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How to help your child learn better in 3 easy steps

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If you have a child between 8 and 11 years old and want to maximize his or her learning, there are three things you can do:

  • Make sure they are physically active at least 1 hour per day;
  • Limit their recreational screen time to less than 2 hours per day; and
  • Help them get between 9-11 hours of sleep per night.
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My child is touching their private parts. Is this normal?

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It may be worrisome to find your child touching their genitals for pleasure. Many parents think that masturbation is something that emerges during adolescence with hormonal and secondary sex characteristics such as erections for boys and menstruation for girls. However childhood masturbation, often called genital stimulation and touching, usually starts around 2 months of age but can sometimes start in utero.

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What does it mean to raise value-driven children?

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Wouldn’t it be nice to raise children who understood what is important to their family and acted accordingly? Wouldn’t it be nice to have kind, courteous, well-behaved children who maintained their good behavior even when adults were not present? Wouldn’t it be nice to have children who felt so secure in their parents’ love to reach out to them when they were in trouble, hurting, or needing support?

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Wondering what values are right for your family? Here’s where to start!

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You cannot teach your children what you cannot define. Read more to learn how to label your family’s values as an important first step raising happy, healthy, and value-driven children.

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