Feeling especially sandwiched during holiday season?

Caregiving services who can step in for a few hours or a longer stay can ease your mind and help older loved ones feel secure over the holidays. (submitted photo)

The holidays may be filled with joy, but for the ever-growing number of aging Americans and those who care for them this otherwise celebratory season can become mired in challenges.
The stress of visitors, eventful meals, gift giving and social obligations can be overwhelming for anyone, but especially for those juggling busy schedules with caring for an elderly family member.


Five financial building blocks for new parents

While today’s economy continues to put extra stress on most Americans’ wallets, those preparing to welcome a new child into the family experience the added pressure of a whole new set of expenses.
From diapers to baby furniture and daycare, the costs for new parents mount quickly. For some, the reality of these expenses is daunting. Others are completely unaware of how the joy of a new child will affect their financial situation.


What makes young people volunteer?

Many believe that volunteer work can be beneficial for young people’s personal development and that their communities can benefit as well.
When teenagers volunteer, it’s thought they typically become more sensitive to the needs of others, build self-esteem and self-confidence, develop organizational and leadership skills and gain a great deal of personal satisfaction. As a result, many parents want to know: What motivates young people to become volunteers?


Children’s clothes: making them last

After a muddy round of tackle football with the neighbors’ kids in the yard, a child comes in the house and changes their clothes for dinner — the worn clothes are thrown on the bedroom floor.
Sound familiar? A few loose threads here, a hole to patch there; children’s clothing doesn’t seem to last. But, don’t fret; there are ways to avoid the woes of worn-out children’s clothes, according to Roger Mrugala of Once Upon A Child.


Don’t-miss events at the fair

You may not think of a rural/suburban fair as fast-action. But hold onto your hats, because the fair has plenty of thrills:


It’s back! The Washington County Fair returns for its 142nd year

Riders show off their skills in the horse show at the Washington County Fair. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Though August may be the last full month of summer, the warm-weather fun isn’t over yet.
The Washington County Fair will return for its 142nd year July 31 - Aug. 4, with plenty of mouthwatering fair treats, family fun, musical entertainment, cute farm animals and more. This year’s fair will offer many new attractions in addition to the scores of traditional favorite activities.
The fair attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year, said Fair Manager Dorie Ostertag, and she and the fair board are crossing their fingers for sunshine.


Talk to teens about driving — it may be a lifesaver

The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations. The good news is that by setting boundaries, we are making the roads safer for everyone.
Summer is the deadliest time of year for teenage motor vehicle accidents. If they haven’t yet, parents and their teen drivers should discuss safe driving habits such as always wearing a seatbelt, no texting while driving, and never driving while intoxicated.
Research shows teens whose parents set rules are half as likely to get in an accident, according to the the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Reducing accidents not only saves lives but also saves money through reduced insurance costs.


What to know if your child’s hurt

As summer heats up, millions of kids are outside enjoying warm weather and their time off from school. When kids are more active, though, they can be more vulnerable to potential injury. The nation’s emergency physicians are ready to handle any childhood emergency.
Of the 130 million visits to emergency rooms in 2010, almost 25 percent were made by children under the age of 18 and more of those emergency visits occur in the summer compared with the rest of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A trip to the emergency department for a sick or injured child doesn’t have to be a scary experience. It’s the responsibility of a parent or guardian to prepare for the visit ahead of time.


Parents as key as pencils to student success

It’s easy to get excited when back-to-school time rolls around, but how do children and their parents keep that energy going all year long?


Make summer vacation happy with simple safety tips

Summer is officially underway and if you’re planning on traveling in the next few weeks, you’ll have a lot of company. The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Statistics reports that in recent years, Americans have taken around 650 million long distance summer trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. And the average summer long-distance trip is 284 miles one-way.


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