What You Should Know With The Sudden Rise In Cases Of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand, Foot, and mouthJust the name of this viral infection is scary enough for parents of young children to be concerned. For the most part, though, it is not usually dangerous. All the same, there are certain facts you should know with the sudden rise in cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease to protect your family. Children five and younger are at the highest risk, but teens and adults can also be susceptible.

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What Your Kids Need to Know About Poisonous Plants

Poison IvySummer is a season filled with outdoor activities for children. Whether your child is headed to a summer camp, or is simply playing in your backyard, it is always good for them to know the hallmark characteristics of common poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

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Is Your Kid Too Busy?

Happy mom and child What are you thinking right now? All sorts of guilty thoughts could be running through your mind as you consider this question.

“I want them to have what I never did,” could be one defensive but reassuring thought. Or “am I piling on too much stress,” could be the doubting-my-parenting skills reaction.

The honest answer is: It depends.

Let’s look at this topic from several sides and then you can decide if your kid is too busy.

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How To Speak To Your Child About Weight And Bullying

Unhappy GirlSpeaking to your child about weight and bullying is difficult enough without the mixed messages they see everywhere.  Parents are forced to compete with the countless media messages in our culture about weight and bullying. You can counteract this by always striving to model respect.

Consider what you say to your children and what you say about others.  

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Baby's hand in mothersOne in 33 babies are affected by a birth defect each year, though most are not known until after the baby and mother leave the hospital. While some defects such as cleft lip or spina bifida can be diagnosed during pregnancy, most go unnoticed as they may not affect the outward appearance of a baby or show little to no symptoms at first.

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