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Raising an Optimistic Child Can Be Good for All Concerned

Raising an Optimistic Child Can Be Good for All Concerned Nancy Olsen-Harbich Raising an optimistic child not only benefits the child—who is less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression—but your whole family and the larger community. Optimism comes from confidence and confident children are more likely to try again after a setback and to […]

Understand Your Child and Provide Guidance

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H.   Babies and toddlers are very active learners. They need lots of rest, good food, fun playthings, and plenty of safe space to move around and explore. Babies and toddlers grow and change at an amazing rate. Learning how your child develops helps you to be more patient and effective […]

Benefits of Reading to Your Child

By Dinah Torres Castro Thinking back on raising my own children, one of my most treasured memories is that of reading bedtime stories to them. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that it signaled the end to what seem to have been endless hectic days or the calming effect […]

“Dine-In” For Healthy Families

By Dinah Torres Castro The Family Health and Wellness program encourages families to help the AAFCS celebrate the first annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day – a national celebration that educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and “dining in” together. “With the high rate of obesity in this country, especially among children, […]

As Halloween Nears, Help Children Face Fears

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich As Halloween approaches, parents should be aware that some Halloween costumes or decorations that seem just slightly scary or even cute to adults, may create real fears in young children. This is especially true of 3 to 5 year olds. Many childhood fears appear and then disappear as your child progresses. At […]

Cuddle and Hold Your Baby

Adapted by Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Have you been told that if you pick up your baby every time she cries, you’ll spoil her? Research tells us the opposite is true. Babies cry because it is how they can communicate their needs to us.  Research shows that when babies’ cries are answered and their needs […]

The Importance of Bedtime

By Dinah Torres Castro Bedtime is a very important time of the day for both parents and children. Busy parents need time to catch up on chores, pursue personal interests, relax or talk with each other; children need enough sleep and quiet time to reflect on their day and rest assured that tomorrow will be […]

Breastfeeding is Best: Benefits for Mothers and Babies

By Alysa Ferguson, MS, RD, CDE   The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week, so we thought it would be a great time to celebrate the many reasons breastfeeding is beneficial to your family’s health. Of course, there are some reasons why families cannot or choose not to breastfeed. But if you are […]

Show your Child the World

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Every little thing is new and interesting to your baby and toddler. Babies are naturally curious and want to explore the world. Encourage that curiosity and love of learning by creating safe places for your child to discover. Young children learn best when activities are meaningful and their senses are […]

Keep your Family Safe in the Sun

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. After a long cold winter, the warm weather is finally here which means many of us are spending more time outdoors and at the beach. Following are recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics for keeping your family safe in the sun this summer. […]

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