Back to School 2018: Deals from Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon and more

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The great back-to-school scavenger hunt for supplies has begun. So has the pursuit for the best prices. If you haven't begun, or if you still have some items left to shop for, this list may help. It's the latest round-up of deals in tech and supplies from big-name stores. These deals are fresh, but could change. Be sure to check retailer's websites for updated bargains. Target Target price matches its competitors up to 14 days after purchase, although some restrictions apply. Among the best deals: Crayola 24-count crayons: 50 cents Crayola 12-count colored pencils or fine-line colored markers: 99 cents Crayola 10-count broad markers: 99 cents ... More

How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

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Starting preschool is a big step for a child, and parents can play an essential role in preparing their little one for this new experience. Here are a few simple strategies to ensure a smooth transition. Don't Overprepare "There's no need to start preparing your child for preschool months in advance" says Silvana Clark, a preschool teacher in Bellingham, Washington and the author of 600 Tips For Early Childhood Directors. "Some well-meaning parents begin talking about preschool and building it up too far ahead of time, and by the time school starts, the child feels this is a huge event ... More

Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature

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In the early 1980s, a Harvard University biologist named Edward O. Wilson proposed a theory called biophilia: that humans are instinctively drawn towards their natural surroundings. Many 21st century parents, however, would question this theory, as they watch their kids express a clear preference for sitting on a couch in front of a screen over playing outside. The national panic about kids spending too much time indoors has become so extreme that the crisis has a name: Nature deficit disorder. While calling it a disorder might be merely rhetorical, it’s clear kids spend significantly more time inside than outside. This ... More

History of the Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family ... More

Building Confidence in Kids

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Hi, I’m Dr. Stephanie Smith, and I’m a clinical psychologist, blogger and Parents on Produce advisor at Produce for Kids. At DrStephanieSmith.com I write about creating healthy lifestyles for kids and families. Anxiety about trying new things is certainly something that both kids and adults can experience. The good news is, we can help our kids feel more confident, making them more likely to try out a variety of activities.  They may then be more likely to continue to pursue activities they enjoy – even if they are not superstars from the start. Here are a few ways you can ... More
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