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Lindsay's picture
June 4, 2015
"Vaping"- have you heard of it? If you have a teen in your home, you might want to brush up on this new lingo. "Vaping" is the term for puffing on an e-cigarette, and e-cigarettes are the reason that for the first time in a generation, tobacco use has risen among the nation's youth. Yes, you read that right. Although the use of traditional cigarettes has declined, the number of teens puffing on electronic cigarettes has skyrocketed in recent years, from 660,000 in 2013 to about 2 million in 2014. E-cigarettes don't technically have tobacco in them, but they are...
Erin D's picture
May 14, 2015
Which baby names are the hottest in the U.S. right now? Noah and Emma, according to the latest lists of the top 100 baby names released by the U.S. Social Security Administration.  Emma returns to the #1 spot, which it previously held in 2008. Noah held steady as the top boys' name -- a position it claimed last year for the first time.  Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, and Ava round out the top five girls' names. Check out the top 100 names for baby girls.  Liam, Mason, Jacob, and William are the runners-up for top boys' names. See the the top 100 names for...
Lindsay's picture
April 27, 2015
In New York, over 200,000 parents of students in grades 3-8 are expected to opt out of the Common Core standardized tests amid outrage over above-grade reading passages and other tasks that are proving to be too much for young students. The questions are so above-level and ambiguous, in fact, that one principal from a well-regarded elementary school couldn't answer over 25 percent of them. Although there is a "gag order" in effect that is supposed to keep teachers and administrators from discussing the contents of the tests, angry teachers and parents are speaking out...
Erin D's picture
April 16, 2015
The prom has turned into a whole new animal since you were a teen. These days, the big dance involves big bucks, sky-high expectations, and something called a "promposal." Allow me to explain... Promposals Prom + proposal = promposal. Many teens these days expect (or plan) elaborate, creative, and/or expensive invitations to the prom. Back in my day (cue the granny voice), most people asked one another to the prom verbally and without any flair or fuss (other than maybe a single rose and a hand-written note). Those days are over. Do a quick Google or Pinterest search for "...
Lindsay's picture
April 3, 2015
BPA — are you sick of hearing about it yet? We know it has been found to cause endocrine disruption, physical and behavior problems in children, and reproductive problems, and chances are your family has gone BPA-free, But did you know some scientists are now looking into whether plastics contain even more chemicals that mimic the hormone estrogen and can be harmful to your health? In addition, phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastics, has been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, early puberty, asthma, cancer, and endocrine disruption.   This information alone...
Erin D's picture
March 10, 2015
About 1 in 3 babies is delivered by cesarean section, and many moms who have C-sections feel they missed out on a traditional birth experience. But some U.S. hospitals are beginning to offer a slightly different kind of C-section that makes the experience feel more like a birth and less like an operation.  NPR reports that the "gentle cesarean" or "family-centered cesarean" is catching on in England, and American hospitals are slowly exploring and offering the procedure. The "gentle" C-section has small but significant differences from a traditional C-...
Lindsay's picture
February 9, 2015
Since the beginning of 2015, the measles have infected 102 people from 14 states — 92 percent of the cases that have been reported have stemmed from one outbreak that originated at Disneyland in California. The AAP has issued a press release urging parents to vaccinate their children, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, has assured parents that vaccinated children are safe, saying, "This is not a problem with the measles vaccine not working....
Erin D's picture
January 30, 2015
Whether you have an iPad-obsessed toddler who accidentally makes in-app purchases, a tween who uses her iPod to Google naughty words, or a teen who has become completely glued to her smartphone and social media, you're probably wishing you could set some boundaries for your child's technology use. But it can be hard to find the right balance between allowing your child some independence while shielding her from online mistakes and safety hazards.  That's where parent-control apps and software can come in handy. We've combed app stores and web reviews for the best apps and...
Lindsay's picture
January 21, 2015
North Carolina was one of the first states to adopt the Common Core Standards, and now might be one of the first to repeal it. Lawmakers in the state say parents are unhappy with, or confused by, the homework given to their children, while others see it simply as a political agenda. No matter what the complaints, the state is now considering whether the initiative simply needs some tweaks, or needs to be scrapped all together. North Carolina's rethinking of the system is hardly surprising. In the 5 years since the Common Core Standards were rolled out in 45 states, the initiative is still...
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January 13, 2015
We all know where babies come from and how they are made, so if you are trying to conceive (TTC), you know what needs to be done in order to get pregnant. But, did you know that having a healthy body before you get pregnant can be just as important as staying healthy during your pregnancy? Before you take the next step in expanding your family, check out these 8 steps to take before trying to conceive. Once you have a clean bill of health and the green light from your doctor, these 10 tips can help boost your chances of getting pregnant. Finally, if you suspect you're pregnant but it'...