MetroKids - August 2010 August 1, 2010 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin UpdatesTeen Hearing Loss Jumps 30%At least one in five U.S. kids ages 12-19 now has at least mild hearing loss. Book ReviewsArchitecture Books for ChildrenFrom the sublime of design to the nitty gritty of bricks and mortar, these books introduce kids to architecture. Education FeaturesMental Prep Can Ease School's StartReintroducing routines and academics and discussing concerns will help prepare kids for a smooth start of school. State Renaissance Fairs Take Kids Back in TimeAnnual renaissance fairs return with kid-friendly merriment. Health & Nutrition, MedicalAre Alternative Remedies Safe?Many are, say experts. With some, though, use caution. Toddlers, Your HomeA Child's Art GalleryHere's how to appreciate your child's masterpieces without hanging every scribble on the fridge. Classes, Early EducationWhy Start Music Classes Early?Benefits include increased aptitude, social and emotional development and academic skills. BabiesQ & A: The Transition to FormulaFrequently asked questions and answers for breastfeeding moms SolutionsParenting Support: Why Go It Alone?Parenting support groups and programs can boost your knowledge and confidence, whether you’re addressing specific issues or just sharing ideas with other moms and dads. Special Needs ParentingA 'Cheat Sheet' for the TeacherA two-sided page can give special needs educators and therapists a quick reference to understand your child's disability and behavior. Health & Nutrition, MedicalVaccines: What Are the Side Effects?Not all parents are confident in vaccinations. Here are the most common reactions to vaccines against 14 diseases, as reported by major health organizations. Music ReviewsKids' Music: A Twang-Tastic TreatThe Okee Dokee Brothers achieve excellence with Take It Outside. Family Fun FeaturesMeet the Animals: Local Zoos & AquariumsMeet a kid-favorite critter (or two or more) you can greet by name when you visit the area’s zoos & aquariums this summer. Family Fun FeaturesHot Museum DealsBeat the heat in museums' air-conditioned galleries while taking advantage of these hot discounts. In StyleSchool-Approved StyleStay in style -- and in-line with dress codes -- with these back-to-school fashions.