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Back-to-School? Avoid the Morning Rush

Back-to-school time can bring a sense of new beginnings. We can start new routines to make mornings happier and less stressful. A few suggestions may be helpful for launching back-to-school routines that set and affirm positive behavior.

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The Benefits of Music Lessons

Music lessons compete with a host of other activities for our childrens’ time and our money. How do we determine if music lessons are right for our child? The evidence of several studies supports the conclusion that the benefits of music lessons outweigh the cost and inconvenience it poses to parents to provide them.

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Calm Your Kids’ New School Year Nerves

Kid’s fear and apprehension is surprisingly common about the beginning of a new school year. Most kids, even excited ones, experience a few butterflies in the first weeks. And the source of such uneasiness is not always obvious to parents.

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Cyberbullying: What Parents Need to Know About Digital Drama

Parents don’t want to think about it, so kids are often unprepared. Cyberbullying may seem like something that happens to other people, but the statistics say otherwise. A study from the Pew Research Center found that 40 percent of adults have experienced online harassment and 73 percent have witnessed it.

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Don’t Let Lice Take Over Your Life

ice. It’s a word that strikes fear into the heart of every parent. Your child comes home from school or camp with a letter that someone has lice. So, what do you do next? Not to worry, Washington Parent has tracked down all you need to know to rid your family of lice.

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Help Kids With ADHD Complete Homework

Throughout their childhood, my husband and I learned a lot about helping hyperactive, distracted children get their work done. Drawing from that experience, and my nearly three decades as a pediatrician, here are my tips for helping your hyperactive kids (and you) as another school year dawns.

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Make a Family Date Night

Date night is a time honored part of any parents' relationship. But date night doesn’t have to be a grown-ups only occasion. Sometimes a family date night can be a welcome change.

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Toddler Obesity is on the Rise

There are 25 million overweight teens, tweens and school-age children in the U.S. - and the numbers are still rising, despite “awareness” campaigns - but what about toddlers? Too often, we use food to babysit or anesthetize kids. We need to explore other methods.

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When Being Too Nice is Not so Nice

The parental urge to be “nice” can create families in which the day is dictated by the child’s whims and fleeting emotions. We have a niggling feeling we are supporting a tiny tyrant and we have become the big servant cleaning up her messes and doing her bidding. Our actions are well intended, but are they good for the child?

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