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12 Activities for St. Patrick's Day

The celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 17 has spread throughout the world. Whether you are Irish or not, take time to explore these fun activities with your family. With a dozen ideas to choose from, you can extend your celebration right through the month of March.

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21st Century Parenting Challenges

Why do we parents fall into the trap of overprotecting our kids from short-term struggles and underpreparing them to cope with life's long-term challenges? Intellectually, we know that overparenting undermines a child's initiative and sends him or her off into the world unprepared to make independent choices and own the consequences of those choices (both positive and negative). Yet it can be difficult to translate that knowledge into practice.

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Discover Sports and Outdoor Camps

Summer break is an opportunity to explore new interests that don't necessarily fall into a typical school schedule. It's a chance perhaps, to improve existing skills and talents. No matter what sport, recreation or hobby your child has expressed an interest in, there's a theme camp to cultivate their curiosity. Everything from drama and dancing, computers and cheer to sea life and soccer is taught nearby.

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Family Fun Night

Now that the kids are older, how do you get your tweens and teens to want to hang out with "the folks?" Besides creating great memories, family fun nights with tweens and teens also means parents worry less about where the kids are going, who they're with and what they're doing. To make "hanging with the family" something tweens and teens look forward to, try these ideas to jumpstart your family fun night.

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How Sleep Boosts Learning

Want kids to bring home more A's? Start with more ZZZ's. According to sleep experts and numerous new studies, lost sleep hurts learning and hinders school-day success. How does sleep boost learning? Researchers believe it has to do with the way the brain processes information during sleep. Read on for age-specific information on how sleep impacts learning - and how to help kids get a better night's rest.

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How to be a Good Sport

In this reality television age, when contestants are either considered superstars-in-the-making or deserving of international ridicule, parents may struggle to instill basic teamwork principles in their children. Encouraging kids to become members of a team can help them constructively channel their energy and creativity, while learning about sportsmanship firsthand.

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Kids Explore the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

In conjunction with the Explore! Children's Museum of Washington, D.C., the National Portrait Gallery now has a special space for children ages 18 months to 8-years-old to play and explore art in a space that makes them feel welcome. The large bright red room, on the first floor of the museum, has several interactive stations for kids to play and explore art, designed specifically with the younger art appreciator in mind.

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Multiple Sclerosis Education Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Education Month. Multiple Sclerosis, commonly known as MS, is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and disrupts the flow of information both within the brain and between the brain and body. The lifelong condition can present in a range of signs and symptoms and can occur in isolated attacks or build up progressively over time.

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The Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency

Years ago, when children drank lots of milk and spent much of their time playing outside in the sunlight, parents and physicians didn't worry if kids were getting enough vitamin D. Today, with children often consuming fewer dairy products and spending more time indoors playing video games, pediatricians are seeing many more young patients who are deficient in vitamin D, which is critical for healthy bone development.

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