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How to keep your kids safe from colds & flu

Now is the right time for parents to take steps to protect young children from cold and flu viruses. According to Dr. Hansa Bhargava, one of the nation’s top pediatricians, most colds and coughs go away by themselves because they are caused by viruses. Still, a healthy child may have a fever as an immune response…

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Kids don’t need a cellphone; they need a digital diet


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According to a recent survey by the toy company Melissa & Doug, 70 percent of parents want their children to spend less time watching electronic media and 62 percent want them to spend less time on electronic devices. They are right. After all, studies show that screen time is associated with higher levels of obesity, shorter…

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Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says


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A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep interruptions. The…

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8 Fun Ideas To Keep Kids Busy On Super Bowl Sunday


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Super Bowl Sunday: It’s all about football, right? Well, it’s also about food. One of the biggest let’s-get-together-and-party days of the year calls out for good food and commercials to watch besides the game. There will be lots of pizza and wings, dips and salsas, beer and soda. Super bowl Sunday has many of us fluffing…

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Spring break: Encourage kids to get closer to nature


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Children today are getting further and further away from nature. With the ever-increasing use of electronic devices, they are distancing themselves from spending time outside and keeping their heads down, eyes glued to small shiny screens. Mother Nature provides one of the best venues for kids to play and learn. With the three-day spring holiday just…

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Cooking with kids: Making mac and cheese from scratch, for the first or the 1,000th time


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If your household includes children, you likely lost count long ago of the number of bowls of macaroni and cheese you’ve made, ordered at restaurants, microwaved or poured out of a box. As if by some collective agreement, the stuff becomes locked into our food psyches from an absurdly early age, the very definition of comfort…

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Michelle Obama Thanks Chance The Rapper For Giving Back To The Community


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  Former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday took to Twitter to laud Chance the Rapper’s decision to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools after he was not entirely happy with the outcome of his meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. “Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You…

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Balancing Act: In defense of nice moms


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Bad moms have a movie. (Which I loved.) Mean moms have blogs. Every few months, a new post pops up extolling the virtues of being the mean mom. Recently it was “9 reasons I’m the mean mom, not the cool mom” on the wildly popular (and frequently fantastic) scarymommy blog. “It’s exhausting,” Melissa Fenton writes. “It’s…

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Build resiliency: Teach kids early to cope with disappointment


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Vickie Falcone’s daughter lost a puzzle piece when she was 3. The girl was as distraught as a 3-year-old could be. “I remember thinking I could run around and find the piece, or I could sit with her being with that feeling,” said Falcone, relationship coach and author of “Buddha Never Raised Kids & Jesus Didn’t…

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Restaurants pledged to make kids’ meals healthier – but the data show not much has changed


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By Christina Roberto, Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition, University of Pennsylvania and Alyssa Moran, Sc.D. candidate in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University. An All-American meal. Cropped from firsttubedotcom/flickr, CC BY Chain restaurants are not known for serving up healthy kids’ meals. Most entrees on…

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