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There are important strategies families can use to help promote mental health as kids head back to school and daily routines change. (Shutterstock)

Back to school: Time to revisit strategies for child and family mental health

Family routines can provide stability during times of stress. Here are four strategies for building resilience against stress and family challenges to put into place as children head back to school.
Recent advances in research on human development, and brain science in particular, have revealed that traumatic childhood literally changes the human body, affecting brain development. (Shutterstock)

There is an urgent need to prevent the lifelong damage caused by adverse childhood experiences

The impact of early childhood trauma on lifelong physical and mental health makes it urgent to invest in programs to support healthy pregnancies and stable, caring very early childhoods.
In this photo from 2016, students pass through a security checkpoint at William Hackett Middle School in Albany, N.Y., with guards, bag inspections and a metal detector. AP Photo/Mike Groll

Does hardening schools make students safer?

Surveillance cameras, metal detectors, door-locking systems and armed guards have not prevented school shootings. A school safety scholar examines other possible approaches.
A woman holds a child in her arms after crossing the border from Ukraine to Siret, Romania, on Feb. 25. Romania, which borders Ukraine, is seeing an influx of refugees as many flee the Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

How to talk to children about the invasion of Ukraine, and why those conversations are important

How to have important conversations with kids about world events like those taking place in Ukraine, and how to tailor them based on age and maturity levels — from child psychologists.
Whether just comfortable at home or nervous about leaving, kids may need extra support to get back out there. Imgorthand/E+ via Getty Images

Here’s how to help your kids break out of their pandemic bubble and transition back to being with others

After more than a year of isolation and empty schedules, some kids might be apprehensive or anxious about interacting with the outside world. Psychology experts provide tips to ease the transition.
If your family has decided to trick-or-treat or give out candy, you’ll want to sit down with your kids and lay some ground rules that take the pandemic into consideration. (Shutterstock)

5 tips for a safe Halloween during COVID-19 — and what to do if trick-or-treating is cancelled

Experts in child development and infectious disease help parents make informed decisions about Halloween and provide tips for communicating with children effectively.
Biology, psychology and environment can all influence a child’s sleep patterns. (Shutterstock)

10 reasons kids develop sleep problems, and how parents can help

One in four children will experience sleep problems before their 10th birthday. Here are the top factors, plus steps parents can take to give their kids (and themselves) a good night’s sleep.

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