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Throwing a “Happy” Birthday

Cake, balloons, gifts and friends — there’s something magical about a child’s birthday. But there can be an “unhappy” side to birthday parties as well. Many parents feel obliged to keep the invited — and the uninvited — content. Sending invitations Unless your child has only 10 classmates, it’s probably not realistic to invite everyone. Read More »
Child Development · Avera Health

Play! With Your Food

Play and exploration are essential to a child’s development.  Children use play to learn about their environment and the different sensory experiences that make up that environment.  Just as playtime is important throughout the day for children, it also is important during mealtime. Read More »
Child Development · Sacred Heart

Get Kids Moving for Increased Attention Spans

“Sit still and pay attention.” This may be a common phrase uttered in many classrooms toward children who are often labeled as fidgety.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there has been an increase in the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Sensitivity

There’s probably nothing more frustrating to a parent than to be in a hurry to get somewhere (and aren’t we always in a hurry to get somewhere?!) only to have a child who melts down because his socks feel wrong. Seriously, how wrong could socks possibly feel? Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Quality of Mood

What is the first thing you do when a small child looks up at you and breaks out in a big grin? Typically we grin back at him. This interaction is important for a child even though the adult responds with hardly a thought. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Five Things Healthy Families Are Doing

Good health — it’s important! And the well-being of our families, as a collective whole, is just as important as our individual health. While no two families are alike, generally happy and healthy families seem to share several attributes that nurture the mind, body and soul. Read More »
Child Development, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health