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Parental homework has to end

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After picking up her twins from school and providing an after-school snack, Jane asked her children to start their homework. She didn’t make it five steps out of their bedroom door before the requests “help” began. For the next two hours, Jane moved between her two children to keep them focused on doing their homework and assist them to complete it. As she bounced back and forth between her children she wondered,” who is responsible for making sure homework gets done – me or my children?”

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The lure of diet soda as a “healthy” alternative for children

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Sally wants to make healthy choices for her overweight children so she decides to swap regular sugar sodas for artificially sweetened, zero-calorie diet sodas. Unfortunately, she notices that they start to drink more diet sodas and their weights continue to slowly increase. She wonders why this change did not have the effect she thought it would.

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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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The connection between teen health and social media

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Teens are spending between 7-11 hours per day with different types of media and most adolescents are accessing media content on their personal mobile phones. This creates an extraordinary level of unsupervised access to the Internet that never existed before. Parents need to know what this means for their children.

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