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Developing Healthy Self-Esteem in Children

What is Self-esteem? Self-esteem is defined as the individual’s personal sense of self-worth or self-value. This personal sense of self-worth can include ideas about an individual’s abilities, behaviors, appearance, and belief system. This includes beliefs about themselves as a unique individual and how much they can contribute to the world. Why is a Healthy Self-esteem …

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Together, We Can Prevent Child Abuse

A few weeks ago, another Prevent Child Abuse America Chapter, PCA Arizona, posted this blog post about shifting the focus from a mandated reporter to a mandated supporter. According to Maryland law, mandated reporters, which include health practitioners, educators, human service workers, and police officers, are required to notify the Child Protective Services (CPS) or …

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When My Teen is Hanging Out with the “Wrong Crowd”

As children enter the adolescence stage of development, their need for strong social bonding with friends and peers often becomes a priority. Indeed, it is these social relationships that help our young teens form their own personal identities.  In seeking out and forming friendships, they learn more about who they are and what their individual …

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Cyberbullying: Tips and Strategies for Proactive Prevention

As schools across Maryland have delayed re-opening, children will be spending many hours of their day behind a screen. Cyberbullying was on the rise before the COVID-19 pandemic and the stress caused by social isolation can create unique circumstances for some children to vent their frustration on line—and classmates become a target.      Today’s technological advances …

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Getting Young Children to Nap

            Good sleeping habits are crucial for promoting healthy child development. Along with providing the energy needed for appropriate growth and development, adequate sleep patterns improve behavior and other cognitive processes that support learning, memory, emotional regulation and attention. When children are not getting enough sleep, physical ailments like hypertension, obesity, depression and other bodily injuries …

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