Children can help make grocery lists and confirm the parent has bought everything on the list.
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Grocery shopping and family meals are prime opportunities to build reading and math skills – particularly for young Latino children, a new study finds.
Creativity can be used in countless ways – with positive or negative consequences.
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Parents often want their kids to be creative. But while creativity has many benefits, it can also be used for harm. Here’s how to teach kids to harness their imagination for the common good.
Experts give trick-or-treating the green light this year.
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There’s no need to pull out the candy catapult this year, but a few reasonable precautions can keep COVID-19 transmissions in check.
Physical activity, eating habits and emotional support from friends and family are stronger predictors of health than body mass index.
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Weight discrimination, like teasing, is common among youth and linked to eating disorders and depression. Youth’s health and well-being would be best supported by not focusing on their weight.
The COVID-19 pandemic created attendance issues for students of all ages.
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COVID-19 upended families’ morning routines. Getting kids back on schedule and sticking to it will help ease difficult transitions, a child psychologist explains.
With a beam of light, an otoscope allows a clinician to examine the ear canal and eardrum.
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With mask-wearing and kids out of school last winter, viral upper respiratory infections decreased. However, clinicians have seen a return of respiratory viruses this summer and ear infections are up too.
Some children liked being able to move from room to room, while others felt more confined to their desks at home.
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Children missed being with friends but liked the freedom to move around at home. These are some of the takeaways from an education researcher who talked to 30 kids ages 5-8.
Parents may want to talk to teachers about their family structure, and what their child calls each parent, before the start of the school year.
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Parents often think about a school’s quality, class sizes, safety and extracurriculars. LGBTQ parents may also want to know their family will be respected.
Trials are under way to ascertain whether COVID vaccines are safe and effective for children under 12. In the meantime, it’s reassuring to note that generally, young kids cope OK with the virus.
Masks are an important tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
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Vaccinations, masks and some distancing – along with low community transmission – can help protect students in classrooms and cafeterias.
Fantasy play, painting, playing made-up games and building with blocks are a few examples of free play.
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Children use play to express themselves and process their emotions. Here’s how parents can make the most of play time together.
Play is especially important during the summer months, when kids tend to be less active.
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Public and community health experts highlight four ways that communities can collaborate to encourage physical activity and fun.
Parents and caregivers may need to continue in the role of education facilitator and technology specialist this fall.
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Teachers and students are likely to use a lot more online learning tools than they did pre-pandemic even after in-person classes resume.
Boys are often allowed to stray farther from home without adult supervision than girls are.
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Although some parents may be reluctant to let their children explore their surroundings alone, allowing kids to wander can help build their sense of direction.
Climbing in the playground is just one of many activities kids can do to improve muscle fitness.
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Overall muscle fitness among children and teens hasn’t declined over the past several decades, but by some measures it’s not improving, either.
The study found that child-free people were just as satisfied with their lives as those with kids.
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While past studies have placed the proportion of child-free American adults at somewhere between 2% and 9%, a new study found that in Michigan, over 1 in 4 adults don’t want kids.
The question of whether we should be vaccinating children and adolescents against COVID-19 is currently being debated. Here’s why the answer is ‘not yet’.
Our new Cochrane review found antidepressants led to only small improvements in depression symptoms on average compared with placebo.
Discussing violence with children can be challenging for a parent.
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Violence is a tough but necessary subject to address. Here are four articles on how to speak to your child about violence.
Moms and dads have better physical and mental health when they dine with their children – despite all the work of a family meal.
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All that planning, shopping, prepping, serving and cleaning can pay off with better physical and mental health for all members of the family.