Kids and Bicycle Safety

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent. But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle! Be cool – follow some basic safety tips when you ride. Safe Riding Tips Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. Remember to: Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication “Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle ... More

A Guide to Buying Your Child’s First Bike

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage. The thought alone conjures memories of Mom and Dad offering a supportive start with a gentle push on the seat; that unsure wobble from side to side; the shaky pedaling; the scraped knees and elbows; and of course, the feelings of happiness and pride when you finally succeed. But selecting a child's first bike starts way before the two-wheeler that he or she will ride up and down the street. From tricycles to balance bikes to trailer bikes, there are plenty of options for teaching young riders to put rubber ... More

Benefits of Play

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Bigger Brain Size- Better Early Development In studies using rats, playing leads to bigger brains.  In human studies, playing enhances children's adjustment, language, and social and emotional stability by 33% to 67%. Smarter, Faster Learning and Better Memory In one study, children offered toys in infancy have higher IQ at age 3 and again at age 4.5. More Creative Free play enhances divergent thinking.  Pretend play requires imagining and encourages creativity. Better Communication, Vocabulary and Language Playing, especially pretend play, improves preschoolers' speaking and understanding. Greater Impulse Control and Emotion Regulation Self-regulation is essential for a child's academic as well ... More

Spring Cleaning: 13 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Involved

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Looking for creative ways to get your kids to help out as you spruce up your home this Spring? Getting kids to participate is a breeze when you inject some fun and foolishness into household chores. Just make sure to assign age-appropriate tasks that can be achieved in short increments (ten to fifteen minute spurts for younger children), and things will be spic and span in no time!  If you start kids at a young age and keep things fun, they'll enjoy pitching in — it gives them a great sense of accomplishment, collaboration, independence and responsibility. Here are 13 ways ... More

Spring Allergies: 8 Top Ways to Help Your Child

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Is your child suddenly sneezy? Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatric allergist Brian Schroer, MD, provides a tutorial on spring allergies in kids. Lesson #1: Know your opponent Is that “achoo” seasonal allergies or a cold? Sneezing, nose and throat itchiness, and eye itchiness plus redness usually signal allergies. Like a cold, allergies produce nasal drainage, but it looks clear and watery. With a cold, mucus drainage is thicker and yellow or green. Lesson #2: Age matters Kids as young as 3 to 5 years old can have seasonal allergies. Indoor allergens, such as dust mites and pet dander, can affect kids as young as 1 ... More
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