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A toddler sits under a Christmas tree surrounded by presents CAES News
A toddler sits under a Christmas tree surrounded by presents
Toy Safety
When toy shopping for children, shopping at your favorite store or clicking a button online involves a certain responsibility. It’s important to choose wisely when buying holiday toys to make sure your gifts aren’t an unintentional safety hazard.
Georgia 4-H members learn valuable public speaking skills through District Project Achievement. Students, like these Taliaferro County girls, research a topic and then present their findings to an audience of their peers. CAES News
Georgia 4-H members learn valuable public speaking skills through District Project Achievement. Students, like these Taliaferro County girls, research a topic and then present their findings to an audience of their peers.
4-H Week
Georgia 4-H inspires kids to do — to do community service, go to new places and to learn new skills. Georgians across the state are celebrating everything 4-H’ers do during National 4-H Week on Oct. 7-13. What started as a club for farm kids has grown into the nation’s largest youth leadership organization — a place where school-aged children learn to become successful and confident adults.
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Smart Speakers
Kids say the darnedest things, and with the advent of smart speakers, what they say can have some unforeseen consequences.
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Sleep Matters
Between after-school activities, homework and other obligations, kids have a lot of competition for the time they should devote to sleep. Many kids — and adults, for that matter — don’t get enough sleep. On average, high school students need between seven and 11 hours of sleep. For younger kids, even more time is needed: 12 hours for school-age kids, 13 hours for preschoolers and close to 14 hours for toddlers.
A student hangs her bookbag on a peg outside her classroom door. CAES News
A student hangs her bookbag on a peg outside her classroom door.
Making the Switch to School
New backpacks, jeans, and boxes of markers and crayons can help get kids ready to go back to school, but how should parents mentally prepare their children?
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College Prep
While it's hard to imagine middle schoolers living on their own or heading off to college, students need to begin to think about their future education and career goals when they’re in middle school.
Education and open lines of communication are key for parents to help their children through a cyberbullying situation. CAES News
Education and open lines of communication are key for parents to help their children through a cyberbullying situation.
Cyberbullying
Students today spend more time online than anywhere else, so it’s not a surprise that some of the worst behavior adults remember from their own teenage years — gossiping and bullying — has followed students online and into their newly built social networks.
Dougherty County Extension Coordinator James Morgan teaches Radium Springs Elementary school students how to plant fall vegetables. Morgan has been instrumental in the establishment of school gardens at 13 of the 14 elementary schools in Dougherty County. CAES News
Dougherty County Extension Coordinator James Morgan teaches Radium Springs Elementary school students how to plant fall vegetables. Morgan has been instrumental in the establishment of school gardens at 13 of the 14 elementary schools in Dougherty County.
School Gardens
There are more than 2,000 schools in Georgia, and about 25 percent of these have school gardens. These gardens are true outdoor classrooms where students learn about history, geography, math and literature. 
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition experts say the best way to teach your child to eat healthier is by being a role model. By eating fruits or vegetables you want them to try, you show your children that you aren't asking them to eat something that you don't eat. CAES News
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition experts say the best way to teach your child to eat healthier is by being a role model. By eating fruits or vegetables you want them to try, you show your children that you aren't asking them to eat something that you don't eat.
Healthy Meals
Children look to adults for guidance in all aspects of their lives. Their behaviors are directly influenced by the behaviors they observe in adults. This applies to eating, too. 
With so many electronic devices and indoor activities vying for children's time, it's more important than ever for parents to encourage kids to explore the outdoors. CAES News
With so many electronic devices and indoor activities vying for children's time, it's more important than ever for parents to encourage kids to explore the outdoors.
Nature Deficit Disorder
It’s been 10 years since author Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe children who are developmentally behind because they spend so much time inside.