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Chester High School has selected the following students to be recognized by the Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement.

Hardin County High School has selected the following students to be recognized by the Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement.

Sesser-Valier High School has selected the following students to be recognized by the Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement.

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Pet owners have another big concern when picking out their first plants: is this nontoxic for my dog or cat? TikTok user @joy.of.plants has those longtime pet parents and aspiring plant parents covered with this list of pet safe plants for beginners. Notably the pothos, snake plant, and ZZ plant are nixed from the list due to toxicity, but you can still hone your green thumb with the baby rubber plant peperomia, quick growing spider plant, and the waxy flowering hoya plant.

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Reagan Kastner is a houseplant stylist and “the hero your dying plants need,” so it’s no surprise this TikTok plantfluencer is there for first time plant parents. If you’re dipping your toes into the world of plant buying for the first time, she recommends the hearty ZZ plant thanks to its ability to tolerate anything from low to bright light, the low maintenance watering schedule, and the easy of cloning giving you more bang for your buck.

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The moment your child re-engages in a cooperative manner, praise your child enthusiastically and specifically. For example, “Way to go on joining us at the dinner table respectfully! I am really proud of you.” If you start to hear pleading for a cookie again, go back to ignoring the dandelions. When the rose — your child — returns, provide more praise. You may feel silly bouncing back and forth, but it’s important to water the appropriate flower in the garden — that is, the behavior you want to see.

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Rover noted, it’s important to keep surprise costs in mind, which can average $1,645-$4,315 total. Hopefully, you’ll never need to make a trip to the emergency vet, but if you do the typical cost averages $800-$1,500.

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Murphysboro High School has selected the following students to be recognized by the Southern Illinois Society for High School Achievement.

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— Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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Ultimately, all the parenting tips and suggestions you see in the world constitute “pretty generic, commonsense stuff,” said Lesley Curtis, 40, the married mother of a 5-year-old girl in South Philadelphia, and the owner of a communications company.

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What do you do when your kids mess up? Do you tell them to give up and forget about accomplishing anything? Of course not. Failure breeds success; every parent knows that. When it comes to managing devices and limiting screen time, we parents need to take our own advice. According to Common Sense Media’s latest research, “The New Normal: Parent, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States,” we’re slipping. The study polled 1,000 parents and teens to determine the impact of devices on family time, relationships, and sleep. Compared with a similar study conducted in 2016, parents say they spend too much time on their devices, are more distracted, and don’t always model healthy digital habits. But if we embrace the kind of learn-from-your-mistakes attitude we try to instill in our kids, we can do a lot better.

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