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Family Fun for Kids of All Ages

by Audrey McClelland | February 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm | comments

My sons are all close in age, but still at all different stages. William is eight, Alexander is seven, Ben is five and Henry is four. People will look at us and think it’s so easy to do several activities together because we have all boys and they’re on the younger side, but it actually can be a little challenging. We have two “big boys,” one “little man” and one toddler. The age difference is really

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5 Steps to Balanced Grocery Shopping

by Together Counts Partner | February 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm | comments

Shopping for groceries, it’s something we all need to do and it can be a joy or a chore depending on your approach. Many people find grocery shopping for more nutritious items an even bigger challenge, but equipped with a few easy tips you can make your trip to the grocery store a stress-free part of the week. 1. Plan your meals ahead. This one critical step has numerous benefits.

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Recess: Play On Children, Play On!

by Together Counts Partner | February 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm | comments

Looking back on favorite grade school memories, it’s no surprise that recess ranks so highly on the list. Organized soccer games, playing tag on the playground, competitions over who can swing higher—it’s that unstructured, long-awaited time during the day where kids get to be, well, kids. Just last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) placed a stamp of approval on it, releasing a new policy statement in its journal,

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Celebrating Take Your Family to School Week

by Together Counts Partner | February 18, 2013 at 10:00 am | comments

School leaders across the country are opening their doors to families this week in celebration of Take Your Family to School Week, an event held from February 18-22 to enhance family engagement in schools across the country. This year, with the help of PTA partners AXA Foundation and Safe Kids Worldwide, the event will focus on a critical issue for our nation’s youth: safety at home and at play. With

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Valentine’s Day: A Family Meal Occasion

by Katie Goodman | February 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm | comments

Valentine’s Day is often portrayed as a romantic holiday exclusively for couples. Others view the occasion as a retail holiday that doesn’t hold any true meaning. But fear not – neither one of these scenarios has to play out in your home. In fact, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to express love and gratitude to everyone in your family! With a little thought and creativity, you can

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Beating the Winter Blues

by Toni Anderson | February 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm | comments

A few years ago, we moved to Maryland just in time for winter. In Florida I looked forward to winter and the break from the heat and humidity. Now I’m adjusting to 30-45 degree overcast days which appear to be in my future for the next several months. It is easy to want to hunker down during these winter months and hibernate until spring appears, but you’ll probably go stir

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