How to Have Smoother Bedtimes

How to Have Smoother Bedtimes
If your child's bedtime is a struggle, you're not alone. Whether it's asking for a drink of water every 5 minutes, hearing "I'm not tired", or a meltdown in general, bedtime can be chaos. We all know that sleep is important, but for children, getting enough sleep helps with things like behavior and learning . Studies show that poor sleep habits in childhood can lead to difficulty sleeping as an adult . To help bedtimes go smoother, you can try th...
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How to Help Your Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food

How to Help Your Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food
In a world where around every corner we are faced with diet advertisements and messages of what "health" is, it can be hard to navigate healthy eating with your kids. If you're looking for some pretty basic tips on what to feed your kids, here is a great resource. That being said, your child's healthy eating habits go beyond what is on their plate every day. A healthy relationship with food helps guide children into these healthy eating habits th...
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10 Tips for Teaching Body Safety

10 Tips for Teaching Body Safety
We teach our children about stranger danger, stop drop and roll, and fire safety; but do we teach our kids about keeping their bodies safe? Think back to your childhood--did you have the aunt who plopped a slimy kiss on your cheek or an uncle who gave a rib-cracking hug? Were you told it was rude to say no, so you bore the awfulness until you could escape and go play with your cousins? I know I did. We hated this experience, so why are we teachin...
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Family Fitness Fun

Family Fitness Fun
Most parents know how important it is for their children to be active, but they also know how hard it can be to pull their kids away from screen time and other sedentary activities. Active kids are more likely to have: ·a healthy weight ·stronger bones and muscles ·healthy hearts and brains ·better memory, attention and problem-solving skills ·lower stress levels ·fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression ·better mental health and self-esteem The ...
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Helping Your Child with Personal Boundaries

Helping Your Child with Personal Boundaries
Personal boundaries are more than just standing 6 feet apart from strangers. Some children are too shy to engage with many of their friends, so they don't have a lot of practice with appropriate boundaries. Some children are best-of-friends with everyone they meet, and parents may worry this will put their child in danger someday. Here is a short list of helpful reminders when teaching children about personal boundaries --no matter how experience...
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Brush, Book, Bed - A New American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) Oral Health Program

Brush, Book, Bed - A New American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) Oral Health Program
We have probably all heard the saying: "Children thrive in structure." The Centers for Disease Control states:"Consistency, predictability, and follow-through are important for creating structure in the home". The AAP has developed a wonderful program to help parents create new bedtime structure with oral health care routines. This program includes information for families to establish a structured night time routine for their children which incl...
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8 Tips for Delivering Trauma-Informed Feedback to Your Child

8 Tips for Delivering Trauma-Informed Feedback to Your Child
Children who have experienced trauma often react to both positive and negative feedback a bit differently than other children. Brookes Publishing discusses some ideas for teacher-student interactions on how to give both positive and corrective feedback. These ideas can also translate to how you respond in the home. For positive feedback, make it: Low-key and private . Use nonverbal signals like giving a thumbs-up, a hug or, jotting a few words on...
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Buying Safe Toys This Holiday Season

Buying Safe Toys This Holiday Season
We are finally arriving at the most magical time of the year, the holidays! This year has not been an easy one, and the holidays can be such a good mood-booster! Buying gifts for family members is so exciting and fun, but it's essential to make sure that the toys you purchase for your child are age-appropriate. Toys that are too mature for your child can be hazardous. When shopping in stores, this is usually relatively simple. Generally, the isle...
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Child Care and COVID-19

Child Care and COVID-19
  Like it has done to most parts of daily life, COVID-19 has complicated the already complex search for childcare. Additional concerns may include "what should my backup child care plan look like if my center closes?" or "is it safe to take my kid to child care?" For information on creating a child care backup plan, take a look at this article . For pandemic specific questions to ask your childcare provider, watch this video . These answers ...
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What is Plagiocephaly?

What is Plagiocephaly?
We've all seen them. Cute baby with a cute funny helmet on his head in a shopping cart at the grocery store or in a stroller at the mall. Why are there so many these days? Are these moms letting their babies fall on their heads?! Probably not. Most likely, they have a case of plagiocephaly or "flat head syndrome". In 1994 the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) launched "Safe to Sleep" (also known as "Back to Sleep...
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Vaccines and COVID-19

Vaccines and COVID-19
"Vaccine " is a hopeful word during this pandemic. We hope for a vaccine that will dramatically reduce the spread of COVID-19. Development of this vaccine is a top global priority; countries are working tirelessly on it. But with all our focus on COVID-19 right now, it is easy to forget that there are many current vaccines available to prevent a series of childhood diseases. Parents may also have concerns about visiting their doctor's office, or ...
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Guest Post: How to Get Ready for the School Year with the Pandemic in Mind

Guest Post: How to Get Ready for the School Year with the Pandemic in Mind
With many areas in a reopening phase, you may need to prepare for your children's school to open back up for the new academic year as well. Some schools may return to in-person classes, while others may offer online learning opportunities or a combination of both. Below, find out how your family can get ready for either situation and discover how to get your kids set up for success this year. Getting Ready for Digital Learning Depending on your s...
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Postpartum Depression in Men: Helping Dads Cope

Postpartum Depression in Men: Helping Dads Cope
Most of us have heard of postpartum depression in women, but did you know it can also affect fathers?! Figures vary depending on the source, but it's estimated that for every two women that have postpartum depression, one man will have PPPD (paternal postpartum depression), and approximately 25% of new fathers (though only 10% of cases are reported) will develop PPPD. Most cases of paternal postpartum depression get missed because (1) postpartum ...
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Desiring and Preparing for Pregnancy

Desiring and Preparing for Pregnancy
As a desiring future mother myself, I often wonder if I am preparing in the right way for this transition into pregnancy. When should I see my doctor? What foods should I eat/avoid? What vitamins should I be taking? When should I be concerned I am not pregnant? If you find yourself asking similar questions, I hope that together we can explore these uncertainties and find some useful answers. Make a List of Goals It is easy to feel bombarded with ...
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Child Eye & Vision Checks

Child Eye & Vision Checks
As someone that has had glasses since sixth grade, contacts since high school, and lasik later on, visiting the eye doctor was part of my regular life growing up. But when should children start  going to the eye doctor? According to the American Optometric Association  children should receive their first eye exam sometime between 6-12 months old. During this comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will test for: ​ E...
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Guest Post: Kid Friendly DIY Herb Garden for Your Kitchen

Guest Post: Kid Friendly DIY Herb Garden for Your Kitchen
Finding meaningful activities to share with the kids in your life can be a challenge. With so many attention-grabbing screens to compete with, it might even be intimidating to suggest something like gardening. But make no mistake! Kids can get every bit as excited about growing plants as they do about a video game or TV show. The secret is to keep things simple, engaging, and — most of all — fun! A Perfect First Garden Indoor herb gardens are an ...
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Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers

Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers
  Thumb sucking and pacifiers can be a real worry to some parents. We've all heard the horror stories about children's teeth becoming deformed and needing orthodontic intervention. Sucking on a pacifier and/or thumb is a healthy, natural reflex that infants and toddlers use to soothe themselves. Sucking is very relaxing and may help children fall asleep. Sometimes infants and children will develop thumb sucking in response to the popular Cry...
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How to Develop a Family Safety Plan

How to Develop a Family Safety Plan
  At the beginning of every school year, my family had a tradition of sitting down together and making a plan for our safety. I felt safe knowing that my parents had a plan in case of an emergency. Now as an adult I still review my own safety plan each August and consider what I am going to do in case of an emergency and wanted to share a few ideas of things you could do to create your own family safety plan. The first step is identifying po...
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How Do I Know If My Child Has a Food Allergy?

How Do I Know If My Child Has a Food Allergy?
Food allergies are among the most common chronic childhood diseases. Unfortunately, many symptoms and illnesses are often confused with food allergies. Would you as a caregiver like to know how to recognize and treat the symptoms? Well that's what we're here for. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about food allergies. A food allergy happens when the body reacts against harmless proteins found in foods. The...
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Tell Your Story! 3 Ways to share Help Me Grow Utah

Tell Your Story! 3 Ways to share Help Me Grow Utah
A surprisingly common question we get here at Help Me Grow Utah is "Can I tell my friend about this program?" Our answer is always "Yes! Please do!" While we love that most parents feel like Help Me Grow Utah is just for them, we want all parents in Utah to know they can feel that way too! Help Me Grow Utah envisions a vibrant community in which all families have the desire, resources, and confidence to make the best decisions during pregnancy an...
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