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Helping Older Siblings Adjust to a New Baby

  Helping Older Siblings Adjust to a New Baby Having a child is one of, if not the most precious, magical and rewarding experiences we can experience in life. Yet for families that already have other children, the introduction of a new baby into the mix can have a significant impact on the family dynamics and relationships. Some children do quite well adjusting on their own, but others need additional support during this transitional time in their lives. One of the keys to making this transition with older adult siblings is opening up the lines of communication and foster a healthy connection between your children. It’s not always easy for an only child or older siblings to adapt to having someone new in the family, especially if they know that their new sibling isn’t a temporary thing and is now receiving the majority of their parent’s attention. At first, it may seem impossible for the older child to accept the reality that he will no longer be the only one, but with these helpful tips, your children will be best friends in no time.   Prepare with Crafts and Other Activities Before the new baby is born, a great way to [...]

Helping Older Siblings Adjust to a New Baby2019-08-13T10:56:49-04:00

Back to School Tips for Busy Parents

Back to School Tips for Busy Parents The new school year will be here before we know it. Whether you’re sending your first child to school with a tearful goodbye, or rejoicing as your five school-age children disappear for eight hours so you can get some work done, this guide will help you be ready for this back-to-school season. On the other hand, perhaps it is not your kids who are going back to school, but you. Many adults are returning to school for lifelong learning, a chance to finish that degree they never quite wrapped up, or to further their career. This guide applies to you, as well! With these back-to-school tips, you will receive an “A+” in school preparedness. Having trouble agreeing on parenting, school, visitation or other family-related issues with your former spouse? At the Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell, we know how stressful legal issues can be when children are involved. If you need help finding an amicable resolution related to your child, reach out to us today. Our caring and compassionate legal team will make sure you have one less thing to worry about when getting prepared for the looming school year. Back to School [...]

Back to School Tips for Busy Parents2019-07-31T10:28:25-04:00

Summer Safety Tips for Pool and Beach Days

Summer Safety Tips for Pool and Beach Days With the approach of warmer weather comes the desire to go to the pool or hit the beach. Winter and spring sweaters and pants quickly get traded out for tank tops and shorts. While enjoying time by or in the water is no doubt a popular pastime for those looking to beat the summer heat, water is not without its dangers. At the Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell, we want you and your family to stay safe this season while enjoying your time at the beach or in the pool. Follow these summer safety tips in mind for an enjoyable, memorable summer that you and your family won’t soon forget. 1) Plan According to the Weather No one wants to get to the pool or the beach just to find out the weather is about to take a turn for the worse. Even if skies appear to be clear, check your forecast. In some areas, storms can show up in minutes without much warning. Lightning can also be hidden by clouds during the day, leaving you and your family vulnerable out in the open. Weather Tips: A light sprinkle won’t likely ruin [...]

Summer Safety Tips for Pool and Beach Days2019-07-15T11:14:10-04:00

How to Make the Most of Your Kid’s Summer Break

How to Make the Most of Your Kid’s Summer Break The summer season is full of fun, great weather, and the opportunity to develop your relationship with your kids. Even if you are a working parent, you can take advantage of some wonderful summer opportunities. This guide will help you determine how to make the most of your kid’s summer break before the new school year begins. But summer plans don’t have to be fancy, extravagant or expensive. There are many things you can do on a budget that will help you bond with your kids or alleviate their summer boredom. At the Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell, we are a family oriented team excited to share with you simple yet fun family-friendly activities you can participate in this summer with the whole family. What we know can put a damper on summer fun are family and custody-related legal issues such as visitation, permission to travel on vacation with your child, and more. If you find yourself in need of legal assistance or help with family-related issues, reach out to us today. Our compassionate family-friendly team can help.   Family-friendly Summertime Activities During Break Build a Lemonade Stand The classic [...]

How to Make the Most of Your Kid’s Summer Break2019-06-24T09:42:34-04:00

Product Recalls to Keep Your Family Safe this Summer

Children’s Sleep Sacks Recalled by Gildan Activewear Due to violation of Federal Flammability Standard, an American Apparel brand Baby Rib Collection children’s 100% cotton and 90% cotton and 10% polyester-blended knit sleep sacks have been recalled. They were sold in size 6-12 months and in the following colors: Black, green, gray, light blue, navy, pink, red and white. Consumers should immediately take the recalled sleep sacks away from children, stop using them and contact American Apparel for a full refund or a replacement product of similar value. Starbucks Recalls Bodum Recycled Coffee Presses Due to Laceration Hazard Bodum + Starbucks co-branded coffee presses have been recalled. The 8-cup French coffee press’ cylindrical glass beaker, screen and plunger are held in place by a plastic dark gray frame with locking lid and a light gray handle and knob. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coffee presses and contact Starbucks for instructions on how to return the coffee press to receive a full refund in the form of a store credit. Returns will not be accepted in stores. Beaba Recalls Baby Food Steam Cooker/Blenders Due to Laceration Hazard Beaba Babycook Neo Midnight and Cloud baby food makers have been recalled due to [...]

Product Recalls to Keep Your Family Safe this Summer2019-06-10T14:10:21-04:00

How to Foster a Healthy Co-Parenting Relationship

Sadly, divorce not only breaks couples apart, but it also has a way of bringing out the worst in even the most caring and thoughtful of individuals. It’s emotions like anger, jealousy, and resentment that create seemingly insurmountable obstacles to a successful co-parenting relationship. And it’s these fiery emotions that make co-parenting a significant challenge for many former couples. The fact is, children need both their mother and their father in their lives, regardless of whether or not both of you are still married. However, if the relationship between you and your ex is toxic, this negativity can spill over into the life of your children and have a substantial detrimental effect on their well-being. At the Law Office of Caryn S. Fennell, we’ve helped countless clients with co-parenting and visitation arrangements that foster a positive environment for the children and with co-parenting strategies that encourage a healthy relationship. Read on to learn more about our tips for having a healthy co-parenting relationship… Remember, it’s all about the kids, not you Challenges are significantly decreased when adults remember that it’s about the kids and not about themselves. Make a commitment with your ex to always put your child(ren)’s needs and well-being [...]

How to Foster a Healthy Co-Parenting Relationship2019-05-28T01:46:15-04:00

Know the Difference Between Separation and Divorce

Life often presents us with unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes these surprises involve our significant others and are not always of the pleasant variety. As time passes, not all couples thrive grow closer. Their paths in life may lead them in different directions, causing them to lose sight of the love they once had for each other. When irreconcilable differences happen, most couples will need to seek either a legal separation or a divorce. These divergences can be benign or dangerous; everyone’s tale is different. But when it comes to making this life change, for better or worse, many couples don’t have a good understanding of the difference between a legal separation and a divorce, let alone why one may apply to their situation more than the other. In this article, we’ve broken down the main differences and procedures to help you navigate this difficult period in your life. Levels of Separation Before we delve into separation as opposed to divorce, it is important to understand separation in its entirety. Separation is, some may be surprised to find, a category more than it is a state of your relationship. Separation, in legal terms, can be further broken down into two types: [...]

Know the Difference Between Separation and Divorce2019-05-28T01:44:24-04:00

The Best Ways to Share Easter Fun With Your Kids

The change of seasons from winter to spring can be an exciting time. Especially for kids that have been cooped up inside most of the winter. Warmer weather means much more to do outside, whether it be riding bikes, picking flowers, playing in puddles, or visiting a favorite playground, the opportunities for family-friendly activities are endless. Holidays are an especially exciting time for both kids and adults alike, and Easter is no exception. With so many ideas floating around the web, finding the best Easter activities for you and your family can feel overwhelming. But don’t stress out, this time of year is about positive change as we move towards sunny days and warmer weather. AT The Law Office of Caryn S. Fennell our team loves spending quality time with their family during the Easter Holiday, and have put together some fun and unique activities that you too can enjoy with kids of your own. Kid-Friendly Easter Activities Easter is a great time to decorate baskets, color eggs, making chocolates, and having Easter egg hunts. We’ve gathered up some of the best Easter activities that will be sure to delight both you and your little ones. DIY Natural Flower Pots What [...]

The Best Ways to Share Easter Fun With Your Kids2019-05-28T01:42:51-04:00

March Product Recalls You Should Know About

  Chef Boyardee Rice with Chicken and Vegetables Recalled Conagra Brands of Milton, Pa., is recalling approximately 2,871 pounds of Chef BOYARDEE rice with chicken & vegetables. The product may contain milk and wheat, allergens not declared on the label. There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. H-E-B Recalls Sauté Pans Due to Laceration Hazard This recall involves H-E-B’s Kitchen & Table 5.5 qt. Sauté Pans with glass lids. The affected products were sold in red and gray. There is a Kitchen & Table logo and production date code on the bottom of the pans. Only pans with a date code from 05/2018 through 12/2018 are included in the recall. Claire’s Stores, Inc., Announces Voluntary Recall of Three Make-Up Products Out of an abundance of caution, today Claire’s Stores, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of three cosmetic products: Claire’s Eye Shadows, Claire’s Compact Powder and Claire’s Contour Palette. All three products were offered for sale between October 2016 and March 2019 and have been removed from the marketplace. They were sold in Claire's stores nationwide and on www.claires.com.  Any consumers who have purchased these products should discontinue use and return them to a Claire’s store [...]

March Product Recalls You Should Know About2019-03-19T14:38:30-04:00

Tips on How to Cope as a Single Parent

  Raising a child (or children) as a single parent is a difficult, and sometimes stressful task. While circumstances vary, one thing is certain, single parenthood is no walk in the park. Being a parent can be difficult even when you have the support and help of a partner there to help you split responsibilities, so when most of the weight of parenting falls back on only your shoulders it can be overwhelming. While every situation is different, there are some tried and true tips you can follow as a single parent that can help make things a little easier. At the very least, these tips can give you some perspective when you’re having a rough day.   1: Remember that being a single parent is both a gift and a responsibility. Even though it’s not always easy, it’s important to keep perspective and remember that there is value in being a single parent. While it might not always seem like it on days when your kids are unhappy, they will likely grow up to appreciate the hard work and sacrifices you are making. Being a single parent also gives you the opportunity to define and shape the way your family [...]

Tips on How to Cope as a Single Parent2019-03-07T13:39:36-04:00
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