How to Handle Head Lice

While head lice can spread at any time of the year, it’s particularly important to be on the lookout for signs of lice in the winter, especially when we are all spending more time…

Common Birth Defects

Approximately 150,000 babies (one in 33) are born with a birth defect in the United States each year. Birth defects are a leading cause of infant mortality, and no parent…

Kid-Friendly Events This Weekend: Jan. 14-16

Enjoy winter fun including a firepit and ice skating as well as multiple dinosaur-themed events this weekend. Family Fireside Fun January 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff…

MLK Day in the Delaware Valley

There are many family-friendly events and volunteer opportunities in the area this weekend and next week to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. From weekend-long programs to service opportunities on Monday,…

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Good Intentions Don't Prevent Cavities

Parents choose juice boxes, gummy vitamins and bottled water with their kids' health in mind, but it could lead to more cavities, warns Dr. Rachel A. Maher.

Education

Best Summer Ever

Cardigan Summer Session attracts girls and boys from across the country and around the world to our 525-acre lakeside campus to enjoy a truly unique program that blends classroom learning with the quintessential New England summer camp experience. https://vimeo.com/660940798/3f007b1910 We…

Choose the Right School for Your Child

Parents in Pennsylvania have the power to choose the best school for their children. You know them the best—their interests, hobbies, quirks, and dreams. Make the most informed choice possible because your children’s future depends on it. Join the Pennsylvania…

PA Cyber Delivers STEM Learning to Students

About 11,000 students are currently enrolled at PA Cyber because they chose a unique but comprehensive online education. PA Cyber students enjoy learning when, how, and where they choose. The school engages students in grades K-12 with a diverse curriculum…

Why Positive Education? More Like, Why Not?

Whenever I speak to a school, organization or new group of passionate, interested parents, I am inevitably asked, “Why Positive Education?” Mostly, this well-meaning question is coming from concerned adults who want to make sure that they or their children…

Camps & Classes

What Type of Camp Will Your Child Like?

When I was younger, I had only one choice for summer camp—the town camp. The town camp was a traditional all-day six-hour camp with a heavy emphasis on sports. I…

Stronger Together

The Chocolate Ballerina Company, an organization that supports artists of color in the Philadelphia area, has a creed that its young ballerinas memorize and are encouraged to recite every day:…

After the Bell

Even though your kids would probably dispute the numbers, the fact is that 80% of a young person’s life is spent outside of school. The summer accounts for some of…

Ages & Stages

All the Feels

We’ve all been there. Your 3-year-old has a meltdown in the middle of the grocery checkout line or you become beyond exasperated when your eldest clobbers your youngest for no apparent reason.…

Good Intentions Don't Prevent Cavities

Parents choose juice boxes, gummy vitamins and bottled water with their kids' health in mind, but it could lead to more cavities, warns Dr. Rachel A. Maher.

SpecialKids

Living With Moebius Syndrome

Pediatric neurologist Carl E. Stafstrom remembers that his first experience with Moebius syndrome was with a child’s mother. She had the tell-tale signs: a drooping face, eyes that could not glance…

Is Stimming a Behavior or Sensory Issue?

People with autism spectrum disorder, as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, can have “difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.” While repetitive, self-stimulatory…

Local Dyslexia Resources

Is your child exhibiting signs of dyslexia and you want to get them tested? Or maybe they were already diagnosed and you're looking for ways to get extra help? The…

Dyslexia: Signs and Support

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability which results in difficulty with reading, spelling, writing and pronouncing words. Children with dyslexia can struggle to succeed academically, which makes it important for…

Health

5 Summer Health and Safety Myths Debunked

In addition to the likely continued threat of COVID-19 this summer, families will still have to deal with the season’s typical health and safety concerns, from bee stings to sun…

EPA Mid-Atlantic Recognizes CHOP Asthma Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region selected the Community Asthma Prevention Plus Program (CAPP+) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as its first-ever Asthma Community Champion.…

Home Life

Chase Away the Winter Blues with Books

With winter upon us and the daylight hiding, January is the perfect month for indoor family fun. You may be thinking about warmer weather and sunnier skies. Why not dive into some books about summer camp? January is also National…

My Turn: Thinking Outside the Gift Box

Stories of supply chain issues, shortages at stores and backups with delivery services fill the news. Industry watchers advise people to do their holiday shopping early this year to avoid the disappointment. Yet, this opportunity could be ideal to start…

Parent You Should Know: Ona Wetherall

Ona Wetherall is the lead teacher for the Rosebud Garden Prekindergarten, governing team member, early childhood leader and parent association liaison at Kimberton Waldorf School in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. She lives in Kimberton, Pennsylvania, with her partner and their 17-year-old Rowan,…

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