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What every parent should know about OxyContin for children

What every parent should know about OxyContin for children

The FDA recently approved the prescription painkiller OxyContin for use by adolescents as young as 11, but there are several things you should know about this. Prescription drug abuse is trickling down to children. A new government report found that more than 10.3 million Americans illicitly use prescription painkillers; and 1 in 10 of those users—nearly 1.2 million in total—are between 12 and 17 years old.
 Media Resolutions for the New Year

Media Resolutions for the New Year

For many, a new year means a new start. A chance to get rid of some bad habits and replace them with some healthy habits. Most new year’s resolutions include going to the gym more often, finally shedding that extra 10 or 15 lbs., eating healthier or establishing better work or study habits; but you should also consider making some media resolutions for the new year that can have a lasting, positive impact on you and your family.
Keep your child safe and well—The early years!

Keep your child safe and well—The early years!

Sign me up: Afterschool programs

Sign me up: Afterschool programs

School Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy With A Day “On”

School Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy With A Day “On”

For the first time, instead of taking the day off, students at Community Day School in Squirrel Hill will be taking on the essential themes of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18 together with the broader Pittsburgh community in a day of learning, service, and reflection.
Parents aiming too high can harm child’s academic performance

Parents aiming too high can harm child’s academic performance

When parents have high hopes for their children’s academic achievement, the children tend to do better in school, unless those hopes are unrealistic, in which case the children may not perform well in school, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
Every child deserves a bed where they can sleep safely

Every child deserves a bed where they can sleep safely

Most parents choose their child’s bed based on such variables as size and décor. But for parents of children with physical and cognitive disabilities, bed selection is much more serious. They must be even more cautious about guarding against falls, entrapment and other safety risks. And because safety beds are a medical necessity, they must also navigate challenging insurance requirements.
 Carnegie Museum of Art Announces 2016 Social Calendar

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces 2016 Social Calendar

Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has announced an exciting new lineup of parties, culinary adventures, and late-night events for 2016. The 2016 social calendar is for everyone. It’s a chance to be inspired while being social, including a new monthly party on Third Thursdays, morning yoga in Pittsburgh’s most beautiful space, brunches, and multi-course FEASTs pairing food with special exhibitions.
 Early sex talk, especially with mom, helps teens thrive

Early sex talk, especially with mom, helps teens thrive

Parents talking to teenagers about sex should not be a one-time event. Just like many meaningful issues in a growing teen’s life, there are solid reasons to discuss sex early and often. Conversations about sexuality, dating and relationships should start at an early age.
How to teach children about disabilities

How to teach children about disabilities

Children are curious about the world around them. They are experiencing life for the first time. Every encounter and thing they do is a true discovery and adventure. One of the greatest shocks to many children is that everyone isn’t like them. This is particularly true when they encounter someone with a disability.
Children with developmental delays – are we checking their genes for answers?

Children with developmental delays – are we checking their genes for answers?

Children with two or more delays have higher risk of genetic disorders but most doctors said they wouldn’t send children to a genetics specialist. A nine-month-old boy isn’t rolling over, reaching for objects or babbling as he should be. One step his doctor won’t likely take right away: have him evaluated by a genetics specialist.
Why Advanced Placement Courses?

Why Advanced Placement Courses?

Photos with Santa to fight hunger in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Photos with Santa to fight hunger in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Volunteers needed at Santa’s house to help collect donations for the Food Bank.
Simple ways to give back

Simple ways to give back

The true spirit of the holiday season is giving back to those in need, and there are many ways to get involved in your local community to make a difference.
Family Cooking

Family Cooking

It’s time to bring your family back together, even if only for one snowy morning when you’re stuck together anyway!
A closer look at Spina Bifida

A closer look at Spina Bifida

It’s the holiday season, that means flu season

It’s the holiday season, that means flu season

The holiday season is in full swing. However, not only is it the holiday season, but it is also flu season and simple steps can help lower the risks of you and your family contracting the flu. It is especially important for families to be protected from the flu because children are at high risk for acquiring the flu or developing flu-related complications because their immune systems are not fully developed.
New service offers option for women giving birth at West Penn Hospital

New service offers option for women giving birth at West Penn Hospital

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is now offering midwifery services to mothers-to-be seeking an alternative birth experience with the additional security of a hospital environment.
Give the gift of camp this holiday season

Give the gift of camp this holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, the American Camp Association® (ACA) is offering parents and grandparents a unique gift idea for children: Camp.
Zack’s Make-A-Wish

Zack’s Make-A-Wish

When Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia first met local Pittsburgh boy, Zack, he was a bright-eyed, five-year-old battling Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form on cancer that causes tumors in muscles.
The Old “Mom Trick”

The Old “Mom Trick”

There’s an old “mom trick” that mothers have employed since the dawn of transportation. If you want to know what your kid is thinking or doing, drive them somewhere with their friends, keep your mouth shut, and listen to every word of youthful banter in the back seat.
What Holiday Gift-Giving Traditions Say About Your Family

What Holiday Gift-Giving Traditions Say About Your Family

I’m not sure there is a more stress-provoking assignment than writing a blog about family and the holiday season. So much has been said of the topic and many of us scurry to the help-filled blogs, articles and e-news reports with the same vigor we have when searching for the perfect sweet potato-bake recipe. Some of us actually believe there is a person out there with the perfect magical recipe.
Hanukkah: The Food and Traditions

Hanukkah: The Food and Traditions

Hanukkah, a festival commemorating deliverance from religious oppression and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, is a beloved Jewish holiday. Deep- or shallow-fried dishes like jelly doughnuts and potato latkes abound, serving as a delicious reminder of the "miracle of the oil" at the heart of the Hanukkah story, when a single day's worth of oil kept the Temple flame alight for a full eight days. While every family's tradition is different, brisket is a go-to standby, often enjoyed while children spin the dreidel for gelt, chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil.
Why It’s Great to Have a Stubborn Child

Why It’s Great to Have a Stubborn Child

A recently completed study, which tracked students from their late primary years until well into adulthood, found that kids who frequently break the rules or otherwise defy their parents often go on to become educational over-achievers and high-earning adults.
The Dear Teacher/December

The Dear Teacher/December

Homemade gifts for a heartwarming holiday season

Homemade gifts for a heartwarming holiday season

Instead of fighting crowds at the store, head to the kitchen and whip up Pinterest-worthy treats and crafts.
Do you have “Christmas Tree Syndrome”?

Do you have “Christmas Tree Syndrome”?

More than one third of all American households are putting up a Christmas tree in their homes this holiday season. If families find themselves sneezing with a runny nose and itchy eyes once their tree is up, they just might be allergic to the tree! Yes, even those fake trees can trigger a reaction!
Science Center's 21+ Night Celebrates A Jazzy Holiday Season

Science Center's 21+ Night Celebrates A Jazzy Holiday Season

Carnegie Science Center has a new model in its Miniature Railroad & Village this year, inspiring an adult holiday celebration that takes visitors back to the 1930s with jazz, dancing, and drinks. Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ Night Holiday Party invites guests to dress in their Sunday best for a festive night on Friday, Dec. 18, from 6-10 pm.
Top Five Tips to be a Savvy Health Care Consumer

Top Five Tips to be a Savvy Health Care Consumer

People are taking a more active role in how they purchase and pay for health care, with consumers driving more of the decision-making process. With thousands of Pennsylvania residents purchasing health coverage on their own, and a growing number of people enrolling in consumer-directed health plans offered at work, understanding the health care system is more important than ever.
Colleges that Cater to Students with Special Needs

Colleges that Cater to Students with Special Needs

Stepfamily:  Life & Holidays

Stepfamily: Life & Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for a lot of people and especially so for newly blended families. While holidays and family celebrations offer the potential for bonding over shared rituals, a revising of valued customs and the reliving of family memories, the blending of family traditions is more of a challenge for stepfamilies than first-married couples and their children.
The trauma of privilege: What is happening to our children

The trauma of privilege: What is happening to our children

Just show up when friends are suffering

Just show up when friends are suffering

An interview with Jill Lynn Buteyn, Co-author of Just Show Up: the Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together.
Stop distracted driving by teens

Stop distracted driving by teens

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and The Allstate Foundation are partnering again for the seventh year to help curb distracted driving by teenagers, including talking on cell phones and texting while driving.
How to Grow Good Hosts and Hostesses

How to Grow Good Hosts and Hostesses

In today’s world, sometimes our schedules are so jam-packed that we don’t seem to have time for the traditional relaxed family dinnertime. We squeeze the evening meal in between activities and commitments. Unfortunately, the evening mealtime in days gone by provided parents with the opportunity to instill manners, social graces and how to be a good host or hostess. Never fear, we’ve gathered a dozen doable tips to help parents incorporate these into daily life.
The region’s first donor milk bank opens in November

The region’s first donor milk bank opens in November

The Truth about Colic

The Truth about Colic

Nine months have past and your long awaited bundle of joy is finally in your arms. But, wait. The joy part seems to be missing. Especially since your baby won’t stop crying. Well, isn’t that normal? Aren’t babies supposed to cry?
Allegheny County parents value science, technology, engineering and math learning after school

Allegheny County parents value science, technology, engineering and math learning after school

At a time when there is an imperative to prepare students for a fast-changing economy that relies on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), many parents say afterschool programming is getting their children prepared in these crucial areas.
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers offers guide with expert tips for parents

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers offers guide with expert tips for parents

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has announced the release of, AAML Child Centered Residential Guidelines, an invaluable publication which addresses perhaps the most difficult challenge every parent faces during a divorce - deciding how to constructively divide their access time with the children.
Tips for parents of teen drivers

Tips for parents of teen drivers

  Clash of the Carnegies

Clash of the Carnegies

We've selected the best-of-the-best. Now it’s up to YOU to choose the winner.
 Got 1 minute? Art games to boost your kid’s Strategic Thinking,

Got 1 minute? Art games to boost your kid’s Strategic Thinking,

You have 1 minute to engage your kid. It’s a Monday, you have to get them to school, and you’re only on your first cup of coffee. What can you do that will help them think better and not annoy you?
Ways to parent the forgiveness-cure

Ways to parent the forgiveness-cure

As parents we must teach our children the realities of life. Life hurts us, people hurt us, we hurt other people and we hurt ourselves. That is what relationships and life are about. Forgiveness is many things but we also must teach that forgiveness doesn’t always mean reconciliation. It is not about condoning harms which have been done. Forgiveness is about taking power back.
Life Saving Self-Defense tips for the most dangerous time of day

Life Saving Self-Defense tips for the most dangerous time of day

Parents need to make sure they have taught their children basic self-defense and safety skills that could save their life if they are ever attacked. Krav Maga Worldwide, a leading self–defense organization has created a list of tips on what parents need to be teaching their kids now to make sure they stay safe throughout the school year.
How to make Halloween less scary - Don't forget anti-monster spray

How to make Halloween less scary - Don't forget anti-monster spray

After a young child watches a scary movie or is frightened by a Halloween costume, parents should reach for a can of anti-monster spray before bedtime, says Theresa Kruczek, a counseling psychology professor at Ball State University.
Party Perfect Carvings for Halloween

Party Perfect Carvings for Halloween

(Family Features) It’s that time of year – jack-o-melon carving time! Watermelon carvings are a fun and different way to show off your spookiest Halloween faces.
 Positive Health Clinic earns national recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Positive Health Clinic earns national recognition for Patient-Centered Care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that the Allegheny Health Network Positive Health Clinic has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.
WANTED: SALES REP

WANTED: SALES REP

Dyslexia promotes unique learning

Dyslexia promotes unique learning

Most people know dyslexia as a learning disability that affects the ability to read, write and/or spell. But, dyslexia does not cause an inability to learn. Individuals with dyslexia simply learn in different ways.
All about the New SAT

All about the New SAT

March 5, 2016, will bring about much change for students who are about to embark on the journey to higher education. This date will mark the first time that the new SAT is administered. Since the implementation of the concept of “college and career readiness” has swept education, testing companies have begun to adapt to this new way of learning. In order to align the assessment with what is being taught in schools, the SATs have been redesigned to include this philosophy.
The Dear Teacher

The Dear Teacher

How to find an occasional babysitter

How to find an occasional babysitter

How to find an occasional babysitter is a common question posted to parenting message boards and websites. Some people suggest posting on craigslist.com or indeed.com. In fact, at the time of the writing of this article, indeed.com had five pages of families in the Pittsburgh area looking for everything from an occasional babysitter to full-time nannies, and many of these ads were reposted from care.com.
 At a loss for something to watch with your kids? Try returning to these TV classicsBy Melissa Henson, Parent’s Television Council

At a loss for something to watch with your kids? Try returning to these TV classicsBy Melissa Henson, Parent’s Television Council

Creating wholesome programming that is suitable and entertaining for the whole family seems to have either fallen out of fashion, or else it has become a lost art, like calligraphy or cooperage. There was a time, not long ago, when the television schedule was packed with programs you could appreciate as an adult, and yet not be embarrassed to let your children watch, too.
Debunking myths and misconceptions about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Debunking myths and misconceptions about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Movies and the media often characterize or portray Tourette Syndrome and other Tic disorders as conditions defined by emotional outbursts and uncontrollable vocal obscenities. This mainstream depiction has led many to dub Tourette the “cursing disorder.” Yet, Tourette is not an emotional disorder and only a small subset vocalize socially unacceptable words or phrases. These widespread misunderstandings have served to alienate those living with TS while stunting efforts to accurately define the condition as a treatable neurological disorder, rather than an emotional or behavioral disability.
Questions to ask your child's pediatrician

Questions to ask your child's pediatrician

Most parents bring their children to the doctor when they're sick, but now is a great opportunity to be proactive and schedule a wellness checkup. This allows you and your doctor to take a broader look at a child's overall health and well-being to ensure he or she is developing properly.
Is your teen ready for the “Sext” talk?

Is your teen ready for the “Sext” talk?

Chances are you’ve talked to your teen about reproduction at some point, but what about the inappropriate conversations that could be happening behind the screen? If you are wondering if your child’s sexual curiosity is being expressed online where they spend most of their time, it may be time to have the “sext” talk with them.
Tips to help families spend more time together

Tips to help families spend more time together

The most resounding family memories are not always grounded in long-standing traditions, but often the in-between moments that are imperfect and unexpected. With busy families and kids taking part in after-school activities, everyday moments can get lost in the shuffle. In fact, recent research shows that some instances of family moments, like family dinners, have decreased by 33 percent over the past 20 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Community Day School named as Partner School in Facing History and Ourselves’ Innovative School Network

Community Day School named as Partner School in Facing History and Ourselves’ Innovative School Network

Are you guilty of oversharing?

Are you guilty of oversharing?

I have been a father now for five years, and Facebook has never been a daily habit for me. I remember the first time someone shared a photo of my son on Facebook without my knowledge. I got an email notifying me that I had been tagged in a photo, so I pulled up Facebook to check it out. But it was not me in the photo, it was my son – in the bath tub. A visiting family member had taken the photo, shared it on their Facebook account and tagged me in it. My protective instincts kicked in and I immediately started wondering who all could see this photo.
Play: It's Not Just Fun and Games

Play: It's Not Just Fun and Games

Play is an important part of a child's physical, emotional and social development. In fact, kids who play are found to be healthier, happier and better performers in school. As children's schedules become packed with activities during the school year, it is important to make sure they are getting enough active playtime each day to help them grow into happy, healthy adults.
Enhance your child’s resilience and adaptation to divorce:  Ten Golden Rules

Enhance your child’s resilience and adaptation to divorce: Ten Golden Rules

Research has demonstrated that divorce can contribute to significant consequences in children, including anger, depression, anxiety, school and social difficulties, and even changes in long-term attitudes towards marriage and divorce (Fidler and Bala, 2010; Kinsfogel and Grych, 2004; Johnston, 1994; Grych and Fincham, 2001; Cui and Fincham, 2010). Simultaneously, research also suggests that many children cope, adapt, and fare well after a divorce (Scientific American, 2013).
What’s your worry quotient?

What’s your worry quotient?

Do you always second-guess yourself and mentally run through every possible scenario and all the potential risks? Do you find that after resolving one worry, you immediately identify something else to worry about? Did these questions make you worry about whether you worry too much?
Emerging health risk: Liquid laundry

Emerging health risk: Liquid laundry

Simple precautions can prevent serious harm. With liquid laundry packets gaining in popularity, now used by 20 percent of U.S. households, parents need to be aware of this emerging risk for children.
The Dear Teacher: Setting a Good Foundation for this School Year

The Dear Teacher: Setting a Good Foundation for this School Year

Dear Parents: The new school year has started. The first few weeks are very important for setting a good foundation for the rest of the year. Here are some steps that you should take right away.
PITTSBURGH’S FAB LAB CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER NOW OPEN

PITTSBURGH’S FAB LAB CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER NOW OPEN

Carnegie Science Center, The Fab Foundation, and Chevron have unveiled Fab Lab, the Science Center’s new hands-on digital fabrication workshop. Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, in partnership with Chevron, will offer programming for students and the community this fall.
Back-to-School breakfast ideas

Back-to-School breakfast ideas

It's the most wonderful time of the year – back-to-school. But getting kids excited for the day is not exactly easy when faced with a school day morning. In order to get the energy up and keep it there, a good breakfast is essential. Break away from boring breakfasts with these tasty recipes
You see a shrink?

You see a shrink?

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.
Back-to-School: Dealing with anticipation & anxiety

Back-to-School: Dealing with anticipation & anxiety

For many kids, the anticipation of going back to school is exciting. It’s a chance to see friends, share stories about summer break, and re-engage in the activities and sports they love. But at the same time, preparing for the new school year can also bring on stress and anxiety as worries creep in about bullying, romantic relationships, academic stress, LGBTQ issues and more.
How to talk to children about divorce

How to talk to children about divorce

Regardless of their age, kids may feel angry at the prospect of mom and dad breaking up. As a parent, you want to see that the process less painful for the children. Talking with your kids will help them cope with divorce as you provide stability in your home and attend to their needs with a loving, positive attitude.
Dermatologists share tips for treating hives in children

Dermatologists share tips for treating hives in children

Has your child broken out in an itchy rash? If so, it could be a case of hives. Fortunately, hives are usually harmless and temporary. Common symptoms of hives include slightly raised, pink or red areas on the skin; welts that occur alone, in a group, or connect over a large area; and skin swelling that lessens or goes away within minutes or hours.
To vitamin or not to vitamin, that is the question

To vitamin or not to vitamin, that is the question

When it comes to the question of whether or not vitamin supplements are necessary for their children, a lot of parents are divided. One school of thought is: As long as my child has a balanced and healthy diet, they don’t need supplements. The other school of thought is: Whether they need it or not, giving my child a multivitamin is an insurance policy. The truth is both sides have the right idea.
Tryout tips for parents: Help your child make the team

Tryout tips for parents: Help your child make the team

As the school year starts up, our throats begin to tighten. Fall sports tryouts are underway, and our children are stressed. Chances are, you're feeling just as anxious for tryouts as your kids. Best case scenario, they make the team and happily transition into the regular season, worst case they don't and they come to you in a whirlwind of emotion that leaves you struggling to find a resolution.
Looking toward the future: Getting kids thinking about their career path

Looking toward the future: Getting kids thinking about their career path

For young minds looking into future career paths, the options are seemingly limitless, with professions to fit every talent and passion. From middle and high school students to incoming college freshman, finding the perfect college that fosters an engaging environment to forge ahead on their chosen path is essential.
Building secure futures, one family at a time

Building secure futures, one family at a time

At every stage of life, life insurance is an important consideration for protecting your family and your assets. As much as you may not want to think about it, you cannot afford to avoid making these important preparations.
10 Things a parent can do to prevent addiction

10 Things a parent can do to prevent addiction

Be supportive. This is especially true before a child has an addiction problem. Try to support everything positive in your child’s life, such as good grades, increasing grades, excelling at a sport or hobby, helping out a friend or relative, anything positive that he or she does.
Is your tot ready for preK?

Is your tot ready for preK?

Back to school season for any parent is a hectic time. But for parents of toddlers it’s time to make a huge decision to: Is she ready to start preschool? Most kids start preschool anywhere between the ages of 2.5 and four-years old, but how do you know what’s right for your kid?
Ways to Simplify Back-to-School Shopping

Ways to Simplify Back-to-School Shopping

While kids and parents alike eagerly await the fresh start of a new school year, the back-to-school season is not without its share of stressors for busy families. The start of school means new schedules, teachers, shoes, backpacks and friends; as well as new academic challenges