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Why Kindergarten Kids Do Need Technology

Why Kindergarten Kids Do Need Technology

There has been a lot of talk about technology and young children. This has hit home with me. While a Kindergarten teacher for many years, I was always told, technology was not in the best interest of my students. They can’t read, they can’t write, they don’t have fine motor skills, so they do not need computers or technology. My [...]

Our Children’s Diets Today

Our Children’s Diets Today

Every mother has said, "Eat your vegetables," to her child at some point. As it turns out, mother always knows best. A poor diet, be it too little, too much or the wrong balance of food, can increase our children’s risks of many diseases and illnesses that can become debilitating and life-threatening. A new small study suggests that [...]

Food Allergy News

Food Allergy News

Food allergies are in the news again, and the conversation is getting heated. For starters, there was some national coverage around a Florida first-grader who’s so allergic to peanuts that her classmates need to follow special rules to keep her safe. The safety measures go beyond separate lunch tables and restriction of class-wide treats [...]

Doctors Recommend Rear Facing Car Seats Until Age Two

Doctors Recommend Rear Facing Car Seats Until Age Two

New guidelines have recently been issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding kids car seats.  Parents are now told that they should keep their child's car seat facing rear until their second birthday.  Previous advice was to turn the kids around at age one. Based primarily on a 2007 University of Virginia study finding that [...]

New USDA Food Guidelines: What does it mean for your Children?

New USDA Food Guidelines: What does it mean for your Children?

The federal government released its Dietary Guidelines for Americans earlier this week, a process it goes through once every five years to keep the public informed about the nutritional choices they should be making to stay healthy. And as the nation’s obesity crisis continues, our culture’s need for dietary change was reflected [...]

Giving antibiotics too soon can be a real pain in the ear

Giving antibiotics too soon can be a real pain in the ear

Your 3-year-old is cranky, has a little fever, and is telling you that his ear hurts. Time to call the doctor and go get a prescription for antibiotics, right? Well, maybe not. It turns out the most ear infections get better all by themselves, without antibiotics. We’ve known this for a while. In fact, way back in 2004 the [...]

From Gimme to Giving

From Gimme to Giving

Often as a parent we believe we are teaching our kids values that are important to us, yet we also want to give to our children. I find that many times parents are shocked that their child had a break down at the store or temper tantrum about wanting a toy or goodie. But what we sometimes forget is that we are teaching our [...]

Christmas Events & Activities in Hampton Roads for 2010

Christmas Events & Activities in Hampton Roads for 2010

Norfolk Botanical Garden- Garden of Lights Thursday, November 25, 2010 | 5:30 pm - 10 pm Repeats daily, until January 2, 2011. PRICE IS PER CAR - $10 (Sunday-Thursday), $15(Friday-Saturday), NBG members $2 discount - Cash only at the door Cars may have a wait to go through-see the Botanical Gardens site for details and to register. Learn [...]

Talking to your teen about Four Loko

Talking to your teen about Four Loko

Parents, we wanted to alert you to information provided by Children’s Hospital Boston doctor,  John Knight, MD, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR), as he comments on how parents can talk to their teens about the potential danger of Four Loko. If you read the papers [...]

Geocaching Fun in Hampton Roads

Geocaching Fun in Hampton Roads

Fall is officially here in most of the country.  With leaves changing colors and crisp mornings and early sunsets, it’s hard to miss.  Now that the weather has shifted and we’re all bundling up a bit more, finding outdoor activities to do with kids becomes more difficult.  One activity my daughters and I like to do is [...]

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