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What is a Smart Speaker?

By Marc Saltzman, AARP Let Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod or Google Home become your smart home hub More than 53 million adults in the United States now own about 120 million voice-activated smart speakers. That represents 78 percent year-over-year growth, according to a report this year from NPR and Edison Research. In a word, wowza. As you likely know, these …

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How to prepare your home for the winter

By Cristina Mella AARP 10 areas where to do maintenance and redecorate according to season Clean the gutters In order for the water and snow to drain properly, the gutters must be kept clean, the leaves and small debris removed. It is hard work and can be dangerous, since it is necessary to use a high ladder (resistant and stable, …

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Busting Baby Behavior Myths for Today’s Grandparents (Part 3)

By Harvey Karp Myth 11: Stomach pain causes colic. Colicky babies fuss inconsolably for two to three hours a day. The word colic comes from ancient Greek, meaning “crampy stomach pain.” Up until the 1970s, doctors treated these little screamers with drops of opium (called paregoric). Amazingly, paregoric was sold by the gallon at pharmacies across the western world. That …

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HHF/Colgate-Palmolive scholarship helping Latinos pursue educational dreams

By Tere Siqueira Kansas City area Hispanic high school students who want to attend college but are unsure of how they will pay for their education might want to consider the Haz La U program. A partnership between Colgate-Palmolive and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Haz La U awards scholarship grants that can total up to $100,000, according to Colgate-Palmolive’s website. …

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Research shows childhood bullying has long-term effects

By Chara Bullying experienced during childhood can have long-term consequences, research shows. Childhood bullying is defined by StopBullying.gov as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” The website also states that bullying behavior can be exhibited through writing, verbally, physically and/or socially, and “is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over …

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Parents could be fined if children bully someone

By Roberta Pardo As bullying becomes an ever-increasing issue in schools, some cities are taking steps to address it. In Wisconsin, for example, a city passed an ordinance that would fine the parents of students who bully others up to $313. Wisconsin Rapids approved the ordinance in July. It took effect this school year. The measure was sped up after …

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10 Little-Known Tips and Tricks to Use on Your iPhone Part 1

These Apple features already in your hand can make your life easier Whether you just bought a new iPhone or have swiped and tapped on one for years, chances are you’re not using the device to its fullest. Just as people once thought that we use only 10 percent of our brain — not true, but you get the idea …

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Don’t Miss These Signs of School Bullying

The start of the new school year should be a positive and exciting time for children, but for many it also means a return to being bullied, and the physical and mental health consequences that accompany it. Results of a study published in School Psychology Review found that nearly half of children in grades 4-12 reported being bullied by other …

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Understanding Your Choices

(NAPSI)—For many families, few things are more important than schooling—and an increasing number are taking it into their own hands. They’re welcoming the idea of more ways for children to be educated than simply by going to the district school. In schools, online, at home, with a tutor or through a combination, families use school choice options to meet each …

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Fun Ways To Inspire Kids’ Imaginations

According to numerous studies, imaginative play in childhood can be critical to cognitive and social development. Research suggests that make-believe games can increase language usage, help with self-regulation, let children express a range of emotions, and teach them to think creatively. In addition, keeping kids’ brains active and engaged can help prevent a decline in academic skills during school breaks. …

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