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Comforting touches can ease back-to-school transitions for both parents and kids
(BPT) - Every school year brings new beginnings, whether your child is going to kindergarten, entering middle school, or heading off to college. New environments, people and challenges can create anxiety for parents and kids, no matter how much a child might be looking forward to the school year. Ch ...
Simple ways to ease kids into back-to-school season
(BPT) - Excitement and dread are common feelings for both children and parents when back-to-school season arrives. No matter how much they look forward to seeing friends and buying a new school wardrobe, children can be afraid of the changes a new school year can bring. Fortunately, parents can do a ...
Ways to celebrate, remember Native culture
(BPT) - November marks the recognition of American Indian Heritage month, a time to reflect on the vibrant tribes and cultures that first inhabited our nation. With 567 federally recognized Indian tribes, reservations and pueblos across more than 30 states in the United States, the cultural imp ...
Giving kids the keys to year round success [Infographic]
(BPT) - -While out-of-school learning is critical to the success of young students, not every child participates in after-school activities and summer programs. As a result, many children fall behind their peers. Find out how the Boys & Girls Clubs of America work to remove obstacles and give ki ...
Learning on the go: See how students use mobile devices in and out of the classroom [Infographic]
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5 tips for businesses to cut energy, save money
(BPT) - Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance — up 14 percent from the previous year, according to ...
5 ways to increase your workplace safety immediately
(BPT) - For millions of people like yourself, the daily grind is all part of the regular routine. Today, across the nation, there are more than 122 million people who work full time just like you. And research shows that full-time employees work an average of 47 hours a week— sometimes it feel ...
Making the jump: College living to real world working
(BPT) - As recent college graduates trade in their old futons for more grown-up couches or hand-me-downs and become acclimated to living in the real world, the realities of adulthood may begin to take hold. The jump from college to the real world can be a difficult one to make, as college grads are ...
The season of 'ew': Tips and tricks for conquering unavoidable winter germs
(BPT) - From pencils and paper to snacks and show-and-tell treasures — kids share virtually everything at school. While parents agree sharing is a good skill for kids to learn, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to germs, particularly during cold and flu season. Germs are lurking ...
Shooting blanks: George Washington fathered a country but not kids
(BPT) - George Washington is the “father of our country” yet, ironically, he didn’t leave any legitimate (or illegitimate) children in his wake.As author Steve Yoch describes in his recent book “Becoming George Washington,” at 19, Washington traveled to Barbados with hi ...
Teachers: the resource students need most remains in short supply
(BPT) - The role of teachers in today’s society cannot be understated. Outside of a child’s parents, teachers are often the primary adult influencers in a young person’s life. Yet this essential role is getting harder and harder to fill as school districts across the nation face si ...
7 must-have survival tools for dorm-dwellers
(BPT) - College is full of milestone moments, both wonderful (walking across the stage to get your diploma) and not-so-great (realizing your sick roommate has sneezed all over your desk and mom and her Clorox wipes are miles away). Dorm-dwelling is a rite of passage for many college students; 40 per ...
Was George Washington an adulterer?
(BPT) - The roof of the Capitol Rotunda shows George Washington being lifted to heaven by angels. According to a new book, however, this Founding Father was no angel. He was once a passionate young man desperately in love with his friend’s wife. “Sally Fairfax was a beautiful, sophi ...
The top 10 painful jobs that rob people of quality sleep
(BPT) - Is your job literally a pain in the neck? From an aching back to sore feet, Americans experience a variety of different aches and pains attributed to their jobs.While everyone experiences pain every now and then from work, some jobs are far more likely to cause pain than others. According to ...
Six ways to help your little one fall (gracefully) into a new autumn routine
(BPT) - Back-to-school time isn’t just for the backpack-and-pencil-box crowd. With the season’s new routines, it can also be a challenge for babies, toddlers and even parents.Whether your child is graduating from the infant room to the toddler room, starting a new tumbling class or stepp ...
No time to pack your child's lunch for school? No worries
(BPT) - The school year is well underway and your best laid plans for coordinated family schedules, home-cooked dinners together and a bag lunch packed from home have evolved to an acceptable level of managed chaos. Time is short and usually double-booked.One thing you don’t need to worry abou ...
Did George Washington sound like a wimp?
(BPT) - We all know what George Washington looked like. There are many well-known paintings and the museum at Mount Vernon even displays a painstakingly accurate facial reconstruction to definitively show his appearance during his lifetime. We know he was a big, strapping guy (6’ 3”, whi ...
Tech jobs are booming! How to help your daughter ride the tech wave
(BPT) - Virtual reality headsets, super sophisticated smartphones and 4K TVs with images as sharp as the view through a clean window — technology just keeps getting more amazing. Don’t forget, however, that behind all that awesome technology are the people who are innovating and producin ...
College survival tips to help you save money and reduce stress
(BPT) - College may well be one of the first great adventures of your life, but it can also be stressful on multiple levels. Meeting new people, learning new things and taking responsibility for your own life can all feel like a lot to juggle. Fortunately, it’s possible to manage the many stre ...
4 tips for taming back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you're not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls aroun ...
Cultural diversity of healthcare workforce key to improving nation's health
(BPT) - By 2060, the American population will be older and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any other time in our history, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of people older than 65 will double, and the need will grow for healthcare and registered nurses to p ...
The back-to-school item you may have missed: managing screen time
(BPT) - Kids are back in school, and parents have gone through their checklists to ensure their children are prepared to put their best foot forward this coming year. Children have the right school supplies, healthy snacks and are enrolled in afterschool activities to unleash energy after a day in t ...
Big data roles are in big demand
(BPT) - OK, quick pop quiz — what career has been crowned “the sexiest job of the 21st Century?” Actor? Model? Professional athlete? Fashion designer? All are likely answers and all are wrong. Would you believe the answer is data scientist?You may have never heard of a data scienti ...
Fueling education: Every penny matters when it comes to a child's education [Infographic]
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'Tis the season for holiday hiring: Tips for job seekers
(BPT) - Last holiday season, large chain stores reported $616 billion in total retail sales — a 4 percent increase over the previous year. With this year’s holiday shopping season upon us, businesses are expected to face an even bigger increase in crowds and sales, making the demand for ...
Helmet safety: 7 tips for parents and coaches this football season
(BPT) - As coaches and athletes gear up for games underneath the Friday night lights, training camps are in full swing, complete with tackling techniques, agility drills and conditioning. Now is the time to get your head in the game when it comes to your athlete’s helmet.The National Operating ...
Expert parent tips to fuel baby's learning at every growth stage
(BPT) - From the moment your baby is born, you want to provide him or her with the love and support needed to reach full potential. Experts agree that play can be an important component in helping even very young children thrive and learn essential life skills.“Child development is really base ...
5 things you can do to make the back-to-school transition easier
(BPT) - The first day of school is coming fast. For many families, that means saying goodbye to lazy mornings, impromptu afternoon adventures and late night movies. Soon, you and your kids will be waking up to alarm clocks, school buses and maybe a few butterflies in the tummy — for both of yo ...
4 ways to bring order to another school year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again; time for class projects and quizzes, field trips and friends, recesses and recitals. Yes it’s time for another school year and for parents, that can mean a little bit more stress as well. If the last school year left you feeling more like a survivor ...
Getting schooled: 5 ways to save on supplies
(BPT) - The long, hot summer vacation is almost over for most students. A new school year is here and for parents, the rush to load up on supplies can be expensive. In fact, the average family with school-aged children will spend $630 on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Fede ...
Paper and learning remain bound together
(BPT) - As technology continues its expansion into every aspect of our lives, a new survey from the Paper and Packaging Board has found the best-performing students are still actively choosing to learn on paper.According to 3,200 students, parents and educators surveyed for the just-released 2015 An ...
George Washington's bloody death
(BPT) - School children are taught that after a life of action and harrowing battles, George Washington died peacefully in his bed at Mount Vernon. In fact, the nation’s first president died a slow and bloody death. In his book “Becoming George Washington,” author Steve Yoch says t ...
Today's college students rely on technology more than ever [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ninety-five percent of college students are taking laptops and cell phones to college this year, and more than half of students will also bring TVs, headphones and printers to campus. While some of these most popular tech devices are necessary for school work and others for entertainment, to ...
7 life hacks for the college freshman
(BPT) - The transition to college is the first step into a new world and a new you. This is the time for empowerment and individualism, from moving out of your parents’ home to making those lifelong friends the first night in your dorm — college is a world of fast-paced changes. It& ...
4 tips for working adults going back to school
(BPT) - Do the back-to-school signs in the store have you itching to get back in a classroom? Back-to-school season traditionally falls around August or September for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but a working adult can enroll in a new or advanced degree program at any time of the ye ...
5 college packing tips to take the fear out of back-to-school
(BPT) - Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, packing for college always seems like a last minute endeavor. Most often, packing up for a move to a dorm is haphazard. You toss your belongings in boxes thinking it will survive the jaunt to your dorm. But what happens w ...
Back to school: A child's success starts with a good night's sleep
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe another school year is already here. After a fun summer of outdoor activities, vacations and plenty of late nights, it’s time to get your family back into a routine — specifically a regular bedtime routine. While sleep is important for adults, it’ ...
5 ways to support your student and your school this year
(BPT) - It’s back to school season again. Time for schoolwork and sports, plays and parties, friends and field trips. For students, parents and teachers, this is an exciting time of year. Yet for teachers, the start of a new year can also be unnecessarily expensive. Research shows that each ye ...
Make the most of your employee benefits with these 5 tips
(BPT) - Most American workers say they understand the importance of their employee benefits and personal finances, yet two out of five admit they know little or nothing about them, new research finds.As employee benefits season begins, most people seemingly have their financial house in order, sayin ...
5 tips to help your child have a great school year
(BPT) - They grow up fast, don’t they? One minute they’re in a car seat and the next you’re picking out a school backpack. The transition to preschool and kindergarten is a big leap for most families and sometimes it can feel like a roller coaster ride. There are some obvious ways ...
Tips for parents to help students gain the edge in STEM education
(BPT) - As students prepare to head back to school each year, parents face the same question: How can they help their kids advance in school, develop into creative, collaborative thinkers, and make for an overall less stressful experience?What’s more, as students progress in school, the subjec ...
5 amazing things you didn't know about your favorite cup of joe
(BPT) - If your morning simply doesn’t begin until you’ve had that first cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Americans everywhere love their joe, and research shows 37 percent of American workers can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. Nearly half of A ...
For one woman scholarship creates more than just opportunity
(BPT) - When Gloria Castaneda walks through the classroom doors at Yale and takes her seat in her biology classes, she knows she’s come a long way from her hometown of Redwood City, California.And the distance is more than simple geography. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Castaneda ha ...
Back to school: Get a smart start to the school year
(BPT) - The start of the new school year is fast approaching. It’s a time when kids will rush back to the classroom, ready to see their friends, enter a new grade and jump back into sports. While the last month of summer can be eaten up by never ending to-do lists, there are plenty of ways to ...
Go to the top of the class with stylish PCs
(BPT) - From study groups to semesters abroad and internships, each new school year provides a list of endless opportunities for a student’s personal growth and development. With to-do lists jam-packed with course work, social events and extracurricular activities, the best way to succeed is t ...
What employers look for in the 21st century nurse
(BPT) - Over the last decade, a number of changes have transformed the healthcare industry. The Affordable Care Act has enabled more than 16.4 million Americans to receive healthcare coverage. Advancements in technology improve both diagnoses and treatment quality. Retail health offers a convenience ...
George Washington could be a big fat liar
(BPT) - One of the great legends of the nation’s first president was created by biographer Parson Weems. In his account, George Washington chops down a cherry tree and later admits the act to his father, claiming he “cannot tell a lie.” According to author Steve Yoch, not only is t ...
School-to-home computers: Maximizing study and fun
(BPT) - Today’s youth are well versed in transitioning their computers and phones from school to home, and futurists believe that will be even more necessary in coming years. That is something to consider when buying technology devices this holiday season. Project Tomorrow’s re ...
See how skills learned in a restaurant carry on through your career
(BPT) - One in three Americans get their first jobs in restaurants, and half of all American adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their careers. Restaurants are the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, offering skills and career opportunities to millions.A ...
Getting ready for senior portraits? What you need to know and do for awesome pictures
(BPT) - Your senior year of high school changes everything, including how you handle school picture day. For 11 years, having your picture taken for school has meant putting on a nice shirt, combing your hair and trying to look like you’re not grimacing as you stand in rows with your classmate ...
Diversity and a strong tech industry
(BPT) - Last year, a number of tech firms released reports on the demographic makeup of their employees and highlighted how diversity is severely lacking in the industry. Google indicated that 61 percent of its employees were white, 30 percent Asian, 4 percent identified as two or more races, 3 perc ...
Smart lessons: Three ways to make your college experience more affordable
(BPT) - You’ve seen the number - $1.2 trillion in unpaid student loan debt hangs over this country. For many college graduates, loans have become another monthly expense of everyday life, like their mortgage and their car payments. If you’re considering higher-education, college may be t ...
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