Back to School, Back to Sleep: 10 Tips to Finding Your Sleep Routine

Sleep helps kids do well in school, improves social functioning, prevents illness and injuries, and even prevents obesity.  But American children don’t sleep enough.  With touch-screens luring children to avoid bed,  we have a growing epidemic of pediatric sleep deprivation.  Don’t let your kids go to school sleep-deprived.  Summer is ending and it’s time to get your kids on a back-to-school sleep schedule.  

Here are 10 tips for back-to-school sleep:

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How To Avoid Getting Sick on Vacation: 5 Tricks to Keep You Healthy While You Travel

Every summer my ER fills up with travelers-- families far from home with vacation plans gone awry.  Most are children with high fevers, vomiting, broken bones, burns, poison ivy, and infected insect bites.  With a few tricks and a bit of preparation, you can keep your kids out of the ER and enjoy your vacation.  


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12 Tricks for a Successful Family Road Trip

True confession: the night before we left for our national park road trip my husband and I seriously considered cancelling the whole thing.  On a total whim (and moment of fantasy) I had planned a six day, 1700 mile family road trip to Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse.  Perhaps I was the crazy one?  As we stayed up late packing the minivan, my dreams of teaching my kids history and watching family movies in the minivan turned to fears of incessant back-seat bickering and kids bored by national parks.

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The Paradox of Praise

In February of 2014, in the Journal of Experimental Psychology (General), Eddie Brummelman and colleagues published an article that revisited the subject of praise for youth.  For decades, praise and positive reinforcement had been hailed by mental health professionals as the antidote to many of our youth’s problems.  Parents regularly heard the message that there was no such thing as “bad praise.”  But as the research began to evolve, some began to question this notion.  Brummelman and his co-authors focused on two types of praise:  person praise and process

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