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LaToya

LaToya lives in Illinois with her husband of 19 years and their 2 teenage boys. She works full-time outside of the home while juggling all the last minute add-ons to the family calendar. When she is not attending one of her boy’s baseball or soccer games, she is completing one of many DIY projects that are lying around the house. Since obtaining her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from DePaul University this summer, she is looking forward to more free time to play around in her craft room, or “crap” room as her husband so affectionately refers to it.

Finding the Right Physicians for Your Family

At the beginning of every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions to diet and exercise more. While losing weight and eating healthier are key to working towards a healthier lifestyle, most people overlook the importance of staying in touch with their doctor to help meet that goal. Your relationship with your doctor should not only be when you are not feeling well. The best time to visit your doctor is actually when you are feeling great.

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Improving Your Child’s Learning through Parental Involvement and an iPad

Every parent wants to keep their children motivated to learn; and we know that the best way to keep up that motivation is to be more involved in our children’s education. One of the more challenging subjects to keep kids motivated and excited about is math. While we can do our best to keep learning interesting by providing a variety of activities that can be done at a child’s own pace, it’s always great when we find tools that can supplement the process. Along comes SkyMath, an app that is helping children and their parents get what they want and need.

In a recent interview with Scott Hamilton, CEO of Circumventure Learning and developer of SkyMath, you will learn how this app is guiding kids towards a better understanding of math skills while also satisfying parent’s need to be more involved in their kid’s learning outside of the classroom.

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The Benefits of Keeping Recess in Schools

Duck, Duck Goose, Mother May I, Hopscotch, Dodgeball, Red Light, Green Light; do any of these games sound familiar? Of course they do. Many of us played these games and more during recess while in elementary school. Unfortunately, today’s kids are likely not to be familiar with these games. In fact, a lot of them may not even experience recess at school.

Over the past several years’, elementary schools have been significantly reducing designated recess time or completely eliminating recess from the academic day. Some school districts have even gone as far as to not include playground space in the construction of new school buildings. Is this trend of eliminating recess in schools good for our children?

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4 Tips for getting your teens excited about a family vacation

Family vacations are a way to reconnect with your spouse and children. Taking a break from the daily demands of work, school, and chores gives families an opportunity to spend quality time together. However, as your children get older you may notice that the togetherness you once took for granted when they were younger is slowly slipping away.

Any time spent with your teen is most likely spent with their heads in a phone or their hands holding a remote control. A family vacation at this stage in their teen lives requires a lot more thoughtful planning and patience. Think about these tips the next time you are sitting around the kitchen table planning your next “family vacation”.

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