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The Nutritional Approach to Enhancing Learning and Focus for Kids with Neurological Disorders

Interview with Robert Melillo, author of “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan,” about proven strategies to enhance learning and focus for children with autism, ADD, dyslexia, and other neurological disorders.

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Autistic Children’s Struggle to Communicate + Disconnected Kids’ Nutrition Plan

Interviews with Eve Megargel, author of “Learning to Kiss”–an unflinching and inspiring portrait of a nonverbal young man with autism; and Robert Melillo, author of “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan,” about proven strategies to enhance learning and focus for children with autism, ADD, dyslexia, and other neurological disorders.

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No More Boring Lunchboxes and Backpacks

Lunchboxes and backpacks can be pretty boring—but they don’t have to be. Here are a few of our favorite ways to add in some style and fun to these otherwise yawn-inducing school necessities. Bentology (Bentology) Bentology has a number of colorful, easy-to-clean ways to pack your child’s lunch. Bento sets include a large plastic container and five smaller containers (three with lids) that fit perfectly inside. Bento Kits include all that, plus a stylin’ insulated bag (available in seven prints) and a set of utensils. You can also buy individual containers and lids, cool packs, rice molds, thermoses and...

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Sing and Dance along with the Beatles, the “Beat Bugs,” @Netflix, and the #StreamTeam

If you’re a Beatles fan and you’re looking for a great way to introduce your kids to some of the best-known songs in our galaxy, you’ll never find a better opportunity than “Beat Bugs,” Netflix’s new, animated, binge-watchable series. “Beat Bugs” is aimed at kids 0-2, but plenty of slightly older kids (and their adult wranglers) will love the show. The storylines are fairly standard: a group of kids who help each other through everyday challenges, learning valuable life lessons along the way. And the cast of characters is oddly reminiscent of “A Bug’s Life” (adorable baby girl, spunky...

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Hats off to Adults Who Earn Their High School Diploma

Did you know that more than 29 million Americans don’t have a high school diploma. Why? Well, each person’s story is different: there are the young mothers and fathers who opted to support their family over school, kids who were forced to choose putting food on the table for their family over school, and even kids who battled illness and simply couldn’t earn enough credits to graduate. But here’s something that many people who haven’t earned their diploma may not realize: It never too late, you’re never too old, and you do NOT have to do it alone! Hundreds...

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When it Comes to Discipline, Babies are Like Cats. Really

Dear Mr. Dad: My 7-month old baby is a holy terror. He’s a very active crawler and is already starting to climb all over the place too, plus he puts everything into his mouth! It seems like I’m always saying “No” to him, but he just ignores me and keeps on doing what he’s doing. He definitely needs discipline. What can I do to punish him in a way that will get him to change his behavior? A: Whew, it’s hard to know where to begin. So let’s start with a clarification: Even though people tend to use the...

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Smokey’s Right: Only We Can Prevent Fires

Unless you’re living completely off the grid (and if you were, you wouldn’t be reading this), you’ve heard about the recent fires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and taken far too many lives.  For more than 70 years, Smokey Bear has been telling us about how to prevent forest fires. Clearly we need to be paying more attention. If you live in an area where there are hiking trails, camping, and other outdoor activities, you’re bound to see campfires and charcoal grills lighting up the trails. It’s a fun and nostalgic time of year, cooking s’mores over the fire,...

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What I Wish My Teacher Knew + The End of American Childhood

Interviews with Kyle Schwartz, author of “I Wish My Teacher Knew,” about what students wish their teachers knew about them; and Paula Fass, author of “The End of American Childhood,” about the history of parenting from life on the frontier to the managed child.

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The Last Gasp of Summer

Chances are, your kids are back in school. But summer definitely isn’t over yet, which means that if they hunker down and finish their up their homework, there are still plenty of well-lit hours in the day to play outside before bedtime. Here are some of our late-summer outdoor favorites. Crush-It bat (Tucker) Think baseball bat meets tennis racket (with the high-tension strings running parallel to the bat), and you’ve got a rough idea of what this great new toy looks like. Twist the adjustable power knob and you can smack the ball incredible distances. Dial it back, and...

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