How to help your child get the sleep they need

Harvard Health – Claire McCarthy, MD

This year, back-to-school plans are still a work in progress, and some (perhaps many) children will be learning from home because of the pandemic. As tempting as it might be to let the summer sleep schedules stay in place, it’s important that children have a regular routine — and that they are sleeping during the dark hours and awake during the light ones, as our bodies do best that way. So while a child whose trip to school is just a walk to the kitchen table might be able to sleep a bit later than one who has to catch an early bus, no child should be spending all morning in bed.

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Quickly Improve Your Teen’s Behavior With These Tips

Moms – Tonya Cotto

If disobedient, eye-rolling, door-slamming years have arrived, welcome to the “teenage” years. We spend a lot of time preparing for pregnancy and the first five years of our children’s lives. Unfortunately, this often leaves us ill-prepared for the rude, emotional, and unstable years prior to adulthood. We love our teenagers just as much as we did when they were born; yet, they’re less than cooperative and disobedient attitudes can take us to the edge. So, let look at a way to improve your teen’s behavior quickly with these tips.

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Better playground design could help kids get more exercise

Science News – Emily Anthes

Being physically active has many benefits for kids: It reduces obesity risk and improves overall physical and mental health, fosters social and emotional development and boosts academic performance. The World Health Organization recommends that schoolchildren get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Most kids fall far short of that goal. Globally, 81 percent of 11- to 17-year-olds fail to hit that threshold, according to an analysis reported in January in the Lancet.

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How to help kids through difficult times (like now)

Medical X-Press – Kathy Katella

Navigating life these days is tough for an adult. So, imagine what it’s like for children. They can’t see their friends because schools and camps are closed due to the pandemic. They aren’t allowed to go to birthday parties or sleepovers. Parents may be frustrated—because they’re trying to work at home, or perhaps one or both are unemployed, worried about money, or sick with COVID-19. On top of that, there has been an uptick in national political conflict, as well as confrontations over issues of racial injustice that many children are not used to seeing.

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