Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

It seems that these days, kids are going online at a much younger age than in previous years. While the World Wide Web isn’t all bad, parents still have the right to be nervous every time their child goes online. Most of the time, kids are just going online to check out their favorite YouTube video or play their favorite game, but parents still need to be aware of what their child is doing online so they can ensure they remain safe.

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How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

Colds, flus and gastrointestinal bugs are pretty much a part of life, especially with kids. However, there are some things you can do to boost your child’s immune system, making for fewer sick days.

Add more fruits and vegetables to their diet– Phytonutrients like carotenoids and Vitamin C are great for boosting the immune system. Adding more fruits and vegetables with these two phytonutrients to their diet, can help give their immune system a boost. Fruits and vegetables that are high in carotenoids include apricots, cantaloupe, carrots and tomatoes. Fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, broccoli and kale.

Ensure they are getting enough sleep- Not getting the proper amount of sleep can make you more susceptible to illnesses. Sleep requirements will vary by age, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, children ages 3-5 need 10-13 hours of sleep per night, children ages 6-13 need 9-11 hours of sleep per night and teenagers ages 14-17 need 8-10 hours of sleep per night.

Practice good hygiene skills- A good percentage of infections are spread through touching other people with our hands. By teaching your child proper hand-washing techniques, you can help them get rid of bacteria, germs and viruses from their hands. This is especially true for ensuring they wash their hands before eating and after using the bathroom, coughing and sneezing.

Avoid stress and anxiety
– In today’s busy world, children’s calendars seem to be filled to the brim. Much like adults, when kids get anxious or stressed, their adrenaline and cortisol rises, making for a weakened immune system. It is important for kids to have a decent amount of down time so their immune system can thrive.

Avoid secondhand smoke- If an adult in the home is a smoker, now may be a good time to consider quitting. Cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals, including at least 69 chemicals that are carcinogens, meaning they can cause cancer. Secondhand smoke can increase your child’s risk of developing conditions like asthma, bronchitis and ear infections.

What Your Child Should Do on Their Own by Middle School

Children need to know various skills at different stages in their lives, in order to later become functional adults. If your child is about to start middle school, here are some of the things they should be able to do on their own. And, it is super okay if they haven’t learned these things yet. It’s never too late to start!

 

Wash and dry dishes- While loading and unloading a dishwasher may be an easy feat, children should know how to wash and dry dishes the old-fashioned way. This will show kids exactly how dishes get cleaned.

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Early Signs of Common Learning Disabilities in Kids

According to the LDA– Learning Disabilities Association of America, there are 2.4 million students, in the United States, with a diagnosed learning disability. These students receive specialized services at their school, through the IDEA- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. A learning disability is defined as a neurological condition that affects how a person hears, sees or understands things. Those with a learning disability have trouble with things like math, reading, reasoning, speaking, spelling and writing. The most common learning disabilities in children include dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and visual processing disorder. Let’s take a look at the early signs of these learning disabilities.

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How to Establish a New Bedtime Routine

So, summer is almost over, which means it is almost time for the kids to head back to school. After staying up later at night and getting up later in the morning, they probably aren’t going to want to change their bedtime routine around when school starts. By starting the bedtime routine change early enough, you can help ensure the change will be an easy one for everyone.

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