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Family Fun Summer Activities!

By: Sarah Meikle/   Summer is right around the corner! It’s time to start enjoying the outdoors. I have put together some ideas that you can start doing with your kids today that will make memories to last a lifetime!   Build a bird house. Many places like Lowes or home depot offer bird house…

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Why won’t they just get along?

By: Carrie Shrier/ Strategies for helping siblings cooperate and get along with each other. “It’s mine!” “He went in my room!” “She took my toy!” Any parent of more than one child has negotiated many arguments between siblings. Whether it’s about toys, room or just generally having to be in the space, siblings often have…

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Why a Diaper Drive?

By: Sarah Meikle/   When I first started working as a Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start I learned that support agencies like WIC and Food stamps didn’t help cover the cost of diapers. This broke my heart! As a mother of two young children I knew just how expensive diapers could be and how…

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I can draw and write!

I can draw and write! By: E. Marowelli/ When that first week of Kindergarten comes, we can be sure our big five and six-year-olds will be picking up crayons and pencils every day. Certainly they will be writing their name, and coloring. But drawing is something you might not have thought about. Can your children…

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Helping children learn about emotions

By Carrie Shrier/   Mad, sad, happy, glad – we all experience a wide range of emotions every day. Learn more about how to help children with their emotions. It’s not uncommon to hear parents say, “I just want my kids to be happy!” Many families invest a lot of time, effort and energy in…

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Preschoolers are achieving big things every day!

By: E. Marowelli/ Preschoolers are achieving big things every day! They are using all of their energy to gather the skills they need to be fully self-sufficient people. As parents and caregivers, you have a great opportunity to give them the love and support that will help them to become great students. This can be…

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Don’t be Fooled IRS Scams Continue

By: Diane L. Bach/ Don’t be Fooled IRS Scams Continue Scammers are calling and using aggressive and threatening phone calls impersonating the IRS. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as scam artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, seizure of property and assets, license revocation and more. The scam artists…

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Developing Fine Motor Muscles

By: Valorie Veld/ Fine motor control usually refers to the control of small movements of the hands and fingers focusing on the development of the small muscles in those areas.  Early childhood is the optimal time to exercise and develop those muscles.  Small muscle development and strength is needed for self-care activities such as using…

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Farm and garden activities for preschoolers during spring

By: Carrie Shrier/ Children are naturally interested in animals and plants, and springtime is the perfect season to engage them in science-related experiences in the outdoors. Gardening connects children to where their food comes from, and according to a study completed by Cornell University, increases their interest in eating a greater variety of fresh fruits…

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Reading Aloud!

By:Sarah Meikle Reading aloud to your child is more then a great bonding experience. Children who are read to aloud get a head start in language and literacy skills. You are your child’s first and most important teacher, and it’s never to early to start adding reading into your daily routines. Did you know that what occurs during the first 5 years…