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Eight ways to help kids hone their homework habits
(BPT) - Helping children with their homework requires more than an understanding of the subject matter, whether it's algebra or world literature. To help children succeed throughout the school year, it's important for parents to nurture positive study habits and organizational skills, and provide kids with a home environment that fosters concentration. "Whether your kids are just learning to read, write and spell, or they are studying for the SATs, we parents have an opportunity to help instill work and study habits that will stick with our children for life," says education and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, who is the bestselling author of 22 parenting books and a frequent TODAY show contributor. Borba offers parents some easy tips to help children of all ages ...
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A fun approach to teaching kids nutrition wisdom
(BPT) - As children across the country head back to school, life for families becomes a little more hectic. Just because days are busy, don't let nutrition fall by the wayside. Teaching children nutritious eating habits now can mean a lifetime of health, plus it can be a lot of fun to eat, laugh and spend time together. "The more parents can do to involve children in the process, the decisions on what they are eating and where their food comes from, the better off they will be at helping them learn reverence and appreciation for food," says Anni Daulter, professional cook, nutrition expert, and author of several books, including "The Organic Family Cookbook." Here are some simple yet effective tips from Daulter to get ...
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What every parent needs to know about keeping kids safe around medicine
(BPT) - Every year more than 67,000 children are treated in an emergency room for accidental medicine poisoning. That's one child every eight minutes. Even more surprising is that in 86 percent of serious cases seen in emergency rooms, the child got into medicine belonging to an adult. "Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can't get them," says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "But every minute of every day the Poison Control Centers get a phone call about a medicine scare involving a young child." To find out what is causing this disconnect, and to understand what could be done to fix this problem, Safe Kids Worldwide examined data from the U.S. Consumer Product ...
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Tips for parents to protect kids from cyber bullying
(BPT) - Bullying has been present in schools since society started educating children in groups. In the old days, the bully's weapons of intimidation might have been simply stealing another child's lunch money, or shoving a victim down on the playground. Modern bullying is a high-tech type of antagonism - one that can reach a dangerous level. Cyber bullying is the use of technology and information by a minor to torment, threaten, harass, embarrass and otherwise humiliate another child. The Internet, social networking sites, cell phones and other digital and interactive technologies are used to take the bully's message to a greater audience than ever before, giving them more power to leave their victims humiliated on a global scale. "In many ways, it is much ...
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Getting girls excited about science and math
(BPT) - "My research experiences have shown me that, in spite of what statistics say about women in science, any girl with a passion for exploring unanswered questions can and should be persistent in pursuing that work," says Sara Volz, 17. "Being female should not hold anyone back from science or engineering." Volz won the grand prize and $100,000 in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious high school science research competition, for her research of algae biofuels. The competition inspires students to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, from cancer treatments to natural disaster solutions. This year, nearly half of the 40 finalists were female. According to the Department of Commerce, women currently hold fewer than 25 percent ...
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Survey: More parents pursuing college degrees, talking to children about higher education
(BPT) - Enhanced earning potential and more career opportunities are two of the many benefits of earning an advanced degree. Now, many mothers and fathers in America have discovered another benefit of going back to school - it is a great parenting tool. Parents are considering higher education not only to help them get ahead in the workplace, but also as a way to set a positive example for their children, according to a recent survey from University of Phoenix. "I had considered returning to school for some time," says Janet O'Neal, a production supervisor with an international manufacturing company in Sheridan, Ark. "For me, the decision to earn a bachelor's degree in business management wasn't just about advancing my career. My daughters were a ...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Poison prevention starts at home
(BPT) - It's a serious problem with a simple solution. Nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 are exposed to potentially poisonous medicines and household chemicals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is no better time than now to learn more about preventing accidental and unintentional poisonings. "Parents know to keep household cleaners and other chemicals out of a child's reach, but in my experience as a pharmacist, I've seen that they don't always think about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins," says Paul Reyes, Express Scripts pharmacist and host of Ask the Pharmacist radio series. The CDC reports that more than 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room each year from wrongly ingesting medicines; but it's ...
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How classroom technology can benefit your child's education
(BPT) - Historically, the term "digital divide" has referred to the gap in technology levels between developing and first world countries; however, it's truly the divide between the more affluent and the underprivileged. While the divide has a worldwide reach, it's important to remember that the gap is growing in America, too. Improving technology in schools - and how it's used in learning - is an important topic because it offers students a more effective way to achieve, fully preparing them to be skills-ready for a successful future. Today, the majority of schools in America have computers of some kind. Still, many schools, particularly rural schools and those with a high percentage of minority students, lack reliable Internet access or have old computers that aren't ...
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Money advice for expectant and new parents
(BPT) - Have you ever heard the saying that "babies don't come with owner's manuals"? It's true that no matter how many books you read, classes you take, or experienced parents you talk to, you can never be completely prepared for the challenges and joys of parenthood. You can, however, prepare yourself for the costs of a new baby - by looking after your finances before your bundle arrives. New parents don't always prepare for the expenses associated with having a baby. One survey by Redbook Magazine and VISA found that less than 50 percent of expectant parents create a new budget that includes baby expenses. And while 76 percent of parents-to-be felt financially prepared for a baby, after the tyke arrived, 41 percent of ...
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Think beyond the allowance to teach kids lasting money skills
(BPT) - One of the most exciting parts of parenthood is watching your children learn as they grow. Of course, life's lessons can be tough just as often as they can be pleasant. And as you want to protect kids from falling off their bike or scraping a knee, you also want to set them up for a successful financial future, as free from worries as possible. One of the best things you can do to prepare your kids for a lifetime of handling money is to get them started early. But it isn't only about timing - following through with lessons and providing plenty of explanation is essential. Keep these tips in mind to give your kids a leg up in learning about finances. ...
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