1. How to tell if your child is too sick to go to school

    Taking the temperature of sick daughterIf your child goes to school or day care, he or she will inevitably catch a cold. If one child gets sick, the close proximity and interaction among classmates often spreads the cold throughout the class.

    Children can come down with varying degrees of illness, from a sniffle and runny nose to a fever and sore throat. Some illnesses can be highly contagious whereas others aren’t and simply need to run their course.

    How can you tell if your child is too sick to go to school? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends asking yourself the following questions:

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  2. How to Help Prevent Spreading Germs at Home

    toddler with runny noseTaking care of a sick toddler or grade-schooler can cause considerable worry and concern. Taking care of two sick children can be even more worrisome. When a child or other member of the household falls ill, trying to guard against or contain the germs may not be easy but can be done.

    Germs can spread in various ways, including by:

    • Touching a contaminated object or surface
    • Eating unwashed fruits or vegetables
    • Inhaling germs that are in the air

    However, even with the best of intentions and taking every possible precaution, a child could still get sick, since some infections and maladies can be contagious even before noticeable symptoms appear.

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  3. 4 Potential Symptoms of Stress in Children

    stressed girl at schoolBelieve it or not, children can experience stress just as much as adults. Pressure to do well in school, to make new friends or maintain old friends, or just managing expectations of mentors and role models are all example sources of stress for kids.

    Some children may not be able to articulate the stress that they are feeling, however. The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends tuning into the following emotional or behavioral cues to recognize possible signs of stress.

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  4. 4 Tips for an Easier Nap Time with Your Toddler

    Napping toddlerIn the busy life of a toddler, having to stop playtime in order to take a nap may well seem like it’s the end of the world. Nevertheless, most active toddlers need naps.

    Daytime sleep not only is important for a child’s healthy growth and development, but it can also do wonders as a short, refueling break for parents.

    Does your child fight against daily naps? Here are four toddler nap-time tips to help make it go a little more smoothly:

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  5. 30 Day Family Fitness Challenge

    Family fitness challengeA healthy lifestyle starts in the home. Your children are observing you every day and learning from your behavior. When it comes to health and fitness, your children are learning habits now that will last a lifetime.

    Get everyone in your family involved in getting fit with our 30 day family fitness challenge! This fun and budget-friendly challenge is meant as a starting point for getting you and your family up and active. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should try to be active for at least 2.5 hours a week. Active, as the CDC defines it, means participating in activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and strengthen your muscles.

    Modify the challenge so it makes sense for your family. Enjoying a particular activity? Extend it beyond the one-week mark. Consider including incentives or a reward sticker chart to track progress and motivate your family to participate. Make the challenge your own!

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