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Tips for Childproofing Your Home

One of a parent’s most natural instincts is to protect their child and keep him or her safe. However, ensuring your child is safe at all times is often easier said than done. Even within the confines of your own home, babies can encounter all sorts of trouble. Seemingly harmless areas or items can become very dangerous once you’re a parent. Childproofing is a vital step for parents to take to prevent injuries to their children. From sharp corners and staircases to electrical outlets and kitchen cabinets, potential dangers are everywhere. According to HomeAdvisor, the average household spends on average $450 to childproof their home. While that may seem like a large sum, it’s money well spent to keep your baby safe and out of trouble. Here are some childproofing tips to help you keep your kids out of harms way at home.
By Colin McTiernan|April 28th, 2016|

Back to School: Adult Education

What is the square root of pi? How many miles is an astronomical unit? Describe the phases of plant mitosis. Raise your hand if you know one or all of these answers. Because I can’t see you, I’m assuming your hands are waving in the air like you just don’t care. You guys are so smart! If you are like me and cannot retain such information, don’t fret! Most adults consider going back to school at some point in their lives. Whether your goal is to improve your chances at getting a promotion, earn a degree or to continue your education, going back to school is a great option for many adults. But that’s the issue, right? It’s school. For many adults, it can be intimidating. From juggling home and work to simply feeling like you’re out of touch academically, the idea of entering your education again can be overwhelming. Here are a few ideas on how to face that fear of fractions, blow the dust off that dictionary and get back to school for your adult education.
By Brandon Mclean|April 21st, 2016|

The Benefits of Gardening

Spring has officially sprung, and warm weather is right around the corner! Gardeners have been waiting to get their green thumbs dirty. Now is the perfect time to plant the seeds to start a garden of your own. No matter how large or small, there is something very special about growing your own plants and food that is so rewarding and will make you want to keep growing year after year. Keeping a garden is something that can work for anyone and any family! If you’re new to the world of planting and sowing, here are some of the benefits to having your own garden.
By Marisa Smith|April 14th, 2016|

Steps to Stress Less

Stress is a pretty common factor for many people, and some stress can even be considered beneficial. However, when stress becomes a constant way of life, your health and well-being can begin to suffer. As we celebrate National Stress Awareness month, it’s a great time to focus on identifying and reducing unnecessary stress in your life. Here are a few ways to help you stress less.
By Mary Kate Goodman|April 7th, 2016|

Deciding on Daycare

Whether you’re pregnant, relocating to a new area or just looking for a change of pace, there is a lot to think about when deciding what the right child care option would be for you and your child. From location to age ranges, availability to care included, and so much more, there’s a lot of research to be done. Consider these tips as you start your search.
By Haley Dexter|March 31st, 2016|

All About Adult Day Care

Continuing to live at home is a decision many seniors prefer. But what do you do when you realize your aging loved one needs daily supervision, assistance, companionship, activities and/or socialization? If you work or are unable to provide this level of care, you can look at what resources are available in your community. Adult day care programs can offer relief to caregivers, helping them to get to work, run errands or take a break while knowing their loved one is being cared for and is safe.
By Diane Compton|March 24th, 2016|

Working Parents: Manage Separation Anxiety

Having a new baby can be terrifying in and of itself. It is normal to be afraid to leave your precious little one for the first time, whether it is just to go to the grocery store or when it’s your first day back at work. No matter what the circumstances, as time passes and you adjust to your new routine, it will get easier. But what happens when six months, a year, or even two years later it doesn’t feel like it’s getting any better and you still feel just as anxious as your first day? Here are some tips and tools to help you adjust as a working parent.
By Ariel Russo|March 17th, 2016|

Memory Care Units

Being forgetful is a common occurrence for everyone. Misplacing keys or forgetting to turn off the oven can happen to all of us. But for some individuals, this may be the beginning or early onset of a Dementia/Alzheimer's diagnosis. As the condition progresses, decisions may have to be made about care.
By Mary Snider|March 10th, 2016|

The Dos and Don’ts of Backup Care

As a parent or caregiver, you have probably put a lot of thought, time preparation into creating a care plan for loved one. Even with the most organized and full proof plans, at some point there are going to be times when your plans are disrupted because of illness, weather, school holidays and many other unexpected, and expected, events. This is when having access to a backup care program through your employer is an incredible benefit. As you go to use this valuable benefit, consider these dos and don’ts of backup care.
By Brandy Langley|March 3rd, 2016|

New Beginnings: What to Do After an Autism Diagnosis

As a parent, an autism diagnosis can feel surprising, daunting and/or relieving. Coming to grips with the diagnosis can feel very overwhelming. The good news is that there are so many services available to individuals on the spectrum and the families that care for them. So while you have all these emotions regarding your child’s diagnosis, there are services that can help ease the transition for your family. If you need help making those first steps into your new, exciting life, read on! This article will provide information about services and organizations that can help.
By Kelly Gagnon|February 25th, 2016|