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Essential Tips for Traveling with a Family

Traveling with a family is a completely different beast than traveling solo or as a couple — I’ve done both numerous times, and the two experiences don’t even seem related. Eva and I just got back from a 3-week trip through southern Europe with five of our kids. It was a wild adventure, going through six foreign cities on foot and by train, speaking broken bits of three foreign languages, exploring cities and coastlines all day long, soaking in sun and history and wine. We loved it. We exhausted the kids, but came back wiser, tanner, and better off for having seen more of the world and its peoples. This post isn’t meant to give an account of our trip, but to share some of what I’ve learned about traveling…
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Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home

Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it's important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience. Here are some tips from the American Academy (AAP) to help your family through the outbreak. ​ Address children's fearsChildren rely on their parents for safety, both physical and emotional. Reassure your children that you are there for them and that your family will get through this together. Answer questions about the pandemic simply & honestly. Talk with children about any frightening news​ they hear. It is OK to say people are getting sick, but say following rules like hand washing and staying home will help your…
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Tips Backed By Research

A recent wave of research shows that children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, commit suicide, and develop eating disorders. Additional research found that children who enjoy family meals have larger vocabularies, better manners, healthier diets, and higher self-esteem. The most comprehensive survey done on this topic, a University of Michigan report that examined how American children spent their time between 1981 and 1997, discovered that the amount of time children spent eating meals at home was the single biggest predictor of better academic achievement and fewer behavioral problems. Mealtime was more influential than time spent in school, studying, attending religious services, or playing sports. Doesn’t work for your family’s schedule? It doesn’t have to be dinner. And it doesn’t…
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Tips for Family Services Staff Working Remotely with Families

Tip 1. Remember to take care of yourself. Take breaks to care for your body and mind. Eat healthy snacks and meals and drink plenty of water. Participate in activities that soothe you. These might be deep breathing, exercise, meditation, drawing, or other activities.Set up a workspace that is comfortable and helps you to be productive. Talk with your supervisor about what you may need to work effectively from home, such as a computer, office supplies, or training on how to work with families virtually.Set a regular work schedule and, as possible, set and stick to a routine. Routines help create a sense of normalcy during uncertain times. Include time to address personal tasks to maintain balance between work and personal life.Stay in contact with your supervisors, mentors, and other…
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