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Archive by category ''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...


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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...


    Hit the beach

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


    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...


    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 . . . .


    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...


    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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