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Mammogram FAQs: What You Need To Know

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Each year in the U.S. there are about 2,300 new cases of breast cancer in men and 230,000 in women. Mammograms, along with regular clinical assessments and monthly breast self-examinations, are a key factor in the early diagnosis of breast cancer.

A mammogram is an X-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any signs of abnormality. Knowing what to expect during your first mammogram can help reduce anxiety about the procedure. Read on to learn more about the process. Read more

How To Prevent Hearing Loss In Your Children

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Discovering hearing loss in a child may come as a shock. However, it is not as uncommon as you might think. Compared to 20 years ago, 15% more kids experience issues with hearing. Additionally, 20% of children in the U.S. aged 6 to 19 have permanent hearing loss.

In order to make a proper diagnosis, it is important to recognize the symptoms and causes. For instance, if your child does not respond to your instructions or jokes, he or she might have trouble hearing. Additionally, playing music at a higher volume could suggest more than teenage rebellion. Read more

Fun Ideas for a Family Game Night

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Are family members just too busy with their devices and smartphones to interact with each other like they used to? Gathering together in the hall with fun games to play or having conversations around the dining table might seem like a distant memory.

There are plenty of things to do on the weekend, and it might be a good idea to bring back that old-fashioned game night (without electronic devices). Families are getting together on a Saturday night to spend quality time playing family board games and having fun at home. They can sound thoroughly quaint and unique these days. Game night at home might just be a refreshing alternative to going out to restaurants or movie theater. What’s more, there are many fun ideas for family-friendly games.

Here are just a few options that you might be able to implement right away. Read more

Educational Games and Activities That Promote Learning at Home

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According to the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), American students spend about 180 days in school each year learning essential subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. However, it’s just as important that your child spends time learning outside of the classroom — especially if they are performing poorly in school or struggling with a particular subject.

Whether your child is struggling with a subject such as math, science, or reading, or you’re simply looking to expand your child’s knowledge at home, the following games and activities have been shown to promote learning in and outside of the classroom. Read on to explore several top-rated video games, online classes, board games, and electronic toys and apps that can help your child to learn new skills and expand their knowledge — all from the comfort of your home. Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a DIY, At-Home Summer Camp

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For decades, kids have attended summer camps for seasonal fun and to learn survival, social and adventuring skills in a fun, safe setting. These camps provide children with an opportunity to develop emotionally and physically while providing a safe structure for growth and activity. With their many benefits, it’s no wonder summer camps are so popular! 

For some families, however, camp isn’t a feasible summertime option. Whether it’s the high price tag or intense time commitment, there are many reasons why families can’t make camp work. And this year in particular, many camps are seeing shut-downs or postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

Wholesome Foods for Energy and Sleep

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Although many of us were already multitaskers, having to hunker down with our kiddos at home has turned us into multitasking phenoms. Being full-time teachers, caretakers, cooks, and playmates to our kids on top of having our own careers or personal goals can lead to physically and mentally exhaustive days and nights. Read more

When Your Mom is Your Best Friend: What Makes the Mother-Daughter Bond so Special

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Mother-daughter bonds are wonderful and the closer the bond the healthier they both are. When examining these bonds, it is apparent that healthy relationships between a mother and her daughter lead to strong women who achieve greatness in their lives. Reviewing what makes the mother-daughter bond so special shows why all women should have this bond with their daughters. Read more

Set Kids Up for Safe Seasonal Fun

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Warmer weather has finally arrived, which means kids will want to spend more time outside. But in the era of coronavirus, we’ve got to be extra careful about getting our kids outdoors. Here are a few tips for parents and other caregivers to help make this spring and summer a safe one so the whole family can avoid emergencies and keep the focus on fun. Read more