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Childhood Bullying Can Have Lasting Effects On Mental Health

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Bullying can have a lasting effect on a person's mental health: A new study finds that children who were bullied frequently when they were 8 years ol...

Many Parents Don't Notice When Their Kids Are Overweight

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Many parents don’t realize when their children are overweight and so they fail to help the youngsters shed excess pounds, an...

How to Raise a Resilient Kid

Lorraine Allen | Posted 12.03.2015 | Parents
Lorraine Allen

Wouldn't it be great if kids could pick themselves up after a fall and be back swinging on the monkey bars, undeterred? They can, and they will, if we give them the basic tools they need to develop resilience. Happily, this emotional muscle can be strengthened at any age, in many simple ways.

Scary Skeletons: Kids Need Calcium -- Not Candy -- for Halloween

Lani Simpson, D.C., C.C.D. | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Lani Simpson, D.C., C.C.D.

The five most important things parents and kids can do to ensure they are building healthy bones for life are the following:

8 Thoughts You Have When Your Child Goes in for Surgery

Karen Sewell | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents
Karen Sewell

In terms of mommy milestones, I hit a big one recently. My sweetest, most tenderhearted little one had surgery. She was under general anesthesia, the whole nine yards. There's a lot I did to prepare for it, but I never felt ready.

Is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome a Result of Stubbornness?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

The Back to Sleep initiative, now referred to as Safe to Sleep, has drastically reduced the number of crib deaths. The number of reported cases is three times lower than it was in the early 90s. But even one infant death is too many when it can be prevented by taking simple precautions.

Take Your Kids to Work... and Speak Up for Their Health

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I do so much of my work for my daughter's future. I imagine that many of my colleagues who are parents feel the same. We work together to phase out coal plants so that families can enjoy cleaner air and water. We demand clean-energy investments to help fight climate change so that our kids and grandkids will have a safer, healthy planet when they grow up.

In Praise of Clicktivism

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

We recognize that the Internet is a big, noisy place, and that messages can get lost in the shuffle. But we can't ignore the role that technology and digital activism can play in service to our overall mission. So we appreciate all those clicks and finger taps to view our webpages and follow our Twitter feeds, because they keep our concerns and our objectives part of the conversation.

5 Ways Parents of Preschoolers Can Raise a Body-Positive Kid

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Here are five ways to immunize your kids against poor body image, with conversation starters, media picks and resources to support your discussions.

3 Books to Help Kids Feel Good About Themselves and Their Bodies

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

We all want to find entertaining reads for our kids and tweens, but unfortunately, even some of the best stories reinforce body and gender stereotypes.

And The Healthiest Place For Children In The U.S. Is...

US News & World Report | Angela Haupt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents

At 10 a.m. on any given morning, the kids at low-income San Francisco schools are starting to fidget. Their teachers report they’re having trouble c...

New York City Businesses Do the Right (Green) Thing

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.05.2014 | New York
Marcia G. Yerman

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the challenges facing the environment. However, it's crucial to remember that we can all have an impact as individuals...

Lice in the spotlight

Kate Solomon | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Kate Solomon

As camp season arrives, we can't tell our children not to play next to each other or bunk together. That is what camp is about. But we can certainly acknowledge that lice strikes anyone, and we can be on the lookout for the signs of lice

U.S. Kids Fail At Physical Activity

Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents

By: By Christopher Wanjek, Columnist Published: 05/03/2014 03:58 AM EDT on LiveScience U.S. children get a big, fat 'F' on physical activity, a ...

Sun Safety and Education Needed In Schools

Kate Solomon | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Kate Solomon

My 5-year-old has what we like to call "sensitive skin." It's lily-white, soft, and so translucent, it nearly glows. She has a scar on her forehead that needs extra care. And after 15 minutes of recess without sunscreen, she's as red as lobster.

Dear Parents, You Are Being Lied To

Jennifer Raff | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Raff

You owe it to your children, and to yourself, to thoroughly investigate the issue. Don't rely on what some stranger on the internet says (not even me!). Read the scientific studies that I linked to in this post for yourself, and talk to your pediatricians.

Dirty Kids: How Germs Can Be Your Child's Best Friend

Ben Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

To understand why I'm not too concerned about germs, and why you shouldn't be either, you need to grasp a concept called the "hygiene hypothesis," along with two other important hypotheses.

The Benefit Of Kids Having Family Routines

Posted 03.13.2014 | Parents

BY ALLISON BOND NEW YORK Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:42pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Preschoolers who sing, tell stories and eat dinner with their families...

8 Natural Remedies to Soothe Kids' Colds

KnowMore TV | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Colds are not usually serious, but they can make your children miserable, and as a parent, all you want to do is help them feel better -- and maybe help everyone get a decent night's sleep. Here are steps you can take to help your child feel a little less miserable:

What Can Eminem Teach Us About Worry And Fear?

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

My goal for 2014 -- I will join Eminem in putting my experiences and thoughts out there so people can learn they are not alone in feeling worried and scared.

My Son's Junk-Free Birthday Party

Caron Gremont | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

There were no goody bags full of candy and Hershey kisses. No bowls of M&Ms or jelly beans. No chips or pizza. There weren't even juice boxes. Instead, there was a room full of smiling and laughing 2- and 3-year old children, with their parents.

Study Shows Major Surge In High Chair-Related Injuries

Posted 12.09.2013 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 12/09/2013 08:13 AM EST on LiveScience Every year, about 9,400 young children in the U.S. are injured...

New Soda Tax Makes Mexico a Leading Guardian of Public Health

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Larry Cohen

Other countries understand the toll that rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions are having on the health of their people and on national medical costs.

Antibacterial Products: More Harm Than Good

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Wartman

Make it a priority to avoid all antibacterial products -- including that antibacterial soap you thought would keep you and your kids from getting the flu. Good old fashioned soap and water works just fine.

Lessons From a Box of Goldfish (Even the Whole Grain Kind)

Caron Gremont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

We are raising a generation of children who can use their parents' iPhones but not peel a carrot. And who prefer to quickly squeeze applesauce into their mouths through a pouch versus actually biting into and chewing a crisp apple. Food, which should activate and excite all of the senses, has become as flat and one dimensional as a pretzel.