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Dr. Scott's monthly tips on topics important to families.

New Year's Resolutions for Kids (January 2011)
Are you one of the many adults who make New Yearís resolutions each December/January? Even if youíre not, itís never to late Ė or too early Ė to start! Think about helping your kids, even your preschoolers and elementary schoolers, develop a few resolutions of their own. Here are a few tips for talking to your children about resolutions and some sample resolutions from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Calming Back to School Jitters (August 2010)
A new school year can make children (and parents) nervous, especially if they are entering a new environment. Whether they are starting kindergarten, middle school, high school, or any new school, some children may be worried about the new setting and the new experience. Here are 10 things that parents and families can do to help their children make a successful transition!

School's Out But Learning's "In" (June 2010)
To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months, when children can lose one to three months' of learning.

Spring Break Fun (April 2010)
Spring Break is a much needed vacation from school for children, parents, and teachers alike. Given the state of the economy, many families are looking for fun activities that are close to home and less expensive that big vacations. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Getting Ready for the Big Test (February 2010)
The start of the New Year is often a time for reflection, and one of the things parents often reflect on is their children. A great deal of pressure is put on children to perform well on standardized tests, such as the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Their performance is tied to everything from passing the third grade to graduating from high school to schools' grades (and funding) from the State. With preparation - on academic material as well as test taking strategies - you can help your children reduce stress and do their best!

New Year's Resolutions for Parents (January 2010)
The start of the New Year is often a time for reflection, and one of the things parents often reflect on is their children. It's common to think of all the blessings children bring, but also to think of things on which you want to improve. These are some simple things to consider. Pick and choose those that are right for you and your family!


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