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Raising well-adjusted children is an ongoing challenge for many parents. It requires constant monitoring and effort to ensure that they have the skills necessary to thrive in life. With the right guidance, children can learn to understand, communicate, and interact with others in a healthy and meaningful way.

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With the onset of fall and the first quarter of the school year, this is a time of year when children are more exposed to common fall allergens, such as ragweed, and also to contagious viruses. Allergies and colds display common symptoms so how can you distinguish between the two?

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North Carolina children, teens and young adults head into school classrooms in August and it’s a new schedule for everyone. While the starting and ending time might remain the same, all the other details about your child’s day are different - commuting patterns and traffic flow, teachers and classrooms, lunch schedule, and after-school activities. Additionally, with new subject matter, expectations on assignments, projects and tests are unknown.

Here are a few ways to support your child in this new year’s transition back into school:

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As a parent, it is important to ensure that your child is getting enough sleep. A survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council revealed that over half of parents underestimate how much sleep their child needs based on recommended guidelines, with only about 20% meeting the suggested amounts for their child's age group. Quality sleep is essential to the healthy development and well-being of your child, and it plays a key role in their success in school, in sports, and in other activities. From improved concentration to better behavior, sleep is the key to unlocking a child's potential. Read on to find out why sleep is so important for your little one and how to ensure they're getting enough rest.

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As the summer heat rises, so are grocery prices.

It’s more important now than ever to save what money you can on whatever you reasonably can in order to make ends meet. For many families, the grocery bill is often one of the highest costs of living, right after mortgage or rent payments, daycare or tuition payments, and car payments. Things have been getting more and more expensive over the past few years, but fortunately cutting costs on your grocery bill can be a feasible way to cut down on costs as needed while also ensuring your family gets high-quality and nutritious meals and snacks. Here are some tips:

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