North Carolina The Hunger Games Family / The Good Life

When I was invited to visit North Carolina* to tour the film shoot locations where The Hunger Games was shot, I’ll admit my love of the book and the anticipation of seeing the actual sites was my main motivation. *Kathy was a guest of the North Carolina Tourism Board. But after I arrived in the western part of this expansive state, I came to appreciate...

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Happy Holiday Treat Tips Family / Playhouse Disney

Visions of sugarplums may well be dancing in children’s heads this holiday season, but it’s when that sugar makes its way to their stomachs that parents can have a hard time ensuring their kids are eating a healthy diet during the holiday season. The good news? The sugar found in many treats isn’t making them as crazy as you might think. “Sugar does not make...

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All I Want For Christmas Is to Stay on Budget Family / Huffington Post

‘Tis the season to be stressed out, falalalala lalalala yikes. While Christmas brings a lot of happiness to families, it can also be a frantic time, and the biggest causes of stress (according to a recent Leger survey conducted for PCFinancial) are associated with gifts; the buying and the giving. Fourty-one per cent of Canadians surveyed listed budget one of their top sources of holiday...

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Kids: Go The F To Sleep Or Get An F Family / Huffington Post

A recent study has concluded that children who get regular sleep perform better in school and have less behavioural problems, than those who didn’t have a set bedtime. The researchers out of University College London saw positive changes in kids’ behaviour when they went from non-regular bedtimes to a scheduled one. Enforcing a bedtime can be tough at the beginning, but there are ways parents...

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Are You Over-scheduling Your Kids? Family / Huffington Post

When I was a kid, like many of my friends I would race home after school so I could change and get outside to play. We used to run from door to door seeing if other kids could also come out to play. You know the word “play,” right? Besides when it’s referencing a video game? We would stop playing only for dinner and homework...

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Are You the Parent? Then You’re the Boss Family / Huffington Post

How democratic parenting is letting us down: a top-ten list. 1) It’s wasting our time. An unusually long amount of time can be spent attempting to explain to subordinates (children) why certain things just “are” (such as bedtimes, dental appointments, nutritious food, etc.) when a simple “Because I said so” takes less than four seconds. Try it. 2) It’s forcing us to redirect our energies....

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