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How Boys and Girls Bully Differently; When Teen Gambling Becomes an Addiction

By Russell Hyken, Ed.S., LPC, Columnist for St. Louis Kids Magazine
Q: Some of my daughter's friends seem to be teasing her a little more than they should. She seems hurt by this but tells me there is nothing wrong. Could she be hiding her feelings?

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Prepare Your Kids for Camp By Teaching Them to Handle Teasing

By Dr. Tim Jordan, Columnist for St. Louis Kids Magazine

Since this the time when many parents are making summer camp plans for their children, I thought I'd give parents a few ideas about how to prepare their children for the social challenges of going to camp.

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Wash U to Conduct Children's Weight Loss Study; Looks for Local Families to Participate

Washington University School of Medicine is looking for children ages 7 to 11 years old, who are heavy for their age, to participate in a weight loss and family health study. Parents and children will learn strategies for healthy eating and weight loss.

This research study, called COMPASS (Comprehensive Maintenance Program to Achieve Sustained Success), is supported by a grant through the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this study is to determine the best treatment for long-term weight management in overweight children and their families.

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Firehouse Movie Night
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Bring your family to enjoy a free movie at the Clayton Firehouse. Arrive early to explore the fire trucks and meet the firefighters.

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Emerson Family Saturdays at Craft Alliance
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020

At Emerson Family Saturdays at Craft Alliance, families create together in each of the Craft Alliance studios, exploring clay, fiber, metals and graphic arts. These free workshops are led my professional artists are for families with kids in kindergarten through grade 12. Registration is required. 

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