Review of Smart Sips from Gerber Graduates

Posted August 11, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Yes, there is a glut of “nutritious” drinks for kids cluttering up the market. I’ve tried just about every one there is, and aside from a few bad experiences, I appreciate that companies are trying to help me provide nutritious options for my kids. We recently tried Smart Sips from Gerber Graduates, and all things considered, it was a really solid product.

Surprise? Risky Teen Behavior is Linked to the Media

Posted August 4, 2009 by Fred Lee

The reckless and dangerous behavior of teenagers might in fact be influenced by what they're seeing in video games and on TV.

How to Make Baby Food in Four Easy Steps

Posted July 22, 2009 by Sonja Stewart

Making your own baby food is surprisingly easy, shockingly affordable, and ridiculously more healthy for your baby. Pick out a recipe, then get creative on your own. It's a fun way to include older siblings as well.

Best of Parenting: The Boo-Boo Edition

Posted July 10, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

Being a Mom or Dad has its ups and downs, as well as its fair share of blood and guts. If you’ve ever felt alone in your quest for keeping the crying to a minimum and the Band-Aids well stocked, have no fear. This weekly roundup of the most insightful, ironic, and hysterical blog posts on childhood injury and illness will have you feeling like part of a not-so-exclusive club in no time.

Medical Emergencies: Navigating Your Options

Posted July 9, 2009 by Marla Walters

How many of us are really good in medical emergencies? If your child were hurt right now, where would you go? Take a few minutes to research your options, make some preparations, and you can alleviate a lot of stress.

When Bedtimes Are A Bad Idea

Posted June 21, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I completely understand the benefits of having structure. While I'm inclined to throw everything to the wind, doing most tasks when I feel most productive, I agree that children benefit from having some consistency in their lives. So why is it that regular bedtimes seem more of an interruption to their natural lives than anything else?

Battle the Bug with Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues...and a GIVEAWAY!

Posted May 5, 2009 by Lynn Truong

Kleenex has come out with a timely product, to help us to Battle the Bug - Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues. It'll help us keep our germs to ourselves by killing the viruses in the tissue. That means less germs to pass along to someone nearby. We've teamed up with Kleenex to offer one lucky reader Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues as well as a $50 Visa Gift Card.

Are you afraid your child has the swine virus?

Posted April 30, 2009 by Sarah Peppel

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Is the swine virus still a mystery to you? No, you can't get it by eating well-cooked pork but, like all influenza viruses, the wrong sneeze or cough could get you worried.

Water: A Crystal Clear Solution to Childhood Obesity

Posted April 23, 2009 by Fred Lee

New research has determined that there is a straightforward way to make a significant impact on the battle against childhood obesity. It is an idea that is so obvious, not to mention cost effective, that it could be considered crystal clear to many of us: have your kids drink more water.

California First Lady Maria Shriver Talks to Us About Help for Families in Tough Times

Posted March 10, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Working families all across the U.S. are feeling the tightening economy. “Day by day” is truly the only way to handle things, but did you also know that there is help? In addition to the numerous programs offered in California, the U.S. government and organizations are using WE Connect to help get Moms the information they need to take care of families. Here’s what Maria had to share with us….

Let Them Eat Dirt

Posted February 5, 2009 by Fred Lee

When we make our family’s world too clean and sanitary, are we actually doing ourselves a disservice?

Chicken Pox parties; would you take your kids to one?

Posted January 27, 2009 by Paul Michael

A conversation bubbled up today between myself and a few colleagues at work. It was about illness, in particular measles and mumps. Then out of nowhere, a good friends said “and they’re even having Chicken Pox parties now.” Wait, what? A party where you go to get Chicken Pox? It couldn’t be true, could it? Well, it is true.

Exercise May Make Your Kids Smarter

Posted January 20, 2009 by Fred Lee

Recent evidence seems to indicate that exercise is good for your brain.

Hey Moms! Go with Your Gut!

Posted November 17, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Awhile back I told you how I was almost always the Mom in the middle. Not sure if I’m overreacting to most things, but more than likely certain that I’m too laid back for my own good. A trip to the ER this weekend gave me confidence in my decision–making abilities as a mother. (And reaffirmed that you really don’t want to mess with me when the kiddos are involved.)

Flu Shot Season is In Full Force

Posted October 26, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Hate em’ or love em’ shots are one of the best ways to prevent the flu. If you’re planning for your entire family or just need a place to start, here’s the skinny on the bug and where to find its injectable demise.

Name That Cough: A Mom's Guide to What Ails 'Em

Posted September 12, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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It's that time of year. School has started, and even though we home school, we're officially “carriers” for the latest form of kiddie plague. The coughing has come full-force, and I lay awake at night listening to tiny hacks and moans, wondering what more I could do. Here's an official guide to the most common causes, and what you can do to help.

Tagless clothing causing rashes and blisters

Posted September 5, 2008 by Paul Michael

I was happy when tagless shirts came out, I hated that scratchy feeling. I figured my girls did as well, and resorted to cutting the tags out of clothing until the tagless shirts came along. But it seems some babies and smaller children are having very nasty reactions to the ink used in the tagless clothing.

Train your kids to swallow a choking hazard with Lego “Fun Snacks”

Posted June 19, 2008 by Paul Michael

It all seems like some crazy practical joke or belated April Fool’s gag, but this one is real. Kellogg’s have teamed up with Lego to produce what can only be described as the most dangerous idea for a kid’s snack…ever.

Are Measles Back?

Posted May 4, 2008 by Fred Lee

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Kept in check for years, measles is once again on the rise in this country, and some experts believe this might only be the beginning.

Parenting Bucket List

Posted April 25, 2008 by Sherry Pardy

In thinking about all the things I want to do before I die, I realized there were just as many, if not more, to do with/for my kids before I kicked the bucket.