Since you’re anxiously awaiting your income tax return, it’s time to start making plans for what you’ll do with it. You could spend it on a dream vacation but before you do, think hard. Chances are, luxury items will be far down your list of priorities. Many people use their refund to pay down debt…

Snacking worries parents and they often try to prevent eating between meals. That isn’t necessary or even helpful.   Children’s energy needs are high, and they usually can’t eat a lot at any one time, so they need to eat about every 3 hours. What’s important is that you have control over the time of…

Think it isn’t possible?  Follow these simple steps for the BEST Mother’s Day ever! When you think of Mother’s Day you may visualize breakfast in bed, receiving flowers, small children hugging their grandmothers, and mom looking gleeful and relaxed as she opens those oh-so-special cards and gifts.What you don’t see is who’s cleaning up the…

Why do children suck their thumbs? Many infants suck their thumbs even before they are born. Sucking is a comfort for infants and young children. As the child gets older, thumb sucking often becomes a bad habit. Thumb sucking is normal: some children just have a greater need for oral comfort than others. Children who suck…

Fraud is in the news more and more and close to home. While it may not seem like there is much you can do to prevent it, there are some easy ways to protect yourself. Debit card skimming captures account information and allows criminals to steal your money. One way to prevent losses is to…

If your kids think a homemade school lunch is boredom in a box, it’s time to start treating it like a daily picnic. Here’s the challenge: you want to provide nourishing lunches and the kids would rather play than eat. Or worse, they trade your lovingly-packed meal for a sugary cupcake. What’s a parent to do? Get…

My kids love vegetables!  That’s right, they LOVE their veggies…veggies that they have planted from seed, watered, watched grow, and patiently awaited the moment they ripen.  You can get your garden started today, no matter where you are or what outdoor space you have to work with. What you will need: – seeds (let the kids…

Good vision is an important factor in allowing children to achieve their full potential in everything they do. In early childhood, 80% of learning is through vision.   Yet 1 in 6 children has a vision problem significant enough to interfere with learning. These children often do not have the experience to know that their…

Having a baby changes virtually everything about your life. One area you may not have considered is your estate plans. It’s not an easy topic to discuss, especially when you’re getting ready to welcome a new life. Having an up-to-date estate plan is essential for parents to ensure their children are protected and provided for…

The Question: My baby is 3 months old and cries a lot. Why might this be happening and what can I do to minimize it?   The Answer: All babies cry and maybe your baby cries more than others, but here are some important things to remember. It’s normal for babies to start crying more…