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  • FAMILY

    Family Meals Matter: No cooking required

    Summer break is a great time to introduce children to planning and preparing meals. While children as young as 3 can help scrub potatoes or tear lettuce, once children reach school age, they can take a more active role in meal preparation. Learning to follow a recipe is a life skill that all children...

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    Kids say the darnedest � and freakiest � things sometimes

    I was talking with a co-worker yesterday, and she was recalling something her young son said to her that surprised her.

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    Daddy Nickell: What kids want in a babysitter

    Every family relies on a babysitter from time to time, but how do you choose the right one? I've compiled a list of 5 traits that'll help you choose a babysitter that your kids will love - and you'll feel confident trusting, too.

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    Tips to be your child's health advocate

    Being engaged and informed in your child's health is one of the most important roles that a parent can fill, but dealing with a health issue can be anxiety-inducing for most parents. Here are some practical tips to help you navigate health concerns for your child.

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    Moms Gear: Summer Slip-On Sneakers great for pool, beach and run or play

    Moms looking for a pair of sturdy aquatic shoes for their kids may want to try the Summer Slip-on Sneakers made by Native Kids and available through retailer Chasing Fireflies. The shoes, with holes in the tops and sides, provide breathability for those feet. They are also a terrific alternative...

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    Hit the beach

    What do young explorers need when they visit distant shores? The latest in sturdy beach toys and water-resistant backpacks.

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    7 weird toddler behaviors (that are actually normal)

    Toddlers can be demanding and unrelenting. And if you have one, you know they're also kind of strange. Doorknob licking and barking like a dog are commonplace. But these freaky behaviors do pass. "The vast majority of strange toddler behaviors are short-lived phases," says Heather Wittenberg, PsyD...

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    Beach bummed over an abandoned tent

    There's a giant tent frame outside my beach rental blocking my view of the ocean. It was here when I got here and it's clearly been abandoned. I understand canopy tents are a pain to take down, but to just strip the canopy and leave the frame? Talk about pitching a tent . . . .

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    Study links warmer temperatures with kidney stone prevalence, even in children

    Given the history of climate change science - predictions that, no matter how draconian, are often so vague that the dangers are easily ignored or misinterpreted - the specificity of new research out earlier this month from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is intriguing: measurable rises in the...

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    No cigarette tax for schools? Try recycling drink pouches!

    With all the alarming news about the Philadelphia School District finances and whether the Pennsylvania legislature will or won't institute a cigarette tax to bolster funds, there's one lovely little ray of good news:

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