How and Why to Keep Kids on a Schedule During School Closures
Managing Screen Time While Kids Are Home From School
(StatePoint) School closures have forced families nationwide to readjust to the current reality. However, a sense of structure is important for children’s developmental growth. To create a routine for your kids that sticks, consider the following tips:
Teachers and Students Find Purpose Through Leadership Programs
(StatePoint) With many kids out of school and spending more time at home, finding ways to fill the time is essential. As most parents know, it can be tempting to allow children to pass some of the extra hours using digital devices, however, research shows that managing screen time is vital for developing minds.
3 Ways to Celebrate International Children’s Book Day
(StatePoint) Many teachers are drawn to education for the opportunity to make a difference in their students’ lives. However, when faced with guiding students through trying times in order to meet their big goals, teachers need resources that strengthen social and emotional skills.
How to Introduce Kids to Age-Appropriate Tech
(SPM Wire) April 2 is International Children’s Book Day, an annual celebration of books, children’s literature and reading. Here are three ways to mark the occasion:
Fun Outdoor Activities for the Family this Spring
(StatePoint) Getting young children acquainted and comfortable with digital devices and their interfaces is essential in today’s tech-driven world.
6 Great Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids Under $25
(StatePoint) The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and you’re probably ready to get outside. Spring offers new opportunities for outdoor fun for the entire family. In fact, it is the perfect time to create a bucket list of warm weather activities for the season ahead.
Sleep and Autism: How to Help Kids Get a Better Night’s Rest
(StatePoint) A happy birthday doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Here are six cool gift ideas for infants and preschoolers intended to make learning fun, all which cost under $25:
Fun Rainy Day Tips for Families
(StatePoint) For some children and teens with autism spectrum disorder, sleep can sometimes be a struggle. But good sleep is essential to good health and a good quality of life.
Schools Can Play an Instrumental Role in Empowering Young Leaders
(StatePoint) On rainy days, it can be tempting to hand children devices and let them fall down a YouTube rabbit hole. After all, there can be a lot of hours to fill when the weather isn’t cooperating with your weekend plans.
How Math Can Become Your Child’s Favorite School Subject
(StatePoint) From encouraging dialogue on mental health to initiating grassroots fundraising efforts for pediatric cancer, students across the country are choosing issues they’re passionate about and generating real change. Parents, educators and community members may ask a pertinent question: how can we develop this initiative in every child?
4 Questions and Answers to Help You Manage Severe Asthma
(StatePoint) Ask kids what their favorite school subject is and fewer and fewer will say “math” as they age. While 37 percent of 4th graders report that math is one of their favorite subjects, only 15 of 12th graders say the same, according to National Center for Education Statistics.
Tips for Students and Teachers to Get Through the Midyear Slump
(StatePoint) The majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives. But for others, despite using high dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers, severe symptoms are a part of daily life.
How to Tell if You Have Severe Asthma
(StatePoint) There comes a certain point during every school year when students and educators alike are at risk of suffering from a midyear slump. One solution to staying motivated? Adding some color and vibrancy to everyday tools used in the classroom. Here are five ideas for doing so:
How Visualized Learning is Helping Students Succeed
(StatePoint) While the majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives, for others, severe symptoms are part of daily life, despite using high dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers.
Screen Time: What Research Says and What Parents Can Do
(StatePoint) While yesterday’s students once had to rely on the static images found in textbooks and overhead transparencies, today’s students are being treated to a wealth of rich moving imagery with seemingly unlimited interactive potential.
How to Talk to Your Children About Tough Money Matters
(StatePoint) Screen time is a hot topic for parents and researchers alike. While digital devices are the norm, and children can certainly use them to their benefit, parents can also help children learn healthy digital habits.
A Few Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
(StatePoint) Has your family discussed money concerns?
The Same Tools at School and Home Can Help Students Achieve
(StatePoint) Is math making the kids grumpy? Here are some great ways your family can make the subject fun and exciting:
Prioritizing Your Family's Plan to Pay for College
(StatePoint) Cutting-edge technologies have long been used in classrooms to help students engage with material and better grasp tough concepts. And now, many of these same technologies are becoming available for use at home.
Looking for a Healthy Goal? Don’t Overlook Your Eyes
(StatePoint) When it comes to financial goals, a new survey suggests that creating a plan to pay for college should be top of mind for more families.
Are Your Kids Using Mobile Devices Safely and Responsibly?
(StatePoint) Setting healthy habits and intentions should make you feel good -- that’s the whole point, right? So, consider this twist on the standard goal format: opt for a few, small lifestyle wins with clear start and end points rather than mounting an all-out assault on your current habits -- more goal-lite if you will.
4 Reasons Playing Piano is Good for Your Health
(StatePoint) Does your child have a digital device? They are in good company. Fifty-three percent of children own a smartphone by age 11, and 84 percent of teenagers have their own phones, according to Common Sense Media.
Tips for Hosting Houseguests
(StatePoint) Have you always wanted to play the piano but never took that first step in getting started? If you need any more motivation than the fact that making music is a fun and rewarding activity, consider that this is one hobby with many surprising positive benefits for your health.
New Program Empowers Parents to Boost Early Learning
(StatePoint) Hosting houseguests? For happier guests and hosts alike, you’ll want to be sure you’re equipped to accommodate all your overnighters. Here are a few pointers:
Are You Ready for College Entrance Exams?
(StatePoint) Science has consistently shown that the first three years of life are vital to a child’s developing brain, and new research confirms that families play an important role in language development and educational readiness.
How to Help Young Adults Build Credit History
(StatePoint) While a student’s long record of academic achievement is generally the most important measure that colleges take under consideration during the admissions process, getting as prepared for one’s college entrance exams as possible is a great idea.
How to Declutter Your Child’s Room to Make Way for Play
(StatePoint) As young adults establish their financial independence, they may be overwhelmed with enticing credit card offers. Free airfare, cashback and special introductory rates may be tempting, but choosing the right card is more important than snagging some fun freebies.
Great Ways to Honor Native Veterans
(StatePoint) While all the gear, clothes and toys your kids possess are signs of a joyful childhood, keeping it all organized is essential for health, safety and even fun.
Could My Child’s Epilepsy Be Genetic?
(StatePoint) Today, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians (AIAN) serve in the U.S. military at one of the highest rates per capita of all population groups, according to the Smithsonian Institution. In fact, the AIAN veteran cohort served in the Pre-9/11 period of service in a higher percentage than veterans of other races (19.9 percent vs. 13.3 percent, respectively).
Why Communities Nationwide Need More Afterschool Programs
(StatePoint) While there are many different causes of epilepsy -- a brain condition diagnosed when a child has two or more seizures with no known cause -- over half of epilepsy types are linked to genetics. Understanding the cause of your child’s epilepsy matters, as it has the potential to deliver more targeted care.
4 Ways to Ease Jet Lag and Make the Time Change Transition a Cinch
(StatePoint) Research shows that afterschool programs not only help keep kids safe, but also help them succeed in school and life. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough such programs in the country today, experts say.
Great Ways to Make Education More Affordable
(StatePoint) While visiting a new place is exciting and fun, it’s often no match for jetlag. Here are four ways to make the most of your trip and avoid grogginess and lost sleep.
Parents as Guilty as Kids When it Comes to Too Much Screen Time
(StatePoint) As most parents know, even a free public school education comes with certain expenses that over the course of a school year can really add up. While many of these expenditures feel unavoidable, there are certain ways that families can save money on the hidden costs of schooling.
How Kids Can Make a Difference by Including Others
(StatePoint) Parents spend nearly the same amount of time with devices as they do with their kids, according to new research from The Genius of Play, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to raising awareness of play’s vital role in child development.
How to Choose Smart Video Games for Your Kids
(StatePoint) Bullying among kids continues to be the number one social issue facing this demographic, according to YouthBeat research. This is why Cartoon Network, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and 826 National are taking action to promote inclusion, acceptance and kindness to unite communities and help keep kids safe.
How to Encourage Your Child’s Imagination and Self-Expression
(StatePoint) When it comes to putting a smile on kids’ faces, video games are a pretty safe bet.
Why the ‘Real Feel’ Really Matters When It Comes to Weather
(StatePoint) Childhood is a time for imaginations to run wild. But when children’s schedules are filled to the brim with too many structured classes and extra-curricular activities, it can limit self-expression.
What to Know About Eye Health
(StatePoint) Picture this: you’re getting ready for the day and check your phone to see what the weather will be like. Your weather app shows 58 degrees, so you throw on a light jacket and head out the door. By the time you reach the end of the block you’re hit in the face with a blast of wind and cold air. It feels more like 35 degrees.
Dentist-Approved Tips for Healthier Smiles
(StatePoint) While most people care about their vision, fewer people take steps to protect their eye health.
(StatePoint) Candy and sweets are fun to eat, but too much can take a toll on dental health. Families can do some damage control with a check-in to make sure everyone’s dental health routine is up to par.