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A Quick Guide to Navigating Child Fears This Spooky Season

As we head into the spookiest season of the year, it’s time to break out the candy corn, the pumpkin spice, your autumn cardigan, and all of the holiday festivities.  For the most part, October is all fun and games… until someone gets spooked. And as much as we love this time of year, it can be challenging for those with sensitive and/or easily startled, young children. Kids, especially toddlers and preschoolers, have a hard time distinguishing between what’s real and what’s not making the costumes and overall spooky allure of Halloween potentially terrifying for younger children. When so much […]

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Enjoying the Summer Scorchers

“We’re in for another scorcher!” has become an all too frequent refrain this summer. With global temperatures on the rise and heat waves cascading across North America, the risks of heat exposure are also increasing severely. Is it even possible to enjoy those precious few months of summer? How can your children stay safe in extreme temperatures? Is there anything you can do about it? Right now, 2020 takes the cake for the hottest year ever recorded, but phew! 2021 seems to be doing its best to give 2020 a run for its money! Despite the blazing sun and scorching […]

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Allergies getting you and the kids down? There are steps you can take.

Spring has come and summer is just a few short weeks away! The longer, warmer days are a wonderful respite from a winter which felt like it would never end. But spring comes with a price… allergies. You step outside into the warm glow of the sun only to be smacked with a sneezing or coughing fit from those new pollinated buds of spring. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology has verified that allergy season is both getting longer and more severe every year. So just when it’s the perfect time to play outside and the kids are […]

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Sleep is Important for Overall Health and Happiness

Child sleeping on a pillow

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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