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5 Benefits of Multiple Extracurricular Activities

Even though my daughter was in six different clubs or sports, she received all A's in her academic classes. By participating in extracurricular activities, a child is able to learn new skills which can be applied to the school setting. Research by the National Center for Education Statistics states that students who participated in after-school activities had better attendance, higher levels of achievement and aspirations to higher levels of education.

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9 Money Lessons You Need to Teach Your Kids

One of the best things you can do for your kids is to teach them about money. As you're getting your kids ready for college and the future, how can you make sure they are prepared with a healthy view of money? Read on for nine tips that will help.

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9 Tips From Teachers to Kick off the School Year Right

School bells will soon ring once again. Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that the free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help you and your child enjoy a smart, happy start to school.

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Appreciation Exchanges Help Families Feel Connected and Encouraged

It's Saturday, and Mom is wearily unloading groceries. Meanwhile, Dad drives twelve-year-old Sasha to soccer practice. 6-year-old Max makes his bed without anyone telling him to, but his mom makes him do it over because the sheets were lumpy. These family members are likely to feel unappreciated. Over time, feeling unappreciated can lead to resentment and a sense of isolation. How can a family address this situation?

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How Healthy Are Your Child's Eyes?

"You need glasses," the ophthalmologist said to me. I was 12 years old. My mom was shocked since I never complained of unclear vision and no one else in our family had poor eyesight. Optometrystudents.com lists several signs that may indicate your child could have a vision problem.

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Inspire a Love of STEAM With These Activities for Kids

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) has grown in popularity in recent years as a way to educate children for the 21st Century. STEAM programs have been adopted in many schools, and the future will include STEAM-related jobs. Foster a love of STEAM with these fun and easy ideas.

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Smithsonian Museum Programs for Young People With Disabilities

Eight years ago, the Smithsonian piloted Morning at the Museum, a free weekend morning program for young people on the autism spectrum, ages 5-12. Today, the program - which has expanded to include youth, as well as teens with autism, intellectual disabilities, sensory processing disorders and other cognitive disabilities - attracts hundreds of young people and their families.

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Tips for Shopping With Little Ones

How can parents plan for a successful shopping trip or simply get out of the house and enjoy their local shopping center? Whether it be something to do in the summer to combat boredom or getting started on back-to-school shopping, the following are suggestions on how little ones can enjoy the shopping experience as well!

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What Should I Do if My Child is Questioning His or Her Gender?

In my 20 years as an OB-GYN, I've seen patients as young as 4 and as old as 77 who question his or her assigned gender. I started working with the transgender population in 2012 and have since helped establish Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group's transgender health services. I work with patients and their parents, and as a team with other health care providers to make sure patients are correctly identified and get the gender-affirmative care they need.

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