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Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature

by Ronica A. O’Hara This Thanksgiving, there’s something to be especially thankful for—gratitude itself. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kickstart happiness and well-being. “The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never …

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Build a Bento Box Lunch for Kids

Pack Five Foods for Fun, Flavor and Health by Judith Fertig Old-style rectangular metal lunchboxes are passé. New, convenient compartmentalized containers inspired by the Japanese bento box and Indian tiffin allow parents to pack up to five different, colorful and healthy items for a child’s lunch with less plastic wrapping …

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Digital Kids: How to Click With Young Techies

by Ronica O’Hara Many Silicon Valley executives that design devices and apps have put their own children in tech-free Waldorf schools, reports The New York Times; even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs strictly limited their kids’ screen time. They know firsthand what many parents fear—that kids are missing out on …

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Feeding Healthy Habits

A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive by Melinda Hemmelgarn It’s not easy raising children in today’s media-saturated landscape. From TV and video games to internet and mobile devices, our kids are exposed to a steady stream of persuasive marketing messages promoting low-nutrient junk foods. Both the American Academy of …

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21st Century Parenting

Preparing Kids for the Future by Meredith Montgomery Today’s children have more opportunities to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. But for Mom and Dad, this …

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The Pure Joy of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun

by Ronica O’Hara Not so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind …

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Gardening for Kids: The Fun of Growing Their Own

by Ronica A. O’Hara It’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South …

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Air Care for Kids: Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free

by Avery Mack An allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result. Common around age 10, …

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Autism’s Gut-Brain Axis: A Promising Approach to Healing

by Emily Courtney With the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the rise—now affecting one in every 59 school-age children, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —identifying effective, integrative remedies is more important than ever. “You may have five kids with ASD …

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Healing Our Kids: Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions

The statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has tripled to affect one in eight; …

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