Bradley Hospital helps you deal with difficult parenting issues in these comprehensive reference sections:
Effective DisciplineCurrent attitudes, ideas and help for parents of toddlers, teens and kids in between.En español
Alcohol & Drug AbuseUnderstanding potential problems, signs of abuse, and tips for prevention and intervention.En español
Depression & SuicideRecognize the signs of depression, why kids fall victim and what you can do to help.En español
Teenage PartiesWhat you don't know can hurt you. Tips for parents of hosts and guests. Plus, ideas for a successful bash.En español
Life's Difficult ChangesSymptoms of transitional difficulty in parents and kids and advice for dealing with change.En español
Parent/Child CommunicationFeel like you're from different planets? Here's how to find middle ground.En español
Childhood ChoresWhy household chores are important for kids and teens.En español
Healthful LeisureA little leisure might be just what your family needs. Why leisure time is important and how to add more to your life.En español
Rhode Island Parents' Guide to Children's Mental Health (PDF 5.07mb)Have questions about common children's mental health problems? Download this one-stop resource for those answers plus information about advocacy organizations and support groups.
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Family fitness doesn't have to break the bank. Dust off that Frisbee or bicycle, convert a piece of unused clothesline into a jump rope or tug-of-war rope, or play catch with any kind of ball. Find gently used sports equipment at a second-hand sporting goods store, thrift shop or summer garage sale.
Also, don't forget that summer is when parks and recreation areas organize lots of free summertime activities for kids; check the newspaper or websites for information.
Visit your local YMCA or similar organization to find reasonably priced group programs that help develop children's social skills while they boost their fitness levels.
Above all, convey to your child that fitness is fun! Praise, reward and encourage physical activity, and never use exercise as a punishment. Active children are happier, healthier and less prone to many diseases and illnesses. Instill active habits in your children this summer and you will help them build a foundation for year-round-and lifelong-wellness.
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