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home : life : family living September 14, 2014

Help kids get organized and inspired
(BPT) - Between sports gear, homework assignments, mobile device chargers and social media contacts, kids have a lot to keep track of these days – just like grown-ups. While few kids seem to be born with the ability to be organized, most learn organizational skills over time. Parents are the ... More >>


Natural stress relievers for families busy with school
(BPT) - Many moms say back-to-school season rivals the holidays as the most stressful time of the year. The whirlwind spans from shopping for supplies to scheduling new fall activities. Whether you’re a single mom, a Mr. Mom or a traditional parent, nearly everyone can benefit from reducing s... More >>


Dirty cleaning secrets exposed [Infographic]
(BPT) - From cleaning the bathroom to avoiding visiting a relative due to a dirty home, CLR has found that Americans have a lot of secrets when it comes to cleaning habits and preferences. How many of these can you relate to? ... More >>


Smart tips to keep your student and their possessions safe this school year
(BPT) - If you’re on the way to the cabin or in the middle of an amazing family summer vacation, the upcoming school year is probably quite far from your mind. However, school will be here before you know it, and it’s important to make sure your child or teen has all the tips and tools ... More >>


Modern parents look to mobile devices for hassle-free meals
(BPT) - Between managing careers, navigating the rigors of parenthood, handling the daily to-do list, and finding time to stay in touch with friends, it’s no wonder modern moms and dads are always on the lookout for simple solutions to make life a little less hectic. Luckily, the age of mobil... More >>


Childproof your finances: Tips for new parents
(BPT) - Whether welcoming a newborn, adopting a child or becoming a stepparent for the first time, bringing a child into your life means big changes - and a big impact on your finances.According to the United States Department of Agriculture, parents of children born in 2013 will spend approximatel... More >>


Make peace with fall: Get over your love-hate relationship with autumn allergies
(BPT) - Fall: love it or hate it? People who suffer from fall allergies no doubt love the fall colors and the festive time of year, while hating the sneezing, sniffling, wheezing and itching. So what’s an autumn lover to do?Batten down the hatches and get ready for fall allergy season with th... More >>


Preparing to survive: considerations for life after cancer
(BPT) - Today in the U.S., there are nearly 14 million individuals who have overcome cancer. Although more than 70,000 young adult Americans ages 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year, the number of survivors is expected to increase by 30 percent in the next decade. This means there is a real n... More >>


How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family
(BPT) - Summer days lead to cherished family memories – whether they're spent splashing in surf and sand or picnicking in the park. Parents have a knack for creating magical summer moments for their kids. During these times they can also set an example for sun-protection smarts, and in doing ... More >>


Help your kids make the grade with healthy back-to-school snacks
(BPT) - School means big adjustments and big demands for everyone involved: shopping for supplies, shuttling here and there, studying – or overseeing the studying – special projects, and more. It’s easy to forget nutrition in all the hustle and bustle.Make a pact to embrace health... More >>


Parents, prevent heatstroke by never leaving a child alone in a car
(BPT) - Warm weather is great for trips to the pool or beach, but not so good for the inside of cars, which can rise to deadly temperatures in a very short period of time.Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get. Even on a mild 70 degree day, the temperature ins... More >>


Seeing the USA? Summer travel that includes unique hardwood hotspots
(BPT) - Finalizing your summer travel plans? Thinking outside the box to find destinations that combine history, architecture and nature can make travel that much more memorable.Whether it’s a leisurely road trip through the Keystone State or an action-packed fly-in to catch a baseball game i... More >>


Best way to handle aggressive drivers? Model better behavior
(BPT) - Aggressive drivers speed, drive too fast or carelessly, change lanes without warning, cut off other vehicles, tailgate and pass in ways that endanger others. Aggressive driving likely causes “a substantial number” of the 6.8 million crashes that occur every year on American high... More >>


Fun fall fashions for the entire family
(BPT) - Fall fashions for the entire family are top of mind as the cooler weather has you thinking about school bus schedules and steaming cups of hot chocolate. This year’s fall styles feature denim for every member of the family, and they all come in some fun colors as well. Check out the l... More >>


Wholesome snacks for back to school
(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will... More >>


Parents: How to pick the right cost-effective technology device for your child's learning
(BPT) - When it comes to education, Americans may hotly debate testing, grading and teacher accountability, but one topic that finds wide-spread support among educators, parents, legislators and students is the value of technology in the classroom. With a majority of teachers reporting in a PBS Lea... More >>


Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.Clean and colorful... More >>


4 reasons to make the move to a medical home
(BPT) - The American health care environment is rapidly changing. One model of health care that’s expanding across the country is the patient-centered medical home. A medical home is not a physical location, as the name implies, but a team-based model of health care delivery led by a physicia... More >>


Finding balance: creating functional family living spaces
(BPT) - Let’s face it - life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they’ll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share... More >>


5 secrets to keeping your sanity this school year
(BPT) - The summer months are over and the school year is in full swing. As a parent, this means you’ve traded those lazy summer days for school sports and activities, colder temperatures and the morning rush to the bus stop. If you feel like your home’s organization is hanging on by a ... More >>


Why all kids should have the opportunity to go to camp [Infographic]
(BPT) - Nestle USA is collaborating with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars “Let’s Get Her to Camp” campaign, making it possible for hundreds of girls to attend Girl Scout camp.Nestle Crunch will donate a minimum of $200,000 to fund... More >>


Home safety tips that put families at ease
(BPT) - While summer is most looked forward to for warmer weather, more time spent outdoors and family vacations, when the weather heats up, burglaries and home invasions increase as well. It is essential that families and individuals learn to protect themselves and their homes from unwanted intrud... More >>


Thinking of buying a puppy? You may want to think again
(BPT) - Your family is ready for a pet, so you head out to the local pet store. Within moments of walking into the shop, an energetic, sweet-eyed puppy steals your heart. You plunk down your money – possibly hundreds of dollars – and take him home, unaware that your new darling began hi... More >>


Why kids and nutritionists reject new school lunches
(BPT) - Good nutrition for school children is a priority that everyone can support but not everyone can agree on the best way to achieve it. Recent changes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture require schools drastically alter their programs in ways that are hard to meet. Children in particular ar... More >>


Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER
(BPT) - Picture this: It’s late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you’re not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest ER and hope for the best.Visiting the veterin... More >>


Make the big move less stressful for the 4-legged members of the family
(BPT) - When moving houses, you make a checklist of the utility companies you need to contact for stopping and starting services. You also schedule all the volunteer or professional movers to pack, transport and unpack your belongings, and you let all your friends and family members know your new a... More >>


Create a safer environment for summer swimming fun
(BPT) - Swimming is a popular summer activity and if you have a pool or spa, your backyard just may be this summer’s most popular retreat for friends, neighbors and all of the children that come with them. Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safer and fun... More >>


Don't be stuck in the heat walking on your feet: how to prep your car for summer driving
(BPT) - It is summer and you can’t wait to get out on the road to head to the cabin, on vacation or just a nice carefree ride with the windows down. But while you may be ready to go, is your car? These quick vehicle inspection tips will help you make sure your vehicle is ready for the open ro... More >>


Don't let germs hitch a ride home from school
(BPT) - As a new school year gets into full swing, parents know that along with library books, art projects and worksheets, their kids often bring home a ton of germs. As students travel on the school bus, sit in the cafeteria, and participate in classroom studies, they can pick up viruses and bact... More >>


Keeping your teens healthy this back to school
(BPT) - Tommy Kent was an average 19-year-old who loved life and surfing. When he developed flu-like symptoms, no one could have guessed that this otherwise healthy teen would enter the hospital at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and lose his young life by 12:50 a.m. on Christmas to a disease called mening... More >>


Stress-free back-to-school shopping tips for parents of teens
(BPT) - Back-to-school shopping with a teenager can be harrowing for both parent and child. Parents must balance the function and fashion of required supplies to make returning to school fun, yet still within budget. With parents of teens spending $133.40 on average for back-to-school supplies per ... More >>


Grown up snack substitutions to satisfy your inner child's taste buds
(BPT) - When you were a child you could eat anything you wanted without worrying about the result. The calories never stuck around.Now, not so much.And so you’re following the steps. You’re eating right, you’re exercising and you’ve given up the snacks. But wait a minute, wh... More >>


Disconnect to reconnect: Ideas for memorable outdoor family vacations
  This summer, it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with family. There’s no better way to do this than with a family vacation that brings everyone closer to nature. A trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia will connect you to the great outdoors while bri... More >>


New national health initiative focuses on Parkinson's patient engagement
(BPT) - Each year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a chronic, degenerative neurologic disorder that each person experiences differently.For patients and families today and in the future, living well with disease requires recognizing that we play an impor... More >>


Swings, slides, swimming, supper and stains: How to enjoy everything summer has to offer
(BPT) - Long, cold months stuck inside can give any family cabin fever. Fortunately, winter is over and warmer weather has returned. That means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors with your family.If you love the idea of heading outside but you’re worried about the mal... More >>


Young adults are getting serious about money sooner than you think
(BPT) - More evidence has emerged that parents are doing a better job teaching kids about money, and young adults are getting better at managing it.For instance, the majority of millennials are investing for retirement by the age of 24, according to the Spring 2014 Merrill Edge Report. This is in s... More >>


Lighten up summer with delicious salads and fun activities
(BPT) - The arrival of summer means families are looking for ways to lighten up when it comes to the clothes they’re wearing and the foods they’re eating. They’re starting to incorporate fresh, light flavors into their meals, especially as local fruits and vegetables become availa... More >>


Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?
(BPT) - It is no secret that kids love video games - they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development - skills in problem solving, reason... More >>


Living each moment of life with hospice
(BPT) - Life is about living each moment to the fullest. A father’s wedding dance with his daughter, a veteran’s visit to the World War II Memorial and the opportunity to bring a newborn grandchild home ... these are only some of the moments made possible thanks to hospice care.Many peo... More >>


It's never too early to start teens on a budget
(BPT) - At some point, everyone will have to learn how to live on a budget, whether it’s at home, at work or with a nonprofit organization. For teenagers with a limited income and plenty of interests that cost money, learning to manage a budget can never come too early.Money management is a n... More >>


Protect kids from dangers lurking online
(BPT) - Every day, millions of Americans turn to the Internet for news and entertainment and to shop. Over the years, Americans have come to trust the Internet so much, that they regularly share information about their daily lives through social media sites and with online retailers.But what many m... More >>


3 tips to keep technology safe and accessible while traveling
(BPT) - Are you dreaming of a vacation? Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo adventure, technology will likely be by your side. But using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to your personal services, i... More >>


Sports concussions generate attention with start of school year
(BPT) - You’re spending your nights standing on the sidelines, cheering your daughter as she dribbles a soccer ball across the field. Or maybe you’re cheering on your quarterback son as he yells “hut” at a football scrimmage. The school year - and its associated sports - is ... More >>


Why salt is essential to human life
(BPT) - Did you know salt is an important ingredient for your good health? No electrolyte is more essential to human survival than salt because the sodium you get from salt is what allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses, helping your muscles stay strong, your brain functioning and yo... More >>


Why nutrition is just as important for mom as it is for baby after birth
(BPT) - After baby arrives, all of the attention goes to him, especially when it comes to eating, but many moms may not realize how important it is for them to eat well during this critical time – especially if they are breastfeeding. Nutrition needs are greater during breastfeeding than... More >>


Family turns grief into action; offers advice for raising awareness for a cause
(BPT) - Mother and rare disease advocate Lora Moore knows all too well the value of good health and how quickly it can slip away. In 2004, she tragically lost her 12 year-old daughter Lyndon to Hereditary Angioedema (HAE), a rare genetic disease characterized by repeated swelling attacks that can o... More >>


Home organization starts with the right tools: How to get everyone on the same page
(BPT) - Your closets may be a bastion of neatness and your pantry a model of the philosophy “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Still, no home is truly in order if the people who live in it are disorganized.“Perfectly organized storage throughout your home is a b... More >>


The 5 essentials to a happy school lunch
  (BPT) - The lazy days of summer are over, which means it’s time for school supplies, school clothes and school lunches. The dairy experts at the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) have five inspired tips that will have the kids excited to dig into their lunch boxes, bags or pac... More >>


Add a burst of flavor to summer meals with grapes
(BPT) - With warm summer weather comes the desire to lighten family meals and impress guests with thoughtful fare for backyard entertaining. Call on the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables for inspiration. For instance, simply adding a handful of grapes immediately adds taste, color, freshness an... More >>


Who's taking charge of the back-to-school shopping? [Infographic]
(BPT) - As summer comes to a close, families are preparing to go back to school. A new back-to-school shopping trend report, revealed by Office Depot, indicates teens have more influence over parents as they age and 84 percent of students go beyond the recommended school list to add a personalized ... More >>


Spice up your menu with these unique recipes
(BPT) - What fun is life without a little adventure? An amazing trip is more appealing than a staycation, a new workout routine beats running the same old mile, and the hot new comedy club is more interesting than watching TV reruns.The same is true in the kitchen. New recipes are more exciting tha... More >>


Smart parent tricks for cutting chaos, streamlining school days
(BPT) - School is gearing up and a plethora of activities are starting. From soccer season and dance classes to music lessons and more – fall is a time full of excitement yet major adjustment for families.“By adopting good habits as soon as school starts, you’ll set the stage for ... More >>


Making health a family affair
(BPT) - Life is busy. And sometimes - in all of its craziness - it’s easy to lose track of what’s really important: health and family.“Our children have always been the center of our world, and when they recently started eating healthy, my husband Rev Run and I were inspired to be... More >>


3 myths about microwave foods
(BPT) - Everyone has their favorite foods they save for a special treat, or to make an already enjoyable occasion even better. But with a constant flow of information about food and health trends, it’s often difficult to know which are the best choice for you and your family. Is what you&rsqu... More >>


Simple tips to keep busy families organized
(BPT) - These days parents are expected to be everywhere at once. If you’re a parent, you know how stressful it can be to try and make the soccer game, the dance recital, prepare dinner for your family and work an eight-hour day. Just keeping track of your family’s schedules feels like ... More >>


3 reasons now is the time to get vaccinated
(BPT) - Vaccines protect you from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Yet most adults in the United States are not fully vaccinated. Like many, you may not even realize that there are vaccines recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job and other factors.Here are three reasons no... More >>


Which life insurance do you need at each stage of your life?
(BPT) - Many of life’s different stages offer challenges and rewards – whether you’re starting out on your own, raising a family, focusing on your career or preparing for a rewarding retirement. However, while each life stage is unique, making sure your loved ones are cared for fi... More >>


5 easy tips for throwing the ultimate summer party
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like a summer party where beautiful weather, great food and good friends come together to create memories that last. If you’re looking forward to throwing a summer party but you’re not sure how to get started, the following tips will have you outside ... More >>


The college car-safety checklist [Infographic]
(BPT) - Before you pack your child off to college, consider what you are sending them off in! The vehicle they use to get to and from college – and around on campus - might need a safety review before school starts. Michelin suggests checking under the hood, in your glove compartment and in y... More >>


Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
(BPT) - You’ve spent the summer tending and nurturing vegetables that have flourished, and now you have such an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leafy greens, your home is starting to resemble the produce section of a grocery store.Some people think harvest season is when the wor... More >>


Planning for life's 'what ifs'
(BPT) - It’s impossible to anticipate what life will throw your way. But still many families spend countless hours considering life’s many “what ifs.” What if we have kids? What if they are not healthy? What if we build a life that requires two salaries to make ends meet? Wh... More >>


What to collect at Comic-Con and beyond
(BPT) - What started in 1970 as a small comic book convention has become the mecca of all pop-culture events. Comic-Con, the four-day convention in San Diego, has grown to attract more than 130,000 people a year. Each year’s attendance seems to surpass the last.So why do people go? For some i... More >>


Kid-friendly foods that are also healthy appearing in restaurants across the country
(BPT) - With summer finally here, many will take the opportunity to spend more quality time with family, and dining out in restaurants is a perfect way to spend that time together.In an effort to meet the growing demand among consumers for more healthful menu options, a number of restaurants - in h... More >>


The 5 nutritional supplements that should be on everyone's shopping list
(BPT) - Most American’s aren’t consuming enough nutrients from their daily diet. Only 1 percent of the population meets minimum standards of a balanced diet, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A well-chosen supplement can benefit many people, e... More >>


Back-to-school shopping a great time to bond with teens [Infographic]
(BPT) - Parents say they reminisce a bit when taking their teens back-to-school shopping, and find the experience a great way to bond, according to a recent survey conducted by Staples. So as you look forward to finding great deals on back-to-school supplies, see how you compare to other parents wi... More >>


5 tips to improve reading skills over the summer
  Each summer, three-quarters (some 43 million) of America’s kids miss out on expanded learning programs, leaving them at risk of falling behind before the next school year begins. Even more alarming: summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing many children to fa... More >>


Diaper disasters to ketchup squirts: How to laugh through life's messiest moments
(BPT) - Diaper changing disasters, milk and cereal splattered across the kitchen floor, ketchup landing right on your white shirt ... mess and ick are an inevitable part of everyday life, especially if you are a parent, but they are also part of what makes life interesting and humorous.Whether comm... More >>


Combining virtual and real-world toys into hours of fun playtime
(BPT) - Do your children have imaginary friends or pretend the characters from their favorite TV show or video game are real and in the room? Many children creatively stage playful interactions with fictional and imaginary characters during their developmental years, but now those imaginary charact... More >>


Essential swim safety tips
(BPT) - As families start heading to local pools, lakes and beaches for warm weather fun, the staggering statistics around drowning risks take on renewed importance. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for infants and young kids between the ages of one and 14 in the U... More >>


Laboring under misconceptions: Epidural myths may keep women from reliable pain management
(BPT) - It’s one of the most effective, safest and widely used forms of pain management for women in labor, yet there are misconceptions about epidurals, a recent study shows. From fears of permanent back pain to allegations of potential harm to the baby, many women still harbor mistaken beli... More >>


The tween years: How to survive as a parent
(BPT) - There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities for the kids. And then there’s the reality, which more closely resembles “National ... More >>


Find the right tools to invest in a healthy smile
(BPT) - If you’re concerned about your oral health and looking to protect your physical and financial well-being, one of the easiest ways to do so is to practice preventive care. Attending bi-annual dental checkups and making smart oral health decisions can help you spot a concern well before... More >>


Good habits to keep teens safe on the road
(BPT) - No one starts their day anticipating getting into a car crash. But it only takes one time to be riding in a vehicle without buckling up for a life to be changed forever. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.  Fatalities are split almost equally between te... More >>


8 everyday activities that fuel your child's brain development
  (BPT) - Did you know your child is making massive strides just playing in dirt, building forts with blankets, and scribbling on paper?Seventy percent of a human’s brain development happens during the first three years of life through play. Here are eight ways your child is develop... More >>


Fall in love with a trip to the Lone Star State
(BPT) - With the summer season winding down, the onset of fall foliage with the cooler temperatures, and a variety of events and festivals, fall presents one of the best times of year to visit the Lone Star State. Fall in Texas means plenty of fairs, outdoor music events, cheering crowds, wine harv... More >>


Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
(BPT) - Americans are on the move. More than 35 million Americans moved last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. While relocating to a new place is exciting, it also brings its own set of worries, with packing and unpacking topping the list of stressors. With careful planning ... More >>


Gimme some more! A dozen fun facts about s'mores
(BPT) - With back to school just around the corner, now’s the time to make the most of the final days of summer. Gather your family and friends around the fire and enjoy a delicious treat. One of the quintessential flavors of summer, s’mores have been enhancing bonfires and bringing fam... More >>


Not getting through? How to talk to your guy about your health concerns
(BPT) - When you mention PMS, heavy periods or yeast infections and your guy cringes, changes the subject or flees the room, it’s not that he doesn’t care. He probably just has no clue how to talk about your health problems. One survey found that 63 percent of men say it would take prol... More >>


Take these steps to keep your kid's information secure on school computers
(BPT) - A lot has changed since you were in school. Your children don’t listen to the same types of music you enjoyed, and they certainly dress differently despite your protests.They learn differently as well.Today’s classrooms are no longer focused on chalkboards and lectures. Digital ... More >>


6 tips for a safe and enjoyable summer
(BPT) - Summer is all about spending time outdoors – either at home or away. Whether you’re hitting the road or taking a trip to the local park, it’s time for fun in the sun. And when you’re preparing for fun outside, remember that there are safety concerns to consider as we... More >>


Have you gone mobile with your money? Survey says most Americans have
(BPT) - Smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life; from texting and email to social media, Americans rely heavily on their mobile devices. If your mobile phone was taken away, how long could you survive without it?The answer may surprise you: nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. consum... More >>


How to get your kids to eat the food you've prepared
(BPT) - Do you have a standoff with your children each night at the dinner table? Are you encouraging them to eat the foods you’ve prepared while they’re suspiciously eyeing it, refusing to eat a bite? Many children go through picky eating stages, and parents typically need to be a bit ... More >>


Simple steps people with diabetes can take to improve their quality of life
(BPT) - One of the ways people with diabetes can help manage their disease is balancing food with physical activity, according to the American Diabetes Association (Association). By maintaining a balanced diet with regular exercise, you have the ingredients needed to help live a quality life.There ... More >>


Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall
(BPT) - Fall’s arrival brings fun family activities such as pumpkin picking, football watching and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it can also bring unwanted allergy and sinus symptoms. Fall allergy and sinus symptoms can be unpredictable and can be triggered by a variety of environmental factor... More >>


Life after the Olympics: Luger offers insight on balancing work, school and life
(BPT) - A natural-born athlete, Erin Hamlin grew up playing a variety of sports, although it wasn’t until the age of 12 that she was introduced to luging. Her prior athletic experience instilled a great deal of concentration, dedication and strength of mind and body, and it wasn’t long ... More >>


Natural, effective and affordable home cleaning
(BPT) - Fall means back to school and more dirt and clutter coming into your home. You can give your family a healthier and fresher home by switching to natural cleaning products.“Misconceptions persist that natural cleaning is more expensive and less effective, but nothing could be farther f... More >>


Keeping pre-teens safe as they grow older
(BPT) - Life changes a bit when school resumes in the fall. Traffic patterns become more regular, family schedules adjust and kids fill their hours with classes, homework and after-school activities. As children grow up, it can be difficult for parents to know how to stay connected and keep them sa... More >>


Fun kids' activities reverse summer learning loss
(BPT) - School-aged kids count down the days to summer vacation when they can play outside and take a break from homework duties. However, being out of the classroom isn’t all fun and games – summer learning loss is a real issue that parents worry about every year.Research shows student... More >>


Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows
(BPT) - Taking the driving test and earning a license is a cherished rite of passage for teenagers across the country. With their license in hand, they view the road as their gateway to independence and they eagerly look forward to what’s around the next curve. In order to do this, however, a... More >>


Tips for making real, pure ingredients a part of everyday life
(BPT) - Trends and fad diets come and go. But a progressive approach to nutrition – one grounded in positive eating – remains constant. It’s the desire to get more out of food with real, pure ingredients. Most people find the commitment to natural, healthy living isn’t as ch... More >>


Planning, communication and cooperation help reduce back-to-school worry for parents of students with diabetes
(BPT) - Children begin each school year excited about making new friends, and learning new things. But children living with diabetes and their families may also feel uncertain or uneasy about how their diabetes will be managed throughout the school day.For parents of the more than 200,000 children ... More >>


Tips to find great gifts for kids that will keep them engaged for hours
(BPT) - The challenge when finding the perfect gift for a child’s birthday party or special occasion is finding a gift that will keep the kid’s interest for longer than just a few hours. After all, no one wants to spend time and money on a toy or game and then see it collecting dust on ... More >>


Learn how to help college students take control of their health
(BPT) - College may provide the first opportunity for many young adults to make important health decisions for themselves. In its Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Coalition highlights a number of important topics for improving the health... More >>


Driving tire safety for teens: Road safety begins with the only part of the car that touches the road
(BPT) - New research on driver’s education and training shows a gap in teen drivers’ knowledge – one that, if closed, could help prevent some of the nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers every year.That knowledge gap concerns the only part of the car that actu... More >>


5 dietary habits of healthy kids
(BPT) - With so much information available about kids’ nutrition – what to eat, how to supplement and more – it’s hard to get a firm grasp on what it takes to raise a healthy child. In the U.S., a significant portion of children are not getting enough essential vitamins and ... More >>


Keep your family organized with these helpful tips
(BPT) - These days, more is expected of working families than ever before. Families with two working parents are now the norm, and in addition to full-time jobs, parents still have errands to run, youth activities to attend and a house to maintain. So how do you do it all? How do you keep your fami... More >>


Why it's critical to make eye exams part of your back-to-school routine
(BPT) - Reading the computer, chalkboard and books are critical elements of getting an education that can lead students to reaching their full potential and making their goals and dreams come true.Surprisingly, vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children.In fac... More >>


Teaching kids to give back
(BPT) - One of the most rewarding reasons to get involved in your community is to set a good example for your kids. Whether you donate money or time, giving back is beneficial, and not just for the recipients. The reward for your selfless acts can be a beautiful thing for both your community and yo... More >>


Babies and bills: What you need to know to be prepared [Infographic]
(BPT) - When preparing for the arrival of a new baby, financial considerations should be top of mind for parents-to-be. Getting smart about insurance before your bundle of joy comes home can help childproof your finances and ensure you’re covered for the care your family needs before and afte... More >>


Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
(BPT) - Most parents and grandparents know that keeping medicine out of children’s hands is important. But every minute a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine, and every 8 minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. What’s... More >>


Health coverage is available that fits the family budget: Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP is year-round
(BPT) - Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage for children and teens in families with low and moderate incomes. Parents and other adults may qualify for Medicaid as well. In many states, more adults are eligible now than ever befo... More >>


Expert tips for a delicious grilling season
(BPT) - There are four distinct seasons in the United States: the holiday season, road construction season, hunting season, and what some argue is the best season of all, grilling season. What was once a special event for summer holidays has turned into a regular activity for millions of Americans.... More >>


Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident duri... More >>


How to make the start of the school year healthy and happy
(BPT) - The lazy days of summer are nearly over. Back-to-school season means back to a busy life with a seemingly never-ending schedule of classes, sporting events and extracurricular activities. Making healthy choices can take a back seat to convenience when on the run. While pre-packaged foods ar... More >>


Craving an unplugged vacation? Secrets to keeping the family road trip fun
(BPT) - Whoever said the journey is part of the fun probably never took a summer road trip with hungry, bored children in the backseat of the family car. Keeping kids occupied and their tummies full goes a long way toward making a driving vacation fun for everyone. But if you don’t want kids ... More >>


Build a lasting memory with your backyard project
(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.If you want to improve your backyard with a special project for your family this year but you’... More >>


Ick factor - Why you may be struggling to get rid of those pesky head lice
(BPT) - Whether your kids are off to summer camp, you’re gearing up for back-to-school, there is snow on the ground or flowers are blooming, you may find yourself dealing with a case of head lice. An estimated 6 million to 12 million head lice infestations occur each year in the United States... More >>


Beyond the backpack: Back-to-school shoe-shopping tips to keep kids healthy and parents happy
(BPT) - For parents faced with kids’ changing tastes and opinions, navigating back-to-school shopping can be a harrowing process. Buy him the wrong backpack and he’ll be the uncool kid on the bus. Pick out the wrong jeans for her and she’ll be shamed by society. While neither scen... More >>


Hospice care: separating fact from fiction
(BPT) - In the living room, a grandfather laughs and plays video games with his granddaughters. Later, he joins the rest of his family to say grace before enjoying a meal together. Moments of life like these may seem ordinary to most; so you may be surprised to learn this grandfather, Robert Mihelb... More >>


The equation for stronger performance in school begins with a better breakfast
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for students embarking on a learning adventure. But all too often, kids head out the door with sugary pastries, cereals and bars – or worse yet, nothing in their stomachs at all. Children who eat breakfast perform better... More >>


Deck support: It's what's beneath the surface that counts
(BPT) - The substructure of your deck is the heart of its durability and the foundation for its aesthetics. Until recently, wood was the go-to material for builders and contractors but many professionals are now switching to steel for its superior structural integrity and design flexibility. Steel ... More >>


Putting herself first: Easy tips to help women to focus on their own health
(BPT) - As the caretaker of the family, sometimes Mom is so busy watching over her spouse and children, she forgets to take care of herself. This is the perfect time of year for women to focus on their own health, especially as schedules slow down for the summer months.Taking a moment to pause and ... More >>


Often-overlooked back-to-school danger: Tips to pack safer lunches
(BPT) - You’ve survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things about that lunch you may h... More >>


Reading and playing can increase your child's imagination
(BPT) - Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It’s a pretty amazing statement when you consider just how much knowledge Einstein possessed. Today’s world always has a spot for creative, imaginative people. Whether they are designing the n... More >>


Your credit scores: What you don't know could cost you
(BPT) - Do you know what your credit scores are? If you don’t, you’re not alone. In fact, many people know very little about their credit scores, what they are or how they work. And they certainly don’t understand that having low credit scores can have a big impact on their future... More >>


Preparing for back-to-school: backpacks, new jeans and vaccines
(BPT) - Summer is a time when kids and parents get to take a break from the school year routine and have a moment to enjoy some ice cream, the outdoors and family time. But parents know that just as everyone begins focusing on fun, it’s already time to begin planning back-to-school to-do list... More >>


5 foods for better moods, and 5 more that only bring you down
(BPT) - Did you know the food you eat can literally make you feel happy or sad? Nutrition is one of the main components of mental health, so it’s important to stock your plate with good food while cutting some of those less beneficial alternatives.“Food can definitely alter your mood,&r... More >>


Fight childhood hunger to keep kids healthy this summer
(BPT) - Children everywhere look forward to the long sunny days of summer vacation, but not everything about being away from school is fun and games. Many children who rely on free or reduced cost meals during the school year are at risk of going hungry during the summer months.“Millions of c... More >>


Keeping your eyes (and tires) on the road
(BPT) - Have you ever thought about all of the distractions associated with driving? Weather, kids, pets, eating, cell phones, billboards, the radio and even a friend riding shotgun all compete for the driver’s ever-shrinking attention span.Some distractions like cell phone usage - whether ta... More >>


Calling all junior chefs: Expert tips make cooking an enjoyable family affair
(BPT) - There’s a place in the home that is full of endless fun and family bonding potential: the kitchen. When kids learn to cook – from meal prep to cleanup – they gain valuable skills and make lifelong memories. Fortunately, inspiring kids in the kitchen is simple with a few ex... More >>


Dry bottoms and rockin' tunes: The recipe for happy babies, survey says
(BPT) - Long, leisurely showers are a distant memory, the days are a busy blur and you’re getting used to never wearing a clean shirt – as the saying goes, parenthood is not for sissies.  Yet when your little one greets the day – and you – with a smile, stress seems to ... More >>


Easy ways to make senior living affordable
(BPT) - Kathy Hesselgrave’s 90-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was no longer able to live in her home by herself. Because her mother needed help cooking and taking her medication, Hesselgrave found herself taking care of her mom, splitting the days and nights wi... More >>


Home improvement tips to prepare for the summer storm season
(BPT) - Summer storm season is upon us - and some of those storms can be severe.Water and storm damage to your home can quickly add up and potentially leave your family in danger, which is why it’s a good idea to conduct a spring checkup of your home. Ed Del Grande is a master contractor and ... More >>


Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction
(BPT) - Everyday technology consumes everyone’s lives as the phone, computer, tablet and other high tech devices have become not just an object, but also a close companion. And for those who are extremely connected to their devices, going without them, even for only a few minutes, can be an a... More >>


Keeping kids stimulated all summer can help prevent the summer learning slide
(BPT) - For most kids, the final school bell signals a break from learning and a focus on summer fun, but for parents it often means an uphill battle to beat the “summer slide” in their child’s learning. Significant knowledge and skills gained during the previous school year can b... More >>


5 things parents should be aware of when it comes to kids and digital devices
  (BPT) - From the moment your kids get up in the morning and turn on cartoons, to the second they finish playing on their iPad before bed, their eyes are looking at digital devices almost nonstop. The blue-light high-energy wavelength emitted from these devices’ screens can damage ... More >>


Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time
(BPT) - Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety... More >>


10 incredibly simple ways to ease back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Helping your child ease into the school year sets them up to succeed both academically and socially. But making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the hectic pace of back to school can be overwhelming, for you and your kids. Between school supply shopping, extracurricular activi... More >>


5 tips to keep your family healthy and your house clean this school year
(BPT) - You and your family are probably adjusting to the hustle and bustle of another school year. Your family’s mornings have returned to the more familiar, hectic pace.Keeping your kids healthy allows them to take full advantage of the opportunities they will encounter, such as the first d... More >>


Expert tips for making peer learning part of your child's academic success
(BPT) - As students young and old head back to school, attention turns to getting good grades. Smart parents know that positive study habits boost success in the classroom, but finding ways to encourage kids academically can be difficult. A growing body of evidence proves peer learning and study gr... More >>


Tips to make outdoor play a priority this summer
(BPT) - The school year has ended and kids are more excited than ever to get outside and play. However, as the days grow longer and summer boredom sets in, it’s easy to become uninspired during playtime and it’s tempting for families to turn to DVDs and video games as entertainment.Keep... More >>


5 simple ways to inspire and improve your inner 'making' skills
(BPT) - Summer is often a great time to tackle your do-it-yourself and “making” projects. But between summertime travel, social commitments and long hours at the office, carving out time to “make” can be challenging.This Labor Day weekend, the Craftsman brand will host its f... More >>


Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.&ldqu... More >>


The best budget-friendly baby gear buys
(BPT) - From a car seat and crib to diapers and daycare, little ones come with big expenses. In fact, American parents spend an average of $14,000 on their baby’s first year. But you can buy the best for your baby without spending a bundle. Use this go-to guide to gear up for less.Smart savin... More >>


Prevent theft from being the story of your vacation with these security tips
(BPT) - Your school days are finished and that summer vacation is within your sights. This year you’ve planned the trip down to the last detail and made all of the final arrangements, but even if you’ve given your destination extensive thought, you may not have considered what you&rsquo... More >>


A strong father and son-in-law relationship is important for wedded bliss [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know that in-laws rank fifth on the most common topics of marital disagreements? Or that when a man reports having a close relationship with his wife’s parents, the couple’s risk of divorce decreases significantly? From popping the question (to dad) to the state of the (... More >>


What's motherhood really like for mom? Learn how real moms feel about this important job [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new nationwide survey of more than 1,000 moms explored the challenges and rewards that come with motherhood. This independent research, commissioned by home appliance manufacturer LG Electronics, reveals some interesting and noteworthy statistics, as well as some tips and tricks that... More >>


7 reasons your teen needs an annual checkup
  Why is scheduling an annual checkup for your teen important? While the reasons are many, a national online survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Pfizer, found that teens aged 13 through 17 years are twice as likely to ask about important health topics d... More >>


Boost kids' nutrition with tips on creating a balanced plate
(BPT) - It’s no secret a wholesome diet helps keep kids healthy while giving them the energy and nutrients they need to concentrate and excel at school. Healthful meals and physical activity are essential for child growth and development, and parents hold the key to proper nutrition for the e... More >>


Allergy and asthma preparation: an important item on the back-to-school checklist
(BPT) - Sending children back to school comes with a long checklist of items to remember. For example, you need to know what school supplies to buy. You will want to visit the school to find the classroom and meet the teacher. You will also plan after-school activities full of fun enrichment opport... More >>


Savvy parents share back-to-school lunchbox and snack tricks
(BPT) - With school bells ringing across the country, parents are adjusting to new schedules and planning lunches and snacks accordingly. Fortunately, providing kids with nutritious foods doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task – and your kids will be thrilled with your new mealtime cr... More >>


Save energy and money by catching these invisible energy thieves
(BPT) - Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever before. They understand that making eco-friendly choices not only creates a positive impact on your surroundings, it can also translate into actual savings on monthly energy bills.If you’re looking to reduce your car... More >>


Seven tips for a greener back-to-school season
(BPT) - With back-to-school shopping, changing schedules and preparing kids for the upcoming school year, your family’s environmental impact may be the last thing on your mindIt is possible to have a greener back-to-school season. Here are seven simple things parents and children can do to ca... More >>


Fact or fiction? What you need to know about today's TVs
(BPT) - By this time every year, TV manufacturers have released their new lineups - complete with the newfangled technologies and new looks. After months of seeing prototypes and concepts, now is the time when TV lovers can get their hands on these models and show them off in their living rooms.The... More >>


Named your car? Then treat it like a good friend with these tips
(BPT) - When cousins Bo and Luke Duke from the television series The Dukes of Hazzard named their car “The General Lee,” they had the famous General Robert E. Lee in mind. Why? The show was set in the South, so perhaps it was to capture the Southern vibe of the Duke lifestyle. Maybe it ... More >>


Entertaining at home? These easy tips will ensure your place is guest-ready in no time
(BPT) - No matter the occasion, parties are good opportunities to relax with friends and family, step outside the normal routine and just have a great time. Hosting a party at home requires some extra prep work, but the reward is often worth the labor. Before you throw your next gathering, try thes... More >>


Make this football season a smarter one
(BPT) - As the less structured and sun-filled summer days come to an end, many households across the country are preparing for football camps, practices and the start of the season. Coaches are dusting off their playbooks, schools and leagues are prepping the fields, and parents are adjusting their... More >>


What's it take to pack the perfect lunch? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Everyone knows mom could use a little relief when it comes to back-to-school season. More than 700 surveyed moms discussed what it takes to pack the perfect lunch. The results show that sometimes kids need a little extra in their packed lunches and more snacks to keep them full through... More >>


It's time to acknowledge the ways dads care [Infographic]
(BPT) - The way dads see their role as fathers is dramatically different from how those roles are portrayed, according to new research from Dove Men+Care. Three quarters of dads say they are responsible for their child’s emotional well-being, while only 20 percent of dads see this role reflec... More >>


Hospice reminds grieving children they are not alone
(BPT) - Imagine feeling suddenly sad, angry, alone, confused and worried, without really understanding why. This is how 75 percent of grieving children claim they feel after losing a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Grieving Children. While the journey to acceptance of a loss is di... More >>


Back-to-school snacking done right
(BPT) - As the school year begins, some parents may find that the most chaotic time of the day is around 3 p.m. when class is dismissed and the juggling act of homework, soccer practice and piano lessons begins. With so much going on, it’s important to keep kids energized and focused by provi... More >>


Have a 'PEP Talk' to help prevent life-threatening pregnancy complications
(BPT) - Pregnancy and childbirth should be an exciting time for women and their loved ones. For nine months, families are busy preparing and looking forward to meeting their healthy, happy baby. But pregnancy complications – or the thought that something could happen to the pregnant mother &n... More >>


Plateau-busting tips for avoiding common workout pitfalls
(BPT) - That stubborn muffin top that does not want to budge, the extra 20 minutes you can’t manage to add to your workout – when plateaus occur they can leave you feeling frustrated and discouraged, and make it even harder to stick to your get-in-shape goals. What’s the secret to... More >>


Teach your kids the value of money
(BPT) - Teaching your kids to be financially savvy could help them to be financially confident and successful in the future. As credit card debt and low retirement savings continue to frustrate many Americans, you can help your kids steer clear of these and other financial pitfalls by talking to th... More >>


Shopping for a new vehicle? 5 questions to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line
(BPT) - It’s that time again - time to buy a new car. Maybe you’re excited because you’ve been dreaming of getting new wheels for a long time now. Or maybe you’re nervous; buying a car is a big financial commitment and you want to make sure you do your homework. If you fall ... More >>


Teenagers believe legalization of marijuana encourages experimentation and may lead to further drug use
(BPT) - The legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use is happening in states across the nation. These changes may be affecting the way teenagers think about marijuana and other harmful substances.A new study commissioned by Rosecrance shows that the legalization of marijuana m... More >>


Promoting peer engagement through afterschool programs
(BPT) - As summer winds down, inevitably kids’ nerves begin to show with the thought of the upcoming school year. The changes that lie ahead, be it a new school, teacher or a grade level, can create anxiety in many children.Interacting with their peers in an afterschool classroom setting can ... More >>


Serve and return: learn how early childhood interactions are crucial to learning
(BPT) - Picture this common scenario: you are standing in line at the grocery checkout and a baby seated in the cart in front of you makes eye contact. She looks at you inquisitively, leans her body back, and smiles. You smile back, wave, and say “hello.”The baby babbles, delighted by y... More >>


Resourceful ways to keep living the American dream [Infographic]
(BPT) - Many consumers in America continue to believe in the American dream despite lingering economic conditions, but find that their standard of living has been significantly impacted since the Great Recession. A survey, commissioned by Aaron's, Inc., offering home furniture, electronics and... More >>


Taking responsibility for your health: Ask for yourself. Do it for your family
(BPT) - Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives−“How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like−“Are you taking care of y... More >>


How 'big data' is changing your movie-viewing experience
(BPT) - What do personalized movie-kiosk offerings, marketing campaigns and Godzilla all have in common? The obvious answer is “the movie industry,” but another equally important common element ties all three together: they’re all the product of big data.“Simply put, big dat... More >>


Worse than itching: Bug bites, stings can cause disease and allergies
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has had experience with insect bites or stings. Whether it was a mosquito bite while on a camping trip or a wasp sting while gardening, these bites can be painful, and itch for days.A normal bite or sting will usually heal in a few days with proper care but some pests are kn... More >>


Personalize your health and wellness to help meet your goals
(BPT) - When it comes to heath and wellness, nearly 73 percent of Americans are trying to take better care of their health today than just a few years ago, yet 49 percent find that other things take priority, according to The Futures Company. However, experts say the more you customize your wellnes... More >>


Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
(BPT) - The fall months are a great time for families to enjoy the great outdoors with the changing of colors and much cooler temperatures. If you don’t already have a fall escape weekend planned, you might want to consider scheduling one soon.Interest in outdoor adventures is on the rise, es... More >>


Balancing active duty and pursuing an online degree
(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn&rsquo... More >>


Simple, smart ways to spend less time on chores, more on fun this summer
(BPT) - Summer is supposed to be fun, so who has time for hassles like printing vacation photos or doing laundry? And then there’s all that time you spend slathering on sunscreen. A few time-saving tips can help you get inevitable summer tasks done more quickly, so you can spend more time sav... More >>


Safety essentials so you can enjoy the great outdoors
(BPT) - The great outdoors begs to be explored this summer. From week-long camping trips to spending an afternoon at the park with the kids, there’s so much to see and do during the warm weather months that it may be hard to choose where to start.If you’re packing up for a long hiking t... More >>


Back-to-school nutrition primer: Give kids a healthy head start on academic success
(BPT) - Parents arm their kids with a plethora of school supplies, new attire and the latest technology to prepare them for a successful school year. But one of the most important components of academic success is often overlooked: nutrition.“Having adequate nutrition provides children with t... More >>


Hot or cold, Americans crave coffee
(BPT) - Americans love coffee. In fact, according to the National Coffee Association, 61 percent of American adults drink coffee every day. Hot, cold, black, macchiato, latte – Americans consume 400 million cups of java daily, making the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee in the world.Not on... More >>


Make the most of summer: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Itching to get on the water and have some fun this summer? Whether it’s fishing, sailing, cruising or watersports, they’re easier and more accessible than many think. Even better? Boating is one surefire way to make every summer weekend feel like a vacation close to home.Boating... More >>


The ABCs of a good balanced diet
(BPT) - Good, nutritious meals are essential for children to grow healthy and strong, but you may be surprised to learn that millions of children suffer from “hidden hunger,” because they lack the essential vitamins and minerals needed for development. This can lead to permanent physica... More >>


Make sportsmanship part of your child's (and your) game plan
(BPT) - You’ve probably been to a youth sporting event when an argument broke out between coaches and parents. Or maybe you’ve watched youth athletes refuse to help one another up or congratulate an opponent on a great play.  And you wonder where has sportsmanship gone?A new effort... More >>


The simple DIY trick to eliminate pesky floor squeaks
(BPT) - Do floorboard squeaks date your home past its actual age? Do you avoid walking in some areas due to the noises the floor produces, especially at night when everyone is sleeping? Annoying at best and disruptive to work and sleep at worst, floor creaks are easier to eliminate than you may thi... More >>








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