Snow, Ice and Freezing Temperatures

smcternan January 25th, 2014, 2:17 PM
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January 2014 has been memorable in both winter storms and record cold temperatures. Already two snow days from school and we still have much winter left. We could be lucky and have a mild February and March or we could have more of the same. What to do when outside seems unbearable and inside cabin fever is happening at record rates. If the gym and possible indoor adventure sites are not your thing, then maybe some home based adventure is for you and your family. An active  toddler or school…

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Look into My Crystal Ball…

smcternan January 20th, 2014, 10:20 AM
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What do you see? I see a torrent of change. Where is it coming from-EVERYWHERE! Why is it coming? Well that would truly be a magical skill if I knew the absolute answer- but maybe you do. I am speaking of where the future of health in this nation. Yes, we all WANT and maybe NEED to be healthy, BUT do we know how? My guess is that if you survey most Americans of any age the answers would vary tremendously. Ask a five year old and he will tell…

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Become a Donor

smcternan January 12th, 2014, 9:22 PM
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As New Years’ resolutions go most have settled into working out, more family time, eating healthy and balancing work and life better. But for those of you who may not have chosen or even consider doing anything new with the New Year I urge you to consider becoming an organ donor. Why? Well for one thing there are so many awaiting organs, estimates are that about 15,000 people die per year that would make perfect donors had they consented to donation. For every person who donates there are multiple recipients…

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How well is your baby sleeping?

smcternan January 2nd, 2014, 3:48 PM
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Sleep conjures images of comfy beds and silence, add a newborn to the picture and that image changes. A tired cranky baby needs sleep but when and how is the best way to assure this? Well research has proven that babies adjust to their home environments rather well after birth. The barking dog, street noise, music and environmental noise pollution was ALL heard in utero. No need to change that once Baby is born, very true-but then why do parents do just that-Baby is sleeping everyone be QUIET!! Well the parental…

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STRESS Less Holiday

smcternan December 26th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Rushing, running and feeling a little overwhelmed. This time of year can do it to all of us. We try to plan and sudden last minute changes make us spin. How to handle it well and not take it our on your family, friends, pets or pillow!! Well suggestions posed by experts recommend not indulging (food and Wine) too much will help. Well if that is not a contributor to your stress then what can you do to glide through this time of year with less stress. The holidays are…

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Toys- Are they Safe?

smcternan December 9th, 2013, 4:21 PM
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As you shop for your little ones’ gifts–around the holidays, but year ’round for birthday presents as well–be sure to do your research before you buy their “dream toy.”

State Consumer Affairs departments and Consumer Reports publish lists of dangerous toys, which could mean many things. Some may have high levels of lead, cadmium or other dangerous chemicals, others may have small parts that are choking hazards. Keeping children safe is so much more complicated than it used to be!

In stores, pay attention to warnings like, “Not for children under 3 years…

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Say You Will

smcternan December 1st, 2013, 10:25 PM
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Bedtime, marks the end of a day, can culminate from good and bad experiences from that day but it should always be secure. When children are winding down from a busy, fun-filled day, a secure sleeping environment that lets them re-energize and awake for  a new day in a positive way is the best option. So what is the best routine to assure a good nights sleep? While there is no ONE WAY,  every child is different but each child will express their needs. One child may prefer quiet time…

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Instill Moral Character in Your Child

smcternan November 25th, 2013, 4:08 PM
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clouds-69533_1280Moral character is something we think may just happen, hopefully in a positive way if  WE raise our children right. Well maybe or maybe not. Young infants read parental cues, so when that baby does something you disapprove of (grabs your necklace and wont let go) are you saying or thinking, ‘what a bad boy/girl you are’ OR gently, in a soften voice distracting them and removing their hands. If the latter is your path then you are aware that little hands are just learning this skill and anything is fair game. If…

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Medication Adherence

smcternan October 7th, 2013, 2:37 PM
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Do I need to take this pill? Why? When? For how long? What if I forget? Where do I get my refills?–The questions related to medication can be endless. No one wants to suffer the consequences of taking the wrong amount or forgetting to take them on time, right?

If that were true then why are so many people not at all compliant with their medications? Because they are confused by all the jargon that goes with medication. Maybe being unable or unwilling to ask for assistance will block their ability to…

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Challenges

smcternan September 30th, 2013, 7:18 PM
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As summer turns to fall, kids are back in school and routines are once again returning to normal. Parents usually like this time of year, for many reasons. But do kids like it as much?

It can be very challenging to instill the desire in your child to strive and do their best in school. Typical and atypical children have likes, wants  and needs and many dance the love/hate relationship around school.

Encouragement from you can come in many ways. I celebrate the excitement of a new school year, teacher, class, school…

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