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Kindergarten is the new 1st grade: Is your preschooler ready?
(BPT) - When you think back to your own kindergarten experience, it probably involved a half-day program and plenty of fun activities - finger painting, sand play and nap time. Likely the hardest parts were learning the alphabet and counting to 100.Fast forward to today. While kindergarten still of... More >>


Celebrate Your Community of Moms on Mother's Day
(BPT) - Mother's Day is a time to celebrate all mothers and the special place they have held in our societal and family structure for countless years. It is a time to recognize Mom for her unconditional love and dedication, along with the important contribution she has made to help shape our lives.... More >>


Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat
(BPT) - For people with epilepsy-and for those who care for them-the side effects of the condition are well known. They know all about the seizures and they also know how best to care for themselves or their loved ones should a seizure occur. While the persistent possibility of a seizure is well kn... More >>


5 renovation resolutions for your home this year
(BPT) - It’s no secret that springtime is synonymous with spruce-ups. But, as is often the case, homeowners hone in on prettying-up patios and backyards with fresh florals and new outdoor furniture, leaving the inside of the home as “same old, same old.” This spring, resolve to reinvent your home f... More >>


The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember the role ... More >>


5 tips to help teens master their money
(BPT) - For most teens, high school is an exciting time, one that offers the opportunity to set their own path and make some of their own decisions. However, with this added independence comes additional responsibility, especially regarding money.Today teens are spending $260 billion a year in the ... More >>


Engage kids' love of nature through bird feeding, ditch their devices and get them outdoors
(BPT) - Is it difficult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, today's kids love their electronics. After all, where could you find anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no farther... More >>


Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn't have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In fact,... More >>


Tips to reduce your health care expenses
(BPT) - Health care costs are in the news all the time. You hear about them at work and when you're with friends and family. The comments are always the same. Health care is getting more and more expensive and it seems to be outpacing the money you make.Fortunately you're not helpless when it comes... More >>


5 health 'facts' that are actually myths
(BPT) - Get eight hours of sleep at night, eat your vegetables, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away - these are all common health sayings you've heard and probably believe to be true. While commonly told health myths may have some truth to them, there are some that don't hold up to further exa... More >>


6 tips for decoding college financial aid award letters
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Spring into warmer months with a picnic spread made from the heart
(BPT) - This time of year, the urge to go outside increases by the day. There's more sunlight, birds are chirping and, in some lucky parts of the nation, flowers might even be in bloom. What better way to welcome spring than with a picnic prepared from the heart, complete with homemade breads and b... More >>


Recycle what? 5 tips for recycling bathroom products
(BPT) - Most of us are used to recycling at home, but specifically in the bathroom? Not so much. However, your bathroom is home to a number of recyclable products, from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to bandage and tissue boxes. With families as busy as they are, it's no wonder bathroom recycling is... More >>


Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary
(BPT) - From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and project online to our friends and beyond.But as these major momen... More >>


Inflatables 101: Tips for choosing the perfect pool float
(BPT) - Visit any retailer's pool aisle or website, and you'll quickly realize a challenge your parents and grandparents never had to face - more pool inflatables to choose from than you could ever imagine. Whether you're shopping for a larger-than-life float island or something to help keep your n... More >>


Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.Earlier this year, th... More >>


5 Ways to Help Your Baby Adjust to Daylight Saving Time
(BPT) - Daylight Saving Time (DST) is coming, and with it comes longer days and more sunshine. But for parents, it also brings concern over disruption to a precious sleep schedule. In many cases, a family takes up to a week to adjust to the impact DST has on sleep. Pampers has teamed up with renown... More >>


How does your hospital stack up for maternity care?
(BPT) - As you get closer to your delivery date, many decisions lie ahead, all centered around care, maternity leave and even decorating the baby's room. But one question may rise to the top: Where will you give birth?If you are like most expectant mothers, you will be giving birth in a hospital. I... More >>


Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars
(BPT) - Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you're among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar.If you don't yet have an HSA, you may qual... More >>


Smart ideas for supporting your child's education in 2017 and beyond
(BPT) - The education children receive today will help them throughout their lives. School is the fundamental component of the learning process, but education doesn't stop when kids arrive back home at the end of the day.'Education and family go hand in hand,' says Ellen Marks, curriculum director ... More >>


Baby food brand takes an unfiltered look at sex, parenting and relationships [Infographic]
(BPT) - The team at Plum Organics had a hunch, and research confirmed, that the majority of parents think having strong connection with their partner is essential to their family's happiness. Because Plum believes a healthy relationship between parents is important for the entire family, they launc... More >>


5 fun ways to decorate for spring
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you're probably longing to refresh your home, too. These five easy craft projects are perfect family activities and the results will add touches of sprin... More >>


5 reasons why talking about money can enhance a relationship
(BPT) - Thinking about combining finances with your significant other? Whether you’re getting married or just thinking about getting serious, talking about money can help couples understand each other and avoid unhappy surprises down the road. Here are five reasons why talking about money can enhan... More >>


Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed
(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a milli... More >>


5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family
(BPT) - Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them - often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don't want to sacrifice the fun things you do as a family just because of money.The good news i... More >>


Keep your teen athlete fueled with these 4 vital tips
(BPT) - High school can be intense, but being a student athlete can intensify expectations.As the start of spring sports approaches, the stakes are even higher for your student to maintain the success they had first semester. There are practices, matches and conference finals that have to fit in wi... More >>


5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change
(BPT) - Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family’s sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for parents everywhere.“A time chan... More >>


Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need
(BPT) - Did you know half of all children in this country enter kindergarten with tooth decay? Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition, n... More >>


Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need
(BPT) - Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food.“People who face food... More >>


5 simple steps to boost your immune system now
(BPT) - Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible - and recover quickly when you don't - it's important to keep your immune system strong."The... More >>


5 tips for safe space heater use
(BPT) - During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous.Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of home ... More >>


The best ways to support veterans in 2017
(BPT) - As the new administration and Congress settle into office, many organizations are working hard to put America's 21 million veterans at the top of the nation's 'to-do' list.'Veterans share a common thread - regardless of where they served or for how long - they are driven to protect our coun... More >>


The home design trend you need to know about
(BPT) - With the new year underway, the housing world is buzzing about the next transformative trend in home design and remodeling. This year it seems certain the growing trend of mixing and layering materials, something many designers and architects noticed was growing in popularity over the past ... More >>


Why eating breakfast boosts your health
(BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research... More >>


8 ways to create more quality family time this season
(BPT) - This is a paid advertisement.Are you a parent that doesn't feel you have enough time to spend with your kids? You're not alone. Working parents tell their children they are too busy to play with them an average of eight times a week - that's more than once a day - according to a recent surv... More >>


Paying for college: Options reduce need for student loans
(BPT) - While only a fortunate few students can expect a free college education by winning full academic or athletic scholarships, everyone can take advantage of a combination of academic aid, grants, fellowships, work-study and student loans to pay for a four-year degree, says Peter Gayle, a vice ... More >>


Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child
(BPT) - As a parent, you've probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perfectly ... More >>


The 8 hottest new devices for 2017
(BPT) - When it comes to the latest technology, you can never have too many options. And for tech lovers, there is nothing like the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which takes place Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas.CES delivered an exciting look at the newest Windows 10 devices that will make your life... More >>


The benefits of probiotics for babies
(BPT) - With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body's microbiota, the living organisms that inhabit the... More >>


Millennials and baby boomers approach pregnancy very differently
(BPT) - The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what... More >>


10-minute healthy habits for 2017
(BPT) - Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact."People who m... More >>


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>


5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... More >>


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... More >>



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