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 Simple tips for a first birthday fit for royalty

Simple tips for a first birthday fit for royalty

Celebrating your little one's first birthday is a special opportunity to create cherished memories. For a fresh theme idea appropriate for boys and girls alike, take a note from contemporary pop culture and plan a "royal" first birthday party for your little prince or princess.

Serve and return: learn how early childhood interactions are crucial to learning

Serve and return: learn how early childhood interactions are crucial to learning

"Serve and return promotes learning because these interactions actually help to develop the neural pathways in a child's brain," Yalow explains. Because 70 percent of all brain development occurs within the first three years of life, consistent use of serve and return is essential to establishing a strong foundation for success in school and later life.

FDA says ‘no’ to local anesthetics for teething babies

FDA says ‘no’ to local anesthetics for teething babies

In 2012 the FDA warned parents against using products containing the local anesthetic benzocaine to relieve their infants’ teething pain. Today the agency extended that advisory to viscous lidocaine — another local anesthetic.

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Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria

Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria

More than meals: How school cafeterias teach nutrition, too. This guided independence in the lunch line provides an important sense of empowerment for students as well as a chance to develop healthy eating habits for home.

Playing violent video games related to depression in preadolescent youth

Playing violent video games related to depression in preadolescent youth

Preadolescent youth who play violent video games for a significant amount of time each day are at greater risk for depression, according to research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) released Monday in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

School readiness tips for parents

School readiness tips for parents

Back-to-school is an exciting time for many kids and parents, but for parents of kids entering school for the very first time, “back”-to-school can be overwhelming and even scary.

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10 Social Media tips for teens

10 Social Media tips for teens

Social media is one of the most powerful forms of communication teens and adults use today. Here are some tips to help you use social media safely and effectively.

OMG! I’m in college and can’t cook!

OMG! I’m in college and can’t cook!

College is supposed to be a place of higher learning that prepares young people for the challenges of taking on a greater role as an adult in a civilized society. While there is no doubt the value of the degrees earned in those hallowed halls, one mom has a striking complaint about it all. “How can you consider yourself educated and sophisticated if you don’t know how to cook a decent meal?”

Help teens reduce worry over body image

Help teens reduce worry over body image

According to surveys by the National Institute on Media and the Family, 53 percent of girls report being unhappy with their appearance. Experts have found that poor body image can lead not only to social isolation, but also to serious emotional problems, including depression and anxiety.

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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words? Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn.

Caring for chronically ill children

Caring for chronically ill children

As they Grow Special Needs Over the last two decades, the number of children in the United States with chronic illnesses has dramatically increased. According to one study, chronic health conditions in children rose from 12.8 Percent in 1994 to 26.6 percent in 2006 . New advances in technology and medicine have allowed these children to lead longer, more fulfilling, and independent lives than in the past.

Autism and Medical Care: A Guide to getting the attention an individual with ASD needs

When a child with autism spectrum disorder enters a doctor’s office, are they being treated with the same care and attention as a child not on the spectrum?

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