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Teens and Vaping: 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

Vaping, e-cigs, e-cigars, hookah, vape pens, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems are replacing cigarettes as the new fad for kids, teens and young adults. Since their U.S. introduction in 2007, “E-cigarette usage has doubled among middle and high school students,” according to a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Centers for Disease Control …

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Test Anxiety Tips for Elementary Students | Standardized Tests | Common Core

Use Positive — But Not Excessive — Reinforcement Use Positive — But Not Excessive — Reinforcement In the weeks leading up to the exam, acknowledge that it’s coming up and remind your child that he is well prepared from his studies all year. But take care not to overdo it. The NYU Child Study Center …

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Learning to Write | Descriptive Writing Skills

Descriptive writing plays a big part in writing stories, but it stands on its own as a specific type of writing. It is, in fact, a lot like painting a picture with words. A good piece of descriptive writing uses detailed, vivid words to describe all the facets of a person, place, thing, or idea. …

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Top 10 Tips for Paying for College

Start at a Community College Start at a Community College Credits from community college courses are usually easily transferable, and can cost less than half of what they would cost at a four-year university. Consider having your child start classes at a community college and transfer to a four-year college or university after two years. …

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10 Ways to Declutter Your Home

Start Somewhere Easy Start Somewhere Easy Empty all your kitchen cupboards. Replace everything that’s still in date that you think you’ll use. Toss out the rest. There’s little emotional attachment to groceries! Have a Garage Sale Have a Garage Sale Collect stuff from around your home you know you won’t use and turn it into …

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8 Awesome Activities to Fight Cabin Fever

Not another snow day! When cabin fever sets in, it helps to have an arsenal of age-appropriate activities to keep your kids occupied (and your sanity intact!). Indoor activities When the weather is fine and you actually have some free time, stock up on dollar store items like markers, stencils, and clay. Things your kids …

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Snow-Themed Crafts & Activities for Kids

Create a Snow Journal Create a Snow Journal Kids are naturally drawn to snow, so why not make it a learning activity? Take your kids outside with a magnifying glass to examine snowflakes, and then talk about the differences and uniqueness of each one. Kids can create a snow journal to help them analyze their …