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Flex Academies Provides After School Enrichment — and a Great Boost to PTAs

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[Note: This is a sponsored guest post contributed by Flex Academies.]

If you are active in your school’s PTA, you can probably relate to the experience that once you get involved in one thing, you’re likely to be asked to do 10 more things. One PTA position leads to the next, and soon you may even be asked to run the after school enrichment programming. This is when it might be the time to say no. And this is where Flex Academies comes in.

While PTA’s rely on volunteers, certain tasks, like managing after school enrichment offerings, may be better left to outside sources for a few reasons:
Volunteer Burnout: Parent volunteers donate a lot of time and resources to create and manage a successful program. These well-intentioned parents become so overloaded that they become frustrated and quit, leaving schools in a difficult situation.
Relying solely on volunteers: It literally “takes a village” to run an enrichment program. Getting volunteers to commit is difficult. Plus, there is constant turnover when the children of the volunteers graduate.
Quality of programs: PTA volunteers have the best intentions, but may not be informed about the latest trends in enrichment or know of the best local vendors.

Flex Academies: Enrichment Made Simple
Flex Academies is the nation’s first before and after school program management solution. We partner with your PTA to create a true “win/win” where your PTA does virtually no work, makes more money, and creates an incredible enrichment program for your families! Our extensive experience allows us to come up with a fun, safe program utilizing the best vendors. We also help eliminate “volunteer burnout” in your PTA, freeing up volunteers to focus on other priorities.

Flex Academies now serves 54 schools in DC, Connecticut, and New Jersey. In DC, Maryland, and Virginia alone Flex Academies manages 30+ schools in 3 districts.

Fill in your PTA about about what Flex Academies can do for your school. We’d love to discuss how we make PTA volunteers’ jobs easier and generate funds for your PTA at the same time.

Contact us to learn how working with Flex Academies can help transform your enrichment program!


This post is sponsored by Flex Academies, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Guest Post: DIY Projects Kids Can Help with Around the House

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[Note: This is a sponsored post contributed by Janet Beckley with John C. Flood, a local company that offers heating, air conditioning, and plumbing repairs and service to Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Metro DC, and surrounding areas.]

If you’ve ever heard that classic kid complaint: “I’m bored!” — this post is for you! Hearing that particular grievance from children can cause a real pang of guilt for many parents, because we try so hard to keep our kids stimulated, learning, and growing.

While there are many attention-hogging devices designed to keep children quiet, it’s valuable for them to also learn practical skills and develop hobbies out here in the physical world. Do-It-Yourself projects and home improvement chores may not be exciting to every adult, but these day-to-day tasks offer some of the best opportunities to spend time with your child, teach them practical life skills and cross a few items off your to-do list at the same time.

Check out our suggestions below and corral your kid to help out next time the task comes up.

Something for Everyone: Yard Work
Available in all four seasons, there is almost always something you can do to spruce up or maintain your property — simple but important tasks like shoveling, raking leaves, mowing, and planting can all be appropriate for your kids. Sometimes the work can be tough, but when you make a game out of the labor, you may find that you and you child are both having fun.

Seasonal planting in pots or in a garden is a low-key weekend project — and relatively cheap! Most large home improvement stores have great sales on annuals in the spring, so you can get a nice variety of healthy plants to bring up. Kids love getting dirty, so planting time will be fun.

Section off a spot in the garden or set aside some pots for your son or daughter. That little area of the yard can be their responsibility. Regular watering, weeding, and the occasional pruning alongside your child will help them take pride of ownership in their little garden covey, and perhaps discover a lifelong hobby.

DIY Home Improvements
Painting the front door, shutters, or any sort of one-time upgrade can be a fun, low-stress project for you and your child. Involving your kid in the decision-making process will make it more enjoyable for both of you!

Set some ground rules from the start. For instance: we’re painting the door red, so it’s about choosing what shade of red will look best, then narrowing it down from there with your child’s input. 

Bring them to the store to choose paint swatches, and when it’s time to paint, wear clothing that can handle a few paint splatters.

Damage Control: Home Plumbing Problems
When more, shall we say, problematic DIY projects come up — for example, a clogged toilet or sink — these are still great learning opportunities for your kids (even when they’re gross). If the bathroom is flooded, you might not want them splashing around in bare feet, but watching you resolve the situation from the doorway is still a pretty novel and interesting sight for most kids.

The point here is that they can ask questions and gather some knowledge about how to fix this type of problem themselves in the future, or to know when it’s serious enough to call a plumber. Kids turn into teens and young adults — and toilet plunging and drain snaking don’t always need to be the exclusive responsibility of mom and dad!

Car Chores: Cleaning, Maintenance, and Gas
If you change your own oil, enjoy washing your car on a sunny weekend, or know how to make repairs, have your kid help out. For younger children, they might just be along for the ride, but they’ll love spending time with you.

If your teen is working on a learner’s permit, they’re probably dying to join you on these errands, just to rack up some practice hours. Learning to drive is an American rite of passage, and like the rest of these experiences, they’ll remember these times with you as they enter adulthood.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by John C. Flood, however, I only promote services, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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{Sponsored} Tips for Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

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Beautiful smiling girl with retainer for teeth brushing teeth on a white background.



[Note: This is a sponsored post contributed by Dr. Bob Kumra of Kumra Orthondontics. As previously mentioned, I’ll be sprinkling in content that addresses topics applicable to many of us parents as our kids grow. Among that, a monthly post from Dr. Kumra on orthodontia. Kumra Orthodontics has locations in Washington, DC, and Stafford, VA.]

A main concern of many patients of Dr. Kumra is how to avoid having bad breath while wearing braces. The staff at Kumra Orthodontics stresses the importance of how good oral hygiene practices are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. However, braces can make brushing more difficult because food particles can stick to the brackets, wires make it hard to floss in between the teeth, and plaque can build up on the surface of the teeth. Keeping teeth healthy and clean during the course of orthodontic treatment help them settle into their new positions faster and easier.

Brushing Your Teeth
This is a major part of good oral hygiene and keeping bad breath at bay. To effectively clean teeth, mouth, and braces, first rinse the mouth out with water to dislodge any food in and around the braces. Dr. Kumra advises that when starting to brush, use a fluoride toothpaste and brush the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Then, angle the brush downwards and cover the tops of each bracket, and angle it up to brush the bottoms of the brackets. Be sure to brush every tooth at the gum line, as well as above and below the brackets, and the tops and backs of the teeth. This will ensure that the maximum area of the teeth’s surfaces are reached and will remove any plaque or food remnants. And Kumra Orthodontics recommends that even if your child has been brushing on their own, they may need help with brushing until they’re comfortable with this new routine.

Flossing Your Teeth
Another good oral hygiene habit is flossing teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) avers that flossing is just as critical to good oral hygiene as brushing. Although the archwire running through the brackets of braces makes this difficult, there are several methods that will help. Dr. Kumra says that one popular tool used for flossing is a floss pick. These are two-pronged and are small enough to fit under the wires to hold a section of floss between them. The opposite end has a pick that is useful to clean brackets or between teeth. Floss picks are available for both children and adults, and can be either reusable or single-use. Another tool commonly used is a floss threader; a thin piece of plastic with a loop at the end to hold the floss.

Use a Fluoride Rinse
Another step to take is to use a fluoride rinse that will clean out any remaining food particles and also help to prevent bad breath. Swish the solution around in the mouth for thirty seconds, then spit it out into the sink. Try to refrain from eating for thirty minutes after rinsing just to make sure that your teeth remain clean.

By following Dr. Bob Kumra’s tips, patients can maintain good oral hygiene and possibly speed up treatment time. If you have any questions, give the Kumra Orthodontics team a call at 202.785.8672. They all have the knowledge to help take care of teeth and braces. If you’re looking for an experienced orthodontic team that will take every step to make sure that your treatment experience with braces in the DC area is as comfortable as possible, then give them a call to schedule a consultation today!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kumra Orthodontics, however, I only promote services, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Guest Post: Braces vs. Invisalign – Which is the Real Winner?

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[Note: This is a sponsored post contributed by Dr. Bob Kumra of Kumra Orthondontics. As previously mentioned, I’ll be sprinkling in content that addresses topics applicable to many of us parents as our kids grow. Among that, a monthly post from Dr. Kumra on orthodontia. Kumra Orthodontics has locations in Washington, DC, and Stafford, VA.]

Of all of the treatment plan options, most patients at Kumra Orthodontics choose treatment with either traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners.

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you or your child’s needs. Quite a few factors need to be considered (price, length of treatment, comfort and convenience, visibility). It can be difficult to divine which pros outweigh which cons.

No matter which treatment plan you choose, braces or Invisalign, they both address similar issues and offer similar treatment outcomes. Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance; braces provide patients with a reliable and proven solution that is designed to treat even the most difficult cases.

Dr. Bob Kumra offers both types of treatments and is here to explain the upsides and downsides of each orthodontic treatment approach.

Some differences between Braces and Invisalign

Braces
Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth. Braces are constructed of a bracket, bonding, or band and an archwire that controls the movement and realignment of your bite, teeth, and jaw. Braces provide the quick treatment outcomes that some patients are looking for. Younger patients tolerate metal braces especially well.

Pros and Cons of Metal Braces:
– Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.
– Require extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.
– Come with some common-sense food restrictions.

Invisalign
Invisalign aligners give the patient a more flexible approach toward treatment and is recommended more for adults and teens. Invisalign clear aligners give patients easy-to-care-for usability, form-fitting comfort, and the flexibility needed to function confidently throughout their day while wearing an orthodontic appliance. Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign with Dr. Kumra allow patients to eat almost any type of food (because they are removable by the patient); brush and floss their teeth normally (i.e., without the hassles involved with brushing and flossing while wearing a fixed appliance), and ultimately take on their day-to-day activities without the worry of being pegged as a braces wearer.

Pros and Cons of Invisalign Clear Aligners:
– Aligners are clear (virtually invisible).
– Aligners are removable (so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual).
– Aligners are made of a plastic that won’t irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth).
– Aligners must be worn 22-23 hours per day to achieve optimal results, so the patient must be responsible and accountable.

Invisalign is an essentially invisible fix that let patients conduct their day without their orthodontic appliance affecting the appearance of the teeth and mouth. Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays are easy to keep clean and ensure healthy dental development for the wearer. Invisalign aligners do require the patient to wear the appliance as long as 22 hours a day.

Get the Information You Need
Dr. Bob Kumra and Kumra Orthodontics can help you make the most appropriate decision for your orthodontic treatment in Washington, DC. Whether you are considering traditional braces or treatment with Invisalign, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kumra by calling his office at (202) 785-8672.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kumra Orthodontics, however, I only promote services, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Guest Post: What is the Perfect Age to Get Braces?

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[Note: This is a sponsored post contributed by Dr. Bob Kumra of Kumra Orthondontics. As previously mentioned, I’ll be sprinkling in content that addresses topics applicable to many of us parents as our kids grow. Among that, a monthly post from Dr. Kumra on orthodontia. Kumra Orthodontics has locations in Washington, DC, and Stafford, VA.]

What is the Perfect Age to Get Braces?
Those who suffer from orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment by a professional orthodontist at any age. Your teeth are unique, just like you. Kumra Orthodontics in Downtown DC and Stafford, VA, can evaluate your oral health care needs to provide you and your family with the best orthodontic care available. Whether you are seven or 50 years old, braces can help straighten and beautify your smile. After an initial consultation and assessment of one’s teeth and gums, Dr. Bob Kumra will be able to discuss with you if braces are right for you or your children.

When Is The Right Time For Braces?
While patients at any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, there are a few specific ages where treatment is optimal, like after the last baby tooth has fallen out and all of the adult teeth have grown in. By the age of seven years old, children should see an orthodontist and get an evaluation to address any possible issues. From the ages of eight to 14 years old, children’s heads and mouths are still growing, which makes this a good time in life to correct any orthodontic issues. Even after age 14, you can still benefit from an orthodontic consultation and treatment from Kumra Orthodontics.

How long will the braces need to be worn?
The question that Dr. Bob Kumra is asked most often by prospective patients needing braces is, “How long do I need to wear braces?” It depends on the individual patient’s case and their specific treatment. Most patients experience orthodontic treatments over a period of 18 to 30 months. A consultation with the team at Kumra Orthodontics is the best indicator of how long one’s specific treatment may last. Orthodontic treatment or braces can initially cause minor pain and sensitivity for a patient. It is important that parents explain to their children under age 18 what they may experience before, during, and after their braces are put on. And although wearing braces can be uncomfortable at first, they will get used to wearing them, and their braces will become easier to wear over time.

If a patient participates in a sport that requires a mouth guard or plays a musical instrument, make sure to speak with Dr. Bob Kumra about playing while undergoing orthodontic treatment. You will learn quickly how to engage in your favorite activities with your braces. Invisalign Teen could also be a good option if you feel that your child is able to carefully follow the instructions and use the clear aligners properly. Whether you are seven years old with crooked teeth or 50 years old with an overbite, Dr. Bob Kumra can administer the appropriate treatment for your specific needs and age group.

What’s the Next Step?
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Kumra Orthodontics in Downtown DC and Stafford, VA, visit them online or call (202) 785-8672 (Washington, DC) or (540) 602-7251 (Stafford, VA)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kumra Orthodontics, however, I only promote services, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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