid-friendly cooking demonstrations, and opportunities to tour the new children’s pollinator garden and take a walk on the nature trail. ... Read full article

Shh! Baby's Asleep...And He's Listening

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The old saying, “Little pitchers have big ears,” has long referred to our awareness that infants and children are listening far more to their surroundings than we often give them credit for. ... Read full article

Accidentally at Home

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It is easy for me to start to resent this season. But I am beginning to realize what a pity it would be to let this season of life sweep by in disappointment and miss the moments I am gifted with.... Read full article

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