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What are tips for packing healthier school lunches?

The start of a new school year is a great time to begin new habits that help set your child up for success. One way parents and caregivers can help their child achieve their full potential this year is by ensuring they have access to a nutritious school lunch.

By ABC Quality Team on September 27, 2022

How can parents and caregivers support children through challenging times?

Parents and caregivers raising young children today have already navigated over two years of community crisis. Since 2020, parents have had to maintain their own mental and physical health throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, and during that, may have neglected what toll this sort of event can take on their child. Though children can be very naturally resilient, disruptions in school schedules, sick family members, changes in financial circumstances and more can all leave lasting impacts, making the thoughtful guidance and support of parents and caregivers crucial during times of community stress and tension. Here are a few ways to positively parent through traumatic events and emerge on the other side with resilient children.

By ABC Quality Team on September 20, 2022

The importance of properly fitting shoes for kids

Parents and caregivers with young children know just how quickly their little ones outgrow clothes and shoes, but it may come as a surprise that nearly two-thirds of American children are wearing shoes that are too small. According to a 2020 study, of those children wearing too-small shoes, 48 percent had shoes one size too small, and 19 percent were wearing shoes that were two sizes too small. While frequent shoe shopping for your child may seem like a hassle, it’s especially important for little feet to have properly fitting shoes.

By ABC Quality Team on September 13, 2022

What are some money saving ideas for families on a budget?

Families right now are experiencing the highest inflation rate our country has seen in nearly 40 years. Food prices, gasoline costs, living expenses and more are on the rise, largely owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, labor shortages and delays at ports, among other things. With the annual inflation rate for the United States nearing 8 percent, many families are taking a hard look at their individual financial situations and making plans to save more and spend less over the coming year. But inflation or not, it’s always smart to consider ways you can save on family expenses. Here are ten money-saving ideas for families looking to improve their financial situation this year.

By ABC Quality Team on September 6, 2022

How can I help my child heal from food insecurity?

Food insecurity—the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food—affects around 1 in 6 American children, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). That means well over 12 million children in the United States are living in a situation where they do not have regular access to enough food to live a healthy and active life. While the issues that result in food insecurity merit thought and discussion on their own, here is a look at exactly how food insecurity can specifically impact children and what parents and caregivers can do to help their children heal from food insecurity, anxiety, and survival behavior.

By ABC Quality Team on August 30, 2022