7 Rules for Parents of Teens

Drawing on the latest scientific studies of adolescents, Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University, offers this advice for the parents of teens: 1. What You Do Matters Many parents mistakenly believe that by the time children have become teenagers, there’s nothing more a parent can do. Wrong. Studies clearly show that good […]

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Establish backup child care plans

Written and Submitted by Deb McGregor, supervisor, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services Whether your child goes to school or day care, there will be times when the regular routine falls apart. Bad weather forces closings, children get sick, and any number of other unanticipated events can foil your usual child care plan. It is […]

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Ride safely – buckle up

Many of us travel by car with our children every day. Safety is always the priority and seat belts, and car and booster seats make the roads so much safer. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is riding safely. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably dealt with your kids whining about wearing their seat belts […]

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Care giver impact on infant development

Written and Submitted by: Deb McGregor, Prevention Supervisor, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin From the moment children are born, they are stimulated by experiences that teach them about the world and shape their reactions to it. No one has a greater influence on the experiences of a young child than parents and care givers. A […]

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Strong families lay groundwork for good citizens

Most Americans can identify ways that families contribute to society. But many might be surprised to know that families can set the stage for a future of more caring, committed citizens. Studies show that when strong attachment bonds exist between an infant and parent, scientists can predict that the child will later possess qualities that […]

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When it comes to indulging your teen, what’s too much?

Most of us can remember a friend or classmate who didn’t seem to know the basics of everyday life–things like doing your own laundry or cooking a frozen pizza. Or the guy in high school whose parents bought him a new sports car for his 16th birthday. “These kids may have had parents who overindulged […]

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Healthful tips for your summer vacation

Summer is here and many families are preparing to enjoy a few days or weeks away from home. Whether it’s a week at the lake, camping in the woods, or a trip to visit friends and family members, summer vacations can be both healthful and fun. Susan Nitzke, UW-Extension nutrition specialist and Professor Emerita in […]

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