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Indoor triggers can cause the symptoms we usually associate with spring. Here are some tips on how to combat the sniffles.

  • Identify the cause. If you or your child frequently show the classic signs of allergies, like sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, check with a certified allergist. They can help you get to the root of the problem and will be able to suggest solutions.
  • Fight the dust mites. Some people are allergic to these microscopic critters who live in dust and are often found in bedding, mattresses, pillows, and carpets. Use mattress protectors made of finely woven material to prevent dust accumulation. Vacuum your carpets often.
  • Put Rover out. Keep your cat or dog out of your bedroom if you are allergic to animal hair. Symptoms can get worse at night. Consider buying a high efficiency furnace filter that will extract hair and dander particles from the air.
  • Get rid of mold. Basements, attics, bathrooms, or other areas of the home that are often damp can be a breeding ground for the fungus. Keep bathrooms clean and dry and avoid letting damp clothes or towels pile up.
  • Clean carefully. Dust, animal hair, and mold can be stirred up when you sweep or vacuum. Consider wearing a N95 high efficiency face mask to protect yourself against an allergic reaction.

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Not being able to see the smart board is bad enough, but over 80% of the sensory information kids receive also comes through sight. Three things that you need to know are:

You should not rely solely on the school nurse. The in-school screenings only identify about 5% of vision problems. Kids are often able to squint through a distance only screening.

Kids need checkups for vision and eye health. Eye exams catch rare but serious conditions like glaucoma and even signs of brain tumors. You should get vision screenings done at all well child visits from the time they are born until 3 years-old and annually between the ages of 3 and 5 and at least every 2 years after that.

Do not sweat Rx changes. A new prescription does not necessarily mean that your child’s vision is worsening. Kids’ eyes continue to grow and so vision continues to change, until about the age of 20. Think of new lenses like the need for a new pair of shoes.

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A few ideas that may help you find your child more quickly.

ID Bracelet: Customize these bright disposable bracelets with your cell number and allergy/medical information.

Buddytag: These bracelets have a GPS tracker. A phone app tells you their whereabouts and alerts you if they go more than a specified distance away.

Temporary Tattoo: Write your cell number on one of these waterproof tattoos and paste it to your child’s arm.

Child ID Kit: Assemble one yourself with your child’s photo, height, weight, fingerprints and other identifying information to help law enforcement if ever necessary.

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We all know that you are extremely busy, but they will appreciate you for making these small simple gestures.

  1. Wear the macaroni necklace to work. At least until you are safely out the door.
  2. Tape a family slogan to the refrigerator door and use it whenever your child feels discouraged. Like Unstoppable or We can, We will!
  3. Go for a walk with just one child.
  4. Slip a note or a piece of chocolate into their lunchbox.
  5. Build your own Minecraft world right next to theirs.
  6. Say “Yes” to something that is usually off limits. Like sitting on the counter or eating popcorn in the living room.
  7. Show as much excitement at the amusement park as they do.
  8. If you argue in front of your child, make sure they also see you makeup.
  9. When their room looks like a tornado swept through it, close the door and get on with your day.
  10. Use Skype or Facetime with the grandparents once in a while.
  11. If your child has given their best efforts and is still miserable and truly wants to quit the team, give them your blessing.
  12. Let your little one stomp in a puddle once in a while.
  13. Get out some glitter glue and make a birthday card for your child.
  14. Take in a pet that needs a good home and a child’s love.
  15. Let your toddler fight their own battles on the playground before you intervene.

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Do you think that all those educational apps are giving your toddler’s brain a workout? Not really. Children ages 3 and up who did not use touchscreen devices scored similarly on developmental tests to children who did. Despite all those games aimed toward letters and shapes. In addition, kids who used them to play noneducational games had lower verbal scores.

Apps do have their place for sure, but going low tech is much better for smaller children. A ration of 10:1 is a good rule to follow. That is 10 traditional activities to one digital game. The bottom line is you are your child’s best learning tool. If playing on a tablet is a rare treat, it is more likely to do the trick when you really need to distract your little one.

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Once your child hits preschool, make reading a full multimedia experience. Teach your child that stories transcend the written word by acting out favorite tales together, listening to audio books and employing a few apps.

You are probably pointing out letters to your enthusiastic young pre-reader, but do not forget to highlight numbers while reading also. Ask math questions like: How many sandwiches did the bear eat? Help your child count on their fingers. You can also build comprehension skills by challenging kids to guess what will happen next in the story.

As they move into kindergarten and elementary school, children develop their own strong preferences. Pay close attention to what books your child responds to and what topics they are curious about. Use this as a launching point to connect them with new genres and explore even more. If your kids likes a particular drawing from a certain book, then introduce them to more drawings and books by that same author. Your child will realize that reading empowers them to make new discoveries.

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Ignite a can not put it down spark with our surefire picks and tips. Raise a kid who loves to read.

You have probably heard it before, but we will say it again: Reading makes kids smart. Engaging with kids books helps them excel in school. It will strengthen their vocabulary and spelling, as well as help them in math, science and reasoning skills. It gives them a sense of empathy, motivation and curiosity. I am sure you get the point. Reading is critical.

So now how do you get your kid hooked on reading books? Read to them, at least once a day. After that, the key is to be interactive. That means asking them a lot of questions, pointing out details for them in books and encouraging them to retell the story they read in their own words.

It is never too late to start. For little readers, make the experience tactile: Urge babies to touch and turn the pages. You can also mime actions, such as, eating and use toys for props.

As your child grows into the toddler years, identify colors and shapes on each page and then point them out in the world around you. Now is the time to start asking questions as well. (Where did the dog go? Why was Dad sad?) Help them relate to character’s emotions by asking them if they ever felt the same way.

Use your cutie’s love of imagination play to your advantage by visiting the library and making it a game at home. Stamp books and scan a pretend library card. Role playing can help set kids up for a positive lifetime habit.

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