Playtime: It’s Not Just for Kids, Say Experts
Keep Your Laundry Looking and Smelling Great All Summer Long
(StatePoint) While most of us associate playtime with childhood, adults are increasingly acknowledging the importance of play and leisure time for themselves.
Digital and Virtual Ways to Give Back to Military and Veterans
(StatePoint) Never underestimate the power of scent. When you first open that dryer door or pull a warm, freshly laundered shirt over your head, you feel good, confident, clean and ready to face the day. You might not consciously think it, but you feel it. But in summer, long days outdoors result in frequent clothing changes and towel usage, creating “loads” more smelly laundry than usual.
Tips to Keep Kids Learning and Having Fun All Summer Long
(Statepoint) While there are certain holidays and events each year dedicated to members of the U.S. military, the need to support veterans and active-duty military members and their families is an ongoing effort.
Five Steps to Help Manage Recovery from 'Long COVID'
(StatePoint) With the encouragement and support of parents, a love of learning can begin early and last a lifetime. To inspire kids to have fun while learning this summer, consider the following tips:
5 Ideas for Backyard Fun
(StatePoint) More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s becoming clear that some patients who recover may take longer to feel like themselves than others.
Your Most Pressing Asthma Questions Addressed
(StatePoint) Whether you’re hosting a get together or just want to keep everyone in your household entertained, it’s the best time of year to take the fun outdoors. Check out these five ideas for backyard fun for people of all ages:
How to Treat On-the-Go Stains
(StatePoint) More than 25 million people in the United States are living with asthma, amounting to about 1 in 13 people. Asthma is a lifelong chronic lung disease that causes difficulty breathing and often limits regular daily activities.
Are You Washing Your Fruits and Vegetables Correctly?
(StatePoint) Whether it’s spilling a to-go coffee on your stark white shirt or dropping your blush brush in your lap, stains can happen anywhere at any time, even to the most poised among us. But how -- and when -- you deal with the stain can impact whether your garment survives the snafu.
Oral Care Tips for Parents by the Ages
(StatePoint) The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat anywhere from five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. While meeting or exceeding your recommended daily dose is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, it’s just as important to ensure that you’re consuming produce safely. This fresh produce season, keep in mind that rinsing with water doesn’t completely eliminate pesticides, or the wax that’s sprayed on produce to help extend its shelf life.
Fun Spring and Summer Toys and Games for Kids!
(StatePoint) Proper oral care is essential to overall wellness. Here are a few tips and strategies for each stage of your child’s development:
Healthy Habits for a Fresh Fridge
(StatePoint) In the warm weather months, you can keep toddlers and preschoolers engaged with these great learning toys and games perfect for the season:
Improve Your Backyard Life With These Lawn Care Tips
(StatePoint) Did you know that certain kitchen habits can increase the likelihood for bacteria growth, food contamination and foodborne illness? However, a few simple tweaks to your routine can help reduce these risks and keep foods fresher for longer, leading to less waste.
Tips to Give Bugs the Boot This Summer
(StatePoint) The backyard is one of the most popular spots of the home to relax, host and have fun. However, it all starts with a beautiful lawn. If you’re in the weeds -- literally -- there are great resources available to help you tackle lawn care so you can make the most of your outdoor spaces and have a better overall outdoor experience.
New Ways Families With Kids Can Go Green
(StatePoint) Warm and wet spring and summer conditions predicted for much of the country are going to make for an extra buggy season, according to the biannual Bug Barometer forecast from the National Pest Management Association.
What You Need on Hand to Clean Just About Everything
(StatePoint) Having kids can mean having a lot of stuff, not all of which is made from eco-friendly materials. However, if you’re like many parents, you want your children to have a clean, healthy planet to live in when they grow up. Going green while parenting might sound challenging, but it’s definitely not impossible. These tips and insights can help get you started:
How to Connect With Loved Ones in 2021
(StatePoint) While pine-based cleaning products aren’t anything new, most people don’t realize they’re among the most functional cleaning products to have on hand, even when it comes to sprucing up your hardest-to-clean items and spaces.
Giving Gifts With Meaning on Special Occasions
(StatePoint) In a pandemic year marked by distance, loss and virtual stand-ins, Americans have become more intentional about connecting with family and friends. Here are a few ways technology can help you show you care in 2021.
Tips to Embrace the Healthy Habit of Bicycling
(StatePoint) In today’s world, intimacy can sometimes be sacrificed for immediacy. We often send texts or emails, rather than hand writing letters, cards or notes.
Parents and Caregivers Remain Optimistic, Despite Barriers
(StatePoint) Whether rediscovering the joy of riding a bike or taking a ride for the first time, cycling saw a boom during the pandemic, and many believe this trend is here to stay.
Tips for a Safer, More Enjoyable Summer at the Pool
(StatePoint) A new survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that most parents and caregivers in the United States are optimistic about their children’s futures, but see clear barriers to helping them grow up to be independent, financially stable, and healthy.
Doctors Answer Patient Questions About COVID Vaccination
(StatePoint) Pools are great for play, exercise and therapy. However, it is critical that while enjoying ourselves, we take appropriate safety precautions.
Pandemic Disrupts Critical Early Childhood Education
(StatePoint) The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as they’re eligible and continue precautions against COVID-19 infection. But patients have many questions.
New to Plant Parenting? Here’s What You Need to Know
(StatePoint) While young children have been less vulnerable to COVID-19 health dangers, a new study finds that they’ve been tremendously impacted by the disruption to preschool activities triggered by the pandemic.
Help Your Struggling Student Make Math a Part of Everyday Life
(StatePoint) Plant parenthood among Millennials and Gen Z has been on the rise in recent years, and time spent at home throughout the pandemic has inspired even more people to start houseplant collections. In fact, over the past year, searches including “indoor plants,” “buy plants” and “plant delivery” spiked, as many set out to create beautiful, calming sanctuaries at home and spruce up their Zoom backgrounds.
Meeting the Needs of U.S. Troops During COVID-19
(StatePoint) What do budgeting monthly expenses, being a sports fan and following a recipe have in common? All these activities employ math. Unfortunately, it is common for students to struggle with math classes because they don’t see how the subject will matter in their everyday lives.
Great Ways to Encourage Kids to Move More
(StatePoint) The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a particularly heavy toll on U.S. service members, according to advocates.
How to Drive Safely with Pets
(StatePoint) Want to encourage kids to move more? The latest technology, gear and apps are helping make movement and exercise fun. Here’s how:
Exploring the Connection Between Math and the Arts
(StatePoint) Pets are beloved members of many families. In the U.S alone, about 85 million families own a pet. According to the American Pet Products Association, many of us also drive with our furry friends, from quick trips to the veterinarian’s office to longer road trip adventures.
Is Your Home at Risk for an Electrical Fire?
(StatePoint) While often thought of as two completely distinct subjects, art and math are intrinsically entwined. Not only can learning the fundamentals of one subject help a student excel in the other, but combining the subjects can make the traditionally intimidating field of math more accessible and approachable.
Teachers and Their Students Remain Resilient Amidst the Pandemic
(StatePoint) During peak home-buying and building season, it’s critical to protect one of the largest investments you’ll make in a lifetime — as well as your loved ones.
New Efforts to Provide Fast and Reliable Internet to More Americans
(StatePoint) Throughout this past year, teachers have been tasked with conducting hybrid or fully remote learning while guiding students through a global pandemic and nationwide social injustices. Amid such challenges, teachers have developed unique ways to stay resilient, while also driving engagement for students.
Retiring Single: 5 Strategies to Consider
(StatePoint) Access to reliable home broadband has never been more crucial. Over the last year, we’ve experienced a shift to remote work and virtual learning that will likely last far beyond the pandemic. This rapid shift has revealed just how inaccessible home internet is in the US, particularly in rural America.
Why it’s Never Too Early to Make a Long-Term Care Plan
(StatePoint) Planning on retiring single? You aren’t alone. Nearly 22 million Americans age 65 and older were unmarried in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, representing 41.5% of those in that age category. And for women, it’s more likely to be the case. According to the Administration on Aging, 54% of older women are unmarried, as compared to 30% of older men.
Budget-Friendly Tips to Celebrate Summer at Home
(StatePoint) Americans are living longer than ever before, and with continually rising health care costs, the need for a long-term care solution becomes more of a “when” than an “if” situation, according to financial experts, who warn that Americans are largely waiting too long to plan and prepare.
3 Hacks to Make More Time for Fun This Summer
(StatePoint) Summertime is often synonymous with longer days, sweet sunshine and memorable times with friends and family.
Are You Growing the Right Type of Grass?
(StatePoint) Even relaxation and fun take some preparation. But there’s no reason to work harder than you need to. Follow these hacks to get to the good stuff faster this summer.
Summer Safety Tips for Your Pet
(StatePoint) Choosing the right type of grass optimizes the chances that your lawn will be healthy, beautiful and easy to maintain. However, experts say that there are many factors to consider.
Summer Skin Protection -- Inside and Outside
(StatePoint) From heat waves to fireworks, summer can take a toll on pets’ emotional and physical wellness. According to some pet experts, the heart of relief for a number of common seasonal pet woes is CBD. Here are some insights into how to use it, plus additional measures you can take for a safe, healthy summer with pets.
Get Your Patio Ready for Summer Living
(StatePoint) Many people prioritize skin protection when spending time outdoors, but skin damage from UV rays and free radicals can occur inside too. Consider these tips and insights this summer:
4 Ways to Get Fit with Friends and Family This Summer
(StatePoint) It’s time to extend your home’s living spaces to the outdoors. To get your patio prepped for a summer of relaxation and fun, consider the following décor ideas and inspiration:
Must-Have Gear for Your Outdoor Trips and Adventures
(StatePoint) With warm weather, longer days, and more free time, it’s easy to find ways to stay fit in summer without a gym. And while you may squeeze in a solo workout here and there, making fitness a social activity can keep participants motivated and accountable.
3 Ways Housing Counselors Can Help During a Pandemic
(StatePoint) If you’re like many Americans, your family has spent the past year discovering -- or rediscovering -- the joys of vacationing in the great outdoors.
Tips to Pay for College This Fall
(StatePoint) While the tireless work of medical professionals, teachers and grocery store workers has rightfully been celebrated throughout the pandemic, you may be less familiar with the work of housing counselors. During a challenging year that exacerbated the U.S. housing crisis, those close to the situation say that housing counselors are the pandemic’s unsung heroes.
Tips to Keep Kids’ Rooms Clean and Organized
(StatePoint) What does paying for college during life’s “new normal” and current economic climate look like? A new survey highlights parent plans and concerns regarding the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.
Top Ways to Volunteer Safely at Home or in Person
(StatePoint) For the past year, many of us have lived, played, worked and gone to school right at home, making clutter inevitable – especially when it comes to kids’ bedrooms and playrooms.
New Resources for Remote Music Learners
(StatePoint) Volunteers have the power to tackle society’s greatest challenges.
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in America’s Classrooms
(StatePoint) With many schools continuing to meet remotely, students nationwide have lacked access to on-campus music facilities and in-person instruction. Fortunately, there are some new avenues and resources that are making music education at home a viable prospect.
Are You Spending Too Much Free Time on Money Management?
(StatePoint) While the rollout of the vaccine has been a relief for the nation’s teachers, many of whom have been working in-person on and off since the start of the pandemic, the reality is that not everyone will get the vaccine. What’s more, being in the school building all day with children who are not yet approved for immunization leaves many educators and school staff vulnerable to COVID-19, no matter how many precautions they take while off the clock.
Bring More Music Into Your Home
(StatePoint) Is your money management a streamlined process? If you’re like many Americans, you may be spending more time than you’d like to be.
Carla Hall Shares Fun and Tasty Carrot Recipes Perfect for Spring
(StatePoint) Music is a mood booster and can help promote mental health. This past year has been particularly challenging, inspiring many people to reap the many benefits of bringing more music into their homes. Here is how you can too:
Window Safety Tips for Families With Children
(StatePoint) To celebrate spring, Carla Hall, renowned chef, author, and television host, offers two delicious recipes that make carrots the star ingredient of the season.
Do You Believe in These Three Common 401(k) Misconceptions?
(StatePoint) Windows let in light and fresh air and can provide breathtaking views, but it’s vital to observe window safety, especially when young children are in the home, say experts.
Easing Students’ Anxieties as They Return to the Classroom
(StatePoint) If you contribute a portion of your income to a 401(k), you may think you’re all set for a comfortable retirement. Experts say it’s important to take a closer look at these savings.
4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Bug Season
(StatePoint) When it comes to the emotional well-being of students post-pandemic, a new study reveals that teachers expect significant challenges when schools make a full return to in-person learning.
Tips to Boost Girls' Interest in Math and Science
(StatePoint) Spring is the official start to bug season, making it important to prepare your home. Here are four steps you can take you keep bugs at bay:
Tips to Prepare Your Child for Financial Success
(StatePoint) The global challenges of the future will require kids today to have a strong STEM foundation. Unfortunately, girls are not always expected or encouraged to pursue these fields of study. Here are some great ways to boost girls’ interest in math and science:
Tips to Raise Earth-Conscious Kids
(StatePoint) A new survey reveals that women are increasingly earning the title of “breadwinner” in their households.
5 Ways to Spark Your Child’s Interest in STEM
(StatePoint) Children are never too young to learn the importance of sustainability or begin adopting eco-friendly habits, and experts say it all starts with playtime.
3 Easy Design Tips to Deep Clean and Organize Your Kitchen
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How the USO Serves Our Military and Their Families
(StatePoint) Over the last year, our kitchens have become a place where we prep for an important presentation, help with schoolwork, cook meals together and laugh with friends at a virtual party.
How the Pandemic is Impacting Children and Families
(StatePoint) Since its founding in 1941, the USO has provided generations of service members and their families with crucial support. During that 80-year history, the world, the military and the needs of service members changed. The USO also adapted, adjusting and expanding its operations to help boost their morale and keep them connected to home.
How the ‘Dream Vacation’ Has Changed for Americans
(StatePoint) More than 2.7 million American children are growing up in grandfamilies -- families in which grandparents, other adult family members, or close family friends are raising children. A new report highlights how the pandemic has amplified their unique challenges, and offers solutions to better serve them.
4 Tips for Reducing Your Plastic Footprint at Home
(StatePoint) The pandemic has changed the way we work, learn and socialize, so it’s no surprise that it’s also changed the way we think about travel. One thing is certain, as the vaccine rollout continues, globetrotters worldwide are eager to return to their regularly scheduled travel.
Ready, Set…Refresh! Quick Tips to Revitalize Your Most-Used Spaces
(StatePoint) Plastic contributes to climate change and is a major pollutant, harming wildlife and people. Here are a few tips for reducing your plastic footprint at home that will also contribute to a healthier planet.
5 Tips to Get Your Garage Organized – And Keep It That Way
(StatePoint) Have the cold winter months left your home feeling a bit dirty, drab or disorganized? Are you feeling the urge to purge? Then it’s time for some spring cleaning. With a few simple tips and tricks, your home—and mood—can be refreshed and revitalized.
Tips to Stretch Your Dollar When Household Shopping
(StatePoint) Is your garage in disarray? While you dream of a perfectly organized workbench or garage, your reality probably looks more like a sea of random toys, boxes and exercise equipment.
Doctors' Tips About the COVID-19 Vaccine
(StatePoint) Running a household on a budget? Smart shopping strategies can help your family save on favorite foods, wellness essentials and more.
5 Ways to Go Beyond Saying ‘Thank You’ to Military Service Members
(StatePoint) More than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and there have been more than 28 million cases nationwide. Doctors say it’s vital that Americans get vaccinated when it’s their turn, and continue to take precautions against infection.
How to Make Smart Grocery Store Purchases
(StatePoint) How do you thank someone who’s willing to risk their life for yours? When it comes to military service members and their families, advocates say there are many avenues for giving back meaningfully.
Design Do’s & Don’ts: Embrace the Year’s Top Interior Design Trends
(StatePoint) If you are like many consumers, it’s important to you that you are stocking your pantry and refrigerator with foods, beverages and wellness products your family will love. However, being a careful shopper is particularly tricky these days, as you are likely getting in and out of the supermarket in a hurry or even staying home and ordering items online.
5 COVID-Safe Activities to Enjoy Right Now
(StatePoint) The COVID-19 pandemic permanently evolved our definition of “home,” inspiring us to reconsider how we use and live in our spaces. For many, it’s no longer just the place where we relax and regroup at the end of the day – it’s also an office, daycare, eatery, gym or classroom.
The USO: A Look Back at 80 Years of Continuous Service
(StatePoint) With the start of 2021 behind us, it’s time to start fresh, create new habits and take on new skills. Whether your goal is to get outdoors more to enjoy the fresh air or to learn a new instrument, develop a plan to start enjoying some COVID-safe activities. Here are a few tips to get going:
6 Ways to Tell If You Have Enough Life Insurance
(StatePoint) The United Service Organizations (USO), the nation’s leading not-for-profit charity that serves the men and women in the U.S. military and their families, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
How and Why to Improve the Fit of Your Mask
(StatePoint) If we’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that life can be unpredictable. Having sufficient life insurance can provide financial stability and security to loved ones during times of uncertainty.
3 Hacks to Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze
(StatePoint) As more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19, you may find yourself out and about more. Whether you’re returning to the workplace or just getting a haircut, mask requirements may be in place in certain venues you frequent.
Save Time and Money on Spring Home and Personal Essentials
(StatePoint) Time for your annual spring clean? Make sure you’re equipped with the right tools and strategies. Here are a few cleaning hacks to help ensure a smooth and easy process.
Amp Up Your Spring Cleaning Routine With These Hacks
(StatePoint) Keeping your household well-stocked of items you need to run things smoothly is essential, particularly during the spring cleaning season. But whether it’s home improvement supplies or laundry necessities, selecting the best products may be a bit more challenging these days. Not only are new products introduced to store shelves all the time, if you’re like many consumers, you’re staying home more with fewer opportunities to compare products in-person.
How to Prepare Your Home for Any Emergency
(StatePoint) Spring is a great time to refresh your home. Whether you’re planning a major clean sweep or just giving problem areas a little extra TLC, experts say that a few simple strategies will make the job easier and the fruits of your labor last longer.
Affordable Tips for Spring Decorations and Celebrations
(StatePoint) While no one wants to dwell on worst-case scenarios, the last year has in many ways illustrated that there are no certainties in life. Preparing your home to handle a wide range of emergency scenarios will offer you peace of mind now and keep your family safe in the future.
Using Play to Combat Your Child’s Stress and Loneliness
(StatePoint) The arrival of spring brings with it warming temperatures, blooming flowers and endless springtime celebrations. It is also an opportunity to try something new, whether it is in the garden, kitchen or around the home.
(StatePoint) With the pandemic continuing to disrupt routines, you may have growing anxieties about how the extended crisis will affect your child’s social and emotional health long-term.