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How To Limit Your Child’s Screen Time

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Most children today are spending too much time in front of the screen. This can lead to many problems. Studies have shown that excessive screen time can increase the risk of sleeping problems, behavioral problems, obesity, and it can also impair performance in the classroom. Furthermore, children who watch a lot of television are often sedentary.

There are many things that parents can do in order to limit screen time. Below is a list of tips that will help:

No Television In The Bedroom

It is estimated that 70 percent of children who are between the ages of 8 and 18 have a television in their bedroom. It will be easier for you to limit the amount of time your children spend watching television if they do not have one in their room. Additionally children should not have a computer or tablet in their room.

Set A Good Example

Children naturally want to mimic the behaviors of their parents. That is why it is important to set a good example. If your children see you reading books and doing other activities instead of watching television, then they will want to do other things instead of watch television.

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How Teaching Manners to Children Can Improve Their Lives

Teaching Manners | Improve Your Child

As a parent, one of the most influential things you can instill in your child is a sense of manners. Doing so is a gift that can help him or her prepare for successful and meaningful interactions in the future. Teaching manners to your children is more important than ever, as media, television, and other factors seem to be an inescapable force and are not always promoting the best manners. Therefore, it is your responsibility as a parent to teach manners. There are some important things to keep in mind during the impressionable part of your child’s learning development.

Lead By Example

Your child may listen to what you have to say about manners, but the minute you go against what you say, your word will be rather meaningless. Especially while you are teaching them manners, be sure not to act hypocritically during times when you don’t think they are paying close attention. Say, for example, you are focusing on the importance of not interrupting another when he or she is speaking. At dinner, however, during a heated conversation with your husband you interrupt him in the middle of a sentence. Your child, whether he or she realizes it or not, is subsequently confused about why the rules don’t apply to everyone and in all situations. Continue reading

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3 Keys to Working With Children With Attachment Issues

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Parenting a child with attachment issues is challenging because those struggles usually come with behavioral and emotional difficulties that can wear down even the most seasoned parents.They will test your patience, your endurance and your commitment. When working with children who struggle to attach, remember these key things as you strive to help them find security.

Keep Your Cool

The behaviors that accompany attachment disorders will try your patience. Screaming, hitting and name-calling are just a few of the trials you may face. It is easy to find yourself pulled down to your child’s level, allowing your frustrated emotions to dictate your responses. This exactly what your youngster wants you to do, but it is also one of the worst things you can do for him or her in that heated moment. Instead, your child needs calm, consistent responses born out of unconditional love. Keeping your cool will help keep them close, rather than pushing them even farther away. Continue reading

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Important Ways to Help Teach Your Child Values

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Instilling important values in a child is one of the most influential things a parent can do in order to prepare him or her for success in the future. When a child learns to do hard work, have compassion for others, act in a responsible manner, and other similar things, he or she can be positioned to thrive. As media is so pervasive and inescapable these days, and outside influences have a huge effect on your child regardless of your efforts, it is more important than ever that parents think carefully about how they want to impart these life lessons. Here are some tips to make sure you do it right.

Practice What You Preach

You may think that telling your child that lying is wrong will be enough to get this message across, but what if he or she then hears you telling a white lie to someone? This could be confusing to him or her, and the lesson learned might be that someone’s actions are not always aligned with his or her words. This is why it is vital that you walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

Explain the Reasons Behind Your Beliefs

It is helpful if your young one knows not just the what, but also the why of your actions. For example, if you do not allow them to spend hours on social media, or play violent video games, and then you tell them your rationale behind your actions, you are giving them the message that these activities are not in line with your core values. Even if they do not like the decisions you have made, at least they will be aware of what the thinking behind them is. Continue reading

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Back to School Vaccinations

Back to School Vaccinations | apurgentcare.comGo to Urgent Care to Beat the Back to School Vaccination Rush

Summer’s almost over and before you know it, the kids will be getting ready to go back to school. While you are in the midst of shopping for school clothes and supplies, do not overlook back to school vaccinations. There are many different viruses and diseases going around. The last thing you want to do is leave your children at risk for infection because you forgot to get them vaccinated.

 

Reasons to Stay up to Date on Vaccinations

While much the United States is caught up in the vaccination debate, many of today’s youth are being exposed to previously eradicated childhood diseases, such as measles, whooping cough and tuberculosis at an alarming rate. Even though the majority of these children have received some of their vaccinations and will not get sick, infection and mortality rates are rising at an alarming rate. Rather than take chances with your child’s health and life, err on the side of caution and check to see if they are up to date on all of their vaccinations.

 

Urgent Care Is More Convenient

Understandably, many parents do not have a great deal of time to wait for a doctor’s appointment that may not be available for several weeks. Many parents also do not enjoy having to sit in a doctor’s office for hours waiting for their child to receive their shots. An easy, economical and more convenient solution to prevent these situations is to find an urgent center instead.

With all of the recent changes in healthcare, some parents may experience some difficulty in getting their children’s vaccinations due to health insurance copays and deductibles, being restricted to certain doctors and a lack of evening or weekend hours. Fortunately, healthcare services at urgent care centers are much more affordable and accessible. Many centers are open every single day of the year, around the clock. This makes it easier and more affordable for parents to schedule their children’s back to school vaccinations conveniently around their schedule.

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Three Steps to Avoiding Temper Tantrums

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Temper tantrums can be distressing for children and their caregivers. Tantrums are especially common during the toddler years and are a normal part of growing up. While there is no way to eliminate emotional eruptions, there are some things parents can do to try to limit a child’s tantrums.

Avoid Hunger and Fatigue

Even adults get “hangry,” a word that combines “hungry and “angry.” The hangry feeling that leads to irritability and frustration in adults can lead to full-blown tantrums in kids. Especially before leaving the house, make sure your child is well fed and has had plenty of rest. Bring snacks to have on hand for any long periods away from home. Leave some non-perishable food, such as granola bars, in the car in case you end up being out longer than expected. Continue reading

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How to Discipline Your Child Without Becoming the Bad Guy

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One of the biggest challenges of parenting is learning to how to discipline children. Parenting is about balance and moderation, but discipline can make many parents feel as though they are losing balance in the relationships with their children.  You want your children to be sharp, independent, and obedient. Although no guide will answer every question about proper discipline, there are themes that can help you find the balance that helps your children recognize their wrongs and desire to do right.

Focus Discipline on the Wrong Act, Not the Child

After a hard day with your children, you might begin to think that your children are crazy animals! This is natural. Proper discipline starts by helping the child understand that they have done something wrong and desire to correct their actions. You do want to help them feel that their actions, however upsetting, cannot alter your love for them and regard for them as a person. When discipline or teaching focuses on the action and not the child, the child will not feel like they are being attacked; instead, he or she will sense your love and confidence in him or her. Continue reading

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3 Ways to Entice Your Children to Do Chores

Chores | Improve-Your-Child.comDepending on the age of your children, you may find that getting them to do chores is as easy as breathing or as hard as pulling teeth. With these three tips, your children will be asking for more chores and looking for other ways to help out around the house.

  1. Make Chores Fun

Nothing demotivates more to children than having to do chores that appear to be boring. The first few times you tell your children to do chores, show them ways to make their tasks fun. For example, let them invent a silly dance to do while sweeping a room. Or have them make up silly names for the dishes and pretend they are giving them a bath. Add a little food coloring to the dishwater or a little more dish detergent to add more bubbles. Continue reading

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How To Improve Your Child’s Attendance to School

If you discover at some point that your child is not attending school, you’re probably upset and wondering exactly why he or she is not going to school. At first glance, you might think that your child is avoiding school because most children don’t want to go to school or to rebel or to avoid what he or she doesn’t like.

However, there might be a significant reason that you don’t yet know. For instance, there might be some bullying happening or your child might be having feelings of depression and feel left out from peer groups at school. Furthermore, your child might be experiencing a form of a mental illness, such as anxiety, and he or she doesn’t want you or friends to know.

So, the first step in trying to get your child to return to school is to uncover the source of the problem rather than jumping to conclusions. Furthermore, your child might be hiding report cards, throwing away letters from teachers, or avoiding discussions about classes. If grades are declining, children might be fearful of punishment or embarrassed to admit their failures. For this reason, get in touch with teachers. Email or call the school to be clear about how your child is doing academically. This will provide you with the information you need to support your child and to have a better understanding of what’s really going on. Continue reading

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Improve Your Child’s Well Being Through the Use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Improve-Your-Child.comWhether your child is suffering from daily stress, depression or anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a tool that can be incredibly helpful.

Essentially, CBT helps a child respond to life differently by helping him or her identify negative and distorted thinking patterns. It addresses unhealthy patterns of thought that lead to making poor choices, which is typical for pre-teens and adolescents. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 are experiencing an explosion of growth, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Even the brain’s neural network is rapidly making new connections. Children at this age tend to make choices based upon strong and passionate emotions versus rational thinking.

CBT is a tool for children to use to help identify their thoughts and help make better choices. For instance, CBT uses the term hot cognitions. It’s a phrase used to describe the experience of a thought that leads to an emotional charge. If a child believes that he or she did poorly on a school exam, the thought, “I failed” might invoke anger and disappointment. It’s a hot cognition because it leads to an emotional zing inside. In fact, a hot cognition is any thought, image, memory, or inner experience that leads to an emotional response within. They are the sensitive areas inside. For children, they are like getting his or her buttons pushed or getting flared up in some way emotionally. Continue reading