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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

10 habits for highly successful homework

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: Denise Lenarz, MD

My daughter, Holly, loves school — even homework. My son, Hayden, loves school, but is not as fond of homework time. If you have a child who doesn’t like homework, try the tips we use at our house to make life easier for everyone.

  1. Stay calm. When your child refuses to do homework, just calmly say what the consequence will be such as no screen time.
  2. Be consistent. Maybe your child needs a break to play after school so homework time always is right after supper.
  3. Find a quiet spot. Avoid distractions such as the TV or younger siblings.
  4. Get it together. Have what you need for the assignment on hand before you start.
  5. Stay close. Sit with your child and do your “homework” — grocery list, bills, thank-you notes, etc. Basically, look busy so it doesn’t seem like you are hovering.
  6. Take a break. Depending on the age of your child, take a break after 5 or 10 minutes. Have your child do jumping jacks, wall pushups or run in place. Doing big movements will help them refocus on homework.
  7. Use a fidget. A stress ball or other fidget toy will help your child release excess energy.
  8. Brain food. A snack with protein, healthy fats or complex carbs will help support your child’s focus.
  9. Provide support. Don’t do your child’s homework, but be available when help is needed.
  10. Give praise. Stress that no one is perfect and your child is allowed to make mistakes. Celebrate achievements but also commend your child for making an effort.