October 2010

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  • 8 ways to keep video games in balance

    • Make sure your child is not playing in the middle of the night.
    • Require that homework and other chores be completed first.
    • Keep video and computer games out of child's bedroom.
    • Be firm. Consistently enforce the rules. If your child refuses to cooperate, restrict access to video games for a period of time.
    • Be clear with... 
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  • Cell phones: A need or want?

    My third grader is begging for a cell phone.  How old should children be before they get one?

    Your daughter is begging for a cell phone along with millions of other young children. Cell phones have become a very hot commodity, even for children. Among other things, cell phones have become status symbols in youth culture. Companies are only too happy... 

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  • Cell Phone Rules

    We just answered a question on teenagers and cell phones. Here are some suggestions for ways to help your child get the most out of their cell phone!
    1. Decide what limits you think are appropriate. Limits might include number of text messages per month, time limits, technology free times and places, cell phone etiquette... 
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  • Kids need consistency

    I’ve been divorced for 5 yrs.  I’m trying to set limits and be consistent, but my kids spend half their time with their father who doesn’t have any limits.  What can I do?

    Sadly, this is a question that I hear more and more frequently. Children need consistency. Parents who fail to provide this do not do their children any... 

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  • The skinny on "screen time"

    How much "screen time" should kids have per day?

    Digital screens certainly aren't going anywhere and there is great benefit to growing up in the digital age. However, for kids to reap the greatest benefits from media, it is our job to make sure it is kept in balance with other things we know are good for kids like physical activity, free play, studying,... 

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  • Recognizing ADHD

    How do I know if my child has ADHD?

    Diagnosing ADHD is not easy. It has become even more difficult since many of today’s children have a lot of attention problems caused by media and technology, which are causing widespread distraction and ever shrinking attention spans. Parents or teachers should consider the possibility of ADD or ADHD for a child who displays... 

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