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What do Parents Want?

Monday, April 17, 2017

What do Parents Want?

Even before your children are born, parents are always thinking about “what’s best for my child?”. This is a very common question with a lot of different answers. As most parents know that every child is different and every child needs different things.

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How Innocent Are Those Emojis?

Monday, April 17, 2017

How Innocent Are Those Emojis?

How innocent are those emoji’s and hashtags children are using? We never thought that innocent emoji’s and hashtags could be linked with child abuse; but where there is a will, there is probably a way. Being a parent today is so very difficult.

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Human Trafficking - Part One

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Human Trafficking - Part One

If you have heard the news lately, child trafficking is becoming a major concern for society today. Many larger cities across the US are addressing this from a “how to serve those who have experienced this horrible crime.” We would like to address it before it even happens

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Top 5 Cutest DIY Costumes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Top 5 Cutest DIY Costumes

Remember that scene in Disney’s “Robin Hood” when Robin pokes a hole in King John’s money bag and all the gold coins trickle out? That’s kind of what shopping for costumes is like as a parent.

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Dangerous Apps and Your Teen

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dangerous Apps and Your Teen

As you likely know, smartphones drive the world of teens today! Whether used to calculate their total at a clothing store; help with homework they have spent way too much time on; just snapping a few selfies; or to contact their friends they hope to meet up with this weekend, teens use their smart devices for everything!

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Why You Should Talk With Your Kids About Terrorism (and HOW to do so!)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Why You Should Talk With Your Kids About Terrorism (and HOW to do so!)

Looking back through history, almost every generation in the United States has had to endure some kind of frightening foe to our humanity. From wars, to encroached-upon civil rights, to economic depressions, there has always seemed to be some kind of threat to fear. As Americans, past generations have risen above those fears and banded together to come out as stronger individuals and as a stronger nation.

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Grab the Kids, Go Outside, and Get Active!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Grab the Kids, Go Outside, and Get Active!

Did You Know? Less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. LESS THAN THREE! Additionally, according to the 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 26.7 percent of adults and 18.7 percent of youth in Georgia reported no leisure-time physical activity. In relation to Georgia’s large population, that’s a significant amount of inactivity!

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Child Abuse Prevention: Be Their Voice

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Child Abuse Prevention: Be Their Voice

Along with being known as the month of flowers blooming, May is also observed as National Foster Care Month. Since so many of our children who are in the foster care system are victims of abuse, HEARTS for Families has compiled this toolkit for recognizing signs of child abuse.

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How to Teach

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

How to Teach "Take Our Kids to Work Day" Lessons Year-Round

Last Thursday, all across the United States, children ages 8-18 participated in the 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This nationally recognized event, sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, is held each year on the 4th Thursday in April.

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Suicide Prevention: 4 Tips for Parents

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Suicide Prevention: 4 Tips for Parents

In recent years, the rate of suicide in adolescents has been on the rise. This can be frightening for parents, and it may seem as though there isn’t much we can do to prevent it. Here is a list of four helpful tips that may be useful in spotting those red flags early.

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Youth and Decision-Making: 3 Tools for Success

Friday, March 25, 2016

Youth and Decision-Making: 3 Tools for Success

From the moment you wake up in the morning, you begin to make decisions. Some decisions are small, like what you eat for breakfast or which pair of socks to wear. Other decisions, such as wearing a seat-belt or making a career-change, can have a huge impact on the direction of your life.

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Parenting anxiety and how to relieve it

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Parenting anxiety and how to relieve it

There is nothing new about parenting anxiety. Raising a child has been difficult since the beginning of time, but there are ways to combat parenting anxiety – both traditional and the kind brought on by the digital age.

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America’s Kids Day: Spend more time with your kids

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

America’s Kids Day: Spend more time with your kids

Celebrate time with your kids every day and especially on June 29. America’s Kids Day is annually celebrated the last Sunday in June. We live in a great country that gives us many freedoms. Celebrate the land of the free with them.

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How to become a more intentional parent

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to become a more intentional parent

Parenting with intention is not a technique to get your child to act a certain way. It is about knowing yourself and modeling the values and behaviors you want to see in your children. Intentional parenting requires a plan to listen, respond and guide good choices.

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The look of future education and why it matters today

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The look of future education and why it matters today

Adaptive learning and digital literacy is taking priority in classrooms across the country. Attention spans and learning styles now dictate the pace and method of teaching. Is the connected classroom our future model of teaching?

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Child Maltreatment 2013 Report [Infographic]

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Child Maltreatment 2013 Report [Infographic]

The Children's Bureau recently release it's 24th annual report: Child Maltreatment 2013. While the overall rates of victimization declined in Georgia by 18%, from a total of 23,249 victims to 19,062 victims in 2009 to 2013, child abuse and neglect are still very real issues in Georgia and the United States.

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What’s up with free-range parenting?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What’s up with free-range parenting?

Some experts believe kids today are overscheduled. They don’t have time to just be kids. On the other side of the spectrum, many believe free-range parenting builds independence.

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How to volunteer as a family

Monday, February 16, 2015

How to volunteer as a family

You and your family can volunteer to share your talents with an organization and not only better someone else’s life, but also your own.

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What is positive parenting?

Monday, February 02, 2015

What is positive parenting?

Positive parenting, or what is also known as positive guidance, inspires, supports and gently guides happier kids to live healthy and confident lives.

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National Relaxation Day: Help kids relax

Friday, August 15, 2014

National Relaxation Day: Help kids relax

Kids are not even reaching 4th grade before feeling stress. This is why we all need to celebrate National Relaxation Day today. We all could benefit from slowing down and taking time to relax.

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Global Forgiveness Day: Teaching kids to forgive

Monday, July 07, 2014

Global Forgiveness Day: Teaching kids to forgive

July 7th is Global Forgiveness Day - a day for you to forgive others (or yourself) for hurting you. Psychologists agree that forgiveness is the key to peace, health and happiness. You can't heal a negative action with another negative action; you need to forgive and truly release those negative feelings and emotions.

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The importance of chores for kids

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The importance of chores for kids

All parenting experts agree – chores are good for kids. Chores not only teach kids responsibility, but they also make kids feel good. We all want to feel needed and helpful, even kids. Chores allow kids to make a contribution to the household and family.

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5 things you should avoid doing in front of your kids

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

5 things you should avoid doing in front of your kids

Everything you do affects your kids. While this is stressful to hear, it is true. Kids are always watching, interpreting and learning from your actions, so you need to think about those “little things” that could send your children the wrong message, too. The following are five things you should avoid doing in front of your kids.

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Learning beyond the classroom

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Learning beyond the classroom

How kids and teens spend their out-of-school time is important for both their social and academic development. Research shows that youth who participate in quality out-of-school programs acquire important life, social and communications skills, do better in school, and are healthier and happier.

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It’s time to stop texting and driving

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

It’s time to stop texting and driving

Dangers of texting and added distractions from cell phones and waiting messages cause delayed reactions and emotional responses. Together we all need to advocate for our family’s safety.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Get the community involved

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Get the community involved

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is a hidden epidemic. It happens behind closed doors and thus many are not aware of how real the problem is. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.

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Teaching kids to be good sports

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Teaching kids to be good sports

We all know how discouraging it is to see kids act unsportsmanlike; poor sports ruin the fun of the game for not just themselves, but everyone around them. While a little competition is healthy for kids, the problem arises when the losers complain or the winners gloat. As the spring sports season begins, take time to assess how (or if) you are teaching your child to be a good sport.

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Teaching kids interpersonal skills in the age of technology

Friday, March 07, 2014

Teaching kids interpersonal skills in the age of technology

Parents need to be concerned about technology hurting their children’s interpersonal skills. When employers are asked about the weaknesses of the younger generations, many will report a lack of interpersonal skills. Technology has robbed children of chances to interact face-to-face with others and opportunities to develop conflict resolution skills.

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The benefits of eating together

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The benefits of eating together

Everyone is busy, but busy is no excuse for skipping family mealtime. While regularly rounding up the family and making a meal may seem impossible, it is well worth the challenge. Research has proven that family meals are incredibly beneficial for children and teens.

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Family and technology: the good and the bad

Monday, February 03, 2014

Family and technology: the good and the bad

With social media, blogs and forums on the rise, connections all around the world are being made. On one hand, communicating with people from all over gives your children insight to how other cultures live, but on the other hand it begs the question, who am I really talking to?

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Grow a child's heart through giving

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Grow a child's heart through giving

The holidays are the season of giving--and of getting. Ushering in the New Year can also mean ushering out used items to a worthy cause. January is a perfect time to take stock in what you have and teach your kids about gratitude and giving.

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5 steps to a better relationship with your teenager

Sunday, January 05, 2014

5 steps to a better relationship with your teenager

Let's face it – teenage years are hard for everyone. Teens are riding the line between being a child and an adult, life is coming at them fast, and they are faced with hard decisions and peer pressure. Parents struggle with when to treat their teen like they always have and when to remember the teen is almost an adult.

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Motivating our children

Monday, December 23, 2013

Motivating our children

You won’t get your children to care about something simply because you care. You need to find a way to help them understand why they care, inspire and influence them. But this doesn’t have to be entirely serious, you can and should make it fun. Use humor to motivate!

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Empowering our children: Building leaders through tasks at home

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Empowering our children: Building leaders through tasks at home

Our children have the power to pursue their dreams; it’s up to us as the adult leaders in their lives to empower them to do so and to think positively about those dreams. Below are some quick tips for empowering our children—for creating leaders through everyday tasks at home:

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