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Healthy Kids Begin with Involved Parents

According to Buckeye Health Plan, establishing a relationship with a pediatrician is the first step parents can make for the health of their children. The company offers the following facts and tips as part of Every Kid Healthy Week, which takes place April 24-28.

Thousands of Ohio’s children do not receive the preventative care they need to be healthy now and into adulthood. Only one in three children in the United States is physically active every day, and one in five school-aged children (ages 6-19) is obese, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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Honesty is the Best Policy in Conversations with Kids

We’ve all been there, or will be there at some point. Your child asks a question that calls for a “hard talk.” While it may seem easier to skirt the truth — or avoid the conversation altogether — honesty really is the best strategy, according to Kelly McNelis, founder and president of Women For One. Read her advice on this topic below:

Why is it important as a parent to be honest with your children, rather than to sugar coat or avoid hard topics?

“Our kids are watching us all the time. If they see us avoiding hard topics, or backing away from the things that make us uncomfortable, we teach them to play it safe and stuff their feelings down. It’s our responsibility to teach our children the meaning of emotional honesty and how to work through our challenges with transparency and the willingness to learn from conflict. This is why it’s important to clarify our own values and hone our communication skills — especially when it comes to talking to our kids.

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2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting

Banish Bad Dreams

It’s not clear at what age kids begin to dream, but even toddlers may speak about having dreams — pleasant ones and scary ones. Nightmares aren’t completely preventable, but parents can take steps to set the stage for a peaceful night’s rest. That way, when nightmares do creep in, a little reassurance and comfort from you can quickly restore your child’s peace of mind. ...
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Ages & Stages Education Featured Parenting

Choosing a School for Your Child with Special Learning Needs

Choosing a school for a child with unique learning needs can be overwhelming; often the hardest part is knowing where to start. While every family will make decisions based on their child’s individual needs and circumstances, these common considerations — including therapies, communication, family support, and more — can help guide you through the process. ...
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Ages & Stages Education Parenting

Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy

This helpful list provides a rough outline of when certain motor and cognitive development milestones occur in infants and young children. Also, find out what parents can do at each age and stage to stimulate learning and promote literacy. ...
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8 Ways Kids can Help the Environment

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, here are some easy, kid-friendly ways to teach your children about taking care of the environment.

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Camp of the Week: Musical Fingers

Musical Fingers offers Summer Classic Rock and Contemporary Christian Rock camps with the same goals at its year-round music therapy and music education classes: let kids have a blast creating music, elevate their self-esteem and instill a deep-seated love for music; and help special needs individuals transform their dis-ability into ability. ...
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2017 Editions Ages & Stages April 2017 Featured Magazine Parenting

Carry On: Babywearing Basics

Having your hands full after your baby is born is an understatement. Babywearing can become a next best solution to any parent. It can be helpful so mothers can nurse on the go and nurture a child’s craving for closeness anytime — even while multitasking. Learn about the benefits of babywearing, the types of slings, wraps and carriers available, and where to turn for more information. ...
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