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Should your child stay home from school? (access required)

When children are ill, they are more tired, cranky and tend not to eat or drink. This sets them up to get further dehydrated and ill. To keep an illness from progressing, a day at home may be the first step. At home, caregivers can encourage a child to eat nourishing food like chicken soup, drink hydrating fluids such as water, and rest. Keeping your child home from school is important for...

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Increasing Class Participation (access required)

My sixth-grade daughter is a great student, has friends and is involved in choir and tennis. She is, however, a rather quiet, shy child. The teacher recently e-mailed me saying that she would like my child to participate more in class, especially by raising her hand to answer questions. How can I help my daughter conquer her shyness in the classroom...

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Well Read: Food Fun (access required)

Twist It Up by Jack Witherspoon (Chronicle). A portion of the proceeds from each book sold is donated to the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation and the Miller’s Children’s Hospital in California because the 11-year-old author of this recipe collection is a leukemia survivor. He "twists" each recipe up by adding a measure of comfort and individuality to these kid favorites...

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Red Tails (access required)

You’d think that a movie about black pilots during an era when blacks were thought of as lesser individuals would be edgy and dramatic. But Red Tails seems more like a movie you’d find on the Hallmark Channel, only with a little blood thrown into the mix. The aerial stunts and combat scenes are exciting to watch, but the pilots talk to each other via their headsets like they’re playing video games in an arcade � even when they’re badly injured and near death. I realize...

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2012 Newbery Medal Winner Announced (access required)

I am a total bookworm. Growing up, I was not allowed to watch television and could only watch an occasional movie. My family didn’t have a computer until I was almost 10, and I was only allotted a certain amount of time to play games on it; so my entertainment came from books. From Goodnight Moon and Chicka-chicka-boom-boom to the Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, I spent a large amount of time reading. There were some books I read that had medals on the cover. I never really

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A slippery slope (access required)

Every child of the Hershey Elementary school was out in force this weekend sledding at Shank Park. What greater joy is there than gliding swiftly down a snow covered slope? None. Yet every parent knows the cost of preparing and enduring an outing such as this:Find sleds from last year, Inflate, grease-up...

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Joyful Noise (access required)

Joyful Noise is a movie that could have soared, given the right blend of writing, plot development, characters, dialogue and music. But its got too much going on, and none of it is particularly focused. The storylines include: a church choir trying to win a national competition, a shy kid with Asperger’s Syndrome, a supposedly wild teenager...

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Golden Globs of Goodness (access required)

Ricky Gervais is one of my favorite comedians. The man is hilarious! His cheeky, hand-in-the-cookie-jar demeanor makes me want to be him. So you can imagine how tickled I was watching the Golden Globes on Sunday. Did you know Ricky Gervais and the Pennsylvania Farm Show have a lot in common? They do! Mr. Gervais points out the absurd. The Farm Show is crammed full of strange. Did you see those...

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Have you heard of Bruno Groening? (access required)

Groening believed that help and healing are possible for all kinds of conditions such as osteoporosis, heroin addiction, depression, exhaustion, asthma, arthritis, decade long chronic pain, allergies, stomach and bowel pain and many other diseases. Doctors from all continents have joined together, reviewing and documenting healings of people in more than 70 countries...

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We Bought a Zoo (access required)

I haven’t read the book by Benjamin Mee on which this movie is based, so I did a little research to see how the stories measure up. The movie is at times funny, sad, hopeful and inspiring, but I think the real story would have made for a more interesting film. In the movie, Benjamin (played by Matt Damon) is an adrenaline-junkie newspaper reporter who loses his wife Katherine (Stephanie Szostak in flashbacks) to cancer and grows restless trying to raise his two kids...

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Join the movement! Jurassic Park IV (access required)

My son has no idea who you are, but he asked me to hunt you down like a wild animal. You see, he thinks I can do anything and I would like to keep it that way. He is beyond a fan of your dinosaur movies (you know, the Jurassic Park trilogy) and has tasked me to force you...

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The Changing Face of Preschool (access required)

By the time they reach 4, almost half of all American children are enrolled in a preschool, according to statistics from the National Institute for Early Education Research. But the preschools of today are a far cry from the preschools of yesteryear. Walk into a preschool classroom and you might feel a little bit overwhelmed. Mozart plays softly in the background, kids learn about classical arts, computers buzz with educational activities and, in some cases...

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Exercise strengthens bodies and souls (access required)

Studies show that older adults with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit greatly from regular exercise as do people with high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. But exercise isn’t just good for your body. A National Institutes of Health Senior Health report states that being regularly active can help manage stress, improve your mood, reduce feelings of depression, and improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function.

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Financing equipment for children with special needs (access required)

If you are the parent of special-needs child, you know that taking care of your child can be challenging, especially when your resources are limited. The costs of raising a disabled child can be exorbitant, particularly the costs of obtaining the special equipment needed for his or her care. However, there are ways in which you can obtain assistance and receive financial relief for your disabled child. For example, the federal government offers a standard deduction of $3,000 per child...

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