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Summer Safety Tips for Young Kids

Aug 05, 2014
By: Kids in the House
Summertime brings fun activities and laughter to young kids, but it can also mean stress and anxiety for parents. Children are outside more, often in a less restricted environment than a classroom, which means less supervision as well. It’s important to teach children certain tips and rules that...
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Monitoring Television and Screen Time

Aug 04, 2014
By: Kids in the House
At age two, children start paying greater attention to the television. Their attention spans become longer and they can become "hooked" on certain shows. Family therapist Michael Gurian explains that before the age of two a child should be kept from watching television as brain development relied...
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Benefits of Creating Fun Activities

Jun 18, 2014
By: Kids in the House
With the wealth of enrichment and developmental activities available, parents may feel tempted to involve their child in as much as possible. Education specialist Janis Keyser explains that schedulinig multiple activities for children can lead to overbooking, where nearly every day the child...
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5 Benefits of Outdoor Winter Play

Oct 30, 2013
By: David Reeves
Outdoor winter play has long been blamed for colds and the flu. Our parents told us “Bundle up or you’ll catch a cold” and their parents probably told them the same thing. But winter play gets a bad rap. Although going outside unprepared for the elements is unwise, viruses that are spread by other...
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My Baby Eats Books: Four Tips on Raising a Reader

Sep 10, 2013
By: Sydney's Book Club
It is amazing how we as parents adapt and grow through parenthood just as much (if not more) as our children do. I have often heard people say “the first child is the practice child”, despite the clear negative connotation, I would have to admit there is some truth in this idiom. I am sure no one...
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Pink vs. Blue: Children's Toys

Aug 12, 2013
Have you ever noticed how many aisles there are for girl toys vs. boy toys? What if your daughter wanted a transformer? What if your son wanted a baby doll? It is 2013… should gender still play a role in our kids’ lives today? Today’s toy stores are marketed directly for “Pink vs. Blue.” I recently...
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TV Exposure in Infants & Children: Timing is Everything

Jun 28, 2013
By: Richard Pass, RN
I recently visited the home of a family of four. Two parents a three year old and an 8 month old infant. The place was abuzz with activity, sound and what seemed like a very loving & caring environment. After several minutes of getting acquainted, I began looking and listening a bit closer. Of...
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