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It might be tempting to steer clear of competitive situations to save your child from the inevitable meltdown that comes with losing, or to let her win at. But some experts advise against this. In doing so, you may avoid a tantrum, but you will have also lost an important learning opportunity. Competition teaches kids that persevering through failure can yield future success, and it also strengthens character and builds skill. Learning to be a good sport is an essential skill.

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Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition that affects the body’s red blood cells. It occurs when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent. In someone living with this disease, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”

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Transitioning kids back into a back-to-school routine can be tough after a holiday filled with fun and late nights.
The most important thing parents can do is help establish a new routine prior to the end of the holidays.

This includes having kids go to bed earlier about a week before they go back to school and also having them wake up a little closer to when they will when they go back to class.

We recommend limiting sugary snacks and caffeine a few hours before bedtime.

It is also important to establish a quiet time about an hour before bed so kids can wind down and prepare to go to sleep.

We strongly recommend limiting screen time for about an hour or so before bedtime, as screens can keep kids awake for longer, studies show.

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No matter how hard we try, change does occur and sometimes it is impactful. One of these changes that happens in every child’s life is moving to a new school or moving to a new class/grade. The first days and weeks of a new school /class can be exciting, but they can also be filled with uncertainty and anxiety. The following tips and strategies will help your child quickly adapt.

Stay positive
Let them know you’re in it together.
Get your child involved.
Get some sleep
Go through their first day ahead of time.
Send your child to school prepared.
Don’t get rushed.
Eat healthy.
Take your child to school the first few days.
Be patient & supportive
Talk to the class teacher about any concerns you or child might have.

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School-going kids may even demand to have their own smartphones as a means of keeping in touch with their friends. However, there may be unintended results that affect your child’s mental and physical health.

Using a specific age as a means to gauge whether your child is ready for his own smartphone is not recommended.

Children should not be allowed to play with parents’ smartphones for more than 30 minutes and should not be left unattended.

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