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pt-20130924-2Having a child go off to Nursery school is always marked by joy that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things; and marred by sadness that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things! The best way to ease the transition to school is by doing some “homework” of your own to make yourself and your little scholar ready for the first day of “BIG school”.

In this section, we will look at four (4) important areas where you can help yourself and your child be best prepared for nursery school and a lifetime of success. These areas are:

For kids and teens, social media is an essential part of their lives, much the way telephones were important to us at their age. About 90% of teens have used some form of social media and 75% have a profile on a social networking site, experts say. These numbers are way up from just a few years ago, and there's almost no chance of them ever coming down again. This isn't necessarily a reason for concern. For most teens, there are plenty of good things about social media. But there are also many potential dangers and things that you want…
Cutting isn't new, but this form of self-injury has been out in the open more in recent years, portrayed in movies and on TV,even talked about by celebrities who have admitted to cutting themselves at some point. Cutting is a serious issue that affects many teens. Even if you haven't heard about cutting, chances are good that your teen has and might even know someone who does it. Like other risky behaviors, cutting can be dangerous and habit-forming. In most cases, it is also a sign of deeper emotional distress. In some cases, peers can influence teens to experiment with…
It can be shocking and upsetting to learn that your child has gotten in trouble for picking on others or been labeled a bully. As difficult as it may be to process this news, it's important to deal with it right away. Whether the bullying is physical or verbal, if it's not stopped it can lead to more aggressive antisocial behavior and interfere with your child's success in school and ability to form and sustain friendships.
The dangers of smoking have been known for years now. But more recently, experts have cautioned that breathing in someone else's secondhand smoke is also hazardous to health. Secondhand smoke — a combination of the smoke coming from the burning end of a cigarette or cigar (sidestream smoke) and the smoke that is exhaled by a smoker (mainstream smoke) is almost as dangerous as smoking.
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