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5 Tips to Aid Performance in the Classroom

(Family Features) With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

5 Ways to Make Mealtime Meaningful
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Coming together for a shared meal is a simple, yet important way for family members to bond and create memories with one another. There’s no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table – including your four-legged friends – for a delicious meal.

5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

School Bus Safety 101
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins – and ends – with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year.  

5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

Set for Success
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Monday 08/13/2018
More Than Half of Those Approaching Retirement Believe They Will 'Unretire'
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Reflecting a changing post-retirement landscape, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, reveals that 53 percent of workers approaching retirement in the next five years believe they will likely "unretire," or return to work.

6 smart tips for back-to-school success
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - The forecast for this year’s back-to-school season is looking good! Taking a little bit of time to prepare now will help to set the kids up for success all year long, and ease everyone’s nerves. Here are six tips for parents to help ensure a smooth transition back to school and a new year full of unforgettable memories.

Tips for Creating a Successful Back-to-School Carpool
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) It’s time to get back into the school mindset, which for parents means school supplies, packing lunches and carpools.

Friday 08/10/2018
New Solution Helps Parents Manage Kids' Device Use at Home
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Nearly three quarters of parents wish they had a way to turn off their children's Wi-Fi access, according to results of a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Comcast.

Thursday 08/09/2018
The ABCs of Finance Apps
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - As back-to-school time sets in, personal finance becomes more complicated for many families. Some have students away from home for the first time, others have expenses for tuition, and of course the many purchases associated with the start of school: backpacks, lunch bags, clothes, books, dorm room furnishings, not to mention the tech gear - phones, tablets, laptops, and don't forget extra chargers.

Tuesday 08/07/2018
Safety App Empowers Students, Offers Peace of Mind for Parents
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:22 am

(NewsUSA) - Sending the kids to college means letting go, but it doesn't mean disconnecting, especially when it comes to safety.

Friday 08/03/2018
Summer Break Means 25 Percent Break for Educators, Administrators
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:22 am

(NewsUSA) - Teachers deserve every break they can get. Reports show that wages for educators have been declining, and some work two jobs to make ends meet. Meanwhile, many teachers pay out of their own pockets for books and supplies. As the new school year approaches, Barnes & Noble wants to make it a bit easier for these dedicated educators and administrators.

Thursday 08/02/2018
How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home.

Back-to-School Checklist for Families with Asthma
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) For the more than 6 million children in the U.S. living with asthma, gearing up for another school year involves much more than picking out a new pencil case and backpack. Accounting for nearly 14 million lost school days each year, asthma is one of the main illness-related reasons that students miss school.

Wednesday 08/01/2018
Caring for Caregivers
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

How to prevent caregiver burnout

6 Ways to Prepare for a New School Year
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) Want to ensure the transition from summer to school goes smoothly for your family? Check out these six tips.

Hatching a Plan
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Providing a comfortable environment for chickens can allow them to express normal behaviors and lead healthier lives. As part of its “Commitment to Animal Care,” Perdue

Pursue Your Travel Passions
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Ask nearly any person about his or her dream trip and watch a smile appear as the perfect personal excursion is described. Now, ask why the trip has yet to happen, and time and money will be the likely culprits.

Budgeting Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) From the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don't have to overspend to live a better life.

Thursday 07/26/2018
Bitcoin Gains Can Become "Tax-Free"
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - The 2017 Reform Act of 2017 is starting to gain traction as former United States Congressman Mark Schauer (MI-07) suggest that the "Opportunity Zones created under the tax bill incentivize capital flow to businesses in low-income neighborhoods all over the nation. Investment of even a portion of unrealized capital gains will have an historic, transformative effect in distressed communities."

Aim for Compliance by Design, Not by Accident
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:22 am

(NewsUSA) - While a global economy is an advantage for many companies that operate internationally, compliance with the multitude of complex and ever-changing laws and regulations can be a burden to doing business, and the penalties of non-compliance can be severe. This is particularly true when it comes to environmental, health and safety (EHS) laws that can impact everything from public opinion and stock prices to your employees' well-being and safety. As multinational companies are faced with heavy scrutiny by many different governments cracking down on importing and exporting violations, increased regulations and heftier fines, it is clear that businesses need to consider compliance as a key tool for surviving in a global economy.

New Bedding Line Boasts Recycled Materials
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Global interest in socially conscious, eco-friendly products has exploded over the last two decades. Now it extends not only to paper and packaging, but to high-end sectors such as clothing and home goods.

5 Tips for Bringing Your Pet to Work this Summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) During the summer months, many employers plan events and switch up work schedules to give their team members a break to enjoy some fun in the sun. Extra days off, summer hours and company picnics are just a few of the ways employers create an enjoyable environment for their employees.

4 Feline Summer Health and Safety Tips
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Summer may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, but it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend.

Giving for Good: Make an impact in your community
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

Make an impact in your community

Wednesday 07/25/2018
Tips to Have a Summer Adventure Without Leaving Your Backyard
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) With a few supplies and some inspiration, your backyard can be the site of a summer adventure. Here are a few ways to slip into vacation mode without even leaving home.

Download Before You Go This Summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

New and classic shows to watch on the road in July

Tuesday 07/24/2018
A quick guide to helping your teen master basic life skills
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - Parenthood is made up of long days and short years. Eventually, as your kids get closer to adult-sized, it hits you how much they’ve changed ... and how quickly the years of their childhood flew by.

Monday 07/23/2018
Back-to-School Shoe Shopping: Finding the Right Fit
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) As children all over the country count down the last days of summer, parents are checking off their to-do lists to make sure everyone is ready to head back to school. While binders, calculators and combination locks may be required, new shoes are almost always at the top of the list to accommodate growing feet and new fashion trends.

Friday 07/20/2018
E-Wallet App Protects Family Debit Card Number
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Many families have a single debit or credit card shared among several individuals, including teens and college students who may lose track of purchases, buy from unsecured websites, or access money without clearing the amount with parents.

Americans Are Flossing in the Strangest Places
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Where have you flossed other than your bathroom? If you're like nearly 40 percent of Americans, the answer is… in a car.

Prevent Pets from Fleeing in Fright
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Summer social gatherings and celebrations involving fireworks can add up to a lot of fun for humans, but it’s an equation that may test the limits for a fearful pet. The break in day-to-day consistency and the chaos that comes with festivities can cause pets to escape in search of solace, which often times results in them leaving their loved ones behind.

Wednesday 07/18/2018
5 Ways to Give Your Body a Boost Inside and Out
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Balancing work and life is no small proposition, and when things heat up, it can be easy to let your normal self-care habits slide. While a busy lifestyle may not allow for luxurious weekly trips to the spa to rejuvenate, you can still steal moments to promote the wellbeing of your mind and body.

Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) Introducing a feline into the family can be an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that a new home is often a big change for a little cat. Whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat, providing your new pet with proper nutrition, the comforts of a good home and engaging playtime are just a few of the key things to keep in mind.

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in the Heat
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months.

Tuesday 07/17/2018
The Road to a Healthy Smile
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -As much as we all love having a healthy smile and gums, a new national survey reveals many U.S. adults miss the mark when it comes to caring for their teeth and gums, putting them at risk for periodontal disease, which affects one in every two adults over age 30. 

Monday 07/16/2018
Teen Driver Contest Highlights Tire Safety
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:22 am

(NewsUSA) - Teaching teens to drive can be a hair-raising experience for any parent. And while driver's education classes can help focus kids' attention on the rules of the road and basic etiquette while behind the wheel, they need to put their education into action on the road.

Head-to-Toe Baby Care Tips for Parents
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) Caring for a baby is one of the toughest jobs. However, certain innovations are helping new and veteran parents do so with confidence.

Friday 07/13/2018
Shopping Ahead Can Save You Money: What to Know
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) Every procrastinator is familiar with the downsides of last-minute shopping -- parking woes, stress-induced headaches and paying premiums for needed items. But these hassles and expenses are avoidable, say experts.

Wednesday 07/11/2018
How to Build the Perfect Playlist
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Music can set the mood, no matter the occasion. Whether you’re playing jazz classics to give your dinner party a sophisticated ambience or blasting the latest dance-pop tracks for motivation on the treadmill, music is able to provide the soundtrack to different aspects of peoples’ lives.

5 Tips to Take Pets on Trips
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) If your next big excursion is on hold until you can make arrangements for your four-legged friend, a solution may be closer than you think. Pet-friendly accommodations can be easier to find than ever, making it possible to simply take your pet along for the ride.

When School Is Out, Kids May Be Missing Out On Essential Nutrients
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

Feeding America® and The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy to pour more milk for local kids in need

Monday 07/09/2018
Making Reading Social for Your Kids at New Book Hangouts
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:22 am

(NewsUSA) - With so many TV shows, videos, and games vying for a child's attention, it can be hard to keep him or her inspired to read. It can be even harder to do so in "real life" settings, but interacting with other kids and sharing excitement for a series or character is often more powerful than swiping a screen.

Thursday 07/05/2018
Cool Summertime Kitchen Hacks
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for relaxing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Yet for some, the warmer months can be hectic and busy, and often go by too quickly.

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