New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New YearI heard somewhere, “the days are long and the years are short.” Well said as the New Year fast approaches. So it is time to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the new year. And, adults are not the only ones that can benefit from New Year’s Resolutions.  Kids can too.

You can help your kids, even preschoolers, make their resolutions and encourage them to follow them through the year. It may also help you keep on track with your own resolutions as you encourage each other.

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Finding Meaning (and Sanity) During the Holidays

Decorating the treeIt seems like there are two-sides to the holidays – the wonderful, heart-warming experiences of time with family and friends enriched by feelings of gratitude, generosity and even compassion. And then there’s the other side. One that is defined by an “I want that” mentality, stressful schedules of traveling, late nights and endless stimuli, meals and snacks filled with sweets and other treats, and well-meaning relatives who try to indulge your child’s every wish.

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The Gift of a Better Brain: Share Books with Your Child

Dr Navsaria reading to a babyBooks Build Better Brains.  Even better, those same books, when shared together with a child, become even more important to their development.  This is because social connections and relationships matter deeply.

For young children, being aware of books and familiar with their conventions is key — despite not being able to “read” yet, the positive associations of being read to regularly, of understanding that books contain delightful stories, and of the critical idea that print conveys information, all together leads to their brains wiring in the best possible way for school readiness.  The research is clear: children who are read to on a daily basis have improved language scores and will enter kindergarten with higher letter recognition.

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Philanthropy at American Family Children’s Hospital

As you sift through an inbox full of holiday sales and last minute shopping ideas, you’ll also encounter a few emails asking for a year-end gift. As you consider where to donate this holiday season, consider American Family Children’s Hospital.

Located in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Children’s Hospital was built without any state taxpayer dollars and operates without any state subsidy. Since its opening in 2007, more than 500,000 patients have been treated either through the clinics or inpatient stays. It’s a state-of-the-art facility with more than 150 pediatric specialists and surgeons. But, we care for more than just the patients.

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Small Items Can Pose the Most Danger: Preventing Choking in Infants and Toddlers

Gus was born in February – he’s our first child. My wife and I truly enjoy being parents. One of the most amazing things has been watching Gus develop. At times it seems he learns to do something entirely new every day or two. He has become very interested in the world around him, and his manual dexterity has improved to allow him to interact with his environment. At this stage, as part of the process of discovery, everything he gets his hands on goes directly into his mouth. Unfortunately, his swallowing coordination and his ability to judge what is safe to ingest (and what is not) have not developed yet.

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