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    Help Your Child Get Organized


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    Any kid worth his or her salt will generate a little chaos and disorganization. Yours might tear through the house leaving a trail of toys, backpacks, shoes, and empty drink cups. Or flit from one thing to the next - forgetting books at school, leaving towels on the floor, and failing to finish projects once started. You'd like your child to be more organized and to stay focused on tasks, such as homework. Is it possible?


    Yes, it is. A few kids seem naturally organized, but for the rest of them, organization is a skill learned over time. Does your child seem especially resistant to living in an orderly way? With your ... Continue reading Help Your Child Get Organized.


    Involved Parenting of Your High School Student


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    By Ursula Richards Scheele, M.Ed.


    Now that your teenager can drive, maybe has a job, is involved various extra-curricular activities, and is on her way to graduation and adulthood, you may be thinking to yourself, "So far, so good." Also, you may be asking yourself if this is the time when your role as a parent is diminished. Absolutely not. The job of parenting a high school student is as important as it has been since potty training and puberty. While my children are under the age of six, as a high school counselor I have been through many trials and tribulations with parents and their teens, and have learned how ... Continue reading Involved Parenting of Your High School Student.


    Sleep and Pre-Schoolers


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    Sleep helps kids grow strong and healthy. Preschoolers typically sleep about 10 to 12 hours during each 24-hour period, but there's no reason to be rigid about which 10 to 12 hours these are. At this stage, the important thing is to help your child develop good habits for getting to sleep.


    Establishing a Bedtime Routine
    A bedtime routine is a great way to ensure that your preschooler gets enough sleep. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're setting up that routine:


    * Include a winding-down period during the half hour before bedtime.
    * Stick to a bedtime, alerting yo ... Continue reading Sleep and Pre-Schoolers.


    Toy Recall Update: Mattel Recalls 9 Million Toys


    Mattel is voluntarily recalling 9 million of its toys - including Sarge brand cars; Batman action figures; and Barbie, Doggie Daycare, and Polly Pocket play sets - because of hazards to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Aug. 14.

    The 7.3 million play sets and 1.5 million die cast cars, all made in China, either could have lead paint or contain small, powerful magnets that can be swallowed. According to the CPSC, if more than one magnet is swallowed, they could cause intestinal damage and other injuries.

    Mattel is voluntarily recalling 9 million of its toys - including Sarge brand cars; Batman action figures; and Barbie, Doggie Daycare, and Polly Pocket play sets - because of hazards to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Aug. 14.

    The 7.3 million play sets and 1.5 million die cast cars, all made in China, either could have lead paint or contain small, powerful magnets that can be swallowed. According to the CPSC, if more than one magnet is swallowed, they could cause intestinal damage and other injuries.

    The announcement comes just weeks after Mattel's Fisher-Price brand recalled from stor ... Continue reading Toy Recall Update: Mattel Recalls 9 Million Toys.


    Extra Curricular Overload


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    By Amanda Formaro


    School is about to open and with it comes the barrage of extra curricular activities. Talent shows. Science projects. Homework. Dance class. Basketball practice. Violin recitals. Book reports. When is enough too much?


    A friend of mine once told me of her 15 year old daughter who had insisted on participating in almost every extra curricular activity that came down the pipe. "She has become snippy with her siblings and looks tired. I think she knows that she took a large bite this time. She seems irritated that her free TV watching time has been replaced by schoolwork." What's a parent ... Continue reading Extra Curricular Overload.


    "Mature" Video Games: Young Kids Are Playing, Too



    Whether thumbing their way to the next level on handheld portable games, logging on to favorite game sites to challenge online opponents, or battling virtual bad guys with their buddies in the basement, lots of preteens and teens are making video games a big part of their techno-filled lives. And many of the games boast content that would make most parents cringe.


    So researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Michigan State University asked 1,254 7th- and 8th-graders (most ages 12 to 14) detailed questions about their computer and video-game habits.


    Almost all (about 90%) of the kids said they ... Continue reading "Mature" Video Games: Young Kids Are Playing, Too.


    Playground Safety


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    Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment can provide your child with fun, fresh air, and exercise, but they can also pose some safety hazards. Faulty equipment, improper surfaces, and careless behavior are just a few of the dangers that cause children on playgrounds to visit hospital emergency departments.


    Each year, more than 200,000 kids are treated in hospital ERs for playground-related injuries. Many of these injuries could have been prevented with the proper supervision.


    You can make the playground a place that's entertaining and safe for your child by checking equipment for potential hazards and fol ... Continue reading Playground Safety.