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Activities to Help me Grow!

Every day errands and chores are a great time to involve your child and help him or her learn and grow. Parents and caregivers often think they need to use computer software, videos, or workbooks for "learning" but actually, young children learn from every day experiences and learn best when they are involved in hands on activities. Plus, they love to help and be part of what you are doing. Here are some ideas to help you get started with suggestions for different ages of children.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Learning While Dressing and Diapering

Do you have a wiggly baby or toddler who you have to wrestle during diaper changes? Diapering and dressing times can be a struggle as babies become more mobile and toddlers become more interested in exploring and playing than being still. Here are some quick tips to make diaper time enjoyable and a time for learning.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


5 Tips for Spring Cleaning with Young Children

Spring is the time of year for cleaning. Your young children can help with cleaning tasks, especially when they are members of a team that works together. Such activities help children focus on a task, talk about what needs to be done and follow through until completion. These experiences can promote a sense of competence and show children that everyone benefits from teamwork.

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Categories: parenting, development,


Cholesterol Screening in Children

New guidelines now suggest screening 9 - 11 year old children for cholesterol. This new recommendation will help identify those children at risk for cardiovascular disease - before it progresses.
 

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Glowing, Bouncy Egg and Other Egg Science Experiments

With Easter just around the corner, we have been enjoying all sorts of crafts and activities with eggs! While they're lots of fun for eating and dying, they can also be the subject of several science experiments. Here are the full instructions for making a glowing, bouncy egg plus lots of other ideas for egg-citing science projects!

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Categories: development, parent-stories,


Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

It's the end of a long day and you have finally sat down to unwind after getting the kids to bed when suddenly you hear that familiar patter of little feet. Oh no, you know exactly where this is going… "Mommy, I can't sleep."

Your first thought probably is, "You've only been up there for 5 minutes, no one falls asleep that fast. I just got on the computer/started watching my shows/etc... PLEASE go to bed." But you know that kind of reason doesn't resonate with a toddler. It's time to go into bedtime combat role.

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Energizing Kids with Exercise Games + Printables

Exercise.

It's something we all know is important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that "children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day." Oh boy, sometimes that's easy, especially when the weather outside is nice, but let's face it, when it's cold outside, sometimes it's pretty tough to hit that guideline.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


The ABC's of Baby's Zzzzs!

Did you know that sleep is the primary activity of the brain during early development? As a matter of fact, sleep is a critical part of a baby’s healthy growth and development; especially a baby’s mental and physical health.  So what are the healthy sleep patterns for infants? How long should your baby be sleeping?

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Group Physical vs. Private Physical: What's Best for Your Child?

A physical is usually required for kids entering certain grades – or planning to participate in school sports. Physicals offered in a group setting may offer convenience and low-cost; however, a physical one-on-one with your child’s doctor will cover much more.

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6 Ideas to Beat the Bedtime Battles

"Just 15 minutes longer." "I'm not tired!" "I don't want to get up!"

Sound familiar? Kids and parents frequently clash about when children need to sleep – and for how long. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 69 percent of children have sleep problems. Kids resist sleeping for many reasons: overstimulation, caffeine, nightmares, and even snoring.

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Start with Breakfast and Protect Your Kids from Obesity + Recipe

Whether you sit down at the kitchen table and eat a bowl of cereal with fruit or grab something quick as you run out the door, starting your morning off with breakfast is an important part of being healthy.

Even if you've never put the two together, your presence (or absence) in the morning may play a role in your own child's breakfast habits. A recent study from Oklahoma State University took a closer look at the relationship between "parental presence" and the breakfast habits of adolescents and young adults.

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Categories: nutrition, development,


Snow is beautiful and fun for kids of all ages to play in. Bring this fun indoors with these snow-themed activities! Plus, most of these activities only need a few supplies that you may already have around the house. We tried several of them during the recent snow day, and are excited to try out the rest this winter!

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Categories: development, lifestyle,


Screening for Adolescent Depression

New guidelines ask pediatricians to screen pre-teens and teenagers for depression. This is a good addition - due to the number of teens who go undetected for the disease.

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We conducted an independent survey to determine the top ten children's books that should be in every family's library.

Er, well, no, we didn't actually do that. I just picked some of my favorites and organized them alphabeticaly, because I couldn't pick my favorite of the ten. They're all so good! My family doesn't even own all of these, so if anyone needs any Christmas gift ideas...

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