Make Elf on the Shelf Work for You: 8 Ideas for a Stress-Free December

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Elf on the Shelf can be a divisive concept. Some parents have embraced this cheeky, imaginative toy, and enjoy finding new, inventive scenarios for their kids to discover each December morning. Others find it an unnecessary stressor, adding extra work to the already busy holiday season. Parents can spend ages online looking for cheap ideas…

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When your child asks about their birth family

Most adopted children are curious about their birth family. Your child’s birth family is a major part of his or her adoption story, and it is important to talk with your child about them openly, honestly, and positively. Talking about your child’s birth family can be a sensitive subject for everyone involved. Every adoptee’s story is…

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Tips for Creating A Blended Family

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Developing a happy home life for families isn’t always easy, but blending two different families has its own particular challenges.  Blending a family can take a while, but it is important to find a groove that is comfortable for everyone. While every family has its own dynamic, some universal tips can help blended families become…

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Foster Care Mom Recalls The First Time She Got “The Call”

The licensing process was completed. Nursery decorated in a non-gender-specific jungle theme, ready to welcome a child into my home. The closet full of diapers, clothes, toys, books, and stuffed animals… I think I am ready, is what I told myself. May 15: The Call Comes In I decided to attend an extended family outing…

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Looking Out For Your Child’s Mental Health

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As a parent, you do your best to take care of your child. You make sure your child’s physical needs are met – nutritious food, a safe home, a proper education. But meeting your child’s mental, and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health helps children to think clearly, develop socially, and…

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20 Fun Summer Activity Ideas for Kids

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Summer days stretch out before you, waiting to be filled with memory-making activities and games. But some days creative play ideas can be hard to come by. If you are drawing a blank when trying to come up with ideas, here are 20 easy-to-implement activities sure to make your summer day a fun one! Make…

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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  During the month of April, Kids First of Florida joins with child advocates around the US to bring awareness to the problem of child abuse and neglect. We know that childhood trauma can cause lifelong physical and mental health problems. Together, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect. Recently, the Board of Commissioners…

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Meet our 2021 Foster Family Appreciation Week Honorees

The Muntain FamilyMichael and Alis Muntain received a placement in August of 2020 and accepted him with open arms. The child immediately felt like part of the family and didn’t take long to refer to Michael and Alis as Mom and Pop. Knowing the importance of family, they searched for the relatives the child mentioned…

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Is my kid just a fussy eater? Or is it more serious?

As a parent, you’ve likely dealt with a fussy eater. But, how do you know if a younger child is facing an eating disorder? Or if a child’s behavior is a sign of a future eating disorder? Usually, we think of eating disorders as affecting teens and pre-teens. But, the number of children diagnosed with…

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Is My Kid Ok? Signs Your Child May Be Struggling.

As we ring in 2021, families are still facing the ups and downs of the pandemic. If you are like many parents, you may have seen changes in your child. The National Institute of Health has reported an increase in anxiety and depression among children and teenagers in the U.S. You know your child best,…

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