Kid’s Health: Food Allergies, Diet and Child Behavior
When Jodi Sternoff Cohen of Seattle became overwhelmed by her then-4-year-old son’s hyperactivity — and his recurring bouts of vomiting, rashes and ear infections — she searched for solutions in every parenting class and book she could get her hands on. And yet, no matter which method or approach shRead More »
Food Allergies: Protecting Kids' Health at School
Renton mom Desi Tucker doesn’t expect other moms to cater to her son Carson’s severe food allergies. “I can’t tell you how many batches of cupcakes I made when he was in kindergarten and first grade,” she says. “But when he was the only one in his class who couldn’t take part in the party, then heRead More »
Transitioning from Baby Bottle to Cup: When Is the Right Time?
Sacha Davis’ son was dearly attached to his bottle. As a baby, he needed it for nutrition, but he kept on getting his milk from a bottle and eventually it just became part of his routine — a habit his mothers didn’t feel the need to change until he was ready. That didn’t happen until recently, wheRead More »
Your Kid's Health: School Lunches and Nutrition
When I packed my kids’ school lunches, I relied on the tried and true: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; celery, overstuffed with cream cheese; a juice-box (fruit flavored!); and an Oreo cookie, maybe two. These days, that menu seems positively antiquated (so does the New Kids on the Block lunchbRead More »
The Prevalence of Teen Dating Violence
One in four teenagers is in a violent dating relationship. And forty percent of teenage girls, say they know someone their age who has been physically abused by a boyfriend. That surprises most parents I talk to. Lasting effects of being in a violent relationship can be poor self-esteem, drug abuseRead More »
Fact or Fiction: Demystifying Five Kids' Health Concerns
Parents know the world can be a dangerous place. So we do our best to keep our kids safe: We teach them to stop, look and listen before they cross the street. We childproof the cabinets and the windows, and buy childproof bottles of Tylenol. We strap them — securely and according to code — into theiRead More »
Gathering Intelligence: A Look at Different Kinds of 'Smart'
Which child is smarter, your analytic daughter, who can unravel complicated math equations in a flash, or your adventurous son, who can skillfully leap rock to rock while twirling his light saber? If you guessed the math whiz, think again. At least that’s the claim of Howard Gardner’s multiple inteRead More »
Circumcision 101: To Cut or Not to Cut
Expecting a baby boy? Then one of the important decisions you’ll need to make is whether or not you’ll have him circumcised after he’s born. Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers the rounded tip of the penis. The infant is generally given a local anesthetic (a topiRead More »