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Fitness

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Parents have an important role in making sure both students and their schools and sports clubs are following up-to-date safety and injury management practices.

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Food & Nutrition

Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Foods and ingredients once seen as unhealthy, including cheese, white bread and red meat, can fit into a healthy diet.

Fiber Facts

Fiber Facts

In addition to its health benefits, fiber can help control kids’ weight.

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Healthy Living

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

Are these chemicals dangerous to children? How can you avoid them?

A Spore To Abhor

A Spore To Abhor

Mold’s thousands of species can spell trouble for your family’s health and property.

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Medical

'Bud' Earphones Are Dangerous!

'Bud' Earphones Are Dangerous!

These small earphones are a main culprit in the shocking increase in teen hearing loss, now estimated to affect 1 in 5 U.S. kids ages 12-19.

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Increased use of tanning beds by teenagers has contributed to a sharp rise in melanoma rates in young people, often unaware of the long-term consequences of increased skin cancer risk and premature aging.

Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Thanks to a variety of high-tech and trendy options now available, parents may be surprised to find their kids begging for braces.

Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Pediatrician Robert W. Sears, MD, discusses the pros and cons of giving flu shots preserved with mercury compounds to young children.

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Mom's Health

Zap Varicose Veins

Zap Varicose Veins

Two new approaches — sclerotherapy and laser therapy — have eliminated the need for invasive surgery to remove varicose veins.

When You Exercise, Form Matters

When You Exercise, Form Matters

Form counts when you’re exercising. To get the most from your workouts and avoid getting hurt, do it right.

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Book Reviews

Art and Music Books Can Inspire

Art and Music Books Can Inspire

Kids' art and music book subjects include Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Gilbert and Sullivan, Duke Ellington and a fictional recital.

Thrills, from Darwin to Cooked Kids

Thrills, from Darwin to Cooked Kids

Halloween-appropriate kids' books feature creatures, from Darwin's discoveries to mummies and cooked children.

Picture Book Wit and Wisdom

Picture Book Wit and Wisdom

These entertaining illustrated kids' books are packed with facts.

Quirky Looks, from Stars to Atoms

Quirky Looks, from Stars to Atoms

Reviews of kids' books that look at history, important firsts, and nearly everything else.

Pop-Ups Target Diverse Interests

Pop-Ups Target Diverse Interests

Many of 2009's top kids' pop-up books seem aimed at one gender, but they have value for all children.

Are You Adequately Insuring Your Home?

Are You Adequately Insuring Your Home?

Here are six important factors to review when looking at your home insurance policy.

How To Repair Your Credit Rating

How To Repair Your Credit Rating

Take charge of your credit report and you can fix mistakes and improve your score.

7 Yard Sale Buying Tips

7 Yard Sale Buying Tips

Here are seven tips to make your yard sale shopping trip fun and profitable.

Baby Budget Basics

Baby Budget Basics

These 10 tips will help to balance your family budget when you have a new baby.

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Music Reviews

Life and Science Lessons

Life and Science Lessons

Kathy O'Connell recommends kids' CDs by Mr. Ray and They Might Be Giants.

A Winner from Yosi & the Superdads

A Winner from Yosi & the Superdads

Kathy O'Connell recommends kids' music from Yosi & the Superdads, Rocknocerous and The Hipwaders' CD Goodie Bag.

2009: A Great Year for Family Music

2009: A Great Year for Family Music

The year's top kids' CDs include new releases by several old favorites.

Zanes CD Transforms Show Tunes

Zanes CD Transforms Show Tunes

Reviews include a stylish recasting of show tunes, rock for preschoolers and zydeco for kids.

 Los Lobos Reinvents Disney; Long-Awaited Bubboon’s Tunes Sparkles

Los Lobos Reinvents Disney; Long-Awaited Bubboon’s Tunes Sparkles

Thumbs up for new kids' music from veteran performers Los Lobos and Bubboon's Tunes.

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Tech Talk

'Bud' Earphones Are Dangerous!

'Bud' Earphones Are Dangerous!

These small earphones are a main culprit in the shocking increase in teen hearing loss, now estimated to affect 1 in 5 U.S. kids ages 12-19.

Great Homework Help Websites

Great Homework Help Websites

These online resources can help your child with a paper, science project and many other types of homework.

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Your Home

Are You Adequately Insuring Your Home?

Are You Adequately Insuring Your Home?

Here are six important factors to review when looking at your home insurance policy.

A Play Space Tames the Toy Tangle

A Play Space Tames the Toy Tangle

Here's a solution if kids’ toys have taken over your home.

Cleaning Magic with Common Items

Cleaning Magic with Common Items

Shaving foam, baking soda, dryer sheets and other common items can perform wonders in keeping your house clean.

A Spore To Abhor

A Spore To Abhor

Mold’s thousands of species can spell trouble for your family’s health and property.

Check Your Fire Defenses

Check Your Fire Defenses

Well-maintained smoke alarms and a well-rehearsed escape plan are essential family fire defenses.

The Evolving Art of the Play Date

The Evolving Art of the Play Date

There are no "official rules" for play dates. These tips will help parents form their own guidelines.

Scary Stuff

Scary Stuff

Here's how to manage scary movies, books and adventures, plus a list of top scary movies for kids.

More than Just Horsing Around

More than Just Horsing Around

Horseback riding offers kids exercise, balance & coordination and a 6-foot friend. Here's a listing of Delaware Valley horse riding and lesson providers.

Let's Get Moving!

Let's Get Moving!

In cold weather, many kids eat more and burn fewer calories. Here are ideas for active play.

Babymoons: Pre-Pampers Pampering

Babymoons: Pre-Pampers Pampering

Couples taking trips before their baby is born has become a 21st-century phenomenon.

Winter Sports: Gear Up and Go!

Winter Sports: Gear Up and Go!

All you need to know for your first ski trip with the kids.

Destination Orlando: With Teenagers

Destination Orlando: With Teenagers

A mom shares the best ways to experience Disney World and Universal Studios with teens.

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Updates

Study: Menu Calorie Info Works

Study: Menu Calorie Info Works

A new study links fast food menu nutrition information to lower-calorie selections.

The Camp Melting Pot

The Camp Melting Pot

At summer camp, kids and cultures from diverse backgrounds learn cooperation and respect.

Let's Talk!

Let's Talk!

Before discussing camp with your child, set parameters and do some research, say experts.

Camps Go Green

Camps Go Green

Summer camps, where every day is Earth Day, help children develop environmental awareness.

Counselor Jobs Build Useful Skills

Counselor Jobs Build Useful Skills

Summer camps continue to seek teens for counselor jobs, which build life skills, foster autonomy and teach responsibility.

Camps Address Kids' Emotional Needs

Camps Address Kids' Emotional Needs

Specialized camps offer fun and support to kids with emotional challenges, including grief, military service and HIV/AIDS.

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Classes

Which Class Matches Your Child?

Which Class Matches Your Child?

Here's how parents can find after-school and weekend classes that fit their child's temperament and inclinations.

The Best Activities for Special Needs

The Best Activities for Special Needs

Experts in several special needs areas recommend especially beneficial extracurricular activities.

More than Just Horsing Around

More than Just Horsing Around

Horseback riding offers kids exercise, balance & coordination and a 6-foot friend. Here's a listing of Delaware Valley horse riding and lesson providers.

Head Start on a Second Language

Head Start on a Second Language

You don’t need to wait until your child reaches middle school to begin world language instruction.

While Junior Takes a Class, Why Don't You?

While Junior Takes a Class, Why Don't You?

A growing number of Delaware Valley activity providers are scheduling classes for adults to coincide with kids’ lessons.

The Littlest Learners

The Littlest Learners

The infant and toddler brain is like a sponge. A well-run class can provide a first group learning experience and a chance to discover and explore.

Dance Trends: Hip-Hop and Modern

Dance Trends: Hip-Hop and Modern

In many dance classes, kids are trading ballet shoes for sneakers.

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Child Care

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many day care centers work with parents on potty training. Typically, training begins at 33-36 months.

How To Find Quality Child Care

How To Find Quality Child Care

Here's what to look for if you're seeking a quality child care program.

Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

The Web has opened new options for finding babysitters, nannies and au pairs.

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many day care centers work with parents on potty training. Typically, training begins at 33-36 months.

How To Find Quality Child Care

How To Find Quality Child Care

Here's what to look for if you're seeking a quality child care program.

Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

The Web has opened new options for finding babysitters, nannies and au pairs.

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Early Education

Why Preschool Matters

Why Preschool Matters

Finding the best option for your child takes time and research. To get you started, here are answers to some important questions.

The Montessori Method:  Follow the Child

The Montessori Method: Follow the Child

The Montessori education method has become popular, but many people don't understand the concept. Here's how Montessori works.

The Littlest Learners

The Littlest Learners

The infant and toddler brain is like a sponge. A well-run class can provide a first group learning experience and a chance to discover and explore.

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Education Features

It's Time for a Tutor!

It's Time for a Tutor!

Know the signs that outside help can benefit your child's education.

Great Homework Help Websites

Great Homework Help Websites

These online resources can help your child with a paper, science project and many other types of homework.

Ability Grouping: Beyond Labels

Ability Grouping: Beyond Labels

Schools districts are using a variety of grouping strategies, within and between classes, to improve student performance.

Science Put To the Test

Science Put To the Test

Already faced with a science education crisis, schools must factor in standardized testing.

The Merits of Teacher Merit Pay

The Merits of Teacher Merit Pay

Five prominent Philadelphia-area educators discussed how to fairly measure teacher "merit" and what elements a valid merit pay system would contain.

School Cafeteria Trends

School Cafeteria Trends

K-12 school cafeterias are balancing cost control with new efforts to serve healthy meals — and getting kids to eat them.

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Elementary Education

How Schools Decide a Kid Is Gifted

How Schools Decide a Kid Is Gifted

Schools use IQ tests and a variety of other techniques to identify students as "gifted."

Head Start on a Second Language

Head Start on a Second Language

You don’t need to wait until your child reaches middle school to begin world language instruction.

8 Tips for Elementary School Success

8 Tips for Elementary School Success

How can you most effectively nurture your budding young student? Here are educators’ tips for elementary school success.

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Seconday Education

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Parents have an important role in making sure both students and their schools and sports clubs are following up-to-date safety and injury management practices.

How To Take Great Notes

How To Take Great Notes

Taking good notes is a key school survival skill your child will need through high school and beyond.

Math Course Calculations

Math Course Calculations

increasing number of high school students are applying to college with a year of calculus already under their belts. To do so, they must start algebra in 8th grade.

Too Much Homework?

Too Much Homework?

Before assuming the problem is excessive assignments, check out other possibilites, such as study habits or too little time.

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Assembiles & Enrichment

Music Assemblies Fill Many Needs

Music Assemblies Fill Many Needs

Musical enrichment ranges from instrument basics to curriculum tie-ins and themes such as anti-bullying.

Physical Education on Call

Physical Education on Call

Mobile fitness programs and unusual sports activities fill gaps at area preschools and private schools.

Artists Enrich Summer Programs

Artists Enrich Summer Programs

Kids in summer camps and programs learn creative skills and gain confidence through special art days and programs.

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Field Trips

Tour & Explore Art Museums

Tour & Explore Art Museums

Many museums and centers offer educational tours, activities and connections with curriculum.

Action-Packed Education: Amusement Park Field Trips

Action-Packed Education: Amusement Park Field Trips

Amid the thrills, an amusement park field trip can put classroom concepts into real-life perspective.

Fall Fun Field Trips

Fall Fun Field Trips

Educators can take advantage of Delaware Valley fall festivals and outdoor fun to offer educational experiences.

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In Style

Tattoo or Not To

Tattoo or Not To

Why are some young people attracted to tattoos and piercings?

Very Re-useful!

Very Re-useful!

Consignment stores can stretch your budget. Some also will sell your gently used clothes and other items.

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Mom Matters

Moms Clubs

Moms Clubs

Lack of support can leave a mom feeling lonely and isolated. Moms' support groups can fill this void.

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Health & Nutrition

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

Are these chemicals dangerous to children? How can you avoid them?

Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Foods and ingredients once seen as unhealthy, including cheese, white bread and red meat, can fit into a healthy diet.

Fiber Facts

Fiber Facts

In addition to its health benefits, fiber can help control kids’ weight.

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Increased use of tanning beds by teenagers has contributed to a sharp rise in melanoma rates in young people, often unaware of the long-term consequences of increased skin cancer risk and premature aging.

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Parents have an important role in making sure both students and their schools and sports clubs are following up-to-date safety and injury management practices.

Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Thanks to a variety of high-tech and trendy options now available, parents may be surprised to find their kids begging for braces.

Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Pediatrician Robert W. Sears, MD, discusses the pros and cons of giving flu shots preserved with mercury compounds to young children.

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New Mom

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

Are these chemicals dangerous to children? How can you avoid them?

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Elementary Age

Unlock Art Museum Wonders

Unlock Art Museum Wonders

A child’s first art museum visit can be very exciting and influence her feelings about art for years to come.

A Forgetful Child Strategy

A Forgetful Child Strategy

Both parents and children can benefit from establishing consistent organization, planning and memory skills.

Overcoming Shyness

Overcoming Shyness

With some support and encouragement from parents, shy kids can learn the skills they need to cope with their feelings. Here's how to help.

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Maternity

The Maternity Unit Dilemma

The Maternity Unit Dilemma

Maternity care across the Delaware Valley continues on a crisis course. The problem is particularly severe in Philadelphia and its four Pennsylvania suburban counties.

When Parents Can’t Conceive

When Parents Can’t Conceive

Secondary infertility is a problem conceiving after a couple has at least one child. Here's what causes secondary infertility, how it's treated and when you should seek help.

A Partnership Plan Can Organize Household Chores

A Partnership Plan Can Organize Household Chores

Before baby is born, creating a Partnership Plan can help any couple organize and divide household chores once the blessed event occurs.

Happy? Sad? Chatty? Mad?

Happy? Sad? Chatty? Mad?

One of the toughest challenges for new parents is to learn to decipher their infant's cues. What's he really trying to tell you?

Navigate Baby's Language Labyrinth

Navigate Baby's Language Labyrinth

The maze-like experience of babies acquiring language can be puzzling. Here's how kids learn to speak and how to tell when there might be signs of speech delay.

Baby Budget Basics

Baby Budget Basics

These 10 tips will help to balance your family budget when you have a new baby.

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Toddlers

Break Free of the Binky

Break Free of the Binky

When you decide the time's right, here's a strategy to break a toddler's pacifier habit.

The Evolving Art of the Play Date

The Evolving Art of the Play Date

There are no "official rules" for play dates. These tips will help parents form their own guidelines.

5 Ways To Outsmart Your Toddler

5 Ways To Outsmart Your Toddler

To get a toddler to do as you'd like, you often need creative thinking. Try these five tips

Tattling Versus Telling

Tattling Versus Telling

How can a parent discourage unnecessary tattling, yet encourage a child to "tell" when real harm can be done?

My Toddler Won’t Sleep!

My Toddler Won’t Sleep!

Expert strategies help three families break bad toddler sleep habits.

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many day care centers work with parents on potty training. Typically, training begins at 33-36 months.

Tickle Your Toddler’s  Funny Bone

Tickle Your Toddler’s Funny Bone

The first time your toddler responds to a funny moment with hearty chuckles is memorable. Here's how to make little ones laugh.

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Tweens & Teens

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Increased use of tanning beds by teenagers has contributed to a sharp rise in melanoma rates in young people, often unaware of the long-term consequences of increased skin cancer risk and premature aging.

Help Her Like Her Body

Help Her Like Her Body

In today’s media climate, girls often need their parents’ help to feel good about themselves.

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Solutions

The Santa Claus Dilemma

The Santa Claus Dilemma

When the time comes, how will you handle your child’s questions about family myths?

Boiling Over

Boiling Over

When your child frequently loses self-control, it's time to act. Here are tips to help parents and their kids to manage anger.

An Adoption Option: Foster Care

An Adoption Option: Foster Care

Thousands of foster kids, from infants to teens, need homes. About half become adopted.

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Party Features

Are Gift Requests Polite?

Are Gift Requests Polite?

A sampling of parents finds that requesting gifts is impolite — unless the giver asks for ideas.

7 Successful Sleepover Strategies

7 Successful Sleepover Strategies

Sleepovers can be overwhelming, but they can be a positive experience if you think things through before the first excited guest appears at your door.

Take a Deep Breath and Plan!

Take a Deep Breath and Plan!

Getting ready for a birthday party can be unnerving. Here’s how to organize a party, detail-by-detail.

Tips for a Great Birthday Bash

Tips for a Great Birthday Bash

Here’s what party professionals say works best, by age level.

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Other Disabilities Research & Advice

Cerebral Palsy Research Update

Cerebral Palsy Research Update

Researchers, both in Delaware and nationally, are making strides in the prevention and treatment of cerebral palsy.

Does Your Child Have Dyslexia?

Does Your Child Have Dyslexia?

Here are warning signs that your child might have dyslexia, a reading disbility that affects 15-20 percent of the U.S. population.

Understanding Tourette Syndrome

Understanding Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome, characterized by repeated, involuntary movements and vocalization — tics — can be tough on kids. Yet well-known people have learned to cope with it.

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Special Needs Parenting

Respite: You Deserve a Break Today

Respite: You Deserve a Break Today

Caregivers of children with disabilities, chronic or terminal illnesses or the elderly need time away. Here's how to find it.

A New Special Needs IDEA: Inform, Document, Enjoy and Accept

A New Special Needs IDEA: Inform, Document, Enjoy and Accept

For parents of kids with special needs, IDEA spells 4 keys to success.

The Best Activities for Special Needs

The Best Activities for Special Needs

Experts in several special needs areas recommend especially beneficial extracurricular activities.

Discipline and Disability

Discipline and Disability

By law, schools can't expel students with disabilities if their behavior is the "manifestation of a disability" unless "special circumstances" are involved.

Do You Understand the Doc?

Do You Understand the Doc?

Specialists treating kids with special needs can be difficult to understand. These tips can help improve communications.

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Autism Research & Advice

Journey to Independence

Journey to Independence

Here's how to help children with autism become capable, self-confident adults.

Put Sleep Issues To Rest

Put Sleep Issues To Rest

Children's sleep issues associated with autism and ADHD can be vexing. Here's how to put them to rest.

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