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Sleep is Important for Overall Health and Happiness

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In the last year, due to the pandemic, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about hygiene. We know the importance of washing our hands, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and staying socially distanced to lower the spread of germs. But, one topic that hasn’t been discussed quite as much is the importance of good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene, or the habits and practices that help us get a good night’s sleep, is an essential part of promoting good health. Yet, despite knowing the importance of sleep, 70% of American adults and nearly 50% of children don’t get enough sleep. Signs of Sleep Disruption According to […]

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Bringing Children into Women’s History Month

Perhaps you are a parent who has been juggling virtual learning while working from home. Or you’re a child care provider who has not yet streamlined your communication process with ChildWatch. Either way a year has passed since the first COVID-19 lock downs and children’s education seems to only have gotten more complicated. It has been a challenging year all around for parents and childcare providers alike. Many children have gotten more screen time than anyone would have hoped or planned. If you are taking care of a child or children, it is completely understandable to feel that you are […]

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February is National Heart Health Month

February is National Heart Health Month! Staggeringly, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Therefore, helping teach children the importance of maintaining good heart health in their childhood and beyond so they can enjoy a good quality of life is of the utmost importance. It has been proven that meeting personal health goals is most successful with the support of others, so being equipped with information about heart disease in educating children is extremely beneficial.  What is heart disease?  Each year, more than 610,000 people die of heart disease in America. […]

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Making Safe Back-to-School Transitions: A Parenting Guide

As 2021 begins to unfold, many schools are beginning to transition back to in-person learning, which is great news for everyone. Of course, the highest priority remains keeping students, teachers, and staff as healthy as possible, especially since vaccines may likely not be available to students this school year. Thus far, in-person learning does not seem to increase the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Wondering how you can do your part as parents to keep your kids healthy as they transition back to in-person learning? Here are some tips for you: Make sure your child is up to date on […]

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Helping Children Identify and Express Feelings

Children experience many of the same emotions that impact adults, but as they get older, they are in a continuous process of learning how to understand and properly manage them. Identifying which emotion they are experiencing is the first step, and only then can they begin to express them in a healthy way. Through these efforts, a child’s emotional intelligence can truly blossom. (It’s also important to note that an adult’s reaction to a child’s expression of the emotions they’re feeling impacts how their emotional intelligence develops. Validating  (rather than dismissing) a child’s feelings while they’re growing is crucial.)  The […]

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Making the Holidays Fun for Kids During COVID-19

The holidays are fast approaching, and as COVID cases rise in the U.S., there is an urgent need to rethink how we gather in groups (and perhaps get a little creative). That said, we believe there’s a unique opportunity to “pivot” and still make things fun, easy, and most of all, safe for children and your family during the holiday season. Here are some of our favorite ideas!   Make a gratitude journal or chain. Talk about gratitude with your children and emphasize the importance of remembering how powerful it is to think about things we’re grateful for on a regular […]

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How to Keep Children Active and Healthy

As a follow-up to September’s blog post on Childhood Obesity, we wanted to expand on ways you can keep your child active and healthy. With busy schedules and growing demands as children get older, it becomes more and more difficult to stay active, but its importance need not be understated. Being physically active every day is crucial for children to avoid health problems, while also managing bodyweight and building a strong body and mind.   Of course, there are several ways to stay active. Here are a few of our favorite tips to cultivating an active lifestyle in children:  Perhaps most […]

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Identifying Warning Signs of Childhood Depression and Anxiety

Is My Child Anxious and/or Depressive? Although it’s more common to associate depression and anxiety with adults, the truth is that it can impact anyone of any age, including children.  Due to everything that has occurred with COVID-19 and the number of ways it’s challenged and impacted our lives, it’s more important than ever to lend a watchful eye over your own children or young kids in your life who may be showing warning signs of anxiety and depression. Here are some tips to be better equipped at identifying key signals.    Who is Primarily Affected? According to the Anxiety and […]

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