Screen rules that stick

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a rev…

  • By: Colleen Hurley, RD for

    It's not as hard as you think raising a healthy eater!

    It's not as hard as you think raising a healthy eater!

    raising a healthy eater

    It is never too early (or late) to start teaching your child how to make smart food choices. More and more studies are showing that early childhood eating habits can affect health status well into adulthood so here are 8 ways to encourage healthy eating habits in your kids:

    1. Lead by example: Taking the "do as I say not as I do" approach to mealtimes simply won't work. Your children looking to you for role modeling so when they see you eating healthy, they are more likely to eat healthy themselves even if you're not around.

    2. Take kids shopping: Not only does the grocery store make a great classroom, allowing your child to pick out a new fruit or vegetable makes them much more inclined to try it.

    Related: How To Pack Healthier Snacks For School Lunches

    3. Make it tasty: Although that may seem obvious, be realistic about what your child will try especially when it comes to flavor and texture- kids like

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  • By Lisa Jones

    Teaching your children to say "thank you" is only half the battle. It's equally as important to teach them to be thankful. By helping kids recognize the positive aspects of life-like sharing their favorite things to appreciating a kind gesture-they will find deeper meaning in their day-to-day experiences. Read on for little activities you can do with your children to help them grow into grateful, satisfied and optimistic adults. Photo by Getty Images

    Ages 3-7

    Every night before bedtime, ask your child: "What were your five favorite things today?" says Jeffrey Froh, PsyD, director of The Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth at Hofstra University. Though younger children don't fully grasp the concept of gratitude, simply starting a habit that helps them notice good things in their lives conditions them to become more positive.
    Related: See 9 things you should always buy online.

    Ages 8 to 10
    Kids at this age are just beginning to und

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  • Now that school is almost in session, it's a great time to start making plans for that reading nook you've been wanting to get to. Making a designated reading space helps kids wind down from all the other fun distractions around. Start by sectioning off a space with a curtain, canopy or bookcase. Add some pillows and cushions to make it extra comfy. Check out the many ways these families have created a special reading space for their kids with these 8 adventure-inspiring reading nooks! - By Jaime Morrison Curtis

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  • By Stephanie Dhue,

    As the kids head back to school, the stress of the college application process isn't far behind. The costs and complexities of college today have some parents turning to educational consultants for help.

    For a fee, these counselors help students select schools that fit their talents and navigate the admissions system. This typically involves face-to-face meetings to set goals and deadlines, understand the testing system and reviewing college essays. (Related: Why College May Not Be Worth It.)

    Margy Caccia started using College Coach, a division of Bright Horizons, when her daughter, Elizabeth, was a high school sophomore and their son, Joe, was a junior. Elizabeth is now a graduate of the University of Virginia and Joe is in his second year at James Madison University.

    Margy, a Virginia teacher and her husband, a lawyer, found it helpful to have an independent third party in the mix. "Having another adult talk to them about their future just seemed to re

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  • Dr. Temple Grandin in 2011. (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    The key to helping kids with autism succeed in school is to stay positive and focus on building their strengths, according to Dr. Temple Grandin, a scientist, inventor, and educator who also has autism herself.

    Related: "He doesn't look autistic" and other misconceptions about autism

    "Special educators need to look at what a child can do instead of what he/she cannot do," she writes at Take Part. "An emphasis on deficits should not get to the point where building the area of strength gets neglected."

    After Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950, her parents were told that she should be institutionalized. Now a successful author, inventor, designer, and teacher with a bachelors degree in psychology and both a masters degree and a Ph.D. in animal science, she says that it is important for parents to look past the labels and discover what skills a child really has. In Grandin's case, her talent was art.

    "I heard about sad cases where a teacher forbids an elementary school child to d

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