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Engaging the community of a child with Autism: The why, who and how

Engaging the community of a child with Autism: The why, who and how

When it comes to learning new skills, children on the autism spectrum need more opportunities to learn and engage. One of the best ways to do that is by involving other important people in the child’s life – parents, grandparents, siblings and other caregivers – and incorporating their skills and interests into the natural rhythms of a child’s day.
West Penn Hospital Study: Longer caffeine dosing benefits premature babies

West Penn Hospital Study: Longer caffeine dosing benefits premature babies

Caffeine is an important weapon for neonatologists working to help premature infants with breathing problems. Now a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics, led in part by Nilima Karamchandani, MD, Medical Director of West Penn Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), found that a longer-than-usual course of treatment with caffeine can also help these tiny infants avoid hypoxia, low levels of oxygen in the body.
10 things a parent can do to prevent addiction

10 things a parent can do to prevent addiction

It’s a startling fact that the U.S. spends over $74 billion on criminal and court proceedings for drug offenders, and only $3.4 billion on treatment. Today, addiction is attacking our future as it holds a firm grip on our most impressionable generation: teenagers.
Graduates on autism spectrum tap into passion

Graduates on autism spectrum tap into passion

What happens when the school bus stops coming for the one in 68 kids diagnosed with autism? The answer could be as simple as developing their interests, as friends and family witnessed when seven exceptional individuals with autism graduated from Exceptional Minds on Sunday to pursue careers in visual effects and digital animation.
Affordable summer tips to get kids active

Affordable summer tips to get kids active

It’s up to parents to make sure their kids’ summers are filled with opportunities for them to stay active. Summer programs and sports leagues are great, but they often require expensive participation fees.
Car Care for New Drivers

Car Care for New Drivers

While many new drivers anticipate receiving their driver’s license, there are many responsibilities that come along with being a car owner, including basic maintenance.
 Summer Tragedy: Kids in hot parked cars

Summer Tragedy: Kids in hot parked cars

A car's interior can rise 43 degrees in an hour and easily top 123 degrees on only an 80-degree day, even with the windows "cracked" open. Within minutes, that sweltering environment can turn lethal for a child, whose body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's.
Ways to get your children to work with you instead of against you

Ways to get your children to work with you instead of against you

Every parent has been there - one of those days when you feel like your child's only goal is to directly defy you. When your child won't brush her teeth, comb her hair or put on her socks, it makes you think a larger plan could be afoot. This can't be accidental can it?
Find Activities that Float Your Boat

Find Activities that Float Your Boat

The Regatta at Lake Arthur (August 1 & 2, 2015) will host several unique competitions, including: 2015 PDGA Pro Disc Golf World Championships, 2015 Puddle Duck Racer World Championship, and 2015 Pennsylvania Standup Paddle Board (SUP) Championship. Sail, Paddle, Throw & Bow!
Life-saving children’s program impacts thousands

Life-saving children’s program impacts thousands

Heimlich Heroes is a free interactive program designed for children ages seven and up. After a basic one-hour training, students can recognize signs of choking, minimize or eliminate the risk of choking, and properly perform the Heimlich maneuver. Heimlich Heroes has a beyond the classroom-based approach and children can now also be taught through HH training in a variety of environments.
Hidden allergens lurking at summer camp

Hidden allergens lurking at summer camp

Before campers and staff head off to the mess hall for breakfast and the day’s activities begin, certain health conditions must be considered. That’s because an estimated one in 13 children in the U.S. lives with food allergies – a common cause of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction.
Prepare your kids for summer burglary season

Prepare your kids for summer burglary season

Nearly 2 million home burglaries are reported in the United States each year, and the majority of these burglaries occur in the summer months. The scariest part of this statistic for parents is the summertime rise in home break-ins typically correlates with when their children are home without an adult.
Airplane etiquette

Airplane etiquette

Trying to control a child’s behavior on a plane can be a tricky thing. Childhood enthusiasm is natural and so is energy. Sometimes harnessing and bridling this energy in a confined space for the extended time it takes from a plane to get from one location to another can be a challenge.
A secret weapon for dealing with stress

A secret weapon for dealing with stress

Everyone experiences turmoil in their life in one form or another- some more serious than others. In my experience, life seems to ebb and flow between periods of turmoil and ease, with no clear signs or delineation of either. Sometimes I don’t realize when I’m in the thick of it until I’m on the upswing. Nowadays, when I am asked what’s been going on with me, and my response is, “Oh, not much,” I’m thankful!
 Are we hardwiring our kids for failed relationships?

Are we hardwiring our kids for failed relationships?

Four truths about how parenting affects the brain (and how tough it is to undo the damage). "Had a rough childhood? Get over it and take responsibility for your life!"
Why does my teen act without thinking?

Why does my teen act without thinking?

Why does my teen act without thinking? Don’t worry parents, it’s biological. TeenSafe weighs in on maturity, emotions and the teenage brain.
Early intervention for your child and family

Early intervention for your child and family

Sometimes, children are born with a condition or special need that impacts their development. Other times, a developmental delay becomes apparent over time, and is noticed by you or your doctor. Early intervention is a support system for children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
Accreditation: What it means for your family

Accreditation: What it means for your family

Early learning centers that are nationally accredited have proven their commitment to provide high-quality care to all children and families.
Fear of the dark: Rite of passage or destructive emotion?

Fear of the dark: Rite of passage or destructive emotion?

If you go to the library to find some resources on helping your children get over the fear of the dark; you’ll probably be hard pressed to find very much. Although the fear of the dark is said to plague millions of children, it is still a subject that most parents know very little about.
The Bath Tub

The Bath Tub

From bath time to bedtime, there are a number of rituals parents participate in with their children that bring them closer together. These small acts provide a sense of security to little ones and serve as family bonding time. However, many parents do not realize these everyday moments can be more impactful than they seem.
Keep kids learning all summer long

Keep kids learning all summer long

Inspiring children to continue to learn doesn’t have to be a grueling process as activities and educational games can be a fun way for children and parents to learn new things over the summer.
Count cookies, learn math

Count cookies, learn math

By the time a toddler has reached the preschool years, he or she is able to express preferences verbally and is for the most part able to follow verbal rules and consider other points of view. Scientists who study conscious control often refer to it as “executive function.”
More boys getting HPV vaccination leads to greater protction

More boys getting HPV vaccination leads to greater protction

Encouraging more boys to get the HPV vaccination could lead to greater protection at the same cost, study suggests
What every parent should know before sending kids to summer camp

What every parent should know before sending kids to summer camp

The lazy, hazy anxious days of summer: What every parent should know before sending kids to summer camp. For many children, the prospect of leaving home for a day, a week, or more can be more distressing than it is exciting. That’s why Todd Patkin says it’s crucial for parents to know the basics of alleviating separation anxiety—and how to tell if your child’s fears are downright unhealthy
Mobile app educates teens on risky sexual behavior

Mobile app educates teens on risky sexual behavior

Teenagers, parents, educators and clinicians have a new tool to help adolescents make more informed decisions about their sexual behavior. “Seventeen Days,” a mobile app based on the interactive movie of the same name, became available at no cost on iPhone, iPad and Android devices beginning June 4.
Get into the swing of summer safety

Get into the swing of summer safety

Summer is a time of playground fun, swimming, boating, biking, camping and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately, these activities can lead to a higher risk of injuries.
Some things I’ve learned about teenage boys

Some things I’ve learned about teenage boys

As the headmaster of a boys’ high school, I’m frequently asked by parents for advice on raising their sons. By far, the most common questions have to do with communication: Why won’t he talk to me? Why does it feel like he’s always pushing me away? The short answer is that you happen to be the parent of a typical teenage boy who’s exploring ways to exercise independence from Mom and Dad.
Tips to help create safe swim environments

Tips to help create safe swim environments

Preeminent swim school organization advises parents to begin water safety with kids at 6 months
  Ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Teach your children that it’s ok not to share. I know you’ve spent so much time badgering them to be generous. But children don’t learn to be generous when we force them to share. They learn to hang on tightly to whatever toy crosses their path, because it may get wrenched away soon.
What’s your genetic destiny? More than half of parents want to know disease risks for selves, kids

What’s your genetic destiny? More than half of parents want to know disease risks for selves, kids

Would you want to know if you or your children had risk of hereditary cancer, a genetic risk for cardiovascular disease or carried the gene associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease – even if they were risks that wouldn’t be relevant for possibly decades or didn’t have a cure?
Adolescent suicide by firearms reaches 12-year high

Adolescent suicide by firearms reaches 12-year high

Suicide by firearm among American adolescents has reached a 12-year peak, its highest level since 2001, according to the latest fatal injury data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2013, suicide by firearm claimed 876 lives among adolescents ages 10 to 19, an increase for the third consecutive year.
 Summer Training, Camps and Exercise

Summer Training, Camps and Exercise

Parents will spend more than $600 per child on summer activities according to a recent survey by American Express. That includes activities such as sports teams, pool memberships and camps. Parents have a number of options for helping their athletes make the most of summer training and a popular choice is enlisting their child in sports camps or clinics.
 Too much TV is not good for children. But how much is that?

Too much TV is not good for children. But how much is that?

Kindergartners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of television a day were more likely to be overweight or obese compared to children who watched TV for less than 60 minutes each day, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego.
Car seats and other infant carrying devices aren’t safe for napping, AAP warns

Car seats and other infant carrying devices aren’t safe for napping, AAP warns

Placing infants in carrying devices such as car seats, baby slings/swings, bouncers, and strollers for naps may put them at risk of death or injury, warns the American Academy of Pediatrics. Sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for infants up to one year old.
DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

DSM5: What happened to Asperger’s?

It seemed somewhat arbitrary to Billy’s parents to have a diagnosis—and one that fit so well—taken away from him. The change itself, however, wasn’t arbitrary at all, for it reflected new research and ongoing psychiatric practice. The DSM is sometimes referred to as a “living document,” meaning it changes as we learn more about various mental health issues.
Dental care tips for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dental care tips for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, almost half describe their child’s dental health as fair or poor, according to a study in the journal Pediatric Dentistry. This is not surprising, as a visit to the dentist can present many challenges for a child with autism.
Build vocabulary and support language development

Build vocabulary and support language development

Whether you are reading your child a book at bedtime or pointing out signs while you and your child are in the car together, every word you speak helps build vocabulary and support language development. Unfortunately, in our country, many of the families who work hardest just to make financial ends meet may also struggle the most to help their children grow as readers.
Science Center announces i5 Digital Video competition winners

Science Center announces i5 Digital Video competition winners

More than 175 middle and high school filmmakers from 29 area schools and organizations explored the impact of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in their lives for Carnegie Science Center’s i5 Digital Video Competition, presented in partnership with Pittsburgh Filmmakers. The videos were viewed more than 7,710 times on YouTube, with 1,071 votes cast for viewers’ choice.
 Ticks carrying Lyme disease more prevalent than ever in PA

Ticks carrying Lyme disease more prevalent than ever in PA

Deer ticks capable of carrying Lyme disease have now been observed in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
New ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

New ideas that will transform your children’s relationship with each other

Many parents of more than one child say that sibling fighting is the most frustrating part of parenting. No matter what they do, their kids fight—over toys or turns, or just because the child had a hard day and their brother or sister is the easiest person to take it out on. Spending one-on-one time with each child is still one of the most effective ways to reduce sibling rivalry.
Healthy teeth and special needs children: What parents need to know

Healthy teeth and special needs children: What parents need to know

So, what do parents and caregivers need to know in order to ensure healthy little teeth and overall well being for children with special needs?
New app augments evidence-based therapy for traumatized children

New app augments evidence-based therapy for traumatized children

A new mobile game app created by Allegheny Health Network mental health professionals and students at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University helps traumatized children by letting them use their tablets or smart phones to practice the life skills they’ve learned in the therapist’s office.
Serious effects of negative parenting—and the science behind them

Serious effects of negative parenting—and the science behind them

We all know that neglectful, dysfunctional, and/or abusive parenting patterns can have long-term negative effects on children. New research explains just how deep and significant the effects of bad parenting actually are.
To serve and protect: A dad’s reflections

To serve and protect: A dad’s reflections

Can I hold my daughter please? My wife Margie delivered our daughter Chloe on May 16th, 2003, and I knew there was something wrong in the doctor’s look and voice.
Atypical kids need atypical parenting

Atypical kids need atypical parenting

If your child has any type of significant challenge—from severe asthma to autism, from learning disabilities to ADHD to a neurological disorder—you do not have the luxury of being a chill parent. As you have already figured out, kids who are atypical need atypical parenting.
Pittsburgh Parent wins Gold for Editorial Excellence in Journalism

Pittsburgh Parent wins Gold for Editorial Excellence in Journalism

Pittsburgh Parent magazine has received a Gold medal and national recognition for Overall Editorial Excellence in the 2015 Parenting Media Association (PMA) annual Editorial and Design Competition. A total of over 600 entries were submitted for competition this year with Pittsburgh Parent winning three Gold and two Bronze medals.
Why camp is important for kids

Why camp is important for kids

It is no secret that many children spend too much time in front of the computer or television screen today and have little outdoors activity or interest in the natural world around them.
Tips on how parents can save for their children’s college education

Tips on how parents can save for their children’s college education

Earning a college degree has traditionally been part of the American Dream, and for many years that dream was affordable. But that’s not the case anymore. In 2014, the average college student graduated with over $30,000.00 in debt, and overall in the US, college debt is now over $1 trillion. This leaves parents wondering how their children are going to pay for college, or how they as parents can help them.
Do you see a shrink?  The judgment that comes from admitting you need help

Do you see a shrink? The judgment that comes from admitting you need help

It is often the assumption that if you go to therapy that you have serious problems you cannot manage on your own and there is something fundamentally wrong with you. In reality, if someone is attending therapy, they tend to be on the healthier side of self-love and self-awareness. Because seeing a therapist is stigmatized many people who want to seek help, either often don’t, or they keep their therapy private so they do not invoke judgment.
The importance of vocabulary

The importance of vocabulary

Every time a young child learns a new word, his or her world expands. Vocabulary development is directly connected to a child’s ability to think, follow directions, express thoughts, and navigate social interactions. Children with rich vocabularies become better readers and stronger communicators during the school age years and beyond.
10 ways to guarantee you’ll pay your child’s bills forever…

10 ways to guarantee you’ll pay your child’s bills forever…

Does an “empty nest” equal an empty bank account? It doesn’t have to. But a nationwide trend shows over two-thirds of parents over the age of 50 financially supported a child older than 21 in the last five years. The practice is so common psychologists named this period of extended child dependency “emerging adulthood.”
Almost three-quarters of parents turn car seats to face forward too early

Almost three-quarters of parents turn car seats to face forward too early

Many parents don’t follow guidelines that call for using rear-facing car seats until age 2, according to National Poll on Children’s Health data. Using a rear-facing car seat until a child is age two reduces risk of serious injury, but close to one-quarter of parents report they turned the seat around before their child was even one year old, according to a new University of Michigan study.
Steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children

Steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children

I am learning to practice gratitude as an adult. But what would it be like if we could introduce the concept of gratitude to our children when they are young? If gratitude just became a part of their vocabulary, a daily habit like brushing their teeth or eating dinner? If they can experience the magic of gratitude early, perhaps the practice wouldn’t feel so challenging or foreign to them.
How parents are negatively impacting  their kids’ future before college

How parents are negatively impacting their kids’ future before college

Expert says parents can save time and money by making sure they ask their future college students the right questions, avoid common mistakes like making the wrong decision about what to study or where to go to school which can have costly and time-consuming consequences. Switching majors or schools or even going back to school after you start working can all jack up the cost of obtaining a higher education and subsequent student loan debt.
The role of genetics in autism spectrum disorder

The role of genetics in autism spectrum disorder

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) seems to have increased significantly over the last thirty years, resulting in much speculation about the causes of this disorder. Everything from pollution to vaccines to labor induction/augmentation has been blamed, none of which has been supported by scientific research. However, autism has at least some heritable/genetic component because of the difference in rates between identical and nonidentical twins. A new study adds more evidence to the relationship between genetic factors and autism. Researchers from Kings College London led by PhD candidate Beata Tick used data from the Twins Early Development Study which included all twins born in England and Wales from 1994 through 1996. Evaluations were done on 128 twin pairs in which one twin had an autism diagnosis, using several common screening tools. Tools included a population-based measure (the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test), diagnostic measures (the Development and Well-being Assessment, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised) and a best-estimate diagnosis. Researchers found that correlation on these measures was higher for identical twins compared to non-identical twins, with a heritability estimate of 56 percent to 95 percent. According to researcher Dr. Francesca Happe, “Our findings suggest environmental factors are smaller, which is important because some parents are concerned whether things like high pollution might be causing autism.” Now, many scientists are working to discover the specific genes that may contribute to a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Dr. Happe says there may be hundreds. ACSH’s Ariel Savransky says, “Hopefully this current study will help to debunk some of the misleading information promulgated to the public regarding the causes of autism. Although this study may be just the tip of the iceberg and there is a long way to go before researchers get definitive results regarding specific genes that may contribute to ASD, the fear that autism is caused by some factor associated with modern lifestyles should be at least partially allayed.”
Tips for easy family weeknight meals

Tips for easy family weeknight meals

Most families aspire to spend more time together around the dinner table, but between work and after-school activities, it's hard to find the time. If you're finding it tough to get your family to the table each night, here are a few simple tips:
Discover the true potential of your children – turn them into “Kid-preneurs

Discover the true potential of your children – turn them into “Kid-preneurs

Discover the true potential of your children – turn them into “Kid-preneurs
Parents split on delayed start time for teens

Parents split on delayed start time for teens

Should teenagers be able to hit the snooze button one more time before school? Ask their parents and half say they would support later school start times, according to today’s University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health
Smart tips for healthier smiles

Smart tips for healthier smiles

A healthy smile builds confidence, self-esteem, and helps to create an emotionally healthy child! We find our patients are living longer, and in order to live a long, healthy life, one of the most important daily routines is preventive oral hygiene starting at a very early age.
When children follow parents footsteps, even suicide

When children follow parents footsteps, even suicide

As we watch in horror as Bobbi Kristina Brown continues to fight for her life, after allegedly trying to kill herself almost three years to the day after her mother’s death, a teacher in Orange County California was found hung in her classroom. It has been reported that this teacher’s father had also committed suicide. According to Digital Journal Researchers estimate between 7,000 and 12,000 children lose a parent to suicide and the children of these parents are at higher risk to commit suicide themselves.
Consumer Federation of America ATVs are dangerous to children

Consumer Federation of America ATVs are dangerous to children

According to data released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), child deaths increased slightly in 2013, while serious injuries caused by all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to ATV riders of all ages appear to have decreased slightly in 2013. Tragically, at least 62 children lost their lives and 25,000 were injured seriously enough to require treatment in a hospital emergency department.
Hands-only CPR could save hundreds of thousands

Hands-only CPR could save hundreds of thousands

When a person’s heart stops beating, every second counts. However, bystanders often fear giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to a victim. Dr. Ruchika Husa, a cardiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, studies resuscitation science and also teaches CPR. She says there are many reasons people freeze or panic when a person collapses.
 Everything we need to know about social media – we learned in

Everything we need to know about social media – we learned in

We live in a culture virtually enveloped by digital media, 24/7. For adults and children alike, social media has become central to our very identities -- both in how we interact with our close friends and family, and in the many ways we present ourselves to, and engage with, our broader worlds.
Newborns know more than we think

Newborns know more than we think

Tips for Playdates with kids of all abilities

Tips for Playdates with kids of all abilities

Playdates are beneficial for ALL children to practice critical social skills on which future relationships will be built. The benefits of playdates include: increasing confidence; improving social decision making; and practicing skills in an adult supervised yet natural setting. Playing together allows kids to be a part of the action vs. being quiet observers.
Are you legally liable for your kids’ friends?

Are you legally liable for your kids’ friends?

Your children’s best friends are almost like your own children, aren’t they? Sometimes it seems like they practically live at your house - you feed them dinner, give them hugs and Band Aids, and help them with their homework. But what would happen if one of your kids’ buddies were to be injured in your home? Are you legally liable?
Ready, Set, Camp!

Ready, Set, Camp!

You are considering a summer camp, but how to choose? There’s a camp that is ideally suited for every child, providing a summer of growth and fun whether your child attends a day or overnight camp, a specialized or traditional camp.
Choosing swim lessons is as serious as selecting a pediatrician or school

Choosing swim lessons is as serious as selecting a pediatrician or school

Not all swim classes are created equal, it is vital to ask questions and visit before starting lessons USSSA Offers Advice on How to Make the Right Choice
Free breastfeeding advice helpline

Free breastfeeding advice helpline

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Maternal and Child Health Program and Healthy Start, Inc. will collaborate to extend the Department’s free breastfeeding advice helpline hours for new mothers.
Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Happy holiday hints for your child with special needs

Holidays bring joy and family traditions that warm the hearts of many. For those of us who have children with special needs, the holidays take on an entirely new dimension. Like everyone, we have shopping, cooking, decorating and preparation. However, there are additional ways in which we must ready our children for the holiday season. Children who have autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and self-regulation difficulties need some assistance to navigate the
Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Children with Autism who live with pets are more assertive

Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lived in the home.
Why you need to limit kids’ screen time

Why you need to limit kids’ screen time

Children today are digital natives. They were born into a world free of card catalogues and hard copies of encyclopedia editions. We gain information through an immediate Google search, and text messages are more common than phone calls. Because of this, it’s important to stop and ask ourselves as parents if it comes at a cost.
This kid’s safety product is dirtier than a toilet seat

This kid’s safety product is dirtier than a toilet seat

How do car seats get so dirty? Life happens! If you feed your child in the car seat, odds are pretty good that food will end up getting on the fabric, harnesses and in all the cracks and crevices.
More books, better grades: Parents hope for improving resolutions

More books, better grades: Parents hope for improving resolutions

One in five (19 percent) parents of children under the age of 18 will be encouraging them to make a New Year’s resolution. Moms (23 percent) are more likely to want to steer their children towards making a resolution than their dads (15 percent) and much more likely than the men to hope for a resolution to improve behavior at home (21 percent women, 13 percent men).
Got questions about youth and high school sports? Here are answers!

Got questions about youth and high school sports? Here are answers!

Parents, coaches, administrators and student-athletes benefit from new website, www.PCADevZone.org, with sports coaching tips and hundreds of videos, podcasts and printable resources from pro and college athletes and coaches
When cancer happens…

When cancer happens…

When cancer happens, it happens to the whole family. Parenting while healthy has its own stressors, but raising a child becomes more complex when a parent faces a cancer diagnosis. As of 2010, there were 1.58 million adult cancer survivors in the United States living with a child under the age of 18 (Weaver et al., 2010).
Six smart things college students should do for their eyes

Six smart things college students should do for their eyes

While accurate vision plays a vital role in learning, college students can be susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness that can complicate life in and out of class.
Fun ways to create family bonding this (long, snowy, cold) winter

Fun ways to create family bonding this (long, snowy, cold) winter

The good news for all of us is winter doesn’t last forever (yes, you can come in off the ledge now unless you’re planning to cannon ball into the snow). Even though your kids have you driven mad, it’s not too late to turn that angst into something that’s fun and productive for the whole family.
HPV Vaccine: A Cancer-Preventing Shot

HPV Vaccine: A Cancer-Preventing Shot

Thankfully, there’s a safe and effective three-dose vaccine that can protect kids and young adults from developing HPV-related diseases, and it’s available at little or no cost through insurance or the federal Vaccines for Children program for uninsured or underinsured minors.
It’s Camp Fair time!

It’s Camp Fair time!

Putting away the holiday decorations means it’s January—time to start planning what your children will do this summer. Luckily for you, it’s also the start of camp fair season, when camp directors annually criss-cross the country to introduce families to their summer programs.
 PTC Report: TV shows about families aren’t “Family-Friendly”

PTC Report: TV shows about families aren’t “Family-Friendly”

The Parents Television Council released a report finding that 99 percent of broadcast television shows about families contain some form of adult content (sex, violence, and profanity).
Healthy School Environments

Healthy School Environments

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Pittsburgh Public Schools are working together as part of a national program to create a healthier school environment for students. Children’s Hospital will partner with local schools and provide assistance to create environments that promote nutritious eating and physical activity using the country’s largest school-based childhood obesity prevention initiative, the Healthy Schools Program.
Lessons learned: Teachable moments for children

Lessons learned: Teachable moments for children

Teachable moments are times encountered by all parents but we rarely take advantage of these moments as we should. A teachable/learnable moment is any experience that causes us to learn and grow from it. They can be unplanned moments, negative or positive moments. As long as we take the experience and learn from it, then it’s a teachable moment.
BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

BBB tips to avoid college financial aid scams

The college application process is an exciting, but expensive time for high school students. Scholarships, grants and financial aid are all common elements in the process and unfortunately, so are scams. With a new school year right around the corner, your Better Business Bureau is warning college-bound students and their parents to be wary of financial aid fraud.
Babies unnecessarily put at risk by poor parental choices for their sleep environment

Babies unnecessarily put at risk by poor parental choices for their sleep environment

Most parents of young babies have likely heard the line “Back to Sleep,” the official mantra warning them to have their infants sleep on their backs. But there are other advisories, such as one that tells parents to have only a mattress and fitted sheet in a young baby’s crib to avoid having the baby suffocated by soft bedding — pillows, quilts, and comforters, for example. How well do parents follow this advice? A recent study in the journal Pediatrics sought to determine the extent of parental compliance with these directives.
Tips to keep your potty training resolutions

Tips to keep your potty training resolutions

With every new year comes New Year’s resolutions! From losing weight to quitting smoking lots of folks like to kick off the season with a personal goals, but what about those of us with toddlers? Specifically, potty-training ready toddlers.
DOS and DON'TS for finding the Perfect Nanny

DOS and DON'TS for finding the Perfect Nanny

Finding the right caregiver ranks as one of the most overwhelming challenges of parenthood. Out of desperation, too many parents hire the first person who comes along, and cross their fingers it will work out. This backwards approach can leave children with caregivers who could do developmental damage.
Taking kids to the theater

Taking kids to the theater

Make the holiday season even more memorable by starting a new family tradition of going to the theater together. Attending a performance with a young person is a terrific way to celebrate the season and spend some quality time together. Think of it as an adventure away from all of the season’s hub-bub.
Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

Be careful what you wish for: The smart mom's guide to gifting teen books

For those of us that don’t want to only give the gift card to their favorite online store or for the parents who want to keep an eye on what their teens are reading, online gift book selection proves much harder. Reviews often contradict each other, the "Look Inside" shares only a glimpse, and categories confound.
Too many baths may contribute to eczema in babies

Too many baths may contribute to eczema in babies

“It’s natural for parents, especially new ones, to pamper their little ones, and I believe frequent bathing may well be one manifestation of this urge to safeguard. Now we have reliable evidence that too much bathing is not beneficial. We hope that this useful information is well-publicized to pediatricians and GPs and that they encourage parents of infants to go easy on the bathwater.”
I love my friend but I hate her kids: ways to cope

I love my friend but I hate her kids: ways to cope

Isn’t’ that the worst thing to have a friend you adore but you cannot stand her kids? No doubt this puts a strain and wedge in the relationship. You have to decide when and how to spend time with her. It isn’t always easy loving other people’s children, but there are truly some children that are impossible to like and the reality of the matter is that it comes down to the parenting.
The impact of early childhood education

The impact of early childhood education

The compelling calls to action from business leaders, economists, educational experts and politicians across the country have brought increased attention to the importance of early childhood education. This groundswell around the first five years has left parents wondering what the excitement is all about.
Raise awareness about diabetes

Raise awareness about diabetes

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has joined with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other organizations to emphasize the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and management of the disease during American Diabetes Month.
The stranger parents unwittingly invite into their child's bedroom

The stranger parents unwittingly invite into their child's bedroom

But in today’s rapidly changing, technology-filled environment, we are not providing this same guidance about strangers to our children as they play in virtual playgrounds. The moment we hand our children a digital device, we invite them to play in virtual playgrounds that are accessible via every smart phone, tablet, computer and gaming platform. These devices literally invite our children to talk to strangers, send pictures to strangers, send videos to strangers, and have live video chats with strangers, all from the comfort of their bedroom or any other part of your home
Paying for college: Tips to lower the cost

Paying for college: Tips to lower the cost

Our best advice is to focus on academic performance. If there is a choice, attend the best high school possible. Take academically rigorous classes—advanced placement or college-prep courses. Put effort into your studies rather than learning to hit a curveball. Money invested in a math tutor will yield a higher ROI than money spent on a private pitching coach.

Facts about the history of autism

Would you ever think that autism is related to schizophrenia? And would you ever think that autism was treated with LSD? While most people may not relate autism with these things, scientists and families once did
Growing older with our parents

Growing older with our parents

People today between the ages of fifty and seventy are often referred to as the “sandwich” generation because of their dual roles as helpers to their own children and grandchildren, and also as caregivers for their parents who are living longer into old age. Baby boomers have become, by necessity, important health care decision makers, and sometimes an added responsibility might arrive in the blink of an eye.
Preventing Ebola

Preventing Ebola

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month