Category: Smart Mom’s Guide

Budgeting for the Holidays

By Cammie Jones It sneaks up on me every year. All of a sudden, I am making a list of all the gifts I need to purchase for the holidays and it is overwhelming. When I say overwhelming, it is not just from a lack of time perspective, it is also the amount of money I am about to spend. It makes me a little nervous, but there are some great and clever ways to budget for the holidays ahead of time so that you can enjoy those festive weeks of hustle and bustle and avoid those January regrets....

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Labeling a Special Needs Child in the School System

By Cammie Jones As parents, we are so aware of learning disabilities and children with special needs today.  There is a plethora of information right at our fingertips and resources available to help parents if they feel their child is struggling in school. What exactly does “special needs” mean and what are the advantages and disadvantages of labeling a child in the school system? How can parents make sure their child is getting the best education possible in the most positive environment? In 2004, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law and basically ensures that...

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Guide to Decreasing Noise Induced-Hearing Loss in Your Teenager

By Cammie Jones Do you remember going to a concert as a teen, and after leaving the show how your ears would be ringing and you couldn’t hear normal voices? This hearing loss was only temporary as by the next day, your hearing was restored. I always wondered if this loss of hearing would have any lingering effects later in life (When I got “old” — which I was never going to do, by the way). Now that I have teenagers, I do worry about their ability to hear with the constant use of electronic devices and ear buds....

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Homework: To Help or Not to Help

By Cammie Jones When it comes to homework at my house, it can set the tone (good or bad) for the afternoon during the school year.  The kids come home after a long day at school, usually have a snack and then dive right in.  I’ve always grappled with how much to help them.  How much should I be helping (if at all) and at what point do I let them sink or swim? Give your child autonomy Erika A. Patell, assistant professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, says...

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Guide to Travel Sports

By Cammie Jones Way back in the olden days (the 80s), you just didn’t hear about so many kids playing travel sports and if you did know someone, it was most likely a boy playing soccer. Times have certainly changed and today you see travel football, baseball, dance, cheerleading, volleyball, basketball and more.  It’s not just for guys anymore either – girls are just as heavily involved. As a parent how can you decide if playing a travel sport is best for your child, and, maybe more importantly, for your family? PROS Team Bonding Making new friends off and...

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