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Navigating the thorny social scene of elementary and middle school can be a daunting task for any child – particularly one who feels unpopular.  As a parent, it’s hard to stand helplessly by and watch your child experience bullying or social alienation.
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Brought to you by Alcon, a Novartis company, as a means of sharing a new and exciting innovation with parents whose children contract certain childhood ear and eye infections. Mom's got a lot on her plate Did you know that Mom is the big healthcare decision maker in most families these days? She plans the doctors’ visits and researches health and wellness online, including the medications her children take. Alcon’s here to help Alcon wanted to support Mom’s role as the “family pediatrician” by creating an innovative new resource that helps her care for her family. DROPS101™ Web Tool, available at DROPS101.com, provides valuable treatment and dosing information for two medications commonly used to treat certain childhood ear and eye infections.
Typically, I stride into yoga class looking horribly under-dressed. Most participants get decked out in matching yoga pants and tops and look fantastic to participate in this popular class at the gym. I’m lucky if I show up wearing matching socks. I consider myself a runner who likes to do yoga, so I own a large supply of running tights and sports bras, but am sorely lacking in the yoga wear department. I usually wear running attire with a baggy t-shirt on top to yoga class. I am not the typical, taut yoga enthusiast like many who regularly attend these sessions.  
Once in a while, we learn of a great cause that we feel inspired to share with our Mom Central readers. Founded by a Mom in 1988, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation strives to prevent the spread of pediatric HIV infection and ultimately eliminate it through research, advocacy, and treatment programs. This organization has already accomplished a great deal for kids’ health and continues to move forward in their noble mission. They've just launched a new project called A Mother’s Fight, and are asking people to join the fight by signing up on the web site. Foundation Origin
Killington Mountain offers the perfect spot for every family to enjoy some fun and adventure in the outdoors. Read more about Killington resort and enter to win a family four-pack of lift tickets!
Every year, the kids bring valentines to school to trade with the class. When they get home, I love seeing all the different cards from other classmates. You can find some cute store-bought cards, but nothing beats a handmade valentine.  With so many crafty ideas for Valentine’s Day cards out there– it becomes almost impossible to choose. I like homemade ones that the kids can do most of the creative work so they have a personal feel. Most importantly, the cards must be made from items we have around the house- saving me time, money, and energy.  Instead of shopping around for the cards or supplies, I can spend time at home with the kids making homemade ones.  Of course I also only pick cards that the kids like and that will keep their attention long enough to make 20 of them! This year I have an adorable valentine in mind for the class swaps. I came across this great crafting idea from My Paper Crane – take a look at the steps below.  
Still searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? ProFlowers features everything you could need on their website: flower arrangements, vases, teddy bears, chocolates, spa lotions, jewelry, and more. Guys- no need to shop anywhere else.  An order from ProFlowers will arrive jut in time for February 14th to provide the romantic gesture you desire. Choose from hundreds of elegant gift combinations featuring sweet treats and beautiful bouquets.  With prices as low as $20, you can shop for your loved one on any budget.  Additionally, ProFlowers currently offers 20% off your order when you visit their “Valentine’s Deals” page.
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with this cute heart-shaped waffle maker. The pink, lightweight device from Babycakes will be a welcome addition to your kitchen all year round.   Make breakfast fun and exciting for the whole family when you serve golden brown heart-shaped waffles in minutes.  The waffle maker also includes wooden sticks for easy serving, a plastic measuring cup, metal shaker for powdered sugar, and a collection of delicious recipes.  Gather the family for a Valentine’s Day breakfast and make any type of waffle in this unique maker. One lucky Mom Central reader will win a Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker from Babycakes. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Jackie G.! Disclosure: Mom Central received a BabyCakes Waffle Maker to facilitate this giveaway.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the search heats up for a memorable gift for your special someone. Let the new Samsung Focus Flash Windows Phone put an end to your shopping woes by providing a last minute gift that anyone would love. Win an upgrade for you and your significant other with this prize of two free Windows phones, a data plan, and SkinIt covers. The Samsung Focus Flash includes a number of features that will help make your Valentine’s Day (and everyday) seamlessly smooth:
When you think about the volume of personal information stored on laptops, even the thought of losing one evokes pure terror. LoJack for Laptops offers access to several key features: locate, lock, delete, and recover, to assist you if your laptop is lost or stolen. Learn more about this security software, and enter to win your own copy!