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I’m Lost! How to prevent and handle a lost child situation

I’m Lost! How to prevent and handle a lost child situation

A lost child is a parent’s worst nightmare. And, as families plan to spend more time outdoors, on vacation and in busy public places this summer, it is important to be prepared.
Wet no more: tips for helping your child beat bedwetting—soon!

Wet no more: tips for helping your child beat bedwetting—soon!

Most parents whose child wets the bed assume that there’s little to be done about the problem other than wait it out. According to Renee Mercer, though, there are several simple steps you and your child can take to achieve dry nights sooner than you ever thought possible!
The Wish & The Wonder for Expectant Parents

The Wish & The Wonder for Expectant Parents

“Pregnancy is clearly one of the most profound psychological events in a human life. It is the ultimate psychosomatic experience.”—Donald Sloan, M.D.
Consumer Reports survey: 7.5 million Facebook users are under the age of 13, violating the site’s terms

Consumer Reports survey: 7.5 million Facebook users are under the age of 13, violating the site’s terms

Of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the past year, 7.5 million of them were younger than 13, according to projections from Consumer Reports’ latest State of the Net survey. Did you know that Facebook’s terms of service requires users to be at least 13 years old?
FAMILY SECRETS: The ties that bind – or devastate

FAMILY SECRETS: The ties that bind – or devastate

Never underestimate the power of secrets in a family. One of the most common reasons people justify keeping secrets is the need to “protect” someone. Healthy families don’t need to keep secrets.
Five financial 'baby steps' for expecting and new parents

Five financial 'baby steps' for expecting and new parents

While today's economy continues to put extra stress on most Americans' wallets, those preparing to welcome a new child into the family experience the added pressure of a whole new set of expenses. For new parents, here are some ways to take “Baby Steps” financially.
Coaching tips for gameday success

Coaching tips for gameday success

If you are a coach and need a few tips for gameday success, here are a few excerpts from Dan Keller’s Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Baseball.
Picking the right interactive game can help your child learn

Picking the right interactive game can help your child learn

Games come in all shapes and sizes, from basic toys to complex video games. While games serve the purpose of entertaining your children, there's more going on than kids just having fun.
Family Law: The Ins and Outs of Trusts

Family Law: The Ins and Outs of Trusts

Trust. We base decisions of whom we’ll do business with, whom our kids can play with, and who can watch our children based on whether or not we trust someone. But when it comes to the legal issues of Trusts, we can’t just go with our gut instinct.
How to talk to your teen about dating violence

How to talk to your teen about dating violence

Does your daughter know how to stand up for herself, her rights, her needs—like her needs to keep herself safe? It’s hard, in a world where Rihanna’s duet with Eminem (which portrays a violent relationship) wins an award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Track.
Warning to parents: Stuttering doesn't take a summer break

Warning to parents: Stuttering doesn't take a summer break

For children who stutter, summer break can be anything but a vacation. During vacation and throughout the year, there are things parents can do to help a child who stutters.
Kid’s nature Photo Contest connects children with nature

Kid’s nature Photo Contest connects children with nature

National Wildlife Federation is announcing its first ever Ranger Rick “Your Best Shots” Photography contest for kids under 13 years old.
COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. OFFERS HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. OFFERS HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

The Allegheny County Health Department is suggesting you discuss the following safety tips with you children before they head out “Trick or Treating” on Halloween.
COOKING UP GIGGLES FOR APRIL FOOL'S DAY

COOKING UP GIGGLES FOR APRIL FOOL'S DAY

There's something mischievously fun about tricking a friend with a silly prank, and April Fool's Day is the time when everyone has permission to get creative with the trickery. Play a joke on the taste buds this year by cooking up some real giggles with a food prank.
Tips for soothing babies during teething time

Tips for soothing babies during teething time

Soothing a teething infant can be challenging in the wee hours of the night, especially when the entire household is feeling junior’s pain.
The Fred Rogers Company, producers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, supports a Top Ten List for the under 18-month-old child

The Fred Rogers Company, producers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, supports a Top Ten List for the under 18-month-old child

Parents now have a wonderful resource of age-appropriate books to read to their baby or toddler in the latest list of "Best Books for Babies."
Tips for a Pleasant Mealtime with Toddlers

Tips for a Pleasant Mealtime with Toddlers

Mealtime is a common source of stress for parents as toddlers can be quite fussy—and messy—eaters, but mealtime is the perfect opportunity to teach young children two major personal and social skills: nutrition and table manners.
Travel smarter with car seat and stroller safety tips

Travel smarter with car seat and stroller safety tips

When traveling with kids, most parents plan for everything — games, snacks, and extra clothes and diapers. Before you hit the road, use these tips to make sure your trip — whether to the grocery store or a long drive to visit far-away relatives — is as safe and fuss-free as possible for the entire family.
No-fuss tips to make feeding baby easy and enjoyable

No-fuss tips to make feeding baby easy and enjoyable

Feeding a newborn is a collaborative effort between an adult and a baby, neither of whom have much education or experience in the matter. Regardless of how you feed your baby, it is an important time for bonding and nourishing so here are a few tips to make feeding easier.
Tips to make tummy time fun for baby, stress free for parents

Tips to make tummy time fun for baby, stress free for parents

Most new parents relish the idea of any activity that helps their baby grow, develop and gain strength. And for the most part, babies are pretty positive about those types of activities too - except when it comes to their introduction to "tummy time."
Consolidate the gear you need for your baby

Consolidate the gear you need for your baby

Wonderful things come in small packages, as every new parent can attest, but how do you organize all of the baby gear products that welcome your little bundle of joy home?
SIDS education bill becomes law

SIDS education bill becomes law

House Bill 47 requires hospitals and nurse midwives to educate new parents on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Sudden Unexpected Death of Infants, focusing on safe sleeping practices for babies.
Dyslexia promotes unique learning

Dyslexia promotes unique learning

Most people know that dyslexia as a learning disability that affects the ability to read, write and spell. But, dyslexia does not cause an inability to learn – individuals with dyslexia simply learn in different ways.
Conductive Education Program - Steps To Independence –

Conductive Education Program - Steps To Independence –

Steps To Independence, a Conductive Education (CE) program providing services to children with motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, has recently moved to a brand new facility in Robinson Township.
Leave the fireworks to the professionals this Fourth of July

Leave the fireworks to the professionals this Fourth of July

The Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology Each Fourth of July, thousands of people are injured from using consumer fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 9,000 fireworks-related injuries happen each year. Check out these safety tips.
Tips about summer camp sexual abuse

Tips about summer camp sexual abuse

Every summer approximately 10 million children will pack up their clothes, bedding and favorite pillows and head off to summer camp. Most will return home with wonderful memories of new friends and fun filled days. Some will return home with devastating memories that will last a lifetime - memories of being sexually abused.
The value of performing arts for kids

The value of performing arts for kids

Parents of kids bitten by the performance bug have a lot to take into consideration. While the arts are highly competitive and demanding, recent research proves they have great value to kids.
Make every day Mother’s Day:

Make every day Mother’s Day:

Flowers and cards are great–but what if you could have a great relationship with your kids every single day? Author and parenting expert Kimberley Clayton Blaine offers seven simple steps for having an awesome connection with your kids right now.
Camp builds independence skills

Camp builds independence skills

One of the many joys of parenthood is helping children navigate new waters. And, while often these situations are met with hesitation, slight anxiety — or in the case of some first-time campers, homesickness — it is these moments that develop the twenty-first century skills needed in adulthood. New situations, such as going away to camp, serve as teachers in life’s classroom — developing leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, independence, and problem-solving.
ACA's "Operation Summer Camp" Gives Military Children the Gift of Camp

ACA's "Operation Summer Camp" Gives Military Children the Gift of Camp

Operation Summer Camp (OSC) can help Pennsylvania military families send their children to traditional camps. If you are a member of a military family – this is information you need to know!
Pool safety measures for a safer summer

Pool safety measures for a safer summer

Enjoy the pleasures of home pool ownership and ensure a safer summer for your family by employing a few safety measures around your pool.
Summer Trip Pep Talk 101

Summer Trip Pep Talk 101

I am a Mom with four kids aged 7 to 13 and I approach summer trips with trepidation. The end of the school year is arriving fast and summer vacations are around the corner. Reality sets in… and it’s time for the Disney “Pep Talk.”

What's New Editorial

Breastfeeding tip of day available online throughout August

Allegheny County Breastfeeding Coalition offers tips for moms at www.achd.net.
Valentine’s Day crafts for kids

Valentine’s Day crafts for kids

February 14 being quite possibly the sweetest day of the year, here are a few sweet gift ideas and greetings you make for your loved ones with your kids.
Guide to Saving Money on Summer Camp

Guide to Saving Money on Summer Camp

Summer camps are a tradition for many families. However, with the country still reeling from the recession, summer camps are falling off the list of many family must-haves as other necessities take a higher priority, such as mortgage payments and groceries.
Children’s SafetyTat® Temporary Tattoos and Smart Phone Technology Help Keep Kids Safe this Summer

Children’s SafetyTat® Temporary Tattoos and Smart Phone Technology Help Keep Kids Safe this Summer

A lost child is a parent’s worst nightmare, whether in a crowd at the mall or on vacation far from home. Statistics show that 90 percent of parents will unfortunately experience this scenario. New SafetyTat Tattoos with Smart Phone QR Codes Keep Children and Parents Connected.
Summer means unsupervised time – lock up your meds

Summer means unsupervised time – lock up your meds

Autumn Activities and Halloween Happenings 2011

Autumn Activities and Halloween Happenings 2011

Autumn activities and loads of Halloween happenings throughout the Pittsburgh community are featured in the October issue of Pittsburgh Parent and pittsburghparent.com. Farm markets are having apple fests and pumpkin patches and hay rides while Haunted Houses and Halloween costume parades are slated to begin the middle of the month. Check out the fun fall activities.
October is Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children month

October is Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children month

Did you know that what children learn before kindergarten affects how well they will do in school and even what they might be when they grow up? When it comes to those early years, there are no “do-overs” – but you can help your child reach his/her promise through quality early education.
Pittsburgh's Mini Global Game Jam

Pittsburgh's Mini Global Game Jam

Keep Your Kids’ Eyes Safe During Spring Sports Season

Keep Your Kids’ Eyes Safe During Spring Sports Season

As the cold and dreary days of winter melt away, restless children welcome warmer weather, longer days and the beginning of another season of spring sports and outdoor activities. Check out these tips to keep your kids’ eyes safe during spring sports season.
Kid’s Photo Contest connects children with nature

Kid’s Photo Contest connects children with nature

National Wildlife Federation is announcing its first ever Ranger Rick “Your Best Shots” Photography contest for kids under 13 years old.
Parents turning car seats to face forward too early

Parents turning car seats to face forward too early

American Academy of Pediatrics now says child passengers should stay in rear-facing seats until age 2; many parents facing their children forward too soon.
Student Concussion Bill enacted

Student Concussion Bill enacted

On November 14, 2011 Governor Corbett signed the Safety in Youth Sports Act in a ceremony at Lower Dauphin High School, Dauphin County. The state General Assembly passed it on November 1. The legislation is Senate Bill 200, introduced by Sen. Patrick M. Browne (R-Lehigh). It was shepherded through the House by Rep. Timothy P. Briggs (D-Montgomery), who had introduced the companion bill, House Bill 200.
An overlooked side to Sibling Rivalry

An overlooked side to Sibling Rivalry

While pregnant with my second child, I fretted endlessly about how my firstborn daughter would adjust to the dramatic change of a sibling. Despite all my efforts, my daughter’s jealousy abounded after my son arrived.

Early Learning Materials for Pennsylvania Families

The following early learning materials are available to families at no cost. Individual copies are available by submitting this form to your Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) Coordinator. To locate your LEARN Coordinator please visit the PA Promise for Children website www.papromiseforchildren.com). Requests are fulfilled pending availability of stock.
Avoid wolves in volunteers’ clothing at school

Avoid wolves in volunteers’ clothing at school

As the back to school season swings into full gear, there are many opportunities for adults to volunteer and support school activities. Volunteers lend valuable time and assistance to our school systems, and while the majority of school volunteers are law abiding role models for our nation’s children, unsavory adults sometimes come into the mix. Predators, or “wolves in volunteers’ clothing,” can be quite wily at finding ways to be near children. When the infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton, was asked why he stole from banks, he said, "Because that's where the money is."
Bullying on campus: stopping hazing and harassment

Bullying on campus: stopping hazing and harassment

Bullying is something that many associate with elementary school; however, it is a form of harassment that can continue well past high school into college. Bullying most often occurs where adult supervision is low or absent. Categorizing bullying at the college level becomes a bit different, but it is still defined as any deliberate act of intimidating or abuse in any form, of another person.
Updated guide to health services for uninsured now available

Updated guide to health services for uninsured now available

In response to the growing number of people without health insurance – in excess of 50 million according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Allegheny County Health Department has updated its directory of local health centers and clinics that serve people with minimal or no health insurance.
How does your child feel about childcare?

How does your child feel about childcare?

Parents, one way to find out what childcare is like is to ask your child! Listen to your child to learn what daycare is like to him.
Should my child be using technology?

Should my child be using technology?

Whether you like it or not, technology is present in your child’s life in a very significant way. As the last generation of parents not having grown up in a technological world, we tend to think of computers as we think of TV for our children: less is the better.
Reboot Your Morning Routine

Reboot Your Morning Routine

Are you a morning robot, going through the same tired motions every single day? Or are your mornings rushed and chaotic, making you more of a morning monster? Mornings do not have to be boring or frustrating – and rebooting your routine can have a positive effect on your entire day.
Being a “super mom” stressing you out?

Being a “super mom” stressing you out?

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Mothers are the world's best jugglers: family, work, money. They seem to do it all. However, all that responsibility can often leave moms feeling overstretched and stressed out. Here are some strategies to manage stress.
E-Readers in the Classroom:

E-Readers in the Classroom:

With the closing of Borders, e-readers are poised to overtake books as the most dominant reading format. Bookstores are going the way of record stores, and it is safe to say that most people will be using some form of reading application to read their newspapers, magazines…and especially books.
S.M.A.R.T. Back-to-School Shopping

S.M.A.R.T. Back-to-School Shopping

Gone are the days when back-to-school shopping meant buying only new notebooks and backpacks. For most high school and college students, some form of High technology in on the “must-have” list.
Backpack safety: what parents need to know

Backpack safety: what parents need to know

While most parents tend to concentrate on what’s going into their youngsters’ brains while at school, it may be a good idea to give some thought to what’s going on the kids’ backs on the way to and from school. Backpacks are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. They’re designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strong­est muscles. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry the necessities of the school day.
Performing arts, anyone?

Performing arts, anyone?

While many children find their joy and talent lies in sports activities, others find passion in the performing arts – theater, opera, magic, dance, music, singing, puppetry – just to name a few.
Parents, you're not alone!

Parents, you're not alone!

As a parent, you realize sharing a family meal is an important way to spend time with your children, but did you know kids also recognize the importance of this activity?
The Sweet Smell of Success

The Sweet Smell of Success

Did you know the average human can recognize 10,000 scents? Have you ever considered how directly your sense of smell is connected to cueing your emotions? It’s for this reason, technically coined “associative learning,” that the fragrances around us can impact our mood and performance.
Math Never Tasted So Good

Math Never Tasted So Good

Our children love math! It hides in their sandwiches, seasons their spaghetti, and sweetens their apple pie. From the time our children peek over the table edge or push a chair up to the kitchen counter, they investigate, predict, collect data, and discover. The result: they understand.
Be proactive with early language problems

Be proactive with early language problems

Don’t just hope your child will just outgrow an early language problem. Although recent studies say wait, other research points to the major benefits of being proactive.
Start Early to Get Ahead

Start Early to Get Ahead

What does being ready for elementary school really mean? It used to mean starting the first day of school with all the supplies on the list, but now we know so much more about how young children’s brains develop. More and more parents are aware of the positive effects of a high quality early childhood education for their child’s success. This knowledge has also led to extra emphasis on acquiring academic skills. Experts suggest parents take a step back and look for programs with a balanced approach to school readiness.
Personal Safety: Using The Police Survival Approach

Personal Safety: Using The Police Survival Approach

Countless individuals have gotten on an elevator with “that guy who creeps people out.” Others have accepted a drink from a person they just met at a bar, despite the fact that they should know better. As with the call of the wild, this is the tale of the predator stalking the prey. Personal safety is not at the top of their minds.
A fresh start – get ready for Back-to-school

A fresh start – get ready for Back-to-school

The beginning of the school year is like turning to page one of a fresh new book: the plot awaits you, you’re unaware of the upcoming twists and turns, and that last page seems so far away that you can’t imagine ever getting to the end. I advise that the entire family get involved in back-to-school preparation to set the tone for the beginning of a new year.
Tiny threat: ticks pose serious health hazards

Tiny threat: ticks pose serious health hazards

Summer is the time for hiking, gardening, picnicking, and simply enjoying the great outdoors. It is also prime tick season—which means increased exposure to the serious infectious diseases they carry.
What is your favorite Jif peanut butter sandwich?

What is your favorite Jif peanut butter sandwich?

It's that time of year again! For the past decade, the Jif® Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest has been inviting families to share creativity in the kitchen by creating unique peanut butter sandwiches for a chance to win a $25,000 college fund. In honor of the 10th Anniversary, Jif is announcing exciting new elements including an additional $10,000 in educational prizes for the winner and the chance for consumers to enter online for the first time ever!
An “Electronics Police-Mom” Goes Digital

An “Electronics Police-Mom” Goes Digital

Most parents I know set rules around how their kids use “electronic devices” and try vigorously to enforce them. I admit it -- I am an “electronics police-mom” as my children have displayed alarming addictive behaviors, spending endless hours on the Wii, playstation, watching DVDs, itouch, kindle and on our MACs.
August – National Breastfeeding Month

August – National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month, which is fitting because breastfeeding is once again spiking in popularity among new moms as the preferred method of feeding their newborn babies. Breastfeeding is a personal choice that all mothers make and this trend is very healthy because breastfeeding provides so many benefits to both the mother and her baby.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh sends children to camp at Flying Horse Farms

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh sends children to camp at Flying Horse Farms

Flying Horse Farms hosted its first Hematology & Oncology residential camp from July 31 through August 6. This inaugural residential camp session includes 35 campers who are patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Tips on giving your child an allowance

Tips on giving your child an allowance

Giving kids an allowance is a time honored tradition as old as, well, having them make their beds or set the dinner table. But it turns out that for many of today’s families, the ritual of allowance giving can create a lot of stress and apprehension. A recent field study by Kidworth.com found very few parents are actually giving their children a steady allowance.
Hair today, gone tomorrow: How to help your child deal with Trichotillomania

Hair today, gone tomorrow: How to help your child deal with Trichotillomania

Losing 100 to 300 hairs from your head every day is normal and no reason for concern. Washing, combing, styling, and even running your fingers through your hair cause many to fall out. But what if you lost enough hair in one day to create a bald spot…or if you lost nearly all your hair in a single day? That’s exactly what happens to people with trichotillomania. They pull their own hair out, strand by strand—some to the point of becoming bald.
Practice sun safety early

Practice sun safety early

Summer is filled with fun outdoor activities, but these pastimes don’t come without a cost to your little one’s skin. In fact, it only takes 2-3 blistering sunburns as a child to potentially double the risk of melanoma later in life, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.
Homemade & hands-on lessons!

Homemade & hands-on lessons!

What preschooler doesn’t love to get hands-on? Enjoy these fun and frugal recipes together for some old-fashioned learning!
Trail Cooking 101: How to become a backpacking chef

Trail Cooking 101: How to become a backpacking chef

Any hiker can become a backpacking chef. Homemade jerky and fruit leather, tuna salad, beef stew, cheesecake and chicken pot pie in the wilderness? It’s all possible and oh, so delicious.
Weary moms deserve spa goodness

Weary moms deserve spa goodness

I’m a little stunned I’m writing a spa piece. Until a few days ago I was a spa virgin. True. Not a single heavenly massage or visit to steam room nirvana. What kept this hard working mom away?
Ready, set, preschool

Ready, set, preschool

As summer moves along, your young child may be gearing up to start preschool. This is a big step for parents and kids alike, so here are a few ways to make the transition smooth.
Tips to keep kids' feet healthy through warm weather adventures

Tips to keep kids' feet healthy through warm weather adventures

With the myriad of activities children take part in during warm weather months, they need to get the most mileage possible out of their little feet.
An insider's guide to creating a stylish and functional nursery

An insider's guide to creating a stylish and functional nursery

Moms seem to instinctively know the importance of creating a special nursery space where they can bond, interact and love every moment with their baby.
Parents: are you concerned about your child’s speech?

Parents: are you concerned about your child’s speech?

Many children may stutter some as they learn to talk. During this time, as your child’s speech and language, thinking, and motor skills are still developing, it may be hard for them to get their words out. Leading authorities encourage early intervention for children who stutter.
Mammogram Voucher Program

Mammogram Voucher Program

No woman has to go without a mammogram because she is uninsured or underinsured.
Like mother, like daughter: New survey finds indoor tanning runs in the family

Like mother, like daughter: New survey finds indoor tanning runs in the family

When it comes to indoor tanning, sometimes mother doesn’t know best. Results of a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) found that a large percentage of Caucasian teen girls and young women who use tanning beds reported that their mothers also use tanning beds.
How teens can get a smile like their favorite celebrities

How teens can get a smile like their favorite celebrities

A great smile is a teen's best asset because it provides confidence no matter what she is doing - from performing in a school play to taking Facebook photos, playing sports or just hanging out with friends. Straightening teeth to promote good oral health and providing your child with a smile she can be proud of will benefit her today and well into the future.
Finding the perfect school for your child: What to look for when making your decision

Finding the perfect school for your child: What to look for when making your decision

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make in his lifetime. School is where he will spend most of his days, meet most of his friends, and find inspiration to learn and pursue his dreams.
Preparing your child for camp

Preparing your child for camp

For most kids, swimming and s’mores are all they need to have fun at summer camp. Traveling away from home, however, takes much more planning and preparation on a parent’s part to ensure a safe and fun experience for the child. Preparing a fuss-free summer camp experience is a little easier with these steps.
You may be a drug supplier without knowing it

You may be a drug supplier without knowing it

America has a drug problem and the primary source of these abused drugs is the family medicine cabinet. In fact, the drug supplier just might be...you.
Don’t confront cancer alone – pet therapy for kids

Don’t confront cancer alone – pet therapy for kids

Children are comforted by pets and the benefit to the child is amazing. This is why the Cancer Caring Center offers pet therapy to teach children that they do not have to confront cancer alone.
Is your baby's developmental delay 'normal' or a symptom of autism?

Is your baby's developmental delay 'normal' or a symptom of autism?

More children will receive an autism diagnosis this year than will be diagnosed with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined, according to the Autism Speaks organization. Yet one thing everyone agrees on is that the sooner a child's autism is diagnosed, the sooner that child can get the help he or she needs.
Signs your child is ready for sleep away camp

Signs your child is ready for sleep away camp

As spring wraps up and we all think and long for the dog days of summer some decisions do need to be made. Some of us struggle as we are unsure as to when is the right time to send our child to sleep away camp. Here are five signs your child may be ready for sleep away camp:
Feed kids' creativity with fun, child-friendly garden ideas

Feed kids' creativity with fun, child-friendly garden ideas

Planting season has arrived, a prime time to share your love for nature with your entire family and spend quality time together in the garden. Getting kids excited about gardening is simple if they are involved with the planning process which promotes a fertile imagination.
Let’s get dirty: fun mud activities

Let’s get dirty: fun mud activities

Been raining forever and your kids are stir crazy? Grab some old clothes, don some ratty shoes or boots, and go outdoors. Just find some mud patches (or make them) and have a great day getting dirty.
Teaching Kids to Be Money-Smart

Teaching Kids to Be Money-Smart

“Teaching kids to be money-smart” doesn’t happen overnight. Skills and behavior have to be nurtured over time. The skill lies in learning the value of saving, giving and spending conscientiously and understanding the difference between wants and needs. The behavior comes from the habits formed in doing these things over time and learning from mistakes.
Cleaning Makes the Grade

Cleaning Makes the Grade

Parents send their children to school with the hope that the knowledge they are acquiring in the classroom will set them up for future success. However, mom and dad may not recognize that routine activities they do at home also are helping kids make the grade.
7 Ways to mentor a future business woman

7 Ways to mentor a future business woman

For girls, Barbie has been a good role model, showing them that attractive females can be astronauts, diplomats and doctors. If, like Barbie, your girl has a nose for business and dreams of owning her own company one day, here are some ways you can help her grow into the role.
Are you raising a camp counselor?

Are you raising a camp counselor?

Teens and college students who think they have outgrown summer camp and need a “real job” may be missing out on the best job of their life. Take a look at being a camp counselor for the summer.
Tips to help teens search for jobs

Tips to help teens search for jobs

Teens often encounter challenges while searching for summer work. To help their peers, the teenage job experts at myfirstpaycheck.com have put together tips to make the job search easier.
Music therapy meets special needs

Music therapy meets special needs

Parents everywhere can attest to the power of music to enrich and enhance a child’s life. Fewer realize that it is an established healthcare therapy for children receiving special education.
Obesity prevention begins at birth

Obesity prevention begins at birth

Obesity prevention begins at birth - active youth become healthy adults. So we are learning that physical activity at an early age plays key role in developing good health.
Often Overlooked Safety Traps Put Children at Risk

Often Overlooked Safety Traps Put Children at Risk

Each year in the U.S., more than 2,000 children under the age of 14 die as a result of a home injury, according to Safe Kids USA, a non-profit organization. There are so many things to think about as you safe-proof your home to protect small children that it’s easy to overlook important risks.