Pineapple, Mango, and Papaya Squares For filling 2 cups chopped cored peeled fresh pineapple 1 cup chopped peeled pitted mango 1 cup chopped peeled seeded papaya 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar 1/2 cup orange juice 1 cinnamon stick 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel Pinch of ground cloves For crust… [Continue Reading]


Planning your child’s lunches a week in advance will ensure healthy meals for your child and less stress for you. You will have time to shop for the appropriate ingredients and can involve your child in the planning process. Talk to them about the foods they enjoy and the options they would like in their… [Continue Reading]

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If you want your child to have good manners, you need to role model good manners. For example, as it is extremely rude to talk negatively about someone, especially in front of them, don’t talk negatively about your child, especially not in the third person (s/he is so …!) and in their presence. Acknowledge their… [Continue Reading]


What, when, why, and how? These are not questions for your child; they are cues to help parents engage their school-aged children in satisfying conversations. What Ask fairly specific questions that require an answer other than yes or no. Many things happen in a child’s day. Your questions can help your child organize and remember… [Continue Reading]


Homework is a weekday ritual for most school children, even kindergarteners. Predictable homework routines help children succeed and minimize household friction around homework. Schedule time for homework Set a regular time for homework that works for your child and family. If a specific time isn’t practical, set a timeframe (e.g. between 3 and 5pm), or… [Continue Reading]