June 28th, 2017
Parent Talk
**formerly known as the Weekly Chatter
Playing with kids good for child, parent health
Studies show that play helps children develop social skills like cooperation and empathy. For adults, play can help boost energy and vitality and improve resistance to disease.
Because playing can trigger the release of endorphins which can promote well-being and temporarily relieve pain, research shows that playing with family and friends can also help ward off stress and depression.

 Ideas on incorporating more time for play with your family
  • Schedule time in a park or at the beach to throw a Frisbee or fly kites
  • Host a regular game night
  • Play outdoors. Go to the park, play in the dirt, go on a hike, take a nature walk in your backyard or around the neighborhood
  • Play games like Follow the Leader, Guess What I Am, Hide and Seek, I Spy & Simon Says
  • Try to avoid electronic games. Focus on the interactive activity and turn off cellular devices.

Even if you don't have young children, you can still reap the benefits of play by arranging a play date with your grandkids, nephews, nieces, or other young relatives.
Playing with kids builds a bond that will last forever because when children are used to laughing and spending quality time with parents, they are more likely to share their thoughts and feelings on serious matters when they are older.
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Breastfeeding beneficial to heart health for women
According to recent research , breastfeeding has been found to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke in women and another recent study showed that breastfeeding can even reduce post C-section pain. Studies also show that breastfeeding can lower risk of cancer and lower risk of postpartum depression .

In most cases, breastfeeding is the best choice to ensure a baby's healthful mental and physical development.


Research shows that breastfed children are  less likely to develop asthma, Leukemia, child obesity, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Talking to Teenagers about Drugs & Alcohol                   
According to a national survey on drug use and health,

teens who have regular, serious conversations about drug prevention with their parents are around 50% less likely to use drugs than those who don't.

Knowing when and how to talk about such a deep subject with a child, whether they may be using drugs or not, is difficult. 

For tips on talking to children about drugs,

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