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Fight Colds and Flu With Natural Remedies This Winter

It’s been a challenging winter with record-breaking low temperatures and plenty of snow. Right about now, most families are wishing for spring—and the last thing they need is a cold or the flu invading their home.

So, it’s really important for everyone in the family (not just the little ones!) to get a plenty of sleep each night, eat healthy foods, and practice good hygiene with lots of hand washing.

When kids are encouraged to follow healthy routines, they stand a better chance of staying healthy through the winter. But sometimes these efforts just aren’t enough. When a family member shows early signs of a cold or flu, parents can consider natural, homeopathic cold and flu remedies from our sponsor, Hyland’s. Its Hyland’s 4 Kids Complete Cold ’n Flu, for example, is safe enough for kids as young as two years old because it does not contain commonly used pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. Instead, the homeopathic formula uses natural ingredients to help relieve the symptoms of a cold or flu, including fever, chills, body aches and headaches, and congestion*.  Also, it is available in unique quick-dissolving tablets that melts instantly in a child’s mouth.

Hyland’s also has help for parents with DEFENDTM Severe Cold + Flu, another natural product that helps relieve cold and flu symptoms without causing drowsiness or other side effects*. It contains no artificial flavors or dyes and dissolves in warm water.  DEFENDTM Severe Cold + Flu also has a great lemon-honey flavor that helps reduce the discomfort of aches, congestion, and fever.

Hyland’s products can help families get back on their feet—so they can get ready for spring!

*The uses for Hyland’s products are based on traditional homeopathic practice.  They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Keep Communication Lines Open on Mobile Safety

As parents, we want to convey the right messages about mobile safety so our kids understand the importance of behaving responsibly when using smartphones.

But these conversations can be tough. Did you know two out of five kids say their parents haven’t talked to them about mobile safety?

Sometimes kids don’t want “a lecture,’’ and sometimes parents feel they aren’t being heard. One option is to have a conversation with your child using the Family Guide to Mobile Safety, a free downloadable guide SchoolFamily.com developed in partnership with AT&T.

One strategy: Pick a quiet time over the weekend when no one feels rushed, sit down with your child, and use the information in the guide as key talking points.

Also, parents can check out the new Mobile Families resources on our site, where there is a collection of related articles about such important issues as screen time and how to best select and use technology and apps.

You can download the entire eight page Family Guide or download individual printables. The individual printables include:

  • The Family Mobile Safety Agreement. Parents and kids can discuss appropriate mobile phone behavior, agree to follow the rules, and sign the document together.
  • Is your child ready for a cell phone? A guide to help determine better when it makes sense to make this important purchase.
  • How to behave online. This document gives parents talking points on what it means to be a good digital citizen.
  • What’s with all the texting? This guide gives information about what kids should or should never text.
  • Establishing ground rules. This document has pointers for parents on how to set rules for phone use.
  • Apps: Where to start. This guide give suggestions so parents can make better app purchasing decisions.
  • Cell phone checklist: Gives a list of steps on how to navigate the first mobile phone purchase.
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Connecting With Your Kids About Mobile Phone Safety

If you are the parent of a teen or tween who has a mobile phone (or may be getting one for the holidays), you might have concerns about her safety. Will your child get bullied via texts? Will she make bad choices and be the sender of inappropriate messages?

It can be challenging to convey the right messages to your children so that they take seriously the responsibility of having a phone but don’t get overwhelmed. There’s a great online resource from AT&T that parents can use to help get the conversation started with their kids about mobile phone safety.

AT&T has many resources you can download that provide tips for explaining how kids can be responsible mobile phone users and for setting rules. The materials are offered for different age groups so parents can target messages appropriately for younger phone users (8-11), middle school kids (12-14), or high schoolers(15-17).

Another section on the AT&T site provides its mobile safety study results. There’s plenty of helpful information on phone usage—some of it might even be a bit of a shocker for some parents. For example, more than half (53 percent) of kids surveyed by AT&T report that they have ridden with someone who was texting and driving.

Also, there’s a cool downloadable Mobile Safety Family Agreement that you can use with your kids to establish ground rules and good digital behavior for everyone.

The AT&T resources can help parents and kids share the responsibilities of mobile phone safety so that it is a successful and long-term team effort.

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Take the Transition Optical "My Eye Promise" and Help Get Books To Kids

As parents, we talk to our kids about healthy living, but sometimes those messages are, well, boring. But here’s a really fun way to promote good vision care from Transitions Optical. 

Consider taking the My Eye Promise pledge on the Transitions Optical web site on behalf of your family. With the pledge, you are promising that you and your kids will take good care of your eyes and practice good habits, such as regularly visiting an eye doctor, wearing glasses if you need them and protecting your eyes from the sun by wearing a hat or UV-blocking eyewear. 

And here’s the really cool part: For each My Eye Promise submitted, Transitions Optical will donate a new book to Bess the Book Bus Inc., a mobile literacy initiative. Your family gets to help other less fortunate kids with a book donation. Plus, by connecting the book donation to the My Eye Promise, kids can learn about the relationship between good eye health and the ability to read and learn. 

Bess the Book Bus was founded by Jennifer Frances. She wanted to pay tribute to her grandmother Bess, who helped her learn to love reading. In addition to promoting literacy, Bess the Book Bus focuses on getting books to underprivileged children. To date, Bess the Book Bus has distributed more than 400,000 books to kids across the country. 

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Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?

No - 37.4%
Sometimes - 25.4%
Yes - 31.6%

Total votes: 4919
The voting for this poll has ended on: June 25, 2016