It’s Almost Time for Back to School: Are You Road Ready?

Guest Post from Free Lance Writer : Amy Patterson

With the school year just around the corner, you’re probably putting away your summer bucket list and starting a “back to school” to do list. Not only do your kids need new clothes and school supplies, but you might need to coordinate your schedule for carpool or get everyone signed up for extracurricular activities.

As you’re switching gears and getting back into the school year mode, it’s also a good time to think about roadway safety. Whether you have newly licensed teen drivers, who will be driving themselves or younger siblings to school, or if you’re in charge of getting your kids to and from activities, it’s the perfect time of year to brush up on some safety.

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ROAD SAFETY RULES TO LIVE BY

Road safety is a matter each of us must pay attention to. One single mistake made on the road can lead to serious injuries and even death. It is because of this that would-be drivers are obligated to earn their licenses, which also comes with a series of seminars, documentation, and training. In hopes that these individuals don’t make wrong moves with bad results, authorities push these requirements before making a person a licensed driver.

But motorists are not the only ones who are susceptible to miscalculations on the road. Pedestrians are also liable at times because of carelessness. Their cases also fall under the category of road mishaps and could also lead to injuries or loss of lives.

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The Pregnancy Wellness Wheel

Guest post: Gail Janicola from Moms on Top

I’m handing out magic pills for the healthiest pregnancy possible. They come in a pack of 8, each a different variety, and all super potent! Now don’t fall into the trap of gulping them down and tapping your fingers while you wait for the magic to be released. That would be like starting a marathon at the finish line. You will completely cheat yourself out of the steps it takes to free the moxie from these potions. The work you put in to get those suckers digested is where the power and effectiveness lie, and it is so worthwhile!

Let’s take a spin on the Pregnancy Wellness Wheel to understand more about each of the 8 spokes that represent the coveted effects of those magic pills, and how they should be dispensed. Get excited for the possibilities! If you put in the effort, the results will be undeniable. (Sidenote: What comes out of this will last way longer than the 40 weeks or so of pregnancy.)

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Kids Eat Free – Long Island locations

Let’s face it going out to dinner with the kids is always an adventure. We love going out to eat as a family and enjoying our local restaurants with the kids.

You know what is really awesome? Is going out to eat and the kids meals are FREE! Yes, Free! Some restaurants feature  FREE kids meals on certain nights of the week (some restrictions apply). Check out our features below:

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Why Won’t My Teenager Get Out of Bed on Time?

Guest blog post written by: Sara Westgreen

How many times did you have to wake up your teen this morning? Two, three, four times?

My 15-year-old’s alarm went off for a solid half hour before I got him to roll out of bed — and I know I’m not the only mom of teenagers dealing with similar struggles. Teen sleep can be frustrating and difficult to understand. Teens often get inadequate sleep during the week, then sleep in late on the weekends. Typically, this is due to a shift in biological patterns and school start times.

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“What Kind of Friend are You? Take the Colorblind Quiz!”

Author Leah Harper Bowron and her book, Colorblind: A Novel, tells the story of Lisa, a 6th grade girl who dealt with bullies and racism in the 1960s.

She has developed a new online quiz (because who doesn’t love online quizzes?) for middle schoolers up to adults: “What Kind of Friend are You? Take the Colorblind Quiz!” Great opportunity for discussion between parents and kids.

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Blissful Bedtime Yoga Sequence

While this time of year is fun and exciting, I think us mamas also find there is a certain level of stress that comes along with it. We are so busy making sure everyone is going to find what they asked for under the tree, baking for the classroom and holiday parties, attending school plays and recitals, it can be really easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Who else finds that the stresses from the day hit hardest right at bedtime? As soon as I close my eyes and lay my head down, my mind goes into overdrive – making lists and remembering all of the things I should have gotten done during the day, but didn’t get to.

When I feel the stresses from the day are going to affect my sleep, I have a bedtime yoga sequence that I turn to. This yoga sequence can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes, or more if you choose to spend more time in the poses, but even after 5 minutes I’ve found the tension is released from my mind and body, and I can go on to enjoy a peaceful slumber.

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