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Screen time to green time: New study informs healthy screen habits as kids go back to school

A new study finds that fewer than two hours of daily screen time can adversely affect a kid’s life satisfaction.   Physical activity is crucial to wellbeing, and sedentary screen time interferes with exercise hours. Screen time guidelines can become more nuanced as children return to in-person learning.  Experts recommend separating…

Dads get a bad rap: Insights into being a supportive father, despite what pop culture and societal stereotypes may say

Dads are commonly portrayed in pop culture as oblivious, absent-minded, and detached—in other words, they’re often shown as being incapable of parenting. The laughs are real, but the societal implications are as well. Our favorite shows and media often critique and remark on our social norms and issues. When it…

Anxious parents and resilient kids: A guide for stopping the cycle of parental anxiety

The mental health of parents can influence their children environmentally as well as genetically.  When kids are feeling anxious, it may be time to look at what fearful, overcautious parents are teaching children about themselves.  Anxiety is a natural part of life, but anxious parents can model healthy coping strategies…

Children of depressed parents suffer inadvertent effects—these mental health interventions can help

The children of depressed parents could be at an increased risk of developing depression or other mental health disorders. Our external environment, in addition to our parent’s own experience with mental health conditions, may set into motion subtle shifts in our genetics; one allele, in particular, might leave kids vulnerable…

What will back to school look like for your child? Understand the challenges your child will face and help them prepare for the new school year

As schools prepare to reopen in September, the uncertainty of what to expect raises a myriad of questions and feelings for parents and students alike. What will the procedures be like in schools? Will children be asked to wear masks and social distance? Will full classroom learning continue, or will…

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