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Back to School: Use arts and crafts materials safely

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Just because you can buy arts and crafts materials in stores doesn’t mean they are free from health and safety hazards. Some of these materials can be dangerous if you do not follow all of the safety instructions on the product label. Health risks The most common health hazards from working with arts and crafts materials are cuts from knives ...

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Blind cord safety

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Did you know that ordinary household items such as window coverings can cause serious injuries to children? If your window coverings have cords, your children are at risk of strangulation and even death. Good news: keeping your children safe is as easy as removing corded window coverings from your windows. Go cordless Children and blind cords don’t mix. Any type of blind ...

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5 support resources for caregivers

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(NC) You’re raising a young-ish family, working full time and caring for a frail elderly or ill family member or friend. You’re stressed a lot of the time. Fortunately, there are community and government resources that can help. Here are five: Elizz. This is an offering of Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a national not-for-profit organization that has been caring for ...

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3 strategies for raising confident kids.

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(NC) We all want the best for our kids, and building their confidence is a great way help them become happy, healthy and successful adults. Try these three strategies recommended by registered early childhood educators, who are trained in child development and plan play -based early learning and care programs. Encourage decision-making. Confidence in making small decisions leads to confidence ...

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Manulife removes mandatory nicotine testing for some life insurance applicants

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TORONTO — People looking to secure health insurance from Manulife may no longer be subjected to nicotine testing, as the company looks to streamline the application process.   The insurer (TSX:MFC) says nicotine tests will no longer be required for individual policies for eligible applicants aged 18 to 40, on policies that pay up to $1 million in benefits.   ...

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GOOD PARENTING REQUIRES ACCOUNTABILITY

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My family lived in a small town, and my sister recalled the following incident:   “When I was walking home from high school one day, one of the roughneck kids from the ‘bad side’ of town came up to me and we had a short conversation. When I got home, Dad asked, ‘What were you and Johnny talking about today?’ ...

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Tips for busy parents

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(NC) Spend more time on the things you love, like quality time with the kids and your favourite hobbies, with these super simple tips for super busy parents. Schedule a weekly planning session. Choose a quieter small block of time to plan key things for the week ahead, like meals, chores and special commitments. Create a shopping list, figure out transportation ...

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Enjoy your friends and live longer

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(NC) When Victor Wasaba retired five years ago, he didn’t want to spend his golden years sitting on the couch watching TV. The 71-year-old Winnipegger wanted to use his time away from work to be active and socialize with friends. “Once a month I meet with the guys from my old repair crew and we go out for breakfast,” he ...

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Are Spanked Children More Aggressive?

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By Dr. Kristie Does spanking increase the risk of aggression in children? A new study in the journal Pediatrics looked at this issue and reached the conclusion that spanking children has drawbacks – and may increase the risk of violent and aggressive behavior during childhood.   Are Spanked Children More Aggressive? Spanking children is a controversial topic. Despite recommendations by ...

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A Working Woman’s Guide To More Time With Your Family

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By Laura Storme   Being a working woman with a family can put a lot of strain on those valuable moments with the family.  You miss taking the kids to the park or taking them to the zoo because your evenings and weekends are crammed full of cooking the evening meal, running errands and doing laundry.  It doesn’t have to ...

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Starbucks Further Expands Parental Leave

CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA - 2015/09/13: Coffee cup on table in a Starbucks cafe.  Starbucks is streamlining the ordering process so customers are able to get that cup of coffee  faster than usual. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Starbucks Corp. is upgrading its U.S. paid parental leave plan as it seeks to hire and retain workers in an increasingly competitive labor market. Effective Oct. 1, qualified store associates who are birth mothers will be entitled to six weeks of paid leave at 100% up from 67% average pay previously, and 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Store associates who ...

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How new tax benefit notices are making life easier

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(NC) With newly designed tax benefits correspondence from the Canada Revenue Agency, it’s now easier than ever to find what you’re looking for. Now, all the information you need is all on the first page. As part of an initiative to improve the way it serves and communicates with Canadians, the CRA made changes to the readability, design, and accessibility ...

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Surviving a Narcissistic Parent

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By Shawn Evans You really must have lived through it to fully understand. As an adult, you aren’t even certain as to whether or not you should even stay in touch with your narcissistic parent for he or she is never going to change. Your parent will always remain a narcissist. The only thing you can do is to decide ...

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Six Things You Need to Know About Having Children

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By Mike Goddard No one ever complained that they were too well-informed about raising a child! Deciding whether to have children is perhaps the most important decision anyone ever makes. How will your life change? Can you afford it? Isn’t the world already overcrowded? As you chew it over, keep the following in mind.    1) You must be sure ...

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7 tips to keep kids safe online

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(NC) If you’re still amazed at how your five-year-old can work a tablet better than you can, you’re not alone. Being online is an essential part of kids’ lives, extending beyond entertainment and social activities into school and extracurricular activities. But parents often worry that social media comes with a host of risks like scams, theft, an d cyberbullying. Some ...

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Why you Should Prepare a Will Even if You Are Healthy

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(NC) Although we may think about it from time to time, most of us don’t really think seriously about preparing a will. But having a will offers peace of mind that our intentions regarding the distribution of our estate are clear. Learn more about preparing one of the most important documents you will ever have. Consulting a lawyer saves money Drafting ...

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