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Don't let pantry pests tarnish holiday traditions
(BPT) - As families and friends gather to celebrate the holidays - from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Day - some of the fondest memories come from time spent in the kitchen creating tasty treats for everyone to share. However, nothing can ruin baking fun more than a newly-discovered ... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


How to handle student-teacher conflicts for the benefit of your child's education
(BPT) - Conflict and disagreements are a part of life. As an adult you understand this and you employ skills that help you mitigate conflicts and avoid future disagreements. Your children, however, may not have developed these skills yet. That means they will rely on you for help in dealing with th... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
(BPT) - While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it’s fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home. Whether you’re dealing with a sick cat or attempting puppy potty training, you can quickly find yourself in a bacteria breeding ground.Eighty perc... 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 >>


Pressure to perform can outweigh the benefits of children's sports
(BPT) - The benefits for children playing sports are plentiful. Teamwork, setting and accomplishing goals, developing small motor skills and the physical activity are just a few, and they can take a child far toward becoming a well-developed person - even if they don’t pursue sports professio... More >>


Life-threatening (severe) allergies and bullying: resources available to educate and raise awareness
(BPT) - For most students, school is about more than just making the grade. There are many pressures children face in and outside the school hallways.Bullying has received increased national attention in recent years and can include behaviors such as name-calling, actual or threatened acts of physi... More >>


5 sanity-saving secrets to balance school and fun this holiday season
(BPT) - Sure, you were on your game when school first started, getting everyone out the door on time and packing perfect lunches every day. But the kids have been back in school for a while now. The approaching holiday season can make it even more challenging to keep kids on track and school at the... More >>


Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss
(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other’s company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he... 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 >>


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 >>


Drive safely with your newborn by following these tips
(BPT) - Babies change everything. Their arrival means that new parents need to become educated - quickly - on cribs, strollers and most importantly, child-safety seats and all their rules. And as federal recommendations on car seats continue to evolve, parents have one more thing to stay on top of.... 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 >>


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 >>


Common new mom question: Are all formulas created equal?
(BPT) - New parents have plenty of concerns when it comes to raising a newborn, and pediatricians have heard them all. While some questions are unusual – “When can I feed my baby fast food?” or “Is it OK for my newborn baby to go kite surfing on my back?” – the m... 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 >>


One in five children in America go to bed hungry - learn how you can help
(BPT) - You may consider child hunger to be a world away problem, however, the reality is there are 16 million children right here in America who are faced with hunger. That’s one in five children who don’t know where their next meal will come from. When you think about that statistic, ... 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 >>


How a tape measure and scale can save your child's life
(BPT) - Babies are measured and weighed frequently in the first few years of life so parents and pediatricians can be sure they are getting a healthy start. But as kids get older, many parents don’t know exactly how tall or heavy their children are. Knowing your child’s height and weigh... More >>


Save time and energy with a family gift this holiday season
(BPT) - One of the best ways to celebrate the holidays is with a family gift – one that brings a couple or a family even closer.Since everyone is in on the gift, all members will need to come to an agreement on what it should be. It could be a family vacation, equipment for an already-planned... More >>


4 tips for conserving 'invisible' water every day
(BPT) - Every day the average American family uses 300 gallons of water for everything from brushing their teeth and washing clothes to running the sprinkler and flushing the toilet, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beyond this, families also use lots of water in ways they don... More >>


Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria
(BPT) - Math, science, English and history – every day, children learn these important lessons in school. But every day at lunch, they walk into their school cafeterias to learn another important lesson: how to make independent nutrition choices. It’s like going to a restaurant without ... More >>


Holiday survival guide: quick tricks to eliminate hassles and headaches
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for family gatherings, dinner parties, gift exchanges and the sound of laughter coming from around the table. With the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, finding ways to reduce stress can help you survive the season. Here are six simple tips that will help you... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Which kitchen style best matches your personality?
(BPT) - Everyone has a preferred style of kitchen, no matter if you’re a chef at heart or just prefer to heat something frozen using the microwave. You may be surprised to discover your personality influences the style of kitchen you prefer. So, do you know what style matches your personality... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Important tax information for everyone with marketplace health insurance
(BPT) - Health insurance and income taxes, once an unlikely pair, are now close companions as a result of the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandate that took effect Jan. 1, 2014. If you have health insurance through the federal or a state-sponsore... 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 >>


5 tips to keep your child's school days from becoming sick days
(BPT) - Studies show that children in daycare or attending school can catch up to 12 common viral infections each year and that each of these infections can last seven to 10 days. Getting sick is commonly seen as part of growing up but the good news for parents is that you can help support your chi... 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 >>


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 >>


How to make sure cleaning up isn't your only holiday activity
(BPT) - The holidays are upon us. It’s time for friends and family to gather, houseguests to move in, and marathon cooking and baking sessions to begin. Before any of these activities can start, and certainly once all of them are finished, there’s plenty of cleaning up to do.No one like... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Reclaim bathroom space of your own [Infographic]
(BPT) - Most couples acknowledge that women get most of the space in their bathroom, according to the Dove Men+Care “Hair to the Throne” survey, 2014. In fact, guys report having as little as one-third of the overall bathroom space to place their things. With such a small share of showe... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


FDA's message to moms: Eat more seafood
(BPT) - Your mother probably told you “fish is brain food.” Turns out she was right.The nutrients in seafood are vital to the brain development of young children, especially during pregnancy. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for visual and cognitive developmen... 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 >>


How to cut the clutter and take back your home
(BPT) - You’ve reached your breaking point. You’ve tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you’ve picked it up to finally put it away and you realize – you have nowhere to put it. You have too much clutter in your home. So what do you do? How do yo... 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 >>


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 >>


Flu fighters: Busting six sickening flu myths
(BPT) - Ready for this year’s flu season? You may think you know a lot about flu prevention and treatment – but being wrong about the flu can make you downright ill. Here are six myths about the flu, and the truth behind them.Myth 1: Cold weather will give you the flu.Fact: Although flu... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


DIY Halloween costumes that won't spook your budget
(BPT) - As the leaves turn, children of all ages begin their quest for this year’s “it” Halloween costume. Americans will spend $2.8 billion dollars on Halloween costumes this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Halloween Consumer Trends Report.The same ... 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 >>


Planning to 'have the talk' with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin
(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other’s company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you’re not alone; more t... More >>


Work-life effectiveness: It's more achievable than you think
(BPT) - Having a successful and fulfilling job and life outside of work can present challenges. While the debate over achievable “work/life balance" and “having it all” wages on, one thing is for sure. Some companies are becoming quite adept at creating policies, programs and serv... More >>


The importance of maintaining family traditions through the holidays
(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a time for family, food, and fun. Part of what makes each holiday a special occasion are the family traditions that are celebrated and passed down each year.Research shows traditions are important to families because they build strong relationships between generatio... 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 >>


Is teen hearing loss on the rise?
(BPT) - Pause for a moment and picture someone who is hard of hearing. Did a teenager come to mind? Probably not. However, the results of a recent study paint a troubling picture of today’s hearing-impaired person - and it might just be the portrait of a teen.Nearly half (46 percent) of teens... 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 >>


You don't always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online
(BPT) - With busy lives and tight budgets, Americans continuously try to find ways to save time and money, which is why online shopping has become so common. However, some purchases are better taken offline to help ensure a person’s health and safety, especially when it comes to your vision.P... More >>


Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn
(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes... 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 >>


Restless legs syndrome: 'no laughing matter'
(BPT) - A creepy-crawly feeling. An irresistible urge to move your legs. The inability to sit still for long periods of time. These are common complaints of those living with moderate-to-severe restless leg syndrome (RLS), a progressive and chronic condition that affects 2-3 percent of U.S. adults.... More >>


Last-minute entertaining tricks for unexpected guests
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for joy, giving and, at times, unexpected guests. For even the most unanticipated of visitors, it is wise to always be ready to share the season’s cheer with a nice hot cup of coffee, freshly-baked cookies and a welcoming home.This year, follow these simpl... More >>


How to make sure your kids don't get schooled by germs this school year [Infographic]
(BPT) - When children practice healthy habits, like hand washing, to help prevent the spread of germs, they are less likely to get sick. That means fewer days of missed school. Lysol believes establishing a foundation of healthy habits is one of the best ways to set kids up for success. You ca... 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 >>


How simple stomach pains can take you to hell and back
(BPT) - Kimberly Kuchler wasn’t too worried when she first felt some mild abdominal pains last summer. Young and full of energy, the former collegiate athlete wasn’t about to let anything slow her down, especially since her orthopedic sales job required her to be on call.Besides, she th... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations
(BPT) - The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to ch... More >>


Parents: School is back in session, time to teach kids vital financial lessons
(BPT) - The first months of the school year are full of new lessons and experiences for children. While subjects like history, science and math aim to prepare kids for college and careers, there’s one vitally important educational goal that falls to parents to fulfill – financial educat... More >>


Dry mornings are happy mornings [Infographic]
(BPT) - Nothing leads to a happy morning for your baby better than a dry diaper like Pampers Baby Dry. Read this infographic to learn more about what makes a happy morning and what surveyed moms say their babies most enjoy in the early-time hours. ... More >>


Treats without tricks: Safety and nutrition tips for Halloween
(BPT) - Halloween night is swiftly approaching and parents want children to stay safe while having fun. It’s easy to take the tricks out of trick-or-treating with simple Halloween safety and nutrition tips.As you prepare to send off your little ghouls and goblins for a night of fun, keep in m... 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 >>


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 >>


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 make the daily drive easier for commuters
(BPT) - It’s a tough job driving to work – just ask the millions of Americans who commute every day. The average commute takes 25.5 minutes one way, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, 10.8 million people drive an hour or more to work each way. Some have it worse: approximatel... More >>


Baby safety checklist: Steps to eliminate hidden dangers in the laundry room
(BPT) - Babies are curious and even at very young ages, they tend to get into things they shouldn’t. That’s why there’s no better time than today to take steps toward securing your home, and the laundry room is a great place to start.It’s important for parents to take the ti... More >>


Most people underestimate their family's need for life insurance
(BPT) - If you have children and grandchildren, you have no doubt made it your goal to provide guidance, pass on your personal knowledge and build a foundation that ensures their comfort and security. You probably started by teaching your children early on how they could save money, shop wisely and... 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 >>


More Americans using smartphones to access their bank accounts
(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 >>


Are your car seat fears founded?
(BPT) - Driving your newborn home from the hospital is when you know your life has changed. Car safety before kids is relatively simple, but after your first child is born, it becomes more complicated, especially when it comes to proper car seat installation.More than 50 percent of new fathers and ... 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 >>


Do you know the signs if your child has a concussion?
(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 >>


8 ways to protect the value of your car this winter
(BPT) - Your car is one of your most prized possessions. It’s your road-trip partner, your chauffer each morning and your home away from home when you’re on the go. Because you depend on your car for so much, you want to protect and keep it running as long as possible.As the seasons cha... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Ways you can support your kids' school and teachers
(BPT) - With school back in session, you might hear your kids talking about the activities they get to do in class, on field trips or in after-school activities. To make all these extra adventures successful learning opportunities for your kids, they require financing and manpower. So what can you ... More >>


6 simple ways to make your bank account work for you
(BPT) - Are you making your bank account work for you? These days, checking accounts come with a variety of features, such as mobile alerts, that can help you take control of your finances and better manage your spending and saving. Are you taking advantage of them?The recent Bank of America T... 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 >>


Uncontrollable laughing and crying: A stroke survivor's unexpected diagnosis
(BPT) - At the age of 33, Delanie Wilson had everything she’d ever hoped for. She married the love of her life, had two wonderful children and adored her job as a history teacher. She had recently lost 78 pounds and was in the best shape of her life. In Delanie’s eyes, life couldn&rsquo... 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 >>


Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games
(BPT) - While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom exp... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


A cut above the rest: How to make the perfect holiday cookie
(BPT) - Many of our fondest childhood memories consist of spending time with friends and family, baking delicious holiday cookies and eyeing the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree.Embrace nostalgia and create the perfect holiday cookie that tastes delicious and is easy to decorate. Instead... More >>


This holiday season, give your family the world - without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Everyone has special holiday traditions, from heirloom decorations to secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. Whether your holiday celebration means an intimate family gathering or an elaborate house-filled party, why not add something new to your festive mix? Many authent... 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 >>


It's better to give than to receive: 5 ways you can give back this season
(BPT) - What are you thankful for this season? Your loved ones? Your health? Your possessions? You probably have plenty of reasons to feel thankful but in your community and around the world there are others who may not be as fortunate, and need the help of those willing to give, especially during ... 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 >>


Fall life hacks to keep you organized while on the go
(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it’s easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.Amid all the fun-filled weekends of pumpkin-p... More >>


5 great skincare tips for cooler temperatures
(BPT) - It’s almost that time of year again, the time of year when you forget about sunburns and start worrying about windburn. Yes, sadly, the cooler months are here and winter is around the corner. That means long coats, scarves and an entirely different skincare routine.Skincare you say? T... 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 >>


School zone safety in the age of distractions
(BPT) - Every school year, busy parents tack on more daily chores to their to-do lists. In addition to packing lunches and getting kids dressed, they also have to make sure last night’s homework was completed. For many families, the morning routine also means getting everyone in the car and o... 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 >>


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 >>


Four ways to spark creativity in your children
(BPT) - As colder months roll in, your children will spend more time indoors so you'll need to be equipped with indoor activities that will capture their imagination and foster their creativity. Here are a few activities you can do with your kids and keep them active:Get cooking.Bring out... More >>


Mischievous twists on your family's favorite Halloween tricks and treats
(BPT) - When Halloween rolls around, ghosts and goblins roam the streets. With surprise creatures popping out of coffins and silly, spooky pranks around the neighborhood, it is truly the most mischievous time of year.Halloween is full of family fun, and this year you can jump start the celebration ... More >>


Be a super shopper: where to splurge and save at the grocery store
(BPT) - Every time you walk into a grocery store you are hit with a barrage of options: fresh, frozen, canned, store brand, name brand, organic. Even with your shopping list in hand, the choices can be overwhelming. Knowing when you should splurge and where you can save can make all the difference ... 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 >>


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 >>


Facing financial pressures: 5 tips for the sandwich generation
(BPT) - Would you sacrifice your retirement and savings to simultaneously support your elderly parents and adult children? It’s not something many people envision, but millions are doing just that. These individuals are part of the sandwich generation—middle-aged adults caring for two d... 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 >>


Want to be a Heimlich hero? All ages can learn how to save a life
(BPT) - Three siblings sit in their kitchen enjoying a bedtime snack of sliced oranges. One of them accidently takes too big a bite and suddenly his face is red and he can’t breathe. A routine activity has turned into a choking emergency. Without a second thought, an older sibling wraps his a... More >>


Expectant moms need iodine for healthy children
(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.Iodine is an essential element ... More >>


Meal time is family time [Infographic]
(BPT) - Parents are providing their children with more than just healthy food when they sit down at the dinner table together. The Active Family Project, a health and wellness initiative designed to empower moms to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with their families, surveyed 1,000 moms with c... 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 >>


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 >>


8 moving ways to make Veterans Day meaningful for kids
(BPT) - Her grandfather fought in World War II, her father in Vietnam and her college boyfriend in Desert Storm. Her best friend of 30 years was a Navy recruiter. Yet when Vivian Wall’s two young children asked why they should care about Veterans Day, she was unsure how to communicate its sig... More >>


Simple steps to make your holiday guests feel at home
(BPT) - The holiday season makes for a memorable time of year, providing the chance to visit with old friends and relatives you might not see often. Equipping yourself with the right tools early on can be the key to enjoying a stress-free hosting experience this season, while ensuring your guests&r... 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 >>


New research finds 40 percent of teens say they've been hit or nearly hit while walking
(BPT) - Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch with teens on the go. However, new research examines how cell phones and other handheld gadgets are causing teens to be more easily distracted, leading to greater risk on the roads, particularly when walking.“Teens on the Move,” a rep... 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 >>


The secret to achieving better work-life balance
(BPT) - If you're feeling overworked and finding it a challenge to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, then you're not alone. Achieving the elusive work-life balance may be getting harder with today’s connected lifestyle, but it is still possible.A better work-life ... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


How to be host or hostess with the most(est) with these delicious seasonal recipes
(BPT) - This time of year is all about the people you love — when you invite old friends or beloved family members into your home to celebrate and make lasting memories.A good host always has coffee in the home, but if you really want to wow your guests this season, offer Coffee-mate’s ... 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 >>


Have food allergies? Top tips for dining out and cooking at home
(BPT) - An estimated 15 million people in the United States, including one in 13 children, suffer from food allergies, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). A wide range of reactions to food allergens can provide a unique set of challenges when dining out and even cooking at home... 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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Can we change the culture of youth sports?
(BPT) - Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But preventable injuries sideline too many young athletes; in 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room.New research suggests that th... More >>


5 simple steps for protecting your home during the holidays
(BPT) - When you think of the holidays, celebrations, presents and friends likely come to mind - not crime. Unfortunately, burglaries increase at this time of year, and your home could be a target. With a few simple safety precautions, you can protect your property, your family and your valuables 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 >>


Simple steps can keep you and your family healthy
(BPT) - Pay attention to the news headlines and you may be wondering if you and your loved ones are safe from unseen perils like germs, bacteria and viruses – even in your home. There are things you can do to protect your health but it’s also good to know where germs linger. Some of the... 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 >>


Using music to find inner strength in living with relapsing MS
(BPT) - Anger. Frustration. Denial. Those are just some of the things that David Osmond, music artist and inspirational advocate, and numerous people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) felt upon diagnosis. MS is an unpredictable, chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects about ... More >>


All aboard: Family friendly tips to make your cleaning projects a snap
(BPT) - Winter is over. The birds have finally come back, the weather is warm enough to get outside and barbecue, and your annual golf outings and boating trips are already starting to show up on the calendar. But while you’re looking forward to all of these things, you’re probably not ... More >>


The Fragile X factor: What parents should know about this mysterious disease
(BPT) - Fragile X Syndrome may sound a bit strange, like something from a sci-fi TV show. And although this disorder can cause unusual behaviors, especially in adolescents, it’s actually the most common known cause of autism and other inherited intellectual disabilities.Fragile X Syndrome, al... More >>


Keep them home, happy and studying: Creating a kid-friendly space
(BPT) - Would a great study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens – and all their friends – that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can ... More >>


Hospice camp gives kids a place to process their grief their way
(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 >>


Avoid a blizzard of bills this season with these energy efficiency tips
(BPT) - Fall’s cooler temperatures are on their way, if you haven’t felt them already. And when you feel that first chill, your natural response is to reach for the thermostat. Many people do the same thing, sacrificing energy efficiency in the name of comfort. But you can have both. He... 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 >>


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 >>



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