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Today’s families find themselves wanting to keep up with changes in their world; changes that happen at a faster and faster pace. Whatever your stage of life, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs bring you knowledge you can use to make better decisions and improve your life. We bring you proven, reliable, non-biased information to help you with raising kids, eating right, spending smart, and living well. Feel free to post your comments to our articles or e-mail us a question that you would like to see answered in this blog.

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Karen Ridings

Establish routines to get kids ready for school

Summer is coming to a close and soon children will be back in school. Over the summer, most children have very different routines than when they are in school. For example, in the summer children may go to bed later and rise later than they do during the school year. Some children may have different meal schedules during the summer. Once the school year begins, children must wake up earlier, eat breakfast earlier, and complete homework on a daily basis.
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Karen Ridings

Help your kids to health by following 9-5-2-1-0

The ancient African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" rings true today when thinking about the health of our children.
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Karen Poff

Is your family ready?

People often wonder whether or not emergency officials in their locality are adequately prepared for a disaster. With tornados, floods, hurricanes, and even an earthquake in the news, a better question to ask yourself might be, "Is my family ready?"...
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Brittany Michael

Ideas for active, healthy and educational childcare

Over the past few months the Virginia Cooperative Extension's Family and Consumer Science agents have been working to help educate childcare centers on the benefits to having a healthy and active center for all involved.
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Karen Poff

Planning ahead can ease holiday stress

Because most people have high expectations of the holidays, many families experience extra tension during November and December. People feel the pressure of long "to do" lists and numerous activities. Ironically, family members may be more short-tempered or overly sensitive during a time of year that is supposed to bring joy. The keys to managing this busy season are adequate planning, advance preparation, shortcuts and stress management.
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Brittany Michael

Being healthy: Does that concern just what you eat?

Letter from a new college student: As a college student, and now an official member of the West Virginia University family, I often wonder what it is that I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. That seems to concern both my eating habits and what relationships I have going on around me.
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Karen Poff

A healthy family plays and laughs

One way to make your family stronger is to make time for play and laughter.
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Brittany Michael

Mother's Day coupon book

Flowers, chocolates, perfume, cards, dinners out and jewelry are all nice gifts for Mother's Day. How about in addition to these items you will be giving to mom you add in a little home-made coupon book good for other "mom appreciation" gifts!
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Brittany Michael

Families and disaster preparedness

Unfortunately, natural disasters happen everywhere in the state; whether they be flood, fire, tornado or other catastrophes. They are scary and unpredictable. It is our job to prepare for them the best that we can. Not only do adults need to have a role in emergency preparedness, but children need to as well.
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Brittany Michael

Toy safety around the holidays

This time of the year brings families together, celebration, good food and gift giving. It also is a time to stay up on recalls and warnings on children's toys as well as other household items to prevent injury or choking.

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