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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....
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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...
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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'...
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January 9, 2015
New year, new baby name trends! We've rounded up a fresh crop of trendy names for 2015 based on the hottest TV shows, movies, books, sports news, and celebrity baby name picks.  From Piper (the main character on Orange Is the New Black) to Wyatt (the rising boy's name that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher chose for their baby girl), there's a variety of interesting options if you're expecting a baby in the new year. We'll be keeping an eye out for Prince William and Kate Middleton's name pick for baby #2, which could also influence 2015 baby name trends!  If...
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December 23, 2014
With the chaos of the holidays over, are your kids getting antsy? Being cooped up indoors during the winter can give anyone a case of cabin fever. If you are desperate for some ideas, you've come to the right place! Whether you need indoor or outdoor activities, solo activities or group games, we've got all you need to keep your kids entertained (and out of your hair!) while they are home from school. Check 'em out! Printable Winter Fun Checklist 14 Fun Activities for Winter Break Best Indoor Activities for Winter Break Top 10 Wintertime Neighborhood Games Winter Craft Activities...
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December 8, 2014
Who is the hardest person to shop for on your list? Whether it's your toddler son, your tween niece, the sweetest teacher ever, or the Nana who has everything, we have great gift ideas for everyone! Take a look... Classic Gifts for Kids Toy Finder for All Ages Children's Book Finder, including holiday books for kids Award-Winning Children's Books to Give in 2014 Top 10 Stocking Stuffers of 2014 Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Girls Imaginative Toys for Kids Top 10 Tabletop & Basement Games for Kids Top 10 Classic Board Games Green Toys for Kids Developmental Toys Gifts That Give...
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November 18, 2014
A new study has found that, over the past 3 years, nearly 5,000 calls have been placed to poison control by parents of kids who accidentally drank an energy drink containing high amounts of caffeine. Symptoms that prompted the calls included rapid heart rate, irritability, nausea, and in some cases, chest pains. It was found that about half of these calls involved children under 6. It's important to note that the parents weren't intentionally giving these drinks to their children. However, it's also important to remember that many energy drinks contain packaging that can be...
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November 14, 2014
Don't tell Santa Claus, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Yours too? A big part of what makes it so great is the focus on meaningful family time, rather than gift giving. Looking for some fun things to do -- besides take a nap (also fun) -- on Turkey Day? Try some of our favorite Thanksgiving activities... Games!  Thanksgiving Parage Bingo Pin the Feathers on the Turkey Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim Board game tournament Scavenger hunt Touch football and other outdoor group games Movies! Family Movies in Theaters for the Holiday Season Thanksgiving-Themed Movies to Watch at...
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October 30, 2014
It's that time of year again! As the leaves change, we've finally settled into a school year groove, and we gear up for the holidays, there is only one...wait, two...things that can slow my family down: cold and flu season. According to the National Institutes of Health, kids get an average of 6 to 10 colds per year. Add flu season to the mix, and it can seem like your child is sick more than he isn't. Everyone hates seeing their child under the weather, and with cold medicines more regulated than ever (the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't recommend giving any to kids...