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Posts published in July 2012

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Bedtime Routines for Good Sleep

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Topic(s): Sleep

New parents may beg to differ, but starting at about six weeks of age, we develop circadian rhythms that cause us to fall asleep and then wake up again. Judith Owens, MD, Director of Sleep Medicine at Children's National says sleep is more than just a behavior.

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ABC’s of STEM at Children’s National

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Topic(s): School

As we look to our children’s future, it’s becoming clearer that a large part of it lies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It’s our job as parents and as adults to keep encouraging them toward STEM education, if they’re interested, because they’re the next generation of leaders. Children’s National shares how they use STEM.

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Bug Spray and Mosquitoes

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Topic(s): Skin

Like a lot of families, we much prefer firing up the grill to turning on the oven during these miserably hot days. But the mosquitoes can be tough to bear. We use bug spray when we’re out in the evenings, but I often wonder if the bug spray is worse than the bite. Here are some recommendations for how to use bug spray safely to avoid the bites.

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Get Psyched Friday: Keeping a Young Brain Active

Friday, July 13, 2012

Concerned about your children losing ground over the summer without structured classroom time? How do you balance all the structured activities – camps, summer reading lists, chores – with time for kids to just kick back and enjoy their summer? Kristina Hardy, PhD, offers tips about how children learn to organize their thoughts and build memory skills.

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