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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

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

What are ways to stop my child from whining?

Virtually all young children spend some part of their day whining to parents and caregivers. Whining is one of the most common behavior complaints among parents, and children learn at an early age just how effective it can be. Aside from a means to an end, whining is also a sound that helps little ones express sadness, or discontent, as children haven’t yet learned more positive ways of getting our attention. While most whining will diminish as children age, there are still steps parents and caregivers can take to curb the amount of time your child spends whining. Here are six easy ways to help your child communicate without the whine.

By ABC Quality Team on August 16, 2022

What are ways to help ease my child’s seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies—environmental allergies occurring during certain times of the year—may affect up to 40 percent of children, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Seasonal allergies are caused by an immune response that treats allergens as though they are invading the body. The immune system then releases chemicals (like histamine) into the bloodstream to ‘fight off’ the invading pollen particles, which triggers allergy symptoms. People can be allergic to different kinds of pollen from trees, grass and weeds, and children can develop seasonal allergies at any time, even if they haven’t shown symptoms before. If you find your little one suffering from sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing or an itchy nose or throat as spring and summer approach, there are a number of things you can do to help alleviate their allergy symptoms.

By ABC Quality Team on August 9, 2022