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6 tips to reduce children's screen time

Children are on screens during the school day more than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are 6 tips to help trim screen time when they're not in school.

Madhan Prabhakaran MD By Madhan Prabhakaran September 17, 2020

Returning to school safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Are your kids back in school? Here are 4 tips to help keep them safe.

September 8, 2020

7 tips for helping your child wear a mask

Some schools are recommending or requiring masks as students return to the classroom this fall. Here are 7 tips for helping your children get used to wearing a mask for an extended time.

April Poolman RN CNP By April Poolman August 20, 2020

Helping your children prepare for a COVID-19 test

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for families — especially if your child is upset about having a COVID-19 test. The good news is that there are things you can do to help your child prepare.

Jennifer Brumm MD By Jennifer Brumm August 19, 2020

Clean up your hand-washing skills

Help your kids clean up their hand-washing skills before school starts. Here are some tips and a coloring sheet to get them motivated.

August 10, 2020

Social media risks: Tips to keep your children safe

Social media is a fun, easy way for kids to connect with friends. Because younger kids are joining in, it's important to teach them that even though social media is fun to use, there also are risks. Learn how to keep your children safe on social media.

Karen Hall MS LPC By Karen Hall August 2, 2020

Emotional exhaustion during times of unrest

2020 has been a year full of change and trauma. You may be wondering what's next. As events unfold, you may begin to feel irritable, struggle to motivate yourself or just feel stuck. You're emotionally exhausted. Learn what it is and what you can do regain a sense of well-being.

July 30, 2020

Building a community of caring: Youth and anxiety

When your children are struggling, you want to be able to help them sort through whatever it is that they need. Learn how anxiety affects children so you and your children find relief.

July 20, 2020

Importance of scheduling back-to-school physical during the COVID-19 pandemic

School will be starting again soon. Learn why it's a good idea to schedule a back-to-school physical now to ensure your child's physical and mental health.

Jane Byrd, M.D. By Jane Byrd July 16, 2020

Fostering resiliency in kids

Life happens, even for kids: bullying, school problems, hunger, problems at home, illness, divorce and the list goes on. Stress can affect children the same way it affects adults, so what can we do to help those kids in need of a little support?

July 13, 2020

7 tips to live a happier life

Do you wake up feeling sluggish most mornings? Have caffeinated beverages become a necessity to help power you through the day? If this sounds familiar, it's time to ditch the quick fixes you rely on, and develop an energy management plan.

July 8, 2020

As we reopen, let’s keep each other safe and healthy

As the economy starts to reopen and things feel normal again, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Continue to do your part to keep your friends, family, co-workers and community members safe and healthy by washing your hands, wearing a mask and maintaining a safe distance from others while in public.

Paul Mueller MD By Paul Mueller June 25, 2020