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Lindsay's picture
August 27, 2015
Better stock up while you can! The iconic neon orange cheese of everyone's favorite Kraft Dinner will be no more! By January 2016, Kraft plans to remove all artificial preservatives and synthetic dyes (including those used to make their cheese so....bright), and will replace them with natural dyes dereived from sources like paprika, turmeric, and annatto. Kraft isn't the only big-name food company removing artificial ingredients from their products. General Mills, Kellogg's, Nestle, and Campbell's Soup Company are all following suit, as well as many well-known chain...
Lindsay's picture
August 18, 2015
School is back in session, which means your child is probably spending more time on the computer. While the Internet can be a great resource for homework help, kids tend to have the uncanny ability to access inappropriate content while surfing the web.  These 5 safe search engines for kids offer prescreened sites and age-appropriate filters and content, so your child can have the freedom to browse the Internet while you have peace of mind that he is staying safe online. Looking for more Internet safety tips? We can help: 12 Social Media Apps Every Parent Should Know About 10 Apps for...
Erin D's picture
August 13, 2015
Shifting from summer-fun mode into the back-to-school mindset is getting trickier than ever, with the added complication of kids' screen-time addiction in the mix. So before it's time for your kiddos to lay down their bicycles, jump ropes, and iPads and hit the books, check out our 8 quick tips for curbing your family's screen time. Experts say parents need screen-time limits just as much as kids. Tracking and reducing your tech time together as a group helps show kids you're serious about finding a healthy balance and being the authority on kids' technology use and...
Lindsay's picture
July 27, 2015
Raise your hand if your child thinks your phone is just another one of her toys. We all know the feeling! Smart phones can be a great source of educational entertainment, but sticky fingers, spilled juice, and accidental tumbles mean your device can take a beating. Plus, curious fingers have the uncanny ability to find inappropriate websites and apps. Before you hand over your device, follow these 7 tips to childproof your smartphone or tablet. Keeping track of all the kid- and teen-friendly apps and websites out there can be overwhelming. Check out our top resources for keeping your kids...
Erin D's picture
July 17, 2015
Want to nurture your child's love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) this summer? Exploring science and math during playtime could help give your child an edge in these subjects in school and beyond -- which is pretty smart. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, many STEM fields are growing, and STEM jobs pay nearly double the average salary of other U.S. jobs. Check out our picks for the 11 awesomest STEM toys to get your child psyched about science and math, from preschool through middle school! You'll find toys and games that will allow kids to dabble...
Lindsay's picture
July 14, 2015
It's summer, which means warm weather, ice cream cones, BBQs, and....ticks and mosquitoes. (Yuck!) If you spend a lot of time outdoors during the warmer months (and who doesn't?), it's important to know the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, and other diseases these critters can carry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the 6 most common tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses, and the signs and symptoms of each. Additionally, follow these 6 tips to avoid ticks, and find out which insect repellents are safest to use on your child. Finally, follow these 10 simple...
Erin D's picture
June 17, 2015
Worried your child will overdose on screen time this summer? The struggle is real! Although the AAP recommends a max of two hours of quality screen time per day for children older than 2, most kids spend more than 40 hours per week in front  of a screen.  Internet safety and childhood obesity are both major concerns as we head into the lazy days of summer. So how can you set limits on screen time -- and keep kids happily engaged in screen-free activities during the dog days? First of all, use a printable screen time log and discuss your rules about limiting time spent on all types...
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...
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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...