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Study: Self-control at age 5 key to future

We are not sure what to recommend based on this information, but it sure is fascinating. Teaching self-control may be the key to success for kids. “Forget IQ and social status – how much self-control a child has can predict health, wealth, and criminal history in later life, a study based on 1,000 children in [...]

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Snow Shoveling Injuries Affect Old and Young, Expert Warns

Everyone knows that older shovelers are at risk for heart attacks, but we need to watch children too. They are at risk “The most frequently injured areas of the body were the lower back (34 percent), the arms and hands (16 percent) and the head (15 percent), the study authors noted. Common causes of injuries [...]

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Helping your child pick the right musical instrument

Here are some interesting articles looking at how to help your child decide what instrument to try. “Instrumental music is wonderful for brain development, teaches the habit of regular practice, helps a child learn patience, builds physical coordination – the list of benefits is endless. And these are benefits just from all who practice an [...]

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To prevent obesity, children need adequate sleep

“Want to help your kid avoid a weight problem? Limiting fast-food meals and screen time is a start, but parents may also want to set an earlier bedtime. That’s the conclusion of a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The University of Chicago researchers monitored the sleep patterns of 308 children ages 4 to [...]

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Grown-Up Problems Start at Bedtime: Kids Who Don’t Sleep Enough Are at Greater Risk for Depression, Anxiety Later

Good sleep habits are essential for good health. Try to have your family have consistent bedtime routines, a set bedtime, and no TV in the bedroom! “Recent studies show that children who have persistent sleep problems, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or not getting enough night-time shut-eye, are more likely later to [...]

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‘Healthy’ kids’ foods usually aren’t, study finds

Don’t believe what you read on the front of the package. Turn the box over and look at the nutrition box on the back. If you look, you will see the real “nutritional value” of things…(and put it back on the shelf)… “That’s right — 84% of the items declared healthy by an industry group [...]

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Video Game ‘Addiction’ Tied to Depression, Anxiety in Kids

I personally can easily get hooked on a video game, but as an adult I can stop myself (and erase my WOW account!). Kids need help in not getting too addicted to these games, which should be played in moderation. “The new study found that children who are more likely to become addicted to video [...]

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New guidelines would make school lunches healthier

I applaud these recommendations. Schools are definitely a piece of the puzzle, and the one that parents have the least control over. “The guidelines, which were obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by USDA, would require schools to cut sodium in those meals by more than half, use more whole grains and serve low [...]

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Take note of simple tactic to beat test stress

A simple technique to help your older students cope with test anxiety… “A team of University of Chicago psychological scientists found that high school and college students who jotted down their worries for 10 minutes before exam time avoided choking under the pressure. In fact, they performed markedly better.” Take note of simple tactic to [...]

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Report: 1 in 3 NH third-graders is overweight

Here is the most frustrating issue I deal with. I see so many children losing this battle with obesity. It takes a committed family, including other caregivers to start healthy eating habits from a young age. If you are concerned about your child’s weight, please call for an appointment. Report: 1 in 3 NH third-graders [...]

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