Play with your baby

H<FONT size=2><FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">ow does a parent know what to do with a new baby who seems hardly able to do anything? Even though they seem helpless, we know those wonderful minds are working overtime as babies go through critical development stages. This can make even experienced parents head to the books to find out if they are doing the right thing to stimulate their baby’s nerves, muscles and brain.</FONT></FONT> Read...

 

Banking on baby’s umbilical cord

R<FONT size=2>ose Nocita of Chicago wanted peace of mind when her children were born so, during each pregnancy, she arranged to store the infant’s umbilical cord blood.</FONT> Read...

 

Have a healthy Halloween

H<FONT face=Verdana size=2>alloween, which is steadily catching up to Christmas as the major American holiday, is around the corner, which means the Halloween recipes have come out of hiding. Gnarled witches’ fingers. Edible eyeballs. Cat litter for dessert. No doubt about it, Halloween recipes are fun. When else can you serve "bloody fingers" or "wormy" apples and get by with it?</FONT> Read...

 

Care for the skin your child is in

Although more parents today insist their children use sunscreen while outdoors, some still think it is OK to have a healthy tan or that a sunburn won’t hurt their children after the red skin disappears. As the summer days get hotter and more kids head to the pool, it’s a good idea for parents to review a few facts and myths about summer skin care. Read...

 

Not necessarily cheaper (or easier) by the half-dozen

Hey Mister, how come you got so many kids?” “Well, they come cheaper by the dozen, you know.” Read...

 

Malpractice cap may keep docs in Illinois

Andrew Roth always wanted to deliver babies when he grew up—like his dad. When he became an obstetrician, he joined the practice with his father. But last year, with medical malpractice insurance premiums running more than $200,000 a year and jury awards targeting doctors’ personal assets, Roth’s father retired. Read...

 

Memories of a child

<EM>ReaderEssay<BR></EM>It was a warm September afternoon, and I was sitting on the porch swing with my three children, talking about our family camping trip to Niagara Falls earlier that summer. I recalled my first impressions: the sheer immensity of the falls, the thundering water, the cold spray on our faces. But as I listened to the kids, I realized they had their own unique memories—quite different from mine. Read...

 

Bedroom walls are great for teen self-expression

Kids at the tween and teen age need avenues to express and explore their developing personalities. Tattoos, body piercings and multicolored hair are a few ways to do this. But a more parent-friendly solution is to offer them a creative outlet in their own rooms. Helping your child to express himself through his personal surroundings gives him a safe way to say, "Look. This is who I am." Read...

 

Is the news too much for kids?

M<FONT face=Verdana size=2>y 5½-year-old daughter, Dina, and I are sitting together on the couch in our family’s living room. She is drawing. I am reading a newspaper.</FONT> Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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