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Local youngsters gain strength, confidence with martial arts

Crisp white uniforms snap as the youngsters move with precise action. Like an army of Ninja warriors, children from four to 12 work through their exercises at Robinson’s Tawkwondo school in Galt.

Want to help your child with homework? Resources are only a click away

It’s late in the evening, you are making dinner, the phone is ringing, probably those telemarketers again, the kids are doing their homework and the dog wants some attention. Then comes the that long drawn out, “Moooommm.”

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:30 am. Updated: 9:42 am. Comments (0)

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Cutest Kids Photo Contest winners

Grand Prize Winner

Category: Babies

Title: Declan is delighted!

Description: Grandpa gave Declan a ride in his little red wagon and he was delighted!

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:30 am. Updated: 9:47 am. Comments (0)

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Encouraging good hygiene habits for tweens

With school, sports, friends and hobbies, today's tweens lead busy and active lives, and sometimes they don't take the time -- or know -- to practice good hygiene. While discussing proper hygiene with your tween can be difficult, it is possible to address the topic without making him or her feel uncomfortable or self-conscious.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:03 am. Updated: 10:33 am. Comments (0)

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Toy safety starts with knowing about recalls

Millions of toys are manufactured every year. While the large majority of them are safe for child use, a few slip through the cracks and are deemed unsafe after they hit the store shelves. To ensure that the toys children are playing with will provide years of safe enjoyment, parents and caregivers can keep abreast on product recalls.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:05 am. Updated: 10:35 am. Comments (0)

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Safety first when building backyard playground for kids

Few things are as enjoyable for parents and grandparents as watching their children and grandchildren play. As cherished as such playtime can be, it can quickly turn into a memory adults and children alike would prefer to forget if an injury occurs.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:06 am. Updated: 10:56 am. Comments (0)

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Protect privacy by being informed

Millions of people, including school children, use a computer, mobile phone or another digital device to participate in social networking sites. This combination has the potential to be dangerous. The information being shared or the "friends" on the other end of the connection may lead to trouble for unsuspecting individuals.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:04 am. Updated: 10:57 am. Comments (0)

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Tame the toys

Few people enjoy a trip to the dentist's office. For many, the fear of the dentist's office stems from what they might find out while in the chair. All of a sudden they start thinking about all of the candy, soda, and sweets that they have consumed since their last dental checkup! But, there are easy ways to help ensure that your next trip to the dentist is a convenient and comfortable experience.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:01 am. Updated: 9:02 am. Comments (0)

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Collectibles all the craze with kids

Parents and grandparents are often quick to point out how different things are for today's kids. While nearly every kid has heard the "walk to school uphill both ways in the snow" stories from their elders, today's parents and grandparents may have greater validity than ever before. Today's kids have access to the Internet, cell phones and video games that grow more realistic every year.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:59 am. Updated: 10:54 am. Comments (0)

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Is my child eating enough?

With childhood obesity epidemics on the rise, many parents and healthcare providers are concerned about the dietary habits of children. However, many parents to toddlers or even school-aged children may wonder if their children are eating enough.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:00 am. Updated: 10:55 am. Comments (0)

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Encouraging kids to live a more active lifestyle

Unlike their parents, today's kids often forgo sandlot baseball or games of tag for much more sedentary fare like video games or surfing the Internet. While video games and Internet access aren't lacking in value, many parents would prefer their kids be more active.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:58 am. Updated: 10:58 am. Comments (0)

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Skip boring school lunches: Easy meal ideas students will love

A brown paper bag or a plastic lunch box. No two items can elicit such fear in the hearts of parents across the country. They seem like harmless items on the surface, but it's coming up with what goes inside can be truly scary.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:59 am. Updated: 11:00 am. Comments (0)

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Ways children can be philanthropic

Even in a challengine economy, children can learn the benefits of doing work that benefits others. Volunteering or other philanthropic endeavors can teach important life lessons and help kids feel good about themselves in the process.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:30 am. Updated: 11:04 am. Comments (0)

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Tips for parents of teen drivers

Arguably no parent in the history of the world has looked forward to the day their teenager gets his or her driver's license. Though getting a driver's license is a milestone for kids, it's also the cause of heartache for parents who understandably worry about their teenager hitting the open road all by their lonesome.

Posted in Kiddin around on Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:30 am. Updated: 11:06 am. Comments (0)

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Want your kids to excel in math? Expose them to music

Is your child struggling in school? Does your child need a self-esteem boost? If your answer is yes to one or both questions, you may want to think about music lessons, according to Lodi area music teachers.

Posted in Kiddin around on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:22 pm. Updated: 5:59 am. Comments (0)

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Kids can go green, too

While the political debate surrounding global warming continues to rage on, the nation in general continues to grow more environmentally conscious. In fact, with the first decade of the 20th century now over, it's quite possible historians might someday refer to the last 10 years as the "Go Green Decade."

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:18 am. Comments (0)

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Tips and tricks for fitting more fiber in your child's diet

Fiber is an essential component of a healthy diet, keeping the digestive system moving smoothly. Too often adults and especially children are lacking in the amount of fiber their bodies need.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:23 am. Comments (0)

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Don't make the biggest carseat mistake

One of the primary goals of being a parent is keeping your children safe. There are many guidelines to follow in and around the home. However, safety should also extend to the family car.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:23 am. Comments (0)

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Sightseeing tips to keep kids engaged and enthusiastic

Summer is a season synonymous with vacation. The kids aren't in school and Mom and Dad often take a week or two off to enjoy the warm weather and some time away with the family.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:23 am. Comments (0)

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Lodi's Cutest Kids: Ages 10-12

This is a picture of my little brother with my first niece. He is 10 years old and may be young, but he is the best Uncle Buddy. Not many sisters can say this, but I have the sweetest little brother and I love him to pieces. Submitted by Alissia Martinez of Lodi.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:23 am. Comments (0)

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Age can be a factor when disciplining children

Children need a certain level of discipline. But what is the best method of teaching them right from wrong? Depending on your child's age, there are some strategies you can employ.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:24 am. Comments (0)

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Lodi's Cutest Kids: Ages 2-5

Happy as can be! Submitted by Jamie Lott of Lodi.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:24 am. Comments (0)

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Keeping kids in the mix when decorating a home

Decorating a home is often contingent on the homeowners' personal tastes. For parents decorating a child's room, however, that personal taste often takes a backseat to functionality, safety and, of course, the ever-changing likes and dislikes of the child.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:24 am. Comments (0)

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Lodi's Cutest Kids: Ages 6-9

This is little Kelsei. She is 6 years old and loves to dress up. Submitted by Valerie Tover of Victor.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:25 am. Comments (0)

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Consistent bedtime could be good for kids' health

New parents have a lot to learn about caring for their children. Anxiety over sleeping patterns can begin when children are infants and continue as they age. Research indicates that a consistent bedtime may not only be good for parents' sanity, but for kids' health as well.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:25 am. Comments (0)

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Choosing a caretaker for your kids

Parents make many important decisions with regards to their children. Though parents would probably argue all such decisions are important, it's clear some bear more significance than others.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:25 am. Comments (0)

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Designing the perfect playroom on a shoestring budget

(ARA) — Playrooms are ideal spaces for encouraging children's creativity, providing them with the stimulation they crave and helping them create a connection with others. The great news is that you don't have to build an addition onto the house or set aside your family vacation fund to create a great playroom.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:25 am. Comments (0)

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Make meals fun by including kids in preparation, cooking

Meals can be made more fun, by including your kids in the process of making a meal together. It gives you time to bond, catch up on each others day and even do a little math.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:26 am. Comments (0)

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Financial tips for young families in tough economy

Today's young families arguably have it tougher than any generation in recent memory. With the global economy on the rebound, many young families face an uncertain future, one that depends largely on an uncertain job market and a housing market that is increasingly unpredictable.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:26 am. Comments (0)

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Calm frazzled nerves with a mom and baby yoga class

As a young mother, nerves can be frazzled. But some mothers have found a way to recharge their batteries and bond with their babies.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:26 am. Comments (0)

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Easy ways to raise a 'green' baby

It's easier than ever to raise a baby by following "green" values. Here are a few ways to do so.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:26 am. Comments (0)

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Is your family ready for a pet?

Whether your household is partial to dogs, cats, fish or reptiles, deciding if the family is ready to welcome a pet into the mix is a big undertaking and one that requires a lot of forethought.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:26 am. Comments (0)

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Lodi's Cutest Kids: Ages 0-23 months

This is Natalie. She is almost 5 months. She is a happy, happy baby; always smiling. Who wouldn't love this picture? Submitted by Kim Cox of Lodi.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 10:27 am. Comments (0)

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Spark interest in gardening by getting kids involved

One possible way to get your children to eat their veggies is to have junior help grown them.

Posted in Kiddin around on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 5:59 am. Comments (0)

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Poll

What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Lodi's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is hosting a public workshop at 7 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square to find out how it can better meet the needs of the community. What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Total Votes: 216

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