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Parents: use bath time as a safe learning environment for infants

Parents: use bath time as a safe learning environment for infants

Some of the first steps parents need to take to teach their children potentially lifesaving water skills can begin just a few weeks after birth. Instead of treating bath time as a chore, parents can use it as an opportunity to teach their infants and young children how to be comfortable and safe in water by following these tips.
Rattled is Real

Rattled is Real

I saw a commercial on TV for a new TLC reality show called Rattled, which chronicles every minute of parenthood for four sets of first-time, inexperienced and terrified parents.
Keep your child safe and well—The early years!

Keep your child safe and well—The early years!

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Your child’s checkup: tips to prepare parents & kids

Your child’s checkup: tips to prepare parents & kids

Well child checkups are a routine part of your child’s life; in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a yearly visit for all children over the age of one. Though sometimes dreaded by the child (and therefore the parent), these visits are really opportunities to follow their growth and development and to review accurate information regarding their overall health.
Protecting against Dating Violence

Protecting against Dating Violence

Protect your daughter or son from dating violence. Dating violence is a serious problem in the United States, reports Sandy Wurtele, a psychology professor at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and the author of several guides to keeping kids safe.
Yoga benefits for kids stretch far beyond flexibility

Yoga benefits for kids stretch far beyond flexibility

Many people think of yoga as a way to relax, and envision practitioners twisting their bodies into various contorted positions. Although yoga does indeed produce a sense of calm, and the poses do in fact stretch the body and increase flexibility, there are other benefits that are often over-looked. These benefits are especially applicable for children.
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How to cope with an emotionally distant child

How to cope with an emotionally distant child

Do you ever wonder what happened to your sweet, affectionate, “glad to be part of this family” younger child? Did your child enter adolescence with a sudden cloud of distance, brooding, sullen behavior, and a desperate need to be as far away from your family as possible?
Youth hearing loss on the rise: How loud is too loud?

Youth hearing loss on the rise: How loud is too loud?

Hearing loss in adolescents and teens can be caused by common recreational activities such as concerts, hunting trips or listening to headphones too loudly, wrote Megan Moreno, MD in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. Moreno singled out headphones in particular, “The increase in hearing loss may be partly due to the popularity of headphones used by adolescents.”
 Helping Kids Understand Our Sexually Disrespectful Culture

Helping Kids Understand Our Sexually Disrespectful Culture

Alert tweens and teens to the media’s unhealthy portrayal of sex and sexuality. Kids of all ages today are caught in a crossfire of mixed messages about romance, sex and violence.
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Adaptive Play and its benefits for children with Autism

Adaptive Play and its benefits for children with Autism

Adaptive Play is play that is altered to accommodate the needs of a child. For example, some children are highly sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, crowds, or other factors. During adaptive play, lights can be dimmed, music lowered or other accommodations can be made to meet the specific needs of the children participating.
Good diet strategies for kids with learning and behavioral issues

Good diet strategies for kids with learning and behavioral issues

Behavioral and learning issues like ADHD, processing disorders, dyslexia and Autism are increasing at epidemic levels with no end in sight. Here are some basic things that every parent, especially those with children with a learning or behavioral issue should know about their child’s diet.
Persistent ADHD associated with overly critical parents

Persistent ADHD associated with overly critical parents

For many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, symptoms appear to decrease as they age, but for some they do not and one reason may be persistent parental criticism, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

 

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