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It’s Time to Learn More About Your Loved Ones

(Family Features) With days of family picnics, vacations and reunions in the rearview mirror, it’s easy to move full steam ahead into the busy fall season and forget to make time for meaningful conversations with family members.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Thursday 09/13/2018
Healthy Kids Are Better Students
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features) There is a strong connection between academic performance and a student’s health. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide school-age children (ages 6-18) with the care they need to improve their ability to fully participate in the classroom and fulfill school health requirements.

Science Made Magical
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features) When you see something you can’t explain, it can be easy to mistake those moments for magic, such as a balloon floating into the sky or water disappearing from a surface right before your eyes. However, the truth is these moments aren’t magic but scienceat play. Observing the laws of physics or chemistry can, at first glance, seem too fantastical to be explained, but science can explain a lot.

At Your Service
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

Fast facts about service dogs

Help Kids Falling Short on Nutrients They Need this School Year
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on essential nutrients

Good Friends, Good Food
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

Dog owners dish on how food factors into pet bonding

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:16 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

5 Ways for New Parents to Get More Sleep
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:17 am

(Family Features) Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Your ultimate guide to everything you need throughout the school year
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school peak shopping season may be over for this year but as any parent will tell you, back-to-school shopping never ends in August. Kids are always in need of new supplies and the guide below will help you navigate last-minute shopping trips. Follow this four-step plan and stock up on these must-have items now, so when your student starts asking for them in a month or two, you will be ready.

How to Foster Your Child’s Creativity Through Play
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(StatePoint) Playtime is the perfect time to foster your children’s self-expression and creativity. Here are a few fun ideas to try at home.

How Access to Health Care Coverage Can Improve Academic Outcomes
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features)With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:18 am

(Family Features) From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

How to Find the Right Preschool
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:16 am

Things to consider when researching child care providers

Chasing Childhood Passions
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:17 am

(Family Features) As education continues to be more accessible to American workers, lifelong learning is increasingly important. Pearson, a digital education company, surveyed working adults as part of its “Dare to Learn, Dare to Change” campaign celebrating those who take steps to change their lives while empowering adults to rediscover childhood passions through education. Visit pearson.com/daretolearn for more information and to watch the campaign videos.  

Tuesday 09/11/2018
How This Startup Will Kill The Banner Ad
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(NewsUSA) - It has been 25 years since the first banner ad hit the internet. Yet, while the web has changed nearly every other aspect of our society, the way companies advertise online is still stuck in the stone age.

Wednesday 09/05/2018
Don't Let a Blood Clot Spoil the Joy of Pregnancy or Childbirth
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(NewsUSA) - One health issue pregnant women should think about is the risk for a dangerous blood clot. Blood clots occur usually in the legs, arms, or lungs. Women are especially at risk for a blood clot during pregnancy, childbirth, and the 3-month period after delivery.

3 Tips (Including Virtual Reality) For Avoiding Home Improvement Blunders
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Want proof of how carefully you need to weigh the alternatives before making upgrades to your home?

5 Tips to Help Reduce Litter and Protect the Oceans
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features) The tide of environmental studies showing the harmful effects of litter and mismanaged waste on oceans are seemingly everywhere. For example, 8 million metric tons of plastics wind up in streams, rivers and waterways each year, according to research published in “Science.” 

5 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features) While the weather may change from summer to fall, your relationship with your feline never goes out of season. Events on the calendar can seem to pile up as the year goes on, but don’t forget to go the extra mile for your pet and show him how much he means to you.

Making the Back-to-School Transition Seamless and Stress-Free
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features) It’s not always easy to make the transition from family road trips, backyard barbecues and longer days to school bus pickups, homeroom assignments and school supply lists.

Keep Up with Your Cat’s Health
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:17 am

Saturday 09/01/2018
School Lunch Hacks for Busy Families
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(StatePoint) Busy families are always looking for efficient ways to pack healthy, satisfying school lunches. Keep kids on their “A” game this year with the following tips.

Wednesday 08/29/2018
School Bus Safety 101
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins – and ends – with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:16 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:17 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

Monday 08/27/2018
5 ways to make the most of your first year of college
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(BPT) - When you hear people talk about the best years of their life, college will inevitably come up. After all, these are the years when you can first experience the freedom of living on your own and the time when your future will truly be what you make of it.

Friday 08/24/2018
Thought You Knew Canned Fish? You Don't Know Mackerel
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(NewsUSA) - Packed in a can like ... mackerel? While tuna and salmon reign as the USA's favorite canned seafoods and sardines have long been known to be convenient and the best health choice, a new fish has been swimming upstream and making a name for itself among seafood lovers.

Cream of the Crop: CME Group Awards Ag Scholarships at State Fair
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(NewsUSA) - After a year of hard work and preparation, thousands of students participated in this year's agriculture competitions at the Illinois State Fair. These events test students' knowledge through livestock exhibitions, practical competitions and academic tests.

Wednesday 08/22/2018
Savvy Marketers Scrap Ads for Stories
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Marketing a product or service to consumers is arguably a subtle art form - especially these days.

5 Tips to Aid Performance in the Classroom
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(Family Features) With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:18 am

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:18 am

(Family Features) It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year.  

5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:16 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

Tuesday 08/21/2018
Orlando Screams: 78 Days of Halloween
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(NewsUSA) - Halloween has become one of America's most iconic holidays. But why celebrate for just one night when Orlando, Halloween Vacation Capital, offers Halloween events spanning an entire 78 days?

Friday 08/17/2018
Donating to your favorite public school classroom is as easy as buy, get, give
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(BPT) - Ask any public school teacher, and they'll tell you the same thing: There's never enough money in the school budget for everything they need, and they often reach into their own wallets to make up the difference. They're not talking about extras or nice-to-haves; often it's basic school supplies: paper, colored pencils, crayons, hand sanitizer, tissues, notebooks, art supplies and classroom furniture.

Wednesday 08/15/2018
5 Ways to Make Mealtime Meaningful
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(Family Features) Coming together for a shared meal is a simple, yet important way for family members to bond and create memories with one another. There’s no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table – including your four-legged friends – for a delicious meal.

5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:18 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:16 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Set for Success
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:17 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

Monday 08/13/2018
More Than Half of Those Approaching Retirement Believe They Will 'Unretire'
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(NewsUSA) - Reflecting a changing post-retirement landscape, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, reveals that 53 percent of workers approaching retirement in the next five years believe they will likely "unretire," or return to work.

6 smart tips for back-to-school success
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(BPT) - The forecast for this year’s back-to-school season is looking good! Taking a little bit of time to prepare now will help to set the kids up for success all year long, and ease everyone’s nerves. Here are six tips for parents to help ensure a smooth transition back to school and a new year full of unforgettable memories.

Tips for Creating a Successful Back-to-School Carpool
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(StatePoint) It’s time to get back into the school mindset, which for parents means school supplies, packing lunches and carpools.

Friday 08/10/2018
New Solution Helps Parents Manage Kids' Device Use at Home
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Nearly three quarters of parents wish they had a way to turn off their children's Wi-Fi access, according to results of a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Comcast.

Thursday 08/09/2018
The ABCs of Finance Apps
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(NewsUSA) - As back-to-school time sets in, personal finance becomes more complicated for many families. Some have students away from home for the first time, others have expenses for tuition, and of course the many purchases associated with the start of school: backpacks, lunch bags, clothes, books, dorm room furnishings, not to mention the tech gear - phones, tablets, laptops, and don't forget extra chargers.

Tuesday 08/07/2018
Safety App Empowers Students, Offers Peace of Mind for Parents
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Sending the kids to college means letting go, but it doesn't mean disconnecting, especially when it comes to safety.

Friday 08/03/2018
Summer Break Means 25 Percent Break for Educators, Administrators
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(NewsUSA) - Teachers deserve every break they can get. Reports show that wages for educators have been declining, and some work two jobs to make ends meet. Meanwhile, many teachers pay out of their own pockets for books and supplies. As the new school year approaches, Barnes & Noble wants to make it a bit easier for these dedicated educators and administrators.

Thursday 08/02/2018
How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(NewsUSA) - When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home.

Back-to-School Checklist for Families with Asthma
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:12 am

(StatePoint) For the more than 6 million children in the U.S. living with asthma, gearing up for another school year involves much more than picking out a new pencil case and backpack. Accounting for nearly 14 million lost school days each year, asthma is one of the main illness-related reasons that students miss school.