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We're not ones to take candy from a baby on Halloween, but after Halloween your kids will have a sack full of sugar highs, potential cavities and food items lacking in nutritional value. 

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Up and at 'em! If your child isn't the most enthusiastic about the dressing process. Or, let's face it, they throw a tantrum that's hard to deal with before your morning coffee, get them involved in the morning routine. From helping to pick out an outfit the night before to dressing themselves in their shirt, socks and even shoes, kids like to be an active part of the dressing process.

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I get a lot of questions pertaining to bedtime routines, but specifically how long they should take. I felt this was the best place to answer that question. From bath time to story time and the goodnight kiss, bedtime routines should not take longer than one hour. Make sure you keep the routine consistent and go through every stage, every day.

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Teach your child the importance of being more self-sufficient in both school and their extra-curricular activities: Create a timetable and have them check off in the morning each thing they need before they leave. That way you won't be halfway out the door — or down the street — before they forget what they need!

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First day of camp jitters are the same as first day of school ones. Don't forget, just because it's a fun-filled day instead of a work-filled day, it doesn't mean the same stresses of a new routine, new people, and maybe even separation anxiety will come into play. Use the same techniques that help curb back to school jitters can also be applied to ease first day of camp anxieties.

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Here's a tip if you need to keep your toddler occupied while you're working in the kitchen. Fill a kitchen cabinet or drawer at your child's level with plastic storage containers and cups for them. It will keep your child busy in the kitchen, allowing them their own space and objects that they can play with. Stacking cups, plastic bowls, spoons or containers will keep your child endlessly entertained – it'll keep the little hands busy, while your big hands are working away!

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Is your baby having a major crying jolt where nothing is soothing? Is your four year old having a meltdown? Take them out of the situation by putting them in a warm bath. It will calm them and distract them from their tears.

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Are your kids too little to stay awake for the midnight ball drop on New Years? Well, try staging a ball drop of your own earlier in the evening.

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