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Family Travel and Vacations

Malahide Castle
Malahide Castle
On the way north from Dublin to Belfast we stopped at Malahide Castle. You could have a delightful day of it at the castle and gardens or just stay for a few hours as we did. There is a visitor’s center where you purchase tickets; it has exhibits, shops and a café. It is famous for the Avoca Store where they have made world famous throws since 1723.   The castle is situated on 268 acres of woods and botanical gardens. The garden is...
Do You Know What Pelicans Diving into the Ocean Means?
Do You Know What Pelicans Diving into the Ocean Means?
 You may have seen news reports about increased shark attacks this summer. If you're taking a family vacation to the beach in the coming weeks, and you're worried about letting your children swim in the ocean, check this advice from Florida's Fish and Wildlife Service before you go:   Don't go alone in the water. People swimming by themselves are more at risk.  Stay out of the water at high-risk ...
Visiting Dublin with Kids - Things To Do and See
Visiting Dublin with Kids - Things To Do and See
Dublin has old world charm with a modern vibe. The city truly is the heart of the Republic of Ireland. We started our visit in Dublin with a stay at the Fitzwilliam Hotel ideally located at Saint Stephen’s Green, a beautiful city park, in the heart of the city.  The Fitzwilliam has a modern flare and features the Citron Restaurant and a Bar - Coffee Shop. The Fitzwilliam is a five star hotel, and offers all the amenities including an...

School

50 Things To Do To Get Ready for School
50 Things To Do To Get Ready for School
By Greta Jenkins School time is fast approaching are your ready? Our school checklist can help! - 1. Buy school supplies – purchase a few each week to ease the strain on your budget - 2. Buy school clothes or uniforms   - 3.  Practice your school mornings routine- get up...
Yearly School Forms- More than a Whim
Yearly School Forms- More than a Whim
By Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed. - A Note From the Teacher -  As a new school year rapidly approaches many parents are not looking forward to the piles of forms. And paperwork that often accompany the beginning of the school year. The forms are often long and involved, and many parents...
Back to School Crafts
Back to School Crafts
Get ready for school with these fun back to school crafts! Back to School crafts are an easy way for kids to gear up for a great school year. Back to School Crafts and School Lunch Ideas: Back Pack Name Tag - Locker Magnets -  Locker Mirrors - &nbs...

Parenting

The First Weeks of School
The First Weeks of School
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT - Counselor's Corner Are your children excited, nervous or scared about school?  Or do you have the child that doesn’t even want to hear the name school before it actually begins?  If your child is in the so-called ‘in’ group, he or she may be excited about school—however, that child generally worries about staying in the group.  If your child is a jock or in the band, again they may already...
Organizing a Back-to-School Supplies Drive
Organizing a Back-to-School Supplies Drive
By Sylvia Cochran - Christian Parenting   Back-to-school shopping is just around the corner. Already the ads are showing gorgeous backpacks, stylish clothes and oodles of pens, pencils and crayons. While you might not have a hard time affording all these school supplies for your child, there are other parents who do not have the necessary funds to send off their kids to school with new items. Organizing a back-to-school supplies...
5 Tips To Prepare Your ADHD Child For Better Social Skills At School
5 Tips To Prepare Your ADHD Child For Better Social Skills At School
By Robert Locke Maybe your ADHD child does not have many friends at school and this is getting him or her down. It also worries you and you wonder is there any way that you can help your child overcome this disability- Here are five tips to help you. But before I give you the tips, let us look at what is going on in the child's brain. He is flitting from one thing to another, he lacks any reflection on the consequences of his actions...

Healthy Families

The Importance of Family Vacations
The Importance of Family Vacations
By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health -   With the approach of spring thoughts often turn toward summer vacations. When my children were still young and living at home we spent two weeks each summer exploring a section of the country. We were fortunate to be living in the central United States, as we could drive to most destinations. One summer we would go west to see the Grand Canyon and surrounding national parks. The next...
Being Our Own Authority
Being Our Own Authority
By Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life Being our own authority does not mean being an authority for anyone else! It just means that we don't let any one else become an authority for us. Everyone is free to choose, including us, and everyone is responsible for the choice that he or she makes. How else could it be? Many people try to cross these clear lines of responsibility, but doing so only clouds their perception of reality....
Overcoming Excuses To Get Healthy
Overcoming Excuses To Get Healthy
By Peter J. Weiss, MD FACP - More Health Less Care   Are you making excuses about your health? Telling yourself why you can't change instead of finding out how you can?  Probably.  I don't mean to be insulting.  This is just how life is; we all make excuses. An excuse is a defense or justification for something that would otherwise not be acceptable.  How about this one – "Yes officer, I know the speed...

Recipes

Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids
Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids
By Meredith Kimelblatt As kids head back to class to start the new school year, parents everywhere ask themselves the same question: what healthy snacks do you feed hungry kids after school that will fill them up until dinner without ruining their appetites?  For many parents, the couple...
Ideas for Healthy School Lunches and After School Snacks
Ideas for Healthy School Lunches and After School Snacks
Sandwiches and healthy snacks your kids are sure to love! For the Lunch Box:  * Instead of PB&J for lunch, how about: peanut butter and banana;   peanut butter and apple; nutella and peanut butter; peanut butter and dark chocolate; These are delicious...
Summer Side Dishes for Chicken
Summer Side Dishes for Chicken
Cold Asian Noodle Salad Pasta, pasta, pasta. You can't go wrong. Yes there are plenty of carbohydrates, but you can make it healthy with whole grain and low carb these days. This salad is useful for parties and picnics, or just a quick meal at home. Cold Asian Noodle Salad Grilled...

Features

2015 Back to School Fashions for Kids and Teens

2015 Back to School Fashions for Kids and Teens

Kids   Back-to-School Outfits - For girls leggings, skirts, maxi dress, graphic tees and jeans rule. For boy jeans, sweats and graphic tees rule -   Teens - For fall, there are only sportswear, comfortable, leggings with sweatshirts over, or  big pull shirts. also in style jeans, skinny,...
Getting Off to a Good Start, Back to School Shopping

Getting Off to a Good Start, Back to School Shopping

By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA -  In this month’s column, I am providing some tips to help you plan and save this back to school season.  College Bound Children According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 3.4 million high school students were projected to graduate in 2015.  A great...
Helping Teens with Back to School Stress

Helping Teens with Back to School Stress

As the start of the school year approaches, we spoke with Michael Levy, M.D., Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrist at Nyack Hospital, about the major sources of stress for teens at this time of year, and how teens and their parents can deal with them. #Teenstress   Q: Why is the beginning of the school year so stressful for t...

Home and Garden

What to Plant in Early Fall - Vegetables - Flowers - Plants
What to Plant in Early Fall - Vegetables - Flowers - Plants
Vegetables - Plant in August to September for a late fall crop  as far north as Michigan. - Beets -  All parts of beets are edible. The most  beets are red, but golden and striped varieties are now available. You can harvest beet greens when they are a about 2"  tall.  Beet roots are ready to harvest when they are approx. 1 ½ - 2" in diameter. Larger roots are tougher. Harvest by pulling...
Transition to a New School
Transition to a New School
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT A new school year will soon by upon us.  Many kids are excited to get back into school and see old friends.  Some relish learning and are anxious for new teachers and material to devour.  Other kids are anxious for school due to sporting activities.  Then there are the rest of the kids who may be nervous because 1.  it’s the first year of a new school; 2.  their best friend...
Organize Your Dorm Room
Organize Your Dorm Room
Tips for setting up your dorm room and  keeping it organized! Cutting the college chaos makes it much easier to focus on your studies. More importantly being organized is empowering and it gives a person control over their own space. Access the structure and furniture in the Dorm Room Most dorm rooms are really small and they come with fixed pieces of furniture like built-in desks and closets. Look at these elements and decide...

Family Fun

Funny Baseball Quotes
Funny Baseball Quotes
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings. Earl Wilson When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball." Willie Stargell, 1981
How I Spent  My Summer Vacation
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
BBQ Recipes - Arts and Crafts - Books for Summer Reading - Student's Summer Vacation - Disney - Know Before You Go - Camping - Yes, we doing it all ! by Greta Jenkins Family and friends come over to share BBQ recipe secrets and cooking tips. We made the best ever BBQ chicken and ribs! entertaining the kids was easy with arts and crafts and outdoor games. We spending time at the library, the...
Five Items on Your Back to School List You'll Never Use Again
Five Items on Your Back to School List You'll Never Use Again
By Cheryl Moeller - Funny Stuff -    Each year anxious mothers pore over the list of school supplies they must purchase for their child. Unless their son or daughter has these in their backpack they will have no chance of graduating from 8th grade or getting into Stanford or avoiding a life of crime. After decades of rushing out and purchasing these items in the middle of August, I've come to realize that many of these things...

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