Screen Time Recommendations for Children

Screen Time Recommendations for Children
We have all heard that we need to limit our children's screen time. In this technology-driven time it is hard to know what we should let our children watch, how much, and what that could be possibly doing to our children's development. Defining screen time has become difficult and while many parents know that children over two should not watch more than 2 hours a day, the amount of digital media our children are exposed to has changed. There are ...
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Guest Post: Grooming Online: What Parents Should Know

Guest Post: Grooming Online: What Parents Should Know
Grooming is a process where a sexual predator identifies and gets access and the trust of a child for the purpose to sexual exploitation and/or assault. Unfortunately, the Internet has provided a medium in which this exploitation can be shared and traded, and children can be accessed more easily. We teach young children "stranger danger" but when it comes to sexual abuse, young children under age 12 are most likely to be victimized by family memb...
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Parenting with Temperament in Mind

Parenting with Temperament in Mind
Ever wonder how your child can react to and behave in situations so differently than you do? Though parents surely have an influence on children's behavior and mannerisms, temperament is also a unique influence that a child brings on their own. Temperament needs to be taken into account to not only have successful parenting, but also a secure attachment between parent and child-- which impacts a child's exploration, independence, and relationship...
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Type 1: A New Diagnosis

Type 1: A New Diagnosis
"When I was four years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was a huge struggle for my family, as it was early in the technology of Diabetic care and everyone in my family (parents, five older siblings, and a twin) had to learn how to take care of me. My siblings have never forgotten practicing with syringes on oranges. As we became more educated, it became easier to care for my diabetes. About four years after my diagnosis, my twin brot...
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How to Talk to Your Children About the News

How to Talk to Your Children About the News
The outside world can be a scary place, and kids need to know they can go to mom and dad for help answering their big questions about what they see on the news and hear at school. There are hard questions in life, and as a parent, you may be amazed at the big questions your little ones may come up with. From the refugee crisis to school shootings, having answers for your children will help put them at ease and reinforce the importance of open com...
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How to Foster Empathy and Gratitude During the Holiday Season

How to Foster Empathy and Gratitude During the Holiday Season
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! Ah, 'tis the season for oversized sweaters, hot cocoa, red wind swept cheeks and Hallmark movies. It's also that time of year when children young and old start wondering what Santa or their parents might put under the tree for them come Christmas morning. While the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping is real and exciting, how can we make sure we are also fostering an environment of empathy and gratitude with our chi...
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4 Tips for Combating the Flu

4 Tips for Combating the Flu
Did you know that the flu is so contagious that five to twenty percent of Americans get it each year ? The good news is, the flu is preventable – for both parents and children. Unfortunately, many people ignore the importance of prevention methods that can drastically decrease the risk of getting the flu! Fire up a new health routine and boost your family's immune system by following the methods below! Minimal Efforts = Maximum Prevention : Focus...
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Guest Post - Smartphone Alternatives for Young Children

Guest Post - Smartphone Alternatives for Young Children
Want to get your child a phone, but don't want to give them a smartphone? You're not alone. More parents are finding alternatives beyond internet- connected devices filled with apps. As young children start school, there's lots of changes. Previously they may have been in your care all the time, but now they're doing things on their own. They may be in afterschool programs, or staying overnight at a friend's house or on a school trip. Ages 5-12 a...
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The Ins and Outs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

The Ins and Outs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
As a parent support specialist with Help Me Grow Utah, I sometimes get asked questions regarding receiving an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Frequent questions often sound like: Does Help Me Grow screen for autism? My pediatrician administered the M-CHAT to my child and it said he is at high risk-- doesn't that count as a diagnosis? My child just received an autism diagnosis-- what does she need now? For any parent that has similar que...
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Asthma: Triggers and Treatments

Asthma: Triggers and Treatments
By the time I was 2 years old, I had been to the Emergency Room no less than 8 times for breathing troubles. My first visit was at just 6 weeks old. A few months before my third birthday, I would be diagnosed with severe persistent asthma . Today, my asthma is so well-controlled that you would never know that for most of my childhood, I spent days at a time struggling to breathe, and the moments between these flare-ups being terrified that I migh...
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My Postpartum Story

My Postpartum Story
When my son was three months old, a woman at my childhood church looked lovingly at me and said, "Isn't it just wonderful? Could you ever even imagine loving anything or anyone as much as you love him?" I cannot remember how I responded to her question, or if I even did. Inside I thought, "Well, I actually can. Because, I do not love him." Her comment, made in kindness, absolutely tore me into pieces. I was on a therapist prescribed vacation, see...
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10 Coping Techniques to Use with your Child

10 Coping Techniques to Use with your Child
Have you ever noticed how life has a tendency to throw all sorts of unexpected twists and turns, especially at the least convenient times? I've heard enough experiences to know that this doesn't just happen to me; everyone has their own story. It's often hard for me (but really, most adults as well) to deal with these types of challenges. Imagine what it's like for a child! Yet we often have huge expectations of our children at their first sign o...
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Guest Post: 10 Tips for Living with Infertility

Guest Post: 10 Tips for Living with Infertility
Infertility is unfortunately the reality of 1 in 8 couples. It's hard, lonely and painful. After being on our road to our baby for two years, I've learned a few things. Honestly, I'm still a rookie in the infertility department, but after learning these things, I've found so much more peace and happiness in our journey than before I started applying these things to my daily life. Number One: Accept it. It can be so hard to accept that infertility...
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Guest Post: Preparing Your Home for Parenthood When You Live with a Disability

Guest Post: Preparing Your Home for Parenthood When You Live with a Disability
  Nesting is the act of preparing one's home for the arrival of a new baby or child. Typically, nesting involves things such as painting a nursery, buying a crib, baby-proofing the house, and making sure everything is as clean as possible as the due date approaches. However, when you are a parent living with a disability, your nesting process is generally more intense. Beyond the normal nesting practices, parents with disabilities need to ma...
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How to Teach Children Honesty

How to Teach Children Honesty
It can be surprising, frustrating, and worrisome when your child first lies to you. It can also be really hard to know how to respond! Lying is actually a normal and necessary part of a child's development. Though parents should teach their children to be honest from a young age, they shouldn't be too concerned when their child begins to tell lies, because it's a normal part of childhood that every child goes through. Only one-third of three-year...
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