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What your child really wants you to know

If you're anything like me, you often wonder what goes on in the mind of your children on a day-to-day basis. ...all the crazy, quirky, cute and insightful thoughts they must have... What about the things that worry them, or cause them to be lonely? What does your child really want you to know? Well, a third grade teacher in Denver Colorado, Kyle Schwartz, did an exercise with her kids to find out just that. Schwartz requested her students all write responses to the statement, "I wish my teacher knew ___." According to Mandy Velez, "the responses she received were so moving," and it seems, surprisingly unexpected. Children were opening up with meaningful responses that gave Schwartz a much clearer idea of who...

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A Dad's Promise

She looked up at me with big blue eyes, changing back and forth from a small smiling squint to a wild look of amazement at the sounds I was producing. I was making her day.Her nose was starting to wrinkle and her smile grew until a little baby giggle came out. Her arms flailed at her sides with amusement in the cute, uncoordinated way only a baby can get away with. Her dad, me, was the funniest thing in her world right now…except that I couldn't have cared less. Let me make this clear; I wasn’t trying to impress her with my outward gurgling sounds. Rather, I was trying to keep my gag reflux in check. Just over a week ago we started feeding...

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7 Easy Ways to Help Your Child Fend Off the Flu

Every parent knows that from September to June your household transforms into a walking petri dish that eventually becomes laden with snotty tissues and cough syrup. This leaves it up to you to nurse your family back to health -- but not without also falling sick yourself. It's the cold, hard truth of flu season and there's nothing you can do.Or is there?The truth is there are several ways you can, at the very least, help to protect against illness, regardless of your choice to vaccinate, and according to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention these key steps are incredibly simple! For more insight on the influenza virus, we welcome you to check out the CDC site. 1. Avoid close contact We don't want to...

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Because you have better things to do.

You know the drill. Step One: Your child is sick. Yet somehow still has the capacity to fight you with every ounce of strength that they have left, refusing to take their medication. Step Two: You've tried everything under the sun. Chewable pills are too chalky, and easy to spit back up into hundreds of delightful, mucous covered pieces.  Liquid medicines are too thick, and apparently synthetic banana flavor isn't good. You're sick, just drink it for the love of all that is good!  Coated pills are daunting in size, and after coaxing them to chase it back with chocolate sauce for ten minutes, it's sat on their tongue too long and become bitter. If they had only taken it when you begged them to... At this point you...

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So, what the heck are Electrolytes?

You've heard of them, who hasn't? Lately, the term Electrolyte has almost become more popular than the flood of selfies featuring derrières and duck-faces across social media. Note, we said almost.They're a common go-to for post workout recovery. Often taken as a morning after solution among waves of self-contempt and nausea. They're especially used to help restore the body when experiencing flu-like symptoms for adults and children. But, a lot of people still don't know what electrolytes actually do when they're taking them. Just in case you're one of the many, or have managed to squeak by without hearing the term, here's a quick look at what you need to know: Salt, salt and more salt. Electrolytes are a fancy word for the essential salts that are needed for your...

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