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Category: Wellness


Five Tips to Help Your Kids Find Their Back-To-School Groove

By Amy Salgado It’s that time of year when we begin replacing beach days and late summer nights with early mornings and school days. The start of a new school year can bring about excitement, anxiety and new challenges. Here…

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Six Tips to Help Your Kids Get Even Smarter the Final Weeks of Summer

Edited by Lisa Gavitt There are still several weeks left of summer, and you may be worrying that your children are losing some of the academic gains they made at school. While summer learning loss, a.k.a. the “summer slide,” is…

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Emancipation: A Rough Entry into Adulthood

By Annika Lile Two hundred dollars and a handshake.  This is what welcomed Dennys Valle, at the age of 17, into “adulthood” when he left the foster care system. “I felt like an alien out in this new world,” said…

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Eighteen Top Book Picks for Summer 2018

By Sherri Ginsberg Editor’s note:  Summer is here, which means your children have more time to read for pleasure. Here, Hillsides’ award-winning librarian Sherri Ginsberg, gives some top book  recommendations for children of all ages.      Readers 4 –…

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How One Social Worker Has the Right Stuff for the Joy and Heartache of Foster Care

by Alison Bell What is it like in the day of a foster care social worker?  It’s both harder and more rewarding than you might think. Patience and wisdom.  Check. Ability to smooth over potential conflicts with skill of a…

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