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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...
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....