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Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Family Fun on a Budget

As the school year comes to an end, you’re probably thinking about ways to keep your kids busy and active this summer. According to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study, youth ages 8–18 spend an average of more than 7½ hours a day, seven days a week, engaging with media, including television, cell phones, computers, and video games. This far exceeds the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics to limit media use to no more than one to two hours per day. Instead of using media, kids should be encouraged to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imagination in free play.

Friday, May 1, 2015

For Community Action, a Community Approach

“Imagine living in a poverty-free community,” the Western Community Action (WCA) website invites visitors. “Imagine living in a place where no child grows up poor or hungry or living in unsafe conditions.”

WCA works to make this a reality in the southwest region of Minnesota, and we are proud to be one of their partners.

Ensuring Peaceful Family Mealtimes

Have you ever fixed dinner only to hear your child say, “I don’t like this — I want a peanut butter sandwich!” This is frustrating for parents who have spent valuable time and energy preparing something else for dinner. These scenes are also disruptive to the harmony parents would like to see at mealtime.
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