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Irregular Bedtimes

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How do you help young children do better in school? There are lots of A-Plus answers, but one path to good grades may be as simple as saying “goodnight.”

 

Research shows children with consistent bedtimes perform better on reading, math and other tests. And those with irregular bedtimes do worse—especially girls. One theory is regular bedtimes help young brains develop properly, while helping the body establish healthy patterns.

 

I get it—families are busy and we can all lose track of time. But if you have young children, or even teens, consider scheduling their slumber at the same time when possible. Hitting the mattress may help them when its time to hit the books.

 

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Is Your Child Being Bullied?

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Could you child be a victim of a bully without you even knowing about it?  A new report tells you what to watch for.

Kids who are the victims of bullies are often reluctant to report the abuse. But HealthDay News reports on research showing that frequent, unexplained physical symptoms are common in bullied children and can alert parents and teachers that there is a problem.

The new report found that kids who are bullied are more than twice as likely to report feeling bad or sick, even when there’s no obvious explanation for their symptoms.

Some of the common complaints include headaches, stomach aches, back aches, neck or shoulder pain, dizziness, trouble breathing, tense muscles, nausea, diarrhea and even bedwetting.

So when is a headache just a headache, and when is it a cry for help? Experts say paying attention and asking the right questions can usually help parents discover the truth.

Marlene Snyder, a professor at Clemson University points out that the timing of the complaints can provide a big clue.  She says “A lot of kids refuse to go to school. These headaches and stomachaches are there before a school bell or a school bus and then magically disappear and then they’re fine.”

Bullied kids may also seem sad or depressed or just not themselves.

Dr. Snyder says the key is taking the time to observe, watch, and talk with your kids so you know when something is off,”

To learn more about the impacts of bullying and how to stop it, go to Stopbullying.gov.

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Ministry of Presence

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Leslie, we’ve surveyed more than a thousand people to discover what is it that goes into a good friendship.

 

That’s right. We know what tops the list more often than anything else, and it’s a good friend makes time for me.

 

They carve time out of their busy life to spend with me and that is a huge gift.

 

They even call it the ministry of presence. Just being present in my life is the biggest gift you could give me.

 

Think about that in your own friendships this week. In the midst of your busy life, who can you give your time to? Maybe it’s your spouse, maybe it’s you children, maybe it’s a good friend. But know this, when you offer that to them, it’s one of the most treasured gifts they’ll receive all week.

 

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

 

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