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  How to Keep Weight Off During the Holidays

How to Keep Weight Off During the Holidays

With the holidays in full swing, managing your waist line may have you as frustrated as the lines you encounter while shopping for gifts. Beyond celebratory meals and seasonal snacks aplenty at work and home, the holidays notoriously leave little time for you to focus on managing your weight.
What to ask the Pediatrician at Check-Ups

What to ask the Pediatrician at Check-Ups

With a focus on safety and health, you can help make childhood an enjoyable time for your kids.
Paying for College: Six tips to lower the cost

Paying for College: Six tips to lower the cost

The cost of attending more modestly priced institutions can cripple the budget of many American families. Fortunately, you can take steps to mitigate the damage.
How new program helps Medicaid mothers have healthy pregnancies

How new program helps Medicaid mothers have healthy pregnancies

Many pregnant women who are eligible for Medicaid insurance don’t know how to access the medical care they need during pregnancy. That’s why UnitedHealthcare launched the Baby Blocks program in Pennsylvania in November 2011.
Early Orthodontic Intervention

Early Orthodontic Intervention

Parents often come into my practice and ask, “why does my child need braces so young?” This is a valid question because several decades ago children weren’t getting braces until they were teenagers. However, advances in research have proven that some orthodontic interventions are often more effective in younger age ranges when the jaws are undergoing a rapid period of growth.
United Way of Allegheny County’s “Be a Middle School Mentor” Program needs more volunteer adult mentors

United Way of Allegheny County’s “Be a Middle School Mentor” Program needs more volunteer adult mentors

In Western Pennsylvania, the regional banking and financial services company has re-committed its financial support as a lead corporate sponsor of United Way of Allegheny County’s nationally recognized “Be a Middle School Mentor” program.
  Ways to give your teen some freedom without destroying your peace of mind

Ways to give your teen some freedom without destroying your peace of mind

Teenagers pose many dilemmas for parents, and one of the biggest is determining how much freedom to allow. Expert offers solutions for a touchy subject.
Campaign launched to highlight the importance of early detection of communication disorders

Campaign launched to highlight the importance of early detection of communication disorders

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has launched a nationwide multimedia campaign—Identify the Signs—to raise awareness of the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing issues. The campaign stems from ASHA’s new findings that identify lack of awareness of these signs as the leading barrier to early detection and treatment.
Say good-bye and please don’t cry

Say good-bye and please don’t cry

All of the sudden, big tears roll down his chubby little face, and the lower lips starts to pout and quiver. Then a loud wail comes out that would scare any stranger. Separation Anxiety….nothing breaks a parents’ heart more.
Baking basics are a recipe for holiday success

Baking basics are a recipe for holiday success

Whether your end-of-year festivities involve mistletoe and ho-ho-ho, a menorah and dreidel, or a kinara and seven colorful candles, holidays of all cultures seem to have one thing in common: baking. Food is an integral part of many celebrations, and whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a family get-together, chances are there's a baked good in attendance.
Caregiver 101

Caregiver 101

Whether looking for a babysitter for a few weeknights or a full-time nanny, knowing the history of your caregivers is vital. In fact, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, babysitters are responsible for 4.2 percent of criminal acts against children under six years of age.
Family travel in the electronic age how much is too much?

Family travel in the electronic age how much is too much?

Should kids be allowed to be connected electronically when the family travels? How much is too much and what limits are appropriate?
Child’s Play

Child’s Play

Children who instead engage in imaginative or pretend play are offered a stress-free environment where their dreams have no boundary. This type of activity just comes naturally for kids because it’s just plain fun.
Tips for after-school play dates for children with autism and peers

Tips for after-school play dates for children with autism and peers

Inclusion of those with special needs can promote good understanding, awareness and acceptance for all involved.
For victims of abuse

For victims of abuse

Broken bones and bruises heal, but for many victims, the emotional damage is lifelong and life altering. A nurse shares steps for releasing pain, forgiving yourself and others.
When it comes to hand washing, many skip the suds

When it comes to hand washing, many skip the suds

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recommended time to wash one's hands with soap and water in order to kill bacteria is at least 20 seconds.
Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher

How do you handle an underachiever? What is parents’ role in teaching children? What to do with a misbehaving first grader? See what the teachers suggest.
Deliciously scary treats for Goblins and Ghouls of all ages

Deliciously scary treats for Goblins and Ghouls of all ages

This Halloween, throw a wickedly wonderful fete for family and friends. With help from the Wilton entertaining experts, you’ll have all the tricks to treat your guests to a spooky celebration that will leave them howling with delight.
Child safety alert

Child safety alert

Coin lithium batteries can be found around most homes in everyday items like remote controls, key fobs, flameless candles and children’s books with sound. If ingested, these coin-sized lithium batteries can cause chemical burns to a child’s esophagus in as little as two hours. Yet in a recent survey, 62 percent of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with coin lithium batteries.
Physical Education

Physical Education

What do you know about your child’s physical education program? Is physical education part of the school day for your child? Is daily physical education part of the school curriculum? Does a certified physical education teacher teach your child?
Safety threats that can lurk in kids' lunch boxes

Safety threats that can lurk in kids' lunch boxes

When it comes to back-to-school safety, you cover the basics vigilantly, such as teaching kids to avoid strangers, buckling them in the car and providing appropriate safety gear when they play sports. But have you considered taking as much care when it comes to packing lunch boxes? An improperly packed school lunch can lead to spoiled food and a missed meal at best or food-borne illness at worst.
How to tell if your child can handle staying home alone

How to tell if your child can handle staying home alone

PFSA offers some guidelines that can help parents with making the decision to say yes or no to leaving their child at home alone.
Children who overestimate their popularity less likely to be bullies

Children who overestimate their popularity less likely to be bullies

Children who overestimate their popularity are less likely to be bullies than those who underestimate or hold more accurate assessments of their social standing, finds new research to be presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Making Music Together

Making Music Together

All children are naturally musical—just as they are born with the potential to learn to speak and understand language, they have the ability from birth to learn music. And nurturing this innate talent early provides the foundation for later success with traditional music or dance lessons.
New website that answers families’ top questions about child care/early learning

New website that answers families’ top questions about child care/early learning

The first five years lay the foundation of a child’s learning and success for life. The choices that families make during these early years can have a lifelong impact. The questions themselves can be overwhelming.
Prescriptions for swim lessons saving babies’ lives

Prescriptions for swim lessons saving babies’ lives

A new initiative is sweeping the country in an attempt to decrease the number of children who become victims of drowning and non-fatal submersion injuries. It is called Water SMART (Safety Methods and Rescue Techniques) Babies, and it is a program that is spreading amongst pediatricians who are now writing prescriptions for infant swim lessons.
 Obesity is the most common health problem facing youth in the United States

Obesity is the most common health problem facing youth in the United States

More than 23 million children and teenagers (31.8 percent) ages two to 19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic. There are multiple physical, emotional and social risks associated with obesity, including: elevated blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, liver disease, sleep problems, joint pain, depression, low self-esteem and teasing.
Top five infant sleep training myths

Top five infant sleep training myths

Dr. Rebecca Kempton, M.D., Family Sleep Institute Graduate and founder of Baby Sleep Pro, is a certified infant and toddler sleep consultant who helps parents develop sleep training skills to get their family's sleep on the right path.
Nature Rock keep kids connected to the outdoors

Nature Rock keep kids connected to the outdoors

The end of summer…time to dust off the book bags and lunch boxes and head back to school. But before you put away the sunblock and hiking shoes, consider this: studies repeatedly show that time spent outside in nature leads to better results in the classroom, from increased focus to a boost in creativity.
Parent assistance is available

Parent assistance is available

The Local Task Force on the Right to Education in Allegheny County (LTF3) serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in the 42 school districts in Allegheny County. Their role is to communicate needs and problems to the appropriate sources.
West Penn Hospital gives breastfeeding moms a boost

West Penn Hospital gives breastfeeding moms a boost

More and more new moms are getting their babies off to the healthiest start in life by breastfeeding. West Penn Hospital is uniquely equipped to help these families with everything from advice to emotional support to nursing bra fittings.
Acne comes of age earlier

Acne comes of age earlier

For many teenagers, acne has become an all-too-familiar rite of passage. While many teens and their parents brace themselves for this common skin condition, a growing number of preadolescents also are experiencing acne.
 First day of Kindergarten

First day of Kindergarten

For most kids the first day of kindergarten is an exciting time. But the transition can also be worrisome. It's a big step for children and their parents.
 Choosing a good dance school

Choosing a good dance school

Who should be teaching my child? Investigating the qualifications of a teacher is of utmost importance. The best teachers have had great training and were well liked in their professional careers.
Psychological abuse is the first warning

Psychological abuse is the first warning

Psychological abuse can be as damaging to the psyche as physical abuse can be to the body, yet little is written about this common problem, which is typically the precursor to physical abuse.
 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers Autism friendly performance of The Lion King

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers Autism friendly performance of The Lion King

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will serve as the third city in the country to present an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s THE LION KING, tailored to the needs of adults and children on the autism spectrum. The special performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm., at the Benedum Center.
What really makes a coach great?

What really makes a coach great?

For parents of young athletes, it’s that time of year again: cleats or sneakers by the door, duffle bags in the backseat, uniforms in constant need of laundering, and calendars scheduled full of practices and games. Yes, you may be a pro at managing your child’s sports endeavors (most of the time, anyway), but have you given much thought to the most important part of your child’s athletic experience: his or her coach?
Prevent future shootings

Prevent future shootings

“The loud and disruptive kids who are having problems get the attention they need; the quiet ones don’t,” Mazin says. “If we can identify them – and we can! -- and intervene, we can help prevent future violence and suicides.”
Back to school

Back to school

Most parents are aware going back to school can be a stressful time for a child. What parents often fail to consider is that the obvious causes of stress such as new teachers, friends and homework, may not be what is actually weighting on their children. Parents get caught up in their own worries of organizing back to school routines, often making assumptions that what they worry about for their child is the root of their child’s concerns. Taking the time to have an earnest chat with your child about their back to school fears might greatly surprise you, and be of great benefit to them
 Are you sleeping enough?

Are you sleeping enough?

In today's busy and fast paced world, sleep is considered a luxury. Most adults and probably many children are sleep deprived, but are not aware. Angela Walsh (New York), Certified Child Sleep Consultant (www.familysleepinstitute.com) by the Family Sleep Institute and Founder of Babes in Sleepland (www.babesinsleepland.com), didn't realize she was sleep deprived until becoming a sleep consultant. 6.5-7 hours of sleep a night sounds like a good night's rest to a most of us, but is this really enough?
Concussion

Concussion

Concussions can happen anywhere, not just on a football field. It is true that contact sports put your child at a greater risk, but a concussion can occur from falling off of a bike, or from a failed cartwheel attempt. Males age 12-24 are of the highest group of people to suffer from a concussion.
 Does your child have a hidden visual-spatial challenge?

Does your child have a hidden visual-spatial challenge?

Here are three activities Dr. Serena Wieder suggests for addressing a deficit that affects a child’s ability to understand which body parts to move in order to achieve a specific res ult, such as reaching for a toy or catching a ball. These “mental mapping” activities help a child understand the parts of his body and the way they relate to each other.
First day of preschool

First day of preschool

Back to school is just around the corner. For many toddlers, it'll be the first day of preschool and the very first day they're away from mom and dad. My oldest daughter is starting preschool in the fall and just the thought of her going off to school for the first time gets me teary eyed.
Survey reveals most kids expect to get hurt playing youth sports

Survey reveals most kids expect to get hurt playing youth sports

When our children head out to play sports this fall, the pressure to win is so intense; a troubling new survey reveals 59% of young athletes say they expect to get hurt as part of the game. What’s even more surprising – local kids polled say coaches, teammates and in some cases even their own parents have tried to make them play injured and even suggested they hurt another player. 69% of young athletes who were hurt say they continued to play hurt and half of them say they hid their injuries so they could play.
Tips for parents and children as the summer comes to a close

Tips for parents and children as the summer comes to a close

"The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year can be a stressful time for parents and children," says Dr. Nicole Quinlan, a licensed psychologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. "While trying to manage work and the household, parents sometimes overlook their children's feelings of nervousness or anxiety as school begins. Working with your children to build resilience and manage their emotions can be beneficial for the psychological health of the whole family."
The best time for teens to take the SAT

The best time for teens to take the SAT

One of the biggest mistakes a parent of a high school student can make is having their teen sign up for the SATs too early. While parents want to get a “jump start” on the test and college applications, and students simply want to “get it over with”, both scenarios miss the mark, resulting in test dates that occur long before a student's brain is actually ready.
Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

During the warmer months, more and more families are doing outdoor activities. This is also the season you may start to hear more about Lyme Disease. June and July are the worst times for ticks, but you can get a bite anytime between April and October.
Early signs of autism

Early signs of autism

A recent report released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 1:88 children in the United States have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a 23% increase since 2009. ASD is also 3-4 times more common in boys than in girls. With more children being diagnosed at earlier ages, a growing number by 3 years old, parents are asking more questions about their own child’s development. What should they do if they think something doesn’t feel quite right about their child in their early years?
Summer fun at the zoo

Summer fun at the zoo

A brood of bouncing babies at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium makes every day fun for all!
Healthy and fun summer treats

Healthy and fun summer treats

Catherine McCord recognized a need for realistic and nutritious recipes for parents using minimal ingredients that are fully loaded with flavor; Weelicious now houses 750+ original recipes. Debuting a new recipe or tip daily and how-to cooking videos posted every Tuesday, Weelicious is a wealth of information for families.
Tips for healthy summer snacking

Tips for healthy summer snacking

As students are anticipating the last day of school, parents are beginning to consider activities and programs for their kids once summer rolls around. But, there is one major factor that parents tend to overlook—their child’s eating habit. Moving from the classroom to the home is only one step of the transition.
Get ready for the fourth trimester

Get ready for the fourth trimester

Pity the poor elephant cow, pregnant for nearly two years. There is hardly a human mother alive who, after nine months of pregnancy, who wouldn’t say she was ready to get on with labor, delivery and childrearing. But what if we thought of human gestation as taking a full calendar year, rather than the 40 weeks we’ve always counted off?
The summer travel survival guide

The summer travel survival guide

If it weren’t for the process of getting there, family trips would be a lot more fun! Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes shares tactics to help you tone down the craziness as you make your way toward this summer’s vacation destination.
Real reading, real kids

Real reading, real kids

The focus in Reading With Babies, Toddlers & Twos is on little ones. But we cannot find a better shared activity than reading a book together with your child as she grows. It’s perhaps the most profound win-win pleasure for both of you.
Top tips for helping a child with autism read

Top tips for helping a child with autism read

More than 67 percent of all U.S. fourth graders scored "below proficient" and are not reading at grade level, according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Literacy advocate and bestselling author Monica Holloway, of Cowboy & Wills [Simon & Schuster], is passionate about promoting literacy and spreading awareness for autism.
  Tips for planning a cruise with hard-to-please teens

Tips for planning a cruise with hard-to-please teens

More than 67 percent of all U.S. fourth graders scored "below proficient" and are not reading at grade level, according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Literacy advocate and bestselling author Monica Holloway, of Cowboy & Wills [Simon & Schuster], is passionate about promoting literacy and spreading awareness for autism.
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.
Warning signs your child may be bullying others and how to help

Warning signs your child may be bullying others and how to help

For any parent, it can be an alarming discovery to learn that your child is displaying bullying traits. Bullying is defined as repeated, aggressive behavior that can be physical, verbal, or relational, and approximately one in 10 children have bullied others. No one wants to hear that their child is bullying, however, there are identifying signals to be aware of and ways to help the child who is bullying.
Father’s day play tips

Father’s day play tips

This upcoming Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, the Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play urges dads to get out and play with their children. Here are some fun, inexpensive activities with pool noodles and beach balls that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Unconventional things to save your marriage

Unconventional things to save your marriage

“Much of the advice people get about their marriage problems is wrong. It sounds good. It makes sense. The problem is: it usually doesn’t work,” Mort Fertel says. “Reconciling a broken marriage is tricky.”
 The United States of depression?

The United States of depression?

“Top risk factors include being unable to work or unemployed; having no health insurance; suffering from obesity,” notes psychologist Gregory L. Jantz, citing a Centers for Disease Control study.
 Should women retire their running shoes during pregnancy?

Should women retire their running shoes during pregnancy?

From diet and exercise to baby names and clothing, women get lots of advice from their family, friends and acquaintances when they are expecting a child. One of the most common suggestions is: take it easy. So, should an expectant mother put her running shoes on the shelf and kick back in the recliner during her leisure time?
 Teen tech lab opens its doors in Munhall

Teen tech lab opens its doors in Munhall

Idea Foundry, an Oakland-based non-profit organization and economic development firm, is excited to announce the launch of a Creative Technology Learning Lab to teach local youth crucial technology skills. Located within the Carnegie Library of Homestead, the lab is open during regular library hours.
Top 10 overlooked childproofing issues

Top 10 overlooked childproofing issues

Childproofing your home should not be a difficult task. The problem doesn’t stem from not wanting to do it, but from not knowing where to start, what to do and most importantly how to do it correctly as you only have one chance to get it done right.
Second annual National Learn To Swim Day

Second annual National Learn To Swim Day

You are encouraged to celebrate National Learn to Swim Day by signing up your child for swimming lessons, speaking with a local lifeguard about swimming safety, and most importantly, making the commitment as a family to be safer around water.
Can learning disabilities be mitigated?

Can learning disabilities be mitigated?

Interventions, if carried out consistently and faithfully, can make a huge difference in preparing a child’s brain and nervous system for easy learning and information processing. These interventions are (1) midline exercises and (2) nutritional interventions, particularly the essential brain fats.
Know before you tow

Know before you tow

Summer is almost here which means nicer weather, no school, and for some Americans it may mean the first road trip of the year. If you plan to drive and tow extra cargo, recreational toys, or other vehicles behind you this Spring, there are critical things you should know before you tow. Lack of knowledge of correct towing techniques is a contributing factor to the thousands of crashes each year involving passenger vehicles towing trailers(1) – in fact, one study(2) revealed that 71% of Americans who tow admitted to being only somewhat to not knowledgeable about proper towing practices and safety!
 Dreams bigger than me

Dreams bigger than me

High atop the town of Munhall, Pennsylvania sits a majestic building, one of grandeur, if you will. Some may say it’s a hidden gem of Pittsburgh. With bricks of an orange hue, adorned by windows so striking, the architecture is simply something to marvel at.
Set the right course for your child’s success in kindergarten and beyond with the Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly)

Set the right course for your child’s success in kindergarten and beyond with the Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly)

What do you do if your baby won’t stop crying? Is TV good for toddlers? You like your child’s preschool teacher, but is that enough to make sure he’s ready for kindergarten? When you have a young child, questions like these come up every day. You want what’s best for your child, and you want to prepare them for kindergarten, but may not know what you need to know or even where to start. Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children’s Early Learning GPS can help.
 Financially preparing for baby

Financially preparing for baby

Bringing a new baby into the world is a huge amount of responsibility, both personally and financially. With just a few quick steps, future parents can save a lot of money and get in the right financial mindset before bringing home their bundle of joy.
Value Your Children For Who They Are – Not Who You Need Them To Be

Value Your Children For Who They Are – Not Who You Need Them To Be

Countless people I’ve counseled have had that same sorrowful feeling that something basic was missing. They got everything they wanted from their parents except what they needed the most: to be seen and valued. That is the essence of parenting – to see and value your children for who they are, rather than as an extension of yourself or as the means to fulfill your own needs.
When Compliments Backfire

When Compliments Backfire

“You are so good at that!” you announce to the child, firmly believing that this warm praise is going to boost the child’s self-esteem and increase performance. But in study after study, and book after book, the widely accepted consensus is that complimenting your kids can cause lifelong problems and actually decrease performance, especially if you are dishing out the wrong type of compliments.
Tips To Ace Exams

Tips To Ace Exams

Is it really already time to start preparing for finals? Final exams can make or break a student’s semester, and many kids feel the pressure, especially when test-taking anxiety sets in. Here are five helpful suggestions for how students can prepare – and parents can offer support – during finals season.
Coping with time-crunched physicians

Coping with time-crunched physicians

It’s not your imagination – you’re getting less time with your doctor. Primary care physicians are in short supply in the United States, which means increased pressures and heavier workloads for those in practice, says Dr. Paul Griner, (www.drpaulgriner.com), author of “The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine.”
Nominations Sought for Breastfeeding Friendly Place awards

Nominations Sought for Breastfeeding Friendly Place awards

The Allegheny County Health Department, in cooperation with the Allegheny County Breastfeeding Coalition, is seeking nominations for its annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards.
Girls, Math & Science Partnership recognized by City of Pittsburgh

Girls, Math & Science Partnership recognized by City of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Science Center’s Girls, Math & Science Partnership (GMSP) was recently recognized by the City of Pittsburgh for its commitment to educating, equipping, and empowering young women in the western Pennsylvania region to achieve higher success in math and science fields.
Coping with the shortage of Primary Health Care Physicians

Coping with the shortage of Primary Health Care Physicians

There’s a crisis in primary health care. In some cities, almost 90 percent of primary care physicians are not accepting new patients because their practices are full. Check out these tips for choosing a personal physician & what YOU can do about the looming crisis.
When it comes to allowance, ditch the pig

When it comes to allowance, ditch the pig

Although it certainly seems intuitive that kids should have to work to earn their allowance, I have found—and most experts agree—that it’s not the most sensible way to set up an allowance system. When it comes to allowance, ditch the pig!
“Is my child safe in school?”

“Is my child safe in school?”

What we once learned from Columbine has now been surpassed by the latest school tragedy on December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut, and we live once again in a time where innocence is easily shattered by the hands of some deranged individual. “Is my child safe in school?” Here are some tips on how to have a conversation with your school administration.
Flat Head Syndrome

Flat Head Syndrome

Flat Head Syndrome is a condition in which flat spots form on baby’s skull, often combined with a tightening of the neck muscles on one side, largely due to babies spending up to 16 hours a day on their backs in the first few months of life. Sometimes babies are born with the condition due to position in utero or birth trauma.
How to keep your family eating healthy on the go

How to keep your family eating healthy on the go

One of the challenges we all face is how to keep our kids and family eating healthy, especially for those of us whose families are always on the go. Here are some tips we have found that can make the eating more enjoyable and healthy for busy families.
Push

Push

Children sometimes need some parental intervention to keep them on course and help them aim for the finish line. Following are some tips order to push for a strong end to the year for your student.
Teen suicide

Teen suicide

Over the last three decades, the suicide rate for all Americans has been rising slightly. However, among American teenagers, the rate of suicide is increasing far more rapidly and dramatically. What are the pathways to prevention.
Back away from that marshmallow!

Back away from that marshmallow!

“Though every child has natural tendencies toward patience or rowdy demands, self-regulation is a learned skill. It has to do with being able to step back, weigh the choices and consequences, then make good decisions.” Here are a few strategies for teaching your children self-control.
Fresh ideas for spring wildlife gardening with kids

Fresh ideas for spring wildlife gardening with kids

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner. Wondering what to do with your kids this spring and summer? The National Wildlife Federation has released these tips that parents can use to introduce kids to the fun, exciting world of wildlife gardening.
13 Tips To Teach Kids Love

13 Tips To Teach Kids Love

Kids know how to forgive, release and let go. So positive parenting isn't about teaching how to love, it's teaching kids to hold onto their love and reminding them how great life is.
Is your Mother-in-Law Sabotaging Your Love Life?

Is your Mother-in-Law Sabotaging Your Love Life?

It happened again! You want your husband to understand how you feel about what his mother said, but it seems as though he just wants to argue with you. He just doesn’t get why his mother is such a problem. Why can’t he see it my way? you think to yourself. Why does he always have to point out her side of things?
Boredom busting tips for kids

Boredom busting tips for kids

As a mother of four, there’s never a dull moment for celebrity mom Tori Spelling. But even as a mom on the go, Spelling still hears those dreaded words – “Mom! I’m bored!” – from her kids. So, to beat the boredom blues, she has developed a few tips and activities to keep kids entertained all year long.
Five tips to get kids excited about brushing

Five tips to get kids excited about brushing

When it comes to getting your little one to brush his or her teeth, you may meet some resistance. Here are a few tips to help make the process easier for parent and child alike.
Keeping kids and teens tobacco-free

Keeping kids and teens tobacco-free

The teen years bring plenty of changes for students, as well as new worries for parents. Smoking is at the top of that list for many parents. Every day in the U.S., approximately 3,600 children between the ages of 12 and 17 start smoking cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That number has plenty of parents looking for ways to help keep their children from starting, too.
Scholarship application tips

Scholarship application tips

The high cost of a college education means that a lot of students are looking for financial aid to help pay for it. But the competition can be stiff. According to the most recent National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, only 5.5 percent1 of undergraduate students received non-athletic scholarships. What can students do to give themselves the best chance of receiving some much-needed scholarship money?
 No child left inside

No child left inside

Today’s parents are sending kids to camp to escape a different kind of pollution: an overabundance of electronics, and an overcrowded schedule that often leaves children no time for unstructured play.
Help your child stand up to bullying

Help your child stand up to bullying

You’ve heard the horror stories of children being bullied in school, in cyberspace, on the playground. The stats are alarming: nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year - upwards of 13 million students, according to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
New online website helps parents wanting to adopt

New online website helps parents wanting to adopt

By the time couples arrive at an adoption agency they have exhausted all options for conceiving a family and look to help from the outside.
Save a snowball now

Save a snowball now

Visitors to the Carnegie Science Center can choose the amount they wish to pay on the Summer Solstice by bringing in a preserved snowball on June 21.
Will you be nesting in 2013?

Will you be nesting in 2013?

You’re expecting a baby in 2013, and you’re focused on getting everything ready for the new arrival. Here, Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes shares nine nesting tasks to put on your to-do list.
Overcoming a parent’s worst nightmare: loss of a child

Overcoming a parent’s worst nightmare: loss of a child

Perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a parent is experiencing the loss of a child. However, as one mother shares, it’s possible to turn one’s devastation into spiritual enlightenment and to weave the tragedy into the fabric of your life and your family.