Tag Archive: child development

Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween

From candy to pumpkins to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults alike. However, it can pose dangers. To help make this year’s trick-or-treat a safe and fun time, follow these simple safety tips compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CREATIVE COSTUMES:
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. …

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Mother’s Day: Time to Reflect and Celebrate

This will be my sixth Mother’s Day, so I am not an experienced mother by any stretch of the imagination. As a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, I am fortunate to have plenty of coursework and some practical experience in working with children– but real life is different. Here are a few of the …

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2016 Dine In Day

Many of us can agree, being around family can make simple things in life more special! Whether it’s time spent together during holidays, celebrating birthdays, or simply enjoying togetherness, family events can make life memorable. Why wait until special occasions to show your family that they matter? Dining together can make simple things feel special …

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Preparing for the After-School Snack Stampede!

It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is drawing to a close and school is right around the corner. It’s time to plan for lots of things like new classrooms and teachers, unexpected supply needs, extracurricular activity requests – and hungry kids arriving home from school.

Although it’s easy to succumb to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/07/25/preparing-for-the-after-school-snack-stampede/

Is Your Family Immunized?

Make sure that your family and friends are up-to-date on their immunizations. With children enrolling in or returning to school, older students entering college, and adults and the health care community preparing for the upcoming flu season, this is a particularly good time to focus community attention on the value of immunization.

Vaccines are responsible …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2014/08/06/is-your-family-immunized/

Summer Camp is Almost Here: Preparation Tips for Campers (and Parents!)

Summer is here and summer camp is on the horizon. Maybe this is your child’s first time to an overnight camp or they are “old pros” at this thing called camp. Many parents and children will have camp anxieties, but here are some things you can do to prepare your camper and yourself for camp.

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2014/06/02/summer-camp-is-almost-here-preparation-tips-for-campers-and-parents/

Helping Young Children Understand the Meaning of Math

Children are born curious and are constantly learning about the world around them.  Children learn basic math skills through daily activities and interaction.  They practice basic math skills as they notice differences between things, how events happen the same way every time, and how they can make events happen.  Many parents push their children to count to ten, …

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The Importance of Play

 Not much has changed since the American Academy of Pediatrics released their clinical report in 2006 about the importance of play in promoting healthy child development.   In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that in 1989 the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights recognized play as a right of every …

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Riding Safely at Every Age

Dawson is a healthy, active 3-year-old whose mom makes sure he eats right, learns something new every day, and rides safely in the car.  Until a few months ago, Dawson, who weighs 42 pounds and is 42 inches tall, traveled in a booster seat.  When his mom learned that, because of his …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2013/06/05/riding-safely-at-every-age/

Helping Children Learn Self-Control

Self-control is an important skill for all children to learn.  In other words, individuals know right from wrong or have power to control their own actions.  Self-control is the ability to think before you act, rather than being controlled by your feelings.  Children who rely on parents or other children to make choices for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2013/04/23/helping-children-learn-self-control/