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20th Annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study

The 20th Annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study on Teen Drug Abuse.

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25 Healthy Snacks for Kids

"When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks. Easy, tasty (and healthy) snacks."

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A Parents’ Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Disabilities

From Schwab Learning--The site offers a number of topics to help parents of children with learning disabilities such as “Identifying Difficulties”, “Managing School and Learning”, and “Connecting with Others”.  With a comprehensive resource page, and publications including “Expert Answers” and tips.

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About Our Kids

From the New York University Study Center.  The website focuses on children’s mental health with featured articles like “Does My Child Worry Too Much?” and  “Early Child Development: The First Five Years.”

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ADHD.com

For parents and caregivers, “Equip yourself with important tips, facts, and education to provide your child with the support and care needed.”

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Alberta Health Region’s Nutrition and Active Living

With an 80 page “Snacktivity Box” that provides activities to promote healthy eating and active living habits for young children, a school nutrition handbook, physical activity initiatives, and other health links and information lines.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

This site has a parenting corner with featured topics and parenting resources, hundreds of symptoms, treatment and prevention articles for everything from abuse to working parents, and safety tips to prevent injury and illness.

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American Council on Exercise

This is the youth fitness homepage of the American Council on Exercise.  Features pre-school, children and teen fitness facts, a Q&A, exercise programs and other resources. 

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America's Best and Worst Restaurants for Kids

Learn which restaurants and kids menu items offer your child the best nutrition.  You might be surpised!  You can also find the link to purchase the bestselling book, Eat This, Not That! For Kids by David Zinczenko and David Goulding.

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Austism Recovery

"Ten percent of autistic children can actually recover from the disorder, according to research by University of Connecticut psychology professor Deborah Fein."

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Autism Speaks

Learn what autism is, as well as diagnosis, treatment, your child's rights, and autism and your family.

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Basic Rules of Safety for Children

Basic rules and tips you can your child should know to avoid sexual exploitation (rape or molestation.)

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Car Safety Seats--A Guide for Families 2008

From the American Academy of Pediatricians, this comprehensive car seat guide includes tips for choosing the best seat for your child, safety rules, details on each of the car seat types and their use, how to properly install a car seat, a Q&A section, and brand and model information listings.

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CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

"In addition to our informative Web site, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD. These materials include Attention! magazine, the CHADD Information and Resource Guide to AD/HD, News From CHADD, a free electronically mailed current events newsletter, as well as other publications of specific interest to educators, professionals and parents."

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Checklist for Test Anxiety

From How-to-Study.com, this resource includes a checklist for identifying test anxiety, and tips on what you can do to relax for that next test.

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Corporate Angel Network

Cancer patients fly free in the empty seats on corporate jets.

A national public charity whose only mission is to arrange free travel to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate and fractional ownership flights. It’s a simple process and hassle-free.

www.CorpAngelNetwork.org.  (866) 328-1313

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior

In this .pdf document, learn how scientific understanding of drug abuse is leading to "effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug abuse takes on individuals, families, and communities."  Includes "Preventing Drug Abuse: The Best Strategy" and much more.

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Dysgraphia: A Quick Look

With an introduction and warning signs by age.  Dysgraphia interferes with written expression.  From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Dyslexia: A Quick Look

With an introduction and warning signs by age.  Dyslexia causes difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling.  From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Dyspraxia: A Quick Look

With an introduction and warning signs by age.  Dyspraxia interferes with motor skills development.  From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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EnableMart Assistive Technology

Adult, teen, children and infant assistive technology and games for hearing, vision, mobility, communication, and learning disabilities.  Low price guarantee.

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Family Guide-Start Talking Before they Start Drinking

Featuring videos, audio stories, comprehensive sections such as “What to Know,” and “What to Say,” setting rules, and tons of other useful information.  From the US Department of Health and Human Services SAMHSA.

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FAPE Helping Parents and Advocates Improve Educational Results for Children with Disabilities

FAPE: Helping Parents and Advocates Improve Educational Results for Children with Disabilities including links to, Early Childhood ARRA Resources, New Online Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisory,and Publications.

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Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

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For Kids' Sake Think Toy Safety

A guide to choosing, buying and maintaining toys for children and infants. Includes information on toy labeling and the Child Safety Protection Act.

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General Internet Safety Tips for Families

This articles teaches families the risks involved in using the internet such as unknowingly downloading virus attacks and having unwanted or inappropriate contact with others; and also discusses ways to be prepared for what may reach kids via the internet.

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GoVeg.com

Learn how becoming a vegetarian helps your health, the environment, and animal cruelty.  Get tips for going vegetarian, recipes, and more.

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Growing Up Together: Understanding Kids with Autism

This booklet is about people you may meet who have autism and how you can be their friend.

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Healthy Schools Healthy Youth

Includes a “Summary of Adolescent and School Health Tools,” health topics like asthma, skin cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases, publications, statistics, articles, and more.

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Helpguide's Eating Disorders Symptoms and Treatments

Understand the types of eating disorders and their warning signs.

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Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home from the Department of Education

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home from the Department of Education including resources on, Educational Evaluation, Behavioral Approaches, Helpful Hints and much more.

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Intelihealth

A one stop resource for health information.  The site is divided into four main areas:  Diseases and Conditions, Healthy Lifestyle, Your Health, and Look it Up. With information for men, women, children, and the aged; also features dental information, an “Ask the Expert" area, and interactive tools such as the exciting “A Look at Your Colon,” a “Ball Park Chow” game, and a depression self-assessment.  Featuring Harvard Medical School's consumer health information.

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Interactive Childhood Immunization Scheduler

CDC’s National Immunization Project—“Interactive Childhood Immunization Scheduler.”  Includes useful links for more information. 

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Kidpower

Kidpower is a nonprofit educational organization that offers positive and practical workshops, training, and resources to help people of all ages and abilities learn personal safety skills and build self-confidence.

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Kids' Health from the Nemours Foundation

With three separate sites.  The parent site offers “Practical parenting, information, and news,” the kids’ site features “Homework help and how the body works,” and the teen site details “Answers, advice, and straight talk” about teen health issues.  Also available in Spanish.

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Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicles

The dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car, even for a quick errand, and how kids playing in cars often become trapped, trap others, or set the car in motion.

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Let's Move

Let's Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. 

Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.

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Living with autism: A beach, a boy, a fleeting moment of joy

"I think that for so many people in so many of life's situations, it's the few precious moments of joy that help us through the challenges. It's facing something terrifying, daunting and tough that does indeed make the great things seem even more so."

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Medline Plus's Smoking and Youth

Nearly a quarter of high school students in the U.S. smoke cigarettes. Another 8% use smokeless tobacco. Smoking has many health risks for everyone. However, the younger you are when you start smoking, the more problems it can cause. For example:

  • People who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting.
  • About 30% of youth smokers will continue smoking and die early from a smoking-related disease.
  • Teen smokers are more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs.
  • They are more likely to have panic attacks, anxiety disorders and depression.

Parents and other adults who work with children can help by warning them of the risks of smoking. They can also set a good example by not smoking themselves.  This resource offers more information about teens and smoking and links to other helpful sites.

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My Child Safety

My Child Safety is a safety guide website for parents.  Get safety tips on a variety of topics such as child safety devices, water safety, internet safety, bullying, babysitting and more.

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My Child's Academic Success Tips for Parents on Keeping Children Drug Free

My Child's Academic Success-Tips for Parents on Keeping Children Drug Free includes links to Tips for Your Preschool Child, Additional Resources, Tips for Your Middle School or Junior High School Child and much more.

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My Lion-Childhood Cancer Community Service Kit

This kit "Is designed for teenagers and their leaders to step in and make a difference through community service or service-learning."

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National Association of School Psychologists

Follow the “Helpful Information” link for articles and fact sheets on parenting, mental health, diversity, kids activities, and more.

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

NCLD’s parenting center offers tips and strategies on ways to help children with LD, essential skills to become your child’s advocate, steps to building resilience in children, and more. 

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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Missing Kids wants, "to help you protect your children by teaching them to be smarter and safer. The best way to combat child exploitation and abduction is to prevent it. Please use our site to learn what you and your children need to know about protecting them from victimization."

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline runs a helpful website and phone hotline for people in crisis and those that care about them. Tollfree number: 800-799-7233.

 

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National Eating Disorders Information Index

Comprehensive information about the signs, symptoms and types of eating disorders, as well as information about causes, prevention, body image, research, resources, and much more.  Search by topic or audience.

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National Institute of Mental Health on ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments; with information on getting help and coping. 

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National Safety Council

Featuring “Safety and Health Magazine,” online safety courses, a comprehensive resource center with safety issues, fact sheets, a library, and research and statistics.

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National School Lunch Program Fact Sheet

The “hows” and “whats” of the national school lunch program.  Published by the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

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NIDA Info Facts on Drugs

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this guide provides the facts about drugs, health hazards of use, how extensively each drug is abused, and information sources.  Also available in Spanish.

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Nutrition.gov

“Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.”  Offers an “In the News” feature, and subject headings such as “What’s in Food?”  “Shopping, Cooking, and Meal Planning,” and “Food Assistance Programs.”  Also available in Spanish.

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ParentsEmpowered.org

This site offers a host of really useful materials for teachers and parents to talk to kids about alcohol use and to help them make smart decisions while out with their friends.  Resources include responses to frequently asked questions, a conversation jar--a conversation and family activity starter, a prevention brochure in Spanish and English, teaching tools, fact sheets, and much more. 

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Partnership for a Drug Free America

With stories, videos, blogs, articles, and research for parents and teens; this site exposes people to the horrors of drug addiction and offers users hope with links to intervention and treatment.  Also features a memorial for those lost to drug abuse.

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PBS's Eating Disorders--Thin at all Costs

For kids and teens.  An interactive site including profiles of people with eating disorders, an eating disorders test, facts, and tips for healthy body image, eating, and exercise.

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Physical Activity Recommendations

Physical Activity for Everyone: Recommendations for young people from the Centers for Disease Control.

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President's Fitness Council

Publications from the President’s fitness council.  Nutrition advice, fast facts, tips, and a Nolan Ryan fitness guide. 

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Preventing the Sexual Exploitaton of Children

What parents, schools and communities can do to protect kids from sexual exploitation (being raped or molested).

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Prevention is the Best Medicine: Sport Safety Guidelines

No sport is 100 percent safe. But there is much that parents, players and coaches can do to minimize young athletes’ risk of injury.

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Questions and Answers About Sex

Common questions about sex that apply to younger children.  Make sure and click the "Related Articles" tab on the right for more detailed information about the male and female reproductive systems, sexual development, menstruation, sexual attraction and more.

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Rachel Ray's Yum-O

This nonprofit website, created by Rachel Ray, offers parents and kids recipes, cooking and shopping tips for creating healthy and affordable kid-friendly dishes.

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Safe Kids

The goal of the Safe Kids website is to prevent accidental injury.  Get information on programs such as “Safety in the Home,” and find safety tips sheets for bike helmets, poisoning, water safety, and much more.  Kids will enjoy the activities page with coloring sheets, mazes, quizzes and more fun.

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Safety Tips for Cyberbullying

Learn how technology is being used to bully others and get safety tips for protecting your family.

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Safety Tips for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File-sharing Services

This article discusses the risks of kids using P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing networks and how to be prepared to avoid those risks.

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Safety Tips for Social Networking

This article helps families understand the risk of using social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook and teaches ways to be prepared to avoid attacks.

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Sex Education that Works

With information about sex, STD’s, HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy, abstinence, and gay and lesbian resources.

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Sexual Development and Reproduction

Factual information you can give to your child about boys and puberty, girls and puberty, reproductive health care and pregnancy.

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Signing Up Kids for Sports

Things to consider before you sign your child up for sports.  Includes video advice from Cal Ripkin. 

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Smart Kids with Learning Disorders

"Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD)."

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Sports and Recreation Safety Fact Sheet

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child should have an opportunity to participate in sports or any recreational activity that promotes regular physical activity. Participation can be related to health benefits as well as health risks. Although deaths among children playing organized sports are rare, sports injuries are a common occurrence among children.

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Take25.org

Get important tips about your child's safety, and in particular, preventing the abduction and/or sexual exploitation of children from this interactive website.

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Taking the Pressure off Sports Competition

Tips for keeping the competition fun and healthy. Also available in Spanish.

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Talking with Kids About Sex and Relationships

Tips for having age appropriate conversations about sex with your child.

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The Floortime Foundation

The Foundation’s mission:  “To redefine the potential of children with developmental and communication challenges by making the DIR/Floortime model broadly available.”  With resources and information about autism and related disorders for parents, professionals, and the community. 

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The Food Guide Pyramid for 6-11 Year Olds

A colorfully illustrated poster of the Food Guide Pyramid for 6-11 Year Olds from the USDA.

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The International Dyslexia Association

Pages for educators, adults, college students, parents, and teens.  Offers fact sheets, questions and answers, research, assistive technology resources, and a discussion forum.

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The Lunch Box

We believe all children must have access to healthy food to grow their bodies, minds and future. We must feed their knowledge while also providing wholesome sustenance to their physical needs. The tools for feeding such change must be equally available to all schools no matter their geography, budget or situation. The relationship children have with food will evolve into a virtuous circle benefiting not just themselves but our society as a whole

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The Mayo Clinic

“Mayo Clinic's three main Web sites provide information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 2,500 physicians and scientists, learn how to access medical services, and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.”

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The National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs

Featuring a comprehensive A-Z listing of health topics, resources available by state, tools, and resources.

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse "CASA"

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only nation-wide organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances – alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs – in all sectors of society.

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The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Publications, resources, advocacy, facts and more about children's disabilities.  Also available in Spanish.

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The School Breakfast Program

Provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, this information sheet answers questions like “How does the school breakfast program work?” and “What are the nutritional requirements for school breakfasts?”

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Time to Talk: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America

"Kids who learn about the risks of drugs are up to 50% less likely to use.  Time to Talk is an online community, resource and toolkit to help parents connect with their kids."

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Tips for Parents on Keeping Children Drug Free

From the US Department of Education.

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Tips for Parents: ADHD Linked to Pesticides

A new study published in Pediatrics links high levels of pesticides in children's urine with higher incidences of ADHD.  In the Tips for Parents, learn how children are exposed to pesticides and how you can lower their exposure.

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Tips for Parents: AIDS

Make sure your child receives the AIDS education that they really need.

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Tips for Parents: Are Computers Dangerous?

Tips to prevent injuries related to computer use.

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Tips for Parents: Dyslexia

Identify some of the signs of dyslexia and how to get the extra help your child needs. 

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Tips for Parents: Family Technology Use Policy

Cell phones, MP3 players, TV, the Internet…it seems as if kids are always plugged in. Many parents compete with technology for their kids’ attention, and lose. Additionally, cyberbullying, sexting, pornography, and stranger danger online all present a significant safety risk to our kids. In Tips for Parents: Family Technology Use Policy, learn how to create your family’s technology rules, and enforce them.

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Tips for Parents: HIV Education

Get your kids the HIV education they need before it's too late.

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Tips for Parents: Kids and Energy Drinks

Learn how drinking energy drinks can make kids and teens sick and how the high amounts of caffeine found in some of these drinks can be high enough to kill.

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Tips for Parents: Kids' Sports Safety

Learn the risks children face when playing sports and learn how to decrease or prevent risk of injury.

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Tips for Parents: Nutrition and Learning

Discover the link between nutrition and learning.

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Tips for Parents: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a mental disorder that makes a child have obsessive thoughts about germs, cleanliness, safety or school success.  These thoughts often cause them to do compulsive, ritualistic behaviors such as hand washing, checking doors or appliances, or saying particular phrases or questions over and over.

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Tips for Parents: Puberty Begins in Girls Earlier

In Tips for Parents: Puberty Begins in Girls Earlier, discover that girls are beginning puberty at an earlier age.  Get tips and resources for preparing your daughter (and yourself) for her changing body.

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Tips for Parents: School Stress

Identify the stressors your child faces and learn healthy ways to deal with stress.

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Tips for Parents: Special Education

Important tips for accessing special education programs.

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Tips for Parents: Summer Safety

Get parenting tips on keeping your family safe this summer while out and about doing all of your favorite summer activities.  Including help on bicycle safety, water safety, heat safety, sunburn safety, and stranger danger safety.

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Tips for Parents: Vision

Discover the link between vision and learning.

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Tips on how to Help Your Overweight Child

You can help your child with the challenge of weight control by being a positive role model with your attitudes, your eating habits, and your physical activity behaviors.

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