*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay. When children are having suicidal thoughts, their parents may often be in the dark, a new study shows. The study included more than 5,000 kids, aged 11 to 17, and one parent for each child. Researchers found that among the children, 8 percent said…

Notable Changes Play a little game to see if your kids can pick out the change each one makes in their appearance. Ask each person to find a partner and look carefully at one another. Then have them turn their back and make a simple change. (It can be as simple as putting a strand…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on ScienceDaily. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Texas at Austin, have found that while many high school peer crowds and influences have remained constant over time, changing demographics, cultural influences and the increasing number of…

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Whenever I’m speaking to parents and/or youth workers about matters related to our Digital Kids Initiative, I am inevitably asked for recommendations regarding blocking software or technologies that can keep kids from danger and danger from kids. I never know how to answer. I’m not up-to-date on these things as new filters and work-around’s seem…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay. Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 2,200 kids in 20 U.S. cities. One-third of them had consistent, age-appropriate bedtimes between ages 5 and 9, according…

You Pick Put a kitchen utensil in a bag (one per bag) and allow each family member to choose his eating utensil for dinner (no touching to see what might be inside either). Each person must eat their dinner using ONLY the utensil he/she chose. (Hopefully, there will be some laughter!) What would have made…

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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on U.S. News & World Report. Some children who spent more time on smartphones and other devices exhibited a different brain pattern than kids with less screen time, according to the first data from a major ongoing study by the National Institutes of Health. The findings, which…

Obey the Instructions Hide a reward (treat of food, bag of cookies, small gift, whatever you like) at a specific destination without the kids knowing it. Announce that there is a reward hidden for them, but they must follow your instructions to get it. (All the kids can do this together or you can do…