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Encouraging Your Child’s Language Skills

From the time a parent brings that precious newborn home from the hospital, language skills are developing. Humans are genetically programmed to learn language. Our use of speech and symbols sets us apart from other species on the planet. But to develop language skills, humans need human interaction. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Increase Playtime and Limit Screen Time

As the weather warms up it is important to encourage kids to get outside and play! It is so easy for kids to have access to electronics and spend hours in front of a screen. Below I have outlined some of the negative effects screen time can have on the developing child’s brain and vision. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Garage Sales: Choose Safe Items for Your Child

The brightly colored signs and balloons are popping up on the street corners — it’s garage sale season! If you have growing kids, it’s the perfect chance to snag items at rock-bottom prices. But before you park the car and browse bargains, know how to identify safe and potentially hazardous items that could be on sale. Read More »
Child Development · Avera Health

Home Alone

Many of you have seen the movie. In this comedy, 8-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves on vacation. He uses his creativity and problem-solving skills to take care of himself and defend the family home. If you are thinking about allowing your child to be home alone, this movie might make you think twice! Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Garage Safety Tips for Families with Young Children

With spring weather on the horizon at last, I’m anxious to get the garage cleaned out. You might be thinking the same thing. If you have young children in the family, I hope you will think about garage safety at the same time. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan

Is Making Kids Do Chores Worth the Effort? Part 2: Tips for Teaching Kids about Chores

If you read Part I on chores, you learned that it IS worth the effort to teach kids to do chores. They learn self-help skills, personal skills and working together as a family. But is it easy? Unfortunately, no! These tips can get you started and hopefully make chore time a little easier. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan