Why an Orthodontist at 7 Years Old?

August 20, 2014 by FloMoDiva  
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Flower Mound Orthodontist Hashem OrthodonticsOur 8 year old daughter started seeing her Flower Mound orthodontist 4 months ago.  Chances are, if you have an elementary aged child, they have at least a friend or two that already have braces, an expander or both.

Why so early?

While your child’s teeth might appear to be straight, there may actually be a problem that needs to be evaluated by an orthodontist.  If you recognize any of the following issues with your child, you may want to schedule a check-up with your local orthodontist.  It may be one of the most important actions you can take to ensure your child’s healthy and happy smile.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Speech difficulties
  • Biting the cheek of the roof of the mouth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Grinding or clenching teeth
  • Thumb or finger sucking

Orthodontists are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning your bite.  They have two to three years of education beyond dental school, so they are experts at helping you and your child get a great smile – that feels great too!

This article was provided by:

Hashem Orthodontics Flower Mound

2021 Morriss Road, Ste. 200
Flower Mound, TX 75028

(NW corner of Flower Mound Rd & Morriss)

Dr. Robbie Hashem has been in practice, in the DFW area since 1996. He opened his Flower Mound office in 2013.  Dr. Hashem treats adults, teens & children. More information

Call Today for a FREE Conultation and $0 Down to orthodontic treatment PLUS $1,500 Off Full Braces!

Summertime Boredom Sometimes Equals Trouble for Teens

July 14, 2014 by FloMoDiva  
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Summertime Boredom Sometimes Equals Trouble for Teens

Bored Teens During the Summer = TroubleDo you remember how much fun summer was as a kid?

No homework, staying up late, hanging with friends every day, no responsibilities. Well sometimes all of that fun and lack of structure can lead to kids getting into trouble.

During the summer, kids tend to hang with who is more available. Some of their regular crew might be out of town or not live within walking distance (for kids who cannot drive). A kid they normally might not hang with may be the only one home to alleviate boredom.

This can lead to kids sometimes making not as wise of choices.

Also since parents still work during the summer, there can be a lot of kids home without parental supervision. Bored kids unsupervised may end up raiding your liquor cabinet or smoking pot before you get home. Peer pressure is easier during the summer because the fear of drug testing for school activities is not a threat.

Cyber bullying also increases during the summer. Bored teens like to start drama for entertainment and sometimes it is at your child’s expense. Be sure to monitor their Twitter, Instagram, and text messages to see what is going on in their life, especially when you are not home.

So what is something good for teens to do during the summer?

  • Get them involved in Community Service.
  • Find something they are passionate about and figure out a way for them to participate in it.
  • Build their self-esteem over the summer and spend one-on-one time with your child when you are home.
  • Increase family dinners at home and have your child there.
  • Get your teen a gym membership to increase physical activity.
  • Find an adult mentor for your child to spend time with throughout the summer. College students with good morals are great for teens to see their adult future is not that far away.
  • Find a teen group through religious organizations or counseling agencies to help your child have somewhere to focus his/her emotions and work on building up self-esteem.

Teens with good self-esteem are less likely to be affected by peer pressure and cyber drama. They will also be less bored and more easily able to entertain themselves in healthy ways.

Tiffany Smith Flower Mound Family and Marriage CounselingThis parenting tip was written by Tiffany Smith of Tiffany Smith Counseling, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S), Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S), and National Certified Counselor. She co-authored “Strategic Family Therapy” and “Multiculturalism in Family Therapy” in the textbook, A Practical Approach to Teaching Family Therapy (Springer Publishing, 2010). Tiffany also served as a workshop presenter at the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference in 2006. She’s a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, and American Association of Brief and Strategic Therapists. She is ready to help you get your life back on track.

5 Steps to Cleaning Out Your Kid’s Closets

July 14, 2014 by FloMoDiva  
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Five Steps to cleaning out your kids closets, getting rid of clutter and making money along the way.

5 Steps to organizing your child's closetMonsters in the closet are not a figment of your child’s imagination.  Clutter can be a nightmare for all of us!!  Want some great motivation to clean up that clutter?  Why not sell it at a local kid’s consignment sale and make some extra cash! For those of you unfamiliar, Kid’s Consignment Sales are local, organized, seasonal resale events that usually run anywhere from a few days to a week depending on the sale. Organizers of these sales set the date, provide a venue, advertise, run the sale and financial transactions to help local families sell their children’s gently used items. As a consignor, all you have to do is price, tag and drop off your items according to the sale guidelines and receive a check in the mail shortly after the sale. As a shopper, you shop name brand children’s items with prices anywhere from 60 – 90% off retail. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

As a sale organizer of Kid’s Closet Connection – Northwest Dallas, I have helped many families prepare for these sales. I have also tackled my own attic full of baby items, my kid’s playroom and the dreaded closets. As if that wasn’t enough, I volunteered to help a friend tackle her clutter demons too. After preparing more than 1,000 items in two weeks – all while keeping my sanity, my schedule and getting to bed at a decent hour – I’d like to think I’m a bit of an expert. Did I mention I have two young boys (five and two)?  With everything I have learned from all this preparation and hard work, I’d like to share my five step process on how to clean out your kid’s closet, playroom or attic, find peace of mind getting rid of the clutter, and make some extra money along the way.

Step #1) Assign a designated “spot” for outgrown items or items you no longer use or need. Use a closet or place a bin somewhere easy to access away from the kids where you can stash items you find throughout your daily routine that are no longer being used. When you come across a toy or game that is no longer being played with, put it in your assigned “spot”. The same goes for anything and everything that is child related – even maternity items. Once you make this a habit, your “spot”  will slowly begin to grow and you will have less clutter around the house.

Step #2) Have a place in each child’s closet for outgrown or unused clothing items. When I realize my boys have outgrown something, or have clothing that they do not wear (yes, impulse purchases happen with our kid’s clothes too), I automatically toss these items in a bin I keep at the back of their closet. This includes pajamas, hats, socks, coats, mittens, belts and shoes. Once a month, I go through the bin and separate the items into “keep” (for a present or future sibling) and “over it” (no one to pass it on to, bored with it) piles.  The “keep” pile gets put into a bin labeled by size and put up in our attic. The “over it” pile goes to my “spot”.

Organized kids' closetsStep #3) Sort through your toys, books, and games. Every couple of months, pick a day (preferably when the kids aren’t home) so you can go through the toys, books, and games to find items your children do not play with or items you are just ready to part with, and put them in your “spot”. This is an impossible task if you get caught. The toy they haven’t touched in six months becomes the new favorite that they must play with. Trust me, I’ve been caught…several times. If this happens, I usually give in, let them play with it, and make a mental note to grab it in a week or so (which is how long it takes before it has been forgotten again).

Step #4) Find a local consignment sale. Once you’re on a roll, getting rid of clutter feels so good you can become addicted. Especially when you realize with a little more work, you can make some money.  Now you are ready to sign up for a local consignment sale and gather your tagging* materials. Each sale has its own tagging system.  At Kid’s Closet, you simply register on the website as a consignor, enter information about the item you are selling (description, size, price), print the tags and attach them. The tagging process can go one of two ways; stressful, or productive and easy.  Procrastinating and tagging the week or days before the sale will leave you up all night, tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Follow my advice and you’ll not only be more productive but may actually find it a little fun.

Step #5) Prepare your items to sell. Depending on how long you have until the sale, try and tackle a little at a time. Have a day where you will be home for the most part? Make that a day you tag a bin of clothes. Have small breaks between errands? Just commit to 10 or 20 items. Don’t try to do it all in one night, just give yourself a feasible goal each day so you don’t get burned out.

While tagging clothes and toys, I sit in the living room with my husband and kids at night and watch a movie. I bring one bin in the room, grab a pile from it, put my computer on my lap and start inputting the items. During this time, I look for stains, tears and the general condition of the item. If it passes, I lay it down on the other side of me and continue the input, if not, I put the item in a pile to donate or trash. As I finish, I lay them down in the order I have put them into the system. Make sure to keep your items in the order you entered them, this will make attaching the printed tags to the correct item much easier.  After I tag the item, I securely hang it on a hanger.  Once everything is tagged and hung, I group the clothes by gender and size and it’s done.  When I tag my toys, I line them up in front of me and enter them into the system so that I can keep track of the order they were entered.  For toys that have multiple pieces or loose items, make sure to keep all pieces together.  This can be done with plastic baggies, zip ties or packing tape.  Once the tags are printed, I attach the tags to the toys with packing tape or zip ties. After everything is tagged and ready, sign up for a time to drop the items off at the sale.

Organized Kids' Closets made easyIf you follow these 5 simple steps, I guarantee the consigning process will go smoothly. Consigning shouldn’t be stressful, it should be fun! How can you lose? When it’s all said and done you have a clean, clutter free home and extra spending money!!  Keep in mind that you can earn more money and shop an exclusive pre-sale (sale before opening to the public) if you volunteer a couple hours to help out during the sale (see individual sale websites for specifics). If you have items that do not sell, you have the option to pick them up and try again at the next sale, or donate them to a local charity.  If you want help tagging or just simply do not have the time to tag, most sales offer a “tagging service” in exchange for a lower percentage payout and/or a small fee.

At Kid’s Closet – NW Dallas, we give you the option to donate your items to make money for our amazing local charity, Love Thy Neighbor, an organization dedicated to clothing local families in need. We will personally prepare and sell your items and donate the proceeds.  They are always in need of new underwear and socks so the money will help them keep up with demand!

Have a question, need some advice or reassurance? Give us a call (817-756-1676). We started our sale with the hopes of teaching other mom’s, like us, how fun and savvy kid’s consignment sales can be. We set up our event in a clean and organized, boutique-like, friendly setting so that consignors, volunteers and shoppers all feel comfortable and enjoy the whole experience. So, don’t be afraid! Start cleaning out your kid’s closet’s today!

*Tagging Kit – Zip Ties (great for keeping shoes or parts of toys together or attaching a tag to an odd shape), baggies (great for bundling or keeping small pieces together), safety pins (can be used instead of a tagging gun when attaching tags to clothing, also helps secure clothes to hangers and keep outfits together) clear shipping tape (attaches tags to toys and can be used to bundle and secure parts of toys or small pieces in baggies to items), and masking tape/painting tape (for putting tags on books & boxes – it removes easily without tearing).

This article was provided and written by Michelle Sedgwick and Sharly Borer, owner of Kid’s Closet Connection- NW Dallas and residents of Lantana.  Click here for more information about Kids Closet Connection.  The next consignment sale is coming up August 8-10, 2014

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Why Summer Tutoring?

June 18, 2014 by FloMoDiva  
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Summer Tutoring at the Tutoring Center Flower MoundSummer vacation is finally here, and your children couldn’t be more excited! We know that summertime offers your children a break from the routine, but it’s also a great opportunity for useful activities that will help their academic achievement – like summer tutoring.

Here are some of the benefits of enrolling at The Tutoring Center, Flower Mound for Summer tutoring:

Avoid Summer Academic Loss

Many children sit idly during summer vacations. That can translate into the loss of academic knowledge. In the most dramatic cases, it can result in the loss of up to two months of grade level mathematical skills, causing your children to fall behind in their class. Fortunately, summer tutoring is a great way to avoid this situation.

Review the Material and Get Ahead

If your children had trouble with a particular subject, they won’t have a solid foundation for the next year. Summer tutoring will help them to remember some of the things they may have forgotten. Even if your student feels confident with the material they have learned this previous year, we can get them ahead for the fall. This way, your children can walk into their Math or Reading class feeling confident and prepared.

Develop Strategies

Tests can cause anxiety for many children, but they can improve in this area. Exams often take up a high percentage of students’ grades, therefore it is important that they feel comfortable when taking a test. There are other abilities like note taking and organization strategies that can lead to great academic achievement. Summer tutoring is a great time to focus on these test taking skills.

Your children need constant stimulation, and summer tutoring has many benefits that will keep their school abilities in shape.

At The Tutoring Center, they have programs that will improve the skills and tools that the classroom demands. Their students like what they do!

Think about The Tutoring Center the next time you are looking for tutoring in Flower Mound.  
Click link below for 2 free tutoring sessions and diagnostic testing.

The Tutoring Center in Flower Mound 1121 Flower Mound Road
(in the Kroger Shopping Center)

Flower Mound, TX 75028


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Please Nominate us for Best of Denton County!

June 17, 2014 by FloMoDiva  
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We would be honored...

Best of Denton County Travel AgencyLast year, because of you, FlowerMoundFamily.com was a finalist in the Best of Denton County awards for Best Online Publication.

Cruise Therapy Travel Company was named Best Travel Agency of Denton County and I was a finalist for Best Travel Agent.

We would be honored if you would nominate us again this year.

To nominate  Flower Mound Family:

Choose category “online publication” and enter FlowerMoundFamily.com

To nominate  Cruise Therapy Travel Company:


Choose category “travel agency” and enter Cruise Therapy Travel Company.
There is also a category for “travel agent”, if you choose, enter Jill Noble.

If we make it again this year as a finalist, the voting will begin in late July!

Thank you very much!   I sincerely appreciate your loyalty to both of my ventures!  

Jill Noble
Publisher, FlowerMoundFamily.com
Owner/Travel Agent. Cruise Therapy Travel Company

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