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7 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Uniqueness

Every child born is a unique individual. Even identical twins are individuals from birth. Many people don’t know that identical twins do not have identical fingerprints. This has to do with what we call genotype (genetic makeup) and phenotype (the result of the interaction between an individual and their environment. Thus, while twins start out the same […]

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How to Set Limits on After-School Activities

  School-age children are faced with many choices for extracurricular activities, and finding the right balance between school and after-school activities can be a challenge. Scouts, music programs, academic clubs, sports, and 4H are just a few options that can be beneficial or detrimental depending on the number of hours taken away from family and homework […]

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6 Things to Consider When Monitoring Your Family's Screen Time

6 Things to Consider When Monitoring Your Family’s Screen Time

  Kids today spend much of their time in front of a screen, be it a TV, computer, smartphone, or iPad.  Technology has many positive uses and can provide helpful information, but like anything else there needs to be a balance in how much time is spent using electronics. Here are six things to consider when monitoring […]

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Why Reality Slides Into Fantasy for Preschoolers

"Why does Daddy have a stomachache?" Our toddler began to cry. "Daddy, I will help you," she said. We were playing Chutes and Ladders, a gift from her 3rd birthday party earlier that week. Her daddy landed on square 49, in which a boy eats an armful of green apples. He had to slide all the way back down to square 11, […]

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Are We Overmedicating Our Children?

The understanding and treatment of mental health is a process that has been evolving for some time. With new advances in both technology and best practices, we can detect and diagnose problems much more easily, as well as sometimes deal with bad behavior at home and at school without the intervention of a doctor. This, in theory, should be a […]

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Your Baby's First Test Understanding the Apgar Score

Your Baby’s First Test: Understanding the Apgar Score

  The Apgar score is a test that was designed by Virginia Apgar, an American anesthesiologist, to evaluate the condition of newborns immediately following birth.  The test was developed to aid nurses and other medical professionals in determining if a newborn is in need of emergency care. The Apgar test scores five important features of […]

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5 Tips to Help Students Write Better Papers

In this era of text messaging and Facebook, many kids don't spend a lot of time honing their formal writing skills. This can be a problem when it comes time to hand in those school papers and essays. Good writing skills will help kids improve their grades and serve them well later in life. Here […]

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Why You Should Give Your Teenager Food Independence

Adolescence is difficult. Older children and young adults are appropriately battling to find out who they are and where they fit in. They want to make choices on their own, but at the same time they're not always ready to handle the responsibilities that go along with those choices. As might be expected, younger teens […]

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