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    Energy drinks and bars attract teenagers by holding out twin promises of increased strength and ability on the playing field, and better concentration in the classroom. These food products are especially appealing to teenagers, since they never get enough sleep. When teens wake up late for school, they don’t have time for breakfast. Even when teens have the time to sit and eat breakfast, energy drinks and bars attract, because they need no preparation. Teens don’t even need to sit down to eat or drink them. You open them up and hold them in one hand. Teens can eat or drink them as  they wal […]  more>

    Toddlers have all sorts of fears. While we feel for them in their terrors, it’s important to realize that fear is a good thing. It’s an emotion that protects us when facing new situations that could be dangerous. Fear tells us to be careful, to go slow, not to get too close. A toddler’s fear is no different. His fear is a reaction to something that feels like a threat. Our job as parents is to provide support and security as our children work through their fears. One way to do this is to acknowledge a toddler’s fears, even when being afraid of the vacuum cleaner, for instance, seems silly o […]  more>

    Think of this as a sort of companion piece to last week’s blog piece, How to Prevent Teen Suicide. That piece was meant as a resource for parents. This piece has a different focus. It’s about the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. I just watched the first season of this compelling drama and I had to (somewhat) concur with my teenage son, “Don’t watch it. You’ll just want to kill yourself.” It’s not that I want to kill myself after watching the series. It’s that I think teens will want to kill […]  more>

    Teen suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people aged 12-18. Only accidents come in ahead of suicide at robbing young lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Some 12 teenagers commit suicide each day which comes to around 5,000 teenage suicides every year. Of those 5,000 teen suicides, 84% are young men. Just like with adults, more teens try to commit suicide than actually succeed. For every teen suicide you hear about, some 25 suicide attempts have been made. Young girls have a higher r […]  more>

    Modeling kindness to others may be a great way to teach kids empathy and how to do good deeds. But there’s modeling and modeling. Five year-old Anikan just got the lesson of his young life on going out of your way to do a kindness. Here’s the deal: Anikan fell in love with the Kars4Kids jingle. He’d sing it all the time, his family would sing it with him. Kids are curious, and Anikan is no exception. He started asking questions: What does donate mean? Do they give those cars to the kids? Anikan’s family understood that each of these questions and the boy’s interest in the subject i […]  more>

    Kids Cooking for Life teaches children how to cook. Kids adore the fun, hands-on cooking classes not least because they get to eat the results. But while the classes are a blast and the food tasty, the philosophy behind Kids Cooking for Life is deadly serious: American childhood obesity rates are at an all-time high, therefore kids must be taught that eating the wrong foods, or too much food, can have consequences. They need to learn that the keys to good health are in the k […]  more>

    Teething is the time when teeth begin to grow up and through the gums. It is also the word we use to talk about the feelings and behavior that come with growing teeth. Babies who are irritable and cannot sleep may be said to be teething when another cause for the behavior cannot be found. Babies are born with teeth. These baby teeth, or primary teeth, lay beneath the baby’s gums. A baby may begin the process of teething as early as 3 months. The first tooth usually appears at around 6 months, but can come in at 3 months or as late as 12 months. Most childre […]  more>

    Fifth disease. It’s the common name for a usually minor virus that mostly affects preschool and school-age children aged 5-15 years in the springtime. The medical name for fifth disease is erythema infectiosum and it is caused by parvovirus B19. Fifth disease passes quickly and most children get better without complications. A parent might think the child coming down with fifth disease has a cold virus. At the start, there’s low fever, a headache and a stuffy or […]  more>

    Pink Fluffy Unicorns is a story floating around the Kars4Kids office. It seems that Lily was a camper in the TeenZone unit of the Kars4Kids summer camp, TheZone, last year. She came to camp dressed all in black, anger written all across her forehead. The girl read gruesome books and intimidated anyone who spoke to her. Here’s how one staffer continued the story: “Lily was what we call, ‘a tough nut to crack.’ No one could fi […]  more>

    Separation anxiety describes the feelings and behavior of babies when parents leave them with caregivers. The baby experiencing separation anxiety may scream and cry as the parent tries to leave. This is normal behavior for babies around the age of one year. Even though the behavior of a baby with separation anxiety is normal, it can be quite upsetting to parents to see a baby get so upset. It can help parents to know what causes the anxiety. It also helps both parents and baby to know how you can head off some of the stress and how you can lessen the baby’s trauma. A yo […]  more>