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The great outdoors

Children who spend more time outside are less likely to become myopic (short-sighted) or suffer from headaches and eyestrain. Just a few extra hours a day of outdoor activity per week is said to reduce risks.

Simple changes, remarkable results

When our children struggle in school sometimes help to be checking our home life first. Keeping a calm and organized environment at home helps kids focus and feel more emotional stable.

1. Sticking to a manageable schedule
2. Use media wisely
3. Find time for family time
4. Organize things ahead of time
5. Help them get enough rest

Without proper sleep, the rest of the tips will not work no matter how hard you try. Source: Understand.org

Screen time ain’t great

Multiple studies have shown that infant TV watching is correlated with poor language development. Two or more hours per day of screen time before the first birthday is associated with a six-fold increase in language delay.

Elmo trumps chocolate

When kids were invited to choose between eating broccoli or a chocolate bar… four out of five chose the chocolate right away. Yet, when an Elmo sticker was attached to the broccoli by researchers, their results changed. You guessed it, the Elmo sticker actually encouraged 50% of participating kids to go for the broccoli. Lesson learned.

Source: Nutritionfacts.org

5 Things to say

Showing gratitude and thoughtful-ness sets a good example for a child. A  few of these good words used regularly will make a difference:

1. Thanks for helping out
2. I’m so proud of you.
3. Your thoughtfulness shines through.
4. I was thinking about you today and…
5. Can I get a hug?

Device distractions

Both parents and teen worry about each other’s time on cellphones. Surprisingly teens say their parents are too distracted by their cell phones. While only 36% of parents studied said they spend too much time on their cell phones just over 50% of teens find parents or caregivers too distracted to keep up with conversations in person.

Source: Pew Research Centre

Elmo trumps chocolate

When kids were invited to choose between eating broccoli or a chocolate bar… four out of five chose the chocolate right away. Yet, when an Elmo sticker was attached to the broccoli by researchers, their results changed. You guessed it, the Elmo sticker actually encouraged 50% of participating kids to go for the broccoli. Lesson learned.

Source: Nutritionfacts.org

Chores matter

The longest study of humans ever conducted, the 75 years long Harvard Grant Study, found that professional success in life comes from having done chores as a child.

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