A 15-Week Exercise Plan for Kids and Families

Outside – Krista Langlois

As a new school year begins, the state of American education is uncertain. Some schools have insisted on reopening, with mixed results, others are sticking with remote learning, while still others are offering a hybrid of the two. And even in places where in-person classes are happening, many parents are choosing to keep their kids home or creating “learning pods” with other families. All of which means that caregivers are once again facing the impossible task of acting as parent, breadwinner, and teacher—all at once. 

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National Youth Suicide Rates Continue To Climb

The Huffington Post – Catherine Pearson

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Friday found the national suicide rate among 10- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. was mostly stable at the start of the 2000s. However, it then increased by 57% from 2007 to 2018. That represents an increase from 6.8 deaths per 100,000 in 2007 to 10.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2018.

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6 Outside Fall Games To Play With The Kids

Moms – Simon Books

Parents and children have had an interesting year. Being forced to stay indoors for a long time has forced people to understand each other. Working moms and dads have spent more time at home than they normally do, and children have felt the heavy presence of their parents and caregivers throughout the year. For some people, the COVID 19 pandemic is a blessing in disguise, since it has brought families together because they have learned to live with each other. Homeschooling, working from home, and playing with children have acquired new meanings.

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Child’s play in the time of COVID: screen games are still ‘real’ play

The Conversation – Jane Mavoa and Marcus Carter

Children’s play adapts to its circumstances. Recently children have been incorporating pandemic related themes into their play, such as coronavirus tag, where the point is to “infect” as many children as possible. Play is also likely to help children process feelings of loss associated with the pandemic. With playgrounds, playdates and playcentres often off the menu, many parents and children are relying on digital games for play. But children’s use of screens remains a source of anxiety and conflict for many parents.

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How Screens Affect Kids’ Eyes, According To Experts

Romper – Ashley Jones

Throughout the pandemic, one mantra has remained clear for parents: Whatever works. For some, this meant propping little ones in front of the TV or an iPad just to have some sort of peace. With screen time limits all but gone, how screens will affect kids’ eyes with all of this increased use is a question at the top of many parents’ minds.

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Escape the stress of Covid

The Pike County Courier — Staff Writer

Learning and working from home can be stressful for everyone in the household during COVID-19. It is important to allow your family to escape the events going on in the world and have fun with one another. As school progresses, homework may become overwhelming and stressful for your students. Remember that you control their hours while they are home. It is okay to give your children a little more time to sleep in or enjoy a longer lunch break. While school is important, the mental state of your children is just as important.

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New Flu Guidelines For Children Have Been Released

Moms — Jennifer Passmore

In addition to COVID-19, there is also influenza, which has also killed its fair share of people. However, each year, a ‘flu season’ emerges, around November, lasting until a few months after the new year. The flu is not fun to have. What with body aches and shivers, fevers, and sneezing. That is why there is a vaccine for everyone aged 6 months and up. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released their guidelines as to when children should receive their annual flu shot this year, according to TODAY.

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