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Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 08:25 AM

Winter can be a season of great fun for children: building snowmen, sledding, zipping around on ice skates and more. Here’s how you can keep your children safe and feeling good while they play outdoors.

First, it’s hard to have fun when you don’t feel well. Fortunately, the Cleveland Clinic provides great tips on how to help keep your children healthy during winter months. Step one is to dispel a commonly held belief: that cold weather causes colds. In reality, most colds are caused by viruses, ones we are more commonly exposed to in the wintertime. Plus, colds are more easily spread when school is in session, as children spread the viruses to one another through droplets sneezed into the air and through hand contact.

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How to Know When to Call the Doctor for a Fever

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Fevers range from mild ones to those that can be frightening to parents. How do you know when one is serious, and when to call the doctor for a fever?

The Cleveland Clinic defines a fever as a temperature over 100.4 degrees F, which is almost 2 degrees above the average body temperature of 98.6 F. People’s body temperatures fluctuate throughout the day, and “can differ by age, activity levels and other factors. Don’t be alarmed if your child’s temperature varies. The magic number for fever is 100.4 F.”

Fevers that are typically not a matter of concern, according to the Cleveland Clinic, include these:

  • Low-grade fevers that occur shortly after your baby or child received immunizations. These fevers are typically normal if they last less than 48 hours.
  • Fevers of less than five days; this is especially true if your child is eating and drinking normally, and is acting fairly normal (even if he or she is more tired).
  • Fevers with temperatures of 102.5 F or less for children aged 3 months to 3 years; or temperatures of up to 103 F if your child is older. In and of themselves, they are “not necessarily worrisome.”
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For Families: Fall Activities in Northeast Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

“Autumn in Ohio is a feast for the senses. With a wide variety of trees, Ohio forests gradually begin to blaze with brilliant hues of red, gold and orange from September to mid-November. There is a crispness in the air that makes the earthy smell of falling leaves all the more pronounced. It’s a perfect time to visit Ohio State Parks, national forests and nature preserves for a hike, a bicycle ride or a late season paddle to take in the color.” (Ohio.org)

Fall is the time of year when you can go on walks with your children, just to enjoy the stunning colors of leaves as they change and drift to the ground. Or you can put a twist on the neighborhood walk and take a family-friendly hike through the Cleveland Metroparks, the Lorain County Metro Parks or somewhere similar. November can be an incredibly beautiful time of year to go for hikes and bike rides, the last of fall before weather transitions into winter.

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Simple Tips to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

If you could do only one thing to help your child do better in school, the U.S. Department of Education says that would be the following: Encourage your child to read. When he or she learns how to read, it will help in all subject areas throughout the years of school, and also will help your child become a lifelong learner.

Encouraging your child to read comes in many forms. When a child is still a baby, it’s typically appropriate to read to him or her several times a day for a few minutes at a time. As the child ages, he or she probably will indicate when it’s time for storytime to last longer. When your child become verbal, encourage questions. Talk about the story together, and consider pausing your reading at certain points, inviting your child to predict what might happen next. When your child is ready, ask him or her to read out loud to you.

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Topics: preschool

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

You want your young children to enjoy Halloween. To help ensure that happens, we’re sharing Halloween safety tips for kids to follow during (but not limited to) trick-or-treating time.

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Topics: halloween safety

4 Benefits of Imaginative Play for Young Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever seen a young child open a larger present — and then toss the gift aside to play inside the box? The box may become a race car or spaceship, or something else entirely. No matter the specifics, that child is engaging in imaginative play, and the process of pretending is both essential and more complex than it may look on the surface.

Here are four benefits of imaginative play.

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Topics: children, indoor play

6 Tips to Help Your Child with Homework

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

“Children need to know that their family members think homework is important. If they know their families care, children have a good reason to complete assignments and to turn them in on time. You can do many things to show that your child that you value education and homework.” —U.S. Department of Education

How exactly do you convey to your child that homework is important? Here are six tips to help your child with homework.

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Topics: homework, afterschool

3 Tasty, Healthy, Quick Dinner Ideas

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 08:40 AM

With school back in session, families are busier — including yours. So to help, we’re going to share three simple and healthy recipes for dinner, each of which takes less than an hour to prepare, from start to finish. Try these three quick dinner ideas.

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Vitamins and Kids: What to Know

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

If your preschooler is a picky eater, first know you’re not alone. Children of this age often are selective about what they eat, so having a child who only wants to eat mac-and-cheese and applesauce is not unusual. Next, consider these tips for expanding your child’s food preferences, along with information about whether vitamin supplements can fill nutritional gaps. Here’s what to know about vitamins and kids.

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Topics: healthy, healthy eats, healthy child, health

4 Easy, Healthy & Cheap After-School Snacks

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

When your child comes home after school, he or she is likely to say, “Hey, I’m hungry! What do we have to eat?” And, depending upon how hectic your day has been, it may be tempting to offer your child whatever snack is easiest to provide. That’s only natural. We put together a list of four after-school snacks that are quick and convenient — but are also healthy and easy on the budget.

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Topics: healthy eats, afterschool

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