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My teenage daughter said the magic words to me after mentioning she needed an outfit to wear to the drama club end-of-the-year event. “Let’s try Goodwill first,” she said, and I had to suppress the urge to do a little victory dance. After years of suggesting the same thing over [Read More]
When Children’s of Alabama launched the Alabama chapter of SAFE Kids in 1989, there were no child passenger restraint nor seat belt laws of any kind in the state. Now, 30 years later, a lot has changed to make the state’s roads safer for children and their families. Alabama was [Read More]
“Kids should grow up with dogs.” I hear this all the time, including recently at a drive-thru when the cashier saw my business sign on my car. He said, “Oh, you’re a dog trainer! I want to get a dog for my daughter, so she can grow up with it [Read More]
Many parents have been worn down by their child’s incessant whining, grumbling and complaining. When whining wars ensue, consider these 10 tips: Play detective. When your child whines, ask yourself, “What other factors are contributing to his behavior? Is he tired? Hungry? Out of routine? In need of attention?” Once [Read More]
I remember lying awake for hours the night before the first day of school each fall. So many questions were swirling around my brain. What did the year have in store for me? Would my teacher be nice? Would I make friends? Would I be bullied? Was my outfit okay? Could I handle the [Read More]
Back to school season is stressful for children and parents alike, and parents are concerned about ensuring that their child eats a nourishing lunch to power through the school day. The situation can prove to be frustrating when the lunches come back home uneaten. Rainie Carter, a pediatric dietitian at [Read More]
Private Schools The Altamont School 4801 Altamont Rd. S. Birmingham, AL 35222 205.445.1232 www.altamontschool.org The Mission of the Altamont School is to improve the fabric of society by graduating compassionate, well-educated students capable of independent thinking and innovative ideas. Creative Montessori School 2800 Montessori Way Homewood, AL 35209 205-879-3278 www.cmskids.org CMS cultivates a life-long love of [Read More]
Alpharetta, Georgia might not be the first destination near Atlanta on your radar, but it should be, as it offers so much to travelers, whether it’s a couple’s trip, girls’ getaway or a family weekend. For Alabamians, think “Fairhope-like,” and you have the idea of what Alpharetta offers to travelers. [Read More]
A recent news story highlights the need for sensory sensitivity in our daily school routines. Jack Higgins, a graduating senior at a Putnam County high school in New York State received a silent ovation resulting in media attention. Jack has significant auditory sensitivity and his classmates sat in silence as [Read More]
But sometimes we reply on friends and family to give us other suggestions about what they know to be good and what THEIR favorites are. You may be introduced to a favorite by word of mouth, or see an ad for a spot, go there and then share with all [Read More]