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The Importance of Exercise for Kids

Posted by Informed Families on July 22, 2021 at 11:45 PM

Just as for adults, it’s important that children exercise regularly. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents ages six and older get at least an hour a day (total) of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity. They should also participate in such bone-strengthening activities as jumping rope or running at least three days a week.

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Topics: healthy kids

Keeping Kids Safe from Dehydration

Posted by Informed Families on July 15, 2021 at 11:45 PM

One of the topics from this month’s Family Table Time is “Sun and Heat Safety.” That’s because it’s vital to know how to protect your children during the hottest days of summer.

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Curbing Teens’ Impulsive Behavior

Posted by Informed Families on July 8, 2021 at 11:00 PM

Like it or not, it’s in a teenager’s nature to be impulsive.

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Do You Know What Your Child Is Doing Online?

Posted by Informed Families on June 23, 2021 at 3:12 PM

“Parents beware—Omegle might just as well be called “Pedophiles R Us,” warned one reviewer on Commonsensemedia.org. “I found out by chance that my (just) 14-year-old daughter has been using this site. Her conversations involve guys asking her for sex and to meet her in hotels for sex.”

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Topics: Family Table Time

Getting Cooperation Without Threats and Bribes

Posted by Informed Families on June 17, 2021 at 11:00 PM

When you’re running late for school and work, and your little one doesn’t feel the urgency, what do you do?

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The Many Benefits of Reading to Kids

Posted by Informed Families on June 11, 2021 at 7:00 AM

What one single parenting activity can:

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Topics: education, children

The Surprising Benefits of Chores

Posted by Informed Families on May 24, 2021 at 5:44 PM

What does it mean to be part of a family? Besides the bonds of love and—typically—genetics, it can also mean contributing in an age-appropriate way to the success of the social unit. Further, it’s about fostering success for each member of the group.

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The Lingering Damage of Spanking

Posted by Informed Families on May 14, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Whether from long-standing cultural practices, family tradition, or a sincere belief in its effectiveness, spanking children for misbehavior is a common practice. Nearly all studies have shown it’s harmful to their long-term mental and emotional health. But some parents insist it’s sometimes necessary.

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Mindful Parenting Can Calm the Chaos

Posted by Informed Families on May 7, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Sometimes even the best of parents become overwhelmed and behave in ways they later wish they hadn’t. One solution that might help is a practice called mindful parenting. This is based on the larger concept of mindfulness, or being fully present in the moment. Such a process can help parents thoughtfully respond to situations, rather than react unthinkingly.

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Topics: parents

Help Kids Help the Earth

Posted by Informed Families on April 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM

When children have a sense of purpose, it can help them make smarter choices when it comes to drug and alcohol use. One way to do this is to involve them in activities that let them feel they’re making a difference in the world.

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Topics: Family Table Time

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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