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Top Laundry Tips to Treat Common Summer Stains
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(StatePoint) Summer living can make your family’s clothing vulnerable to stains, splatters and more, even if you are spending more time at home these days. But it’s possible to restore your family’s clothing to like-new condition every time laundry day rolls around with these tips and strategies:

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4 Steps to Create a Household Budget with Staying Power
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(StatePoint) These uncertain times are forcing more people to reexamine finances and rewrite their household budgets. According to the Pew Research Center in a survey conducted soon after the COVID-19 crisis began, 33% of Americans either lost their jobs or suffered a pay cut or reduction in work hours. Plus, 49% said the outbreak is a major threat to their personal finances.

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How Math Can Become Your Child’s Favorite School Subject
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(StatePoint) Ask kids what their favorite school subject is and fewer and fewer will say “math” as they age. While 37 percent of 4th graders report that math is one of their favorite subjects, only 15 of 12th graders say the same, according to National Center for Education Statistics.

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5 Not-So-Obvious Household Essentials for Your Time at Home
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(StatePoint) Extended time at home is making many families more aware of what products they simply can’t do without. While you may have predicted what some of these essentials would be -- ahem, toilet paper -- other, not-so-obvious items are helping to make quarantines more comfortable nationwide.

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Fun Playtime Ideas for Father's Day
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(StatePoint) Playtime is one of the best opportunities for dads, grandfathers and other father figures to serve as role models in a child’s life, and research shows that these experiences have a number of positive health benefits for kids.

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Teachers and Students Find Purpose Through Leadership Programs
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(StatePoint) Many teachers are drawn to education for the opportunity to make a difference in their students’ lives. However, when faced with guiding students through trying times in order to meet their big goals, teachers need resources that strengthen social and emotional skills.

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Simple and Fun Crafts to Keep Kids Entertained
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(StatePoint) Keeping children content and occupied isn't always an easy task -- especially with more and more days being spent at home. As parents and caregivers, it can also be challenging to come up with creative solutions and fun projects that differ each day. However, even if you lack crafting abilities, you can still inspire your kids and help them stretch their creative muscles with items commonly found right at home, including scissors, straws, rulers and duct tape.

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Newly Unemployed? Understanding Your Health Insurance Options
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(StatePoint) With millions of people nationwide filing for unemployment since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and families across the country are suddenly finding themselves without health insurance at a precarious time. Fortunately, new options may be able to help those on tight budgets.

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Helping Veterans and Active Duty Military Cope With Social Isolation
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(StatePoint) As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of veterans and active duty military personnel are on lockdown, many suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or substance abuse. With the additional challenge of social isolation, finding ways to combat depression, anxiety and loneliness is critical.

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Make the Backyard a Destination for Family Fun
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(StatePoint) With many events canceled and public venues closed, the backyard is likely going to be the new hot spot destination for families nationwide. But staying home doesn’t have to be boring. Using these tips, you can put together an afternoon of sunshine and fun, right in your own backyard.

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How Families and Communities Can Prepare for Natural Disasters
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(StatePoint) Natural disasters are increasing in severity and frequency. However, studies show that advance planning can keep individuals healthier and safer and support faster recovery for communities. And one of the most effective ways to prepare is by enforcing up-to-date building codes.

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Common Moving Myths - Busted!
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(StatePoint) You’ve finally found the perfect home. Now comes the hard part: moving. But don’t let misconceptions complicate the process. To keep frustrations to a minimum and make your move more manageable, here are five common moving myths, debunked.

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Learning at Home: 5 Tips for Teaching Children Financial Literacy
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(StatePoint) If you have school-age children, you are probably one of the many parents facing the challenge of educating your kids at home. While there are countless learning options available—from virtual music classes to videos about zoo animals—financial literacy is one important subject that should not be overlooked.

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Play Safe at Home With a Fun-Filled Family Staycation
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(StatePoint) Staying at home and practicing social distancing can feel more challenging as the weather warms and the itch for family fun at the beach becomes stronger. However, being socially responsible does not mean you need to put the fun on hold.

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Unemployed Due to Coronavirus? Find Available Benefits
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(StatePoint) Self-quarantines and stay-at-home orders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are having an impact on employment right now, and that may continue for some time. During this period of uncertainty, finding ways to pay bills or keep medical benefits are top concerns for many. Here are some tips from Janine Nowatzky, managing director of Inside Rx.

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How to Stay Healthy While Social Distancing
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(StatePoint) COVID-19 has the public rethinking how they stay healthy -- both physically and mentally. Even those in good health can start to feel anxious and fearful when the words ‘pandemic’ and ‘social distancing’ are mentioned.

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Do Your Part to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse
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(StatePoint) With many Americans asked to stay at home to help curb the impact of COVID-19, there’s a higher risk of potential prescription drug abuse or prescription drugs accidentally falling into the wrong hands, like those of children.

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Rethinking Screen Time for Kids
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(StatePoint) As families try to establish a new normal, balancing screen time for kids has become not only especially challenging, but more important than ever.

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During COVID-19, Take Simple Steps to Establish a New Normal
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(StatePoint) It’s always the right time to commit to healthy habits, behaviors and steps to improve your physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating so much uncertainty and upending so many routines, experts say that focusing on the things within your control is particularly important.

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Coronavirus and Alzheimer’s: What Family Caregivers Need to Know
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(StatePoint) The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, but the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and more than 16 million family members and friends serving as their caregivers.

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Managing Screen Time While Kids Are Home From School
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(StatePoint) With many kids out of school and spending more time at home, finding ways to fill the time is essential. As most parents know, it can be tempting to allow children to pass some of the extra hours using digital devices, however, research shows that managing screen time is vital for developing minds.

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Fun Outdoor Activities for the Family this Spring
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(StatePoint) The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and you’re probably ready to get outside. Spring offers new opportunities for outdoor fun for the entire family. In fact, it is the perfect time to create a bucket list of warm weather activities for the season ahead.

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Fun Rainy Day Tips for Families
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(StatePoint) On rainy days, it can be tempting to hand children devices and let them fall down a YouTube rabbit hole. After all, there can be a lot of hours to fill when the weather isn’t cooperating with your weekend plans.

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Tips for Students and Teachers to Get Through the Midyear Slump
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(StatePoint) There comes a certain point during every school year when students and educators alike are at risk of suffering from a midyear slump. One solution to staying motivated? Adding some color and vibrancy to everyday tools used in the classroom. Here are five ideas for doing so:

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How to Tell if You Have Severe Asthma
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(StatePoint) While the majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives, for others, severe symptoms are part of daily life, despite using high dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers.

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What Does a Recession Mean for You? 6 Ways to Protect Your Future
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(StatePoint) Financial experts agree that no one is completely immune from risk when a recession occurs, and that an economic downturn can have a significant impact on your personal and financial situation. However, they also agree that it is important to avoid panicking and to remain focused on your long-term financial plans and strategies.

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Write More Letters to Friends and Family
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(StatePoint) In an age of instant messages, video chats and social media, the art of letter writing has become rare. But sitting down to write correspondence by hand can be a much more personal way to connect than some of the modern modes of communication. Not only does it give you ample opportunity to express yourself, it gives your recipient something tangible to hold onto and revisit.

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6 Tips for Avoiding Emotional Spending
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(StatePoint) Decisions about spending money are often driven by emotions, even if what your heart is telling you goes against logic. Emotional financial choices may provide you with short-term happiness, but they are just as likely to result in long-term regret or debt.

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Looking for a Healthy Goal? Don’t Overlook Your Eyes
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(StatePoint) Setting healthy habits and intentions should make you feel good -- that’s the whole point, right? So, consider this twist on the standard goal format: opt for a few, small lifestyle wins with clear start and end points rather than mounting an all-out assault on your current habits -- more goal-lite if you will.

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