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How to teach teens the risks of pot when Marijuana is legal

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Marijuana use is on the rise among teens. Marijuana has many slang names including pot, weed, herb, and cannabis. Recent data in the United States shows that 1 in 15 high school seniors use marijuana on a daily basis. More startling are the numbers of adolescents using marijuana throughout high school. Nearly 10% of 8th graders, nearly 20% of 10th graders, and nearly 25% of 12th grades have used marijuana in the last month according to recent surveys. Based on this data, parents should be proactive and talk directly with their teens about marijuana use and its dangers.

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Prevent sunburn: healthy skin begins in infancy

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Babies are little rays of sunshine in the lives of their parents, yet some parents are unaware of how actual sunshine is unhealthy for their little one. Sunny days, cloudy days, beach days, and city street days – all these situations demand appropriate sun protection for babies in their first 6 months of life.

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Is gluten-free healthy for my non-celiac child?

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The purpose of this post is to address the use of gluten-free diets in children without Celiac’s disease, an allergy to wheat, or gluten sensitivity. All of these diseases and disorders are determined through proper medical screening and testing. If parents think their child may have one of these issues, they should seek guidance from their health care provider.

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Social Media – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Parent’s Guide Part II

Social Media – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Parent’s Guide Part II

This Parent’s Guide covers the benefits and risks of social media for children and teens. Part III will review specific information and helpful hints related to the apps covered in Part I.

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How to keep your little one safe while on the playground

How to keep your little one safe while on the playground

Lots of little ones spend their afternoons on the playground to burn off energy, socialize with friends, and learn to master new skills with their bodies. All these dynamics create situations where injuries may happen. Active kids moving energetically can have accidents, friends can encourage more risky behavior, and mishaps can occur while practicing a new skill.

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