• Six Ways to Help Your Child Succeed This School Year

    08/22/2014 |

    Academic success is measured in various ways depending on the school: many schools use traditional letter grades (ABCDF), some value a grade-free approach and still others practice a ranking system based on a curve. No matter what type of grading system…  Read More

  • Prevent Cyber Bullying

    08/13/2014 |

    You may think you know what your child is doing online, but chances are you don’t know the full story. Even if you have family rules regarding technology use, your child could still be at risk for cyber bullying. Whether it happens online or not,…  Read More

  • Enterovirus D68: What You Need to Know

    09/11/2014 |

    By now, you’ve probably heard about it: the rare strain of a common virus believed to be behind the spike in kids being sent to the hospital for moderate to severe respiratory infections—enterovirus D68. But there’s no need to panic.…  Read More

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Do Flu Shots Get You Sick?

12/18/2014 | Family CarePrimary Care

Influenza (flu) is one of the most common and contagious illnesses of the winter season. While having the flu is often rough for adults, it can be much more severe in children. Fortunately, the flu vaccine can help children and adults avoid the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot each year. Take a moment to read these common questions about the flu shot, and talk to your family doctor about getting your family vaccinated. Will the flu shot give me…

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How to Keep Your Children Active Over Winter Break

12/17/2014 | Everyday WellnessPlay and Exercise

Winter vacation should be a time of relaxation and freedom for your children. While a break from schoolwork is a good change of pace, keeping your kids mentally and physically active can be a challenge. Figuring out what to do with the extra down time often means more work for you. When the weather gets cold and it gets dark early, it takes some creativity to keep kids entertained and active. A mix of indoor and outdoor plans can keep your children active and prepare them for school after winter…

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4 Signs Your Teen is Smoking

12/15/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Did you know: most adult smokers started smoking when they were kids? Kids may try smoking because it seems cool or they think it will make them look older. The danger of trying cigarettes at such a young age is that it leads to a lifelong bad habit. As a parent, you can help keep your teenager from picking up the habit by clearly communicating the dangers of smoking. But even if you explain the negative consequences of smoking, there is still a chance your teenager will try it. Here are 4 signs…

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The final countdown: Four ways to help your student survive finals

12/12/2014 | Family CarePrimary CareReady, Set, School

Ah, finals week. The time when stress is inevitable and showers are optional. As a veteran of 10 finals seasons, I consider myself somewhat of a professional test taker (I promise I took showers). What can you do as a parent to help your student through? Below are my top 4 experience-tested and science-proven (and, perhaps, my own parents’) tips.   1. Sleep on it: While an “all-nighter” of studying may logically seem like a good plan to increase study time, numerous studies…

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Essentials for Bundling Your Kids in the Snow

12/12/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Children love snow, and naturally, you want to keep them warm and dry while they enjoy time outdoors. As a parent, choosing the best clothing options can be tricky. Not all winter clothing is created equal, especially when it comes to playing in snow. Parents often purchase heavy wool or down jackets, gloves and hats that are easily drenched with melted snow. It’s nearly impossible to stay warm or comfortable in wet clothes, so waterproof is the name of the game when it comes to your kids enjoying…

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