Should my child get a flu shot?
Should my child get a flu shot?

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  • The flu is much more serious than the common cold and can cause serious complications.
  • Anybody over 6 months old should get a flu shot.
  • Getting a flu shot earlier in the season will offer you and your family the best protection.
When coughs don’t need antibiotics
When coughs don’t need antibiotics

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  • Most coughs are caused by a viral infection from influenza, croup, or a cold.
  • The average cough lasts 18 days, but it is not uncommon for coughs to last up to 3 weeks.
  • If your child has a chronic cough, it might be allergies, asthma, or reflux.
Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause behavioral problems
Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause behavioral problems

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  • Exposure to secondhand smoke made it 50 percent more likely that children would develop neurobehavioral disorders like ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders.
  • Children’s bodies develop rapidly, putting them at a higher risk for adverse side effects.
  • Parents are in an excellent position to help protect their children from secondhand smoke.
Bye, bye bottle
Bye, bye bottle

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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends weaning your baby from the bottle before your baby is 18 months old.
  • The longer you wait to wean your baby from bottles, the harder it will be.
  • Using a bottle for too long can lead to dental problems and obesity.
Temper tantrums: A parent’s survival guide
Temper tantrums: A parent’s survival guide

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  • Tantrums are a normal part of growing up as children start to assert their independence and learn how to express emotions.
  • Teach your child that anger is a common feeling and how to express it constructively.
  • Teach children that they can get your attention with good behavior instead of seeking negative attention.
Crunchy Vegetarian Taquitos Recipe
Crunchy Vegetarian Taquitos Recipe

These taquitos prove that you don’t have to fry food to make it crispy and delicious. Ingredients 10 medium mushrooms 1 red bell pepper 1/2 bunch cilantro 1/4 cup green salsa 1/3 cup cream cheese 1 can (or 2 cups) black beans juice of 1 lime 1 tsp cumin 15 small tortillas Instructions Clean mushrooms … Continue reading “Crunchy Vegetarian Taquitos Recipe”

How to feed a teenage boy without breaking the bank
How to feed a teenage boy without breaking the bank

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  • Provide your teen with healthy choices, but don’t nag or lecture.
  • Prepare healthy snacks ahead of time to make them easy to grab.
  • Preparing a well-thought-out grocery list will help discourage unhealthy and expensive impulse buys.
Homework strategies for children on the autism spectrum
Homework strategies for children on the autism spectrum

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  • Keep homework sessions predictable and realistic.
  • Learn your child's strengths and find ways to leverage those strengths when studying.
  • Communicate with teachers and find what resources may be available to you at home.
Guiding your freshman to a successful first year
Guiding your freshman to a successful first year

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  • The most common freshman problems are homesickness and stress.
  • Prepare your student several months before first term by letting them test life-skills from the safety of home and by investigating resources in advance.
  • Keep communication open by being an open-minded sounding board for their problems.
Teaching teens to connect without screens
Teaching teens to connect without screens

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  • Because screen use is an integral part of work, school, and personal time, learning a healthy balance in the pre-teen and teen years is important.
  • The rise of screens and social media has impacted how our kids' generation makes and maintains relationships.
  • Helping your teens learn to connect without screens requires both creativity and clear expectations.

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