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    Maybe you know how to perform CPR, but do you know how to perform infant CPR? Most parents knows that babies, being small, need smaller amounts of nearly everything, ranging from food to shampoo to toothpaste to doses of medicine. With regard to medical care, however, it's important to understand that infants and children are not simply small adults. Children of varying weights and ages, for example, require varying amounts of medication which must be carefully calculated and administered. By the same token, when a baby requires emergency medical care, it's important to tailor that care […]  more>

    Sensory play is about playing games that stimulate the senses. Children use their senses to understand the world they live in. Sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste offer different ways for children to experience their surroundings. Sensory play is also important for developing the senses themselves. As children use their senses, they learn how to make sense of the various stimuli that come at them from different directions. A child who plays sensory games that involve sense of smell, for instance, will develop his sense of smell. The child will learn that some smells are […]  more>

    It's the kind of email we love to send out: "Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that National Save has been awarded a $500 small grant from Kars4Kids! Your organization appears to be doing incredible work in furthering the mission of violence prevention in schools and communities, creating more conducive learning atmospheres. We are especially inspired that the organization is led by students and volunteers. " SAVE stands for "Students Against Violence Everywhere," and Kars4Kids was very pleased to partner in this work by way of the Kars4Kids […]  more>

    Purposeful Parenting Month is upon us. That's because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided that July would be it, the designated month for purposeful parenting. Why July? Because that's when kids are home for the long summer vacation. That means that parents have a chance to really talk with their children and have productive open discussions. Open communication between parents and children gives parents a chance to explain how they feel about a variety of issues, while supporting the child's growth and quest for independence. Does that sound a lot like […]  more>

    The Gary Comer Youth Center is, at first glance, a tangle of contradictions. It's a state of the art building—an architectural thing of beauty—smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood known for its poverty and crime. It's a center for inner youth founded by the guy who started Lands' End, purveyor of the preppiest of preppy white people clothing. And finally, it's the legacy of a local son, one who made it big but never forgot the people and the streets of his childhood; proving something more than loyalty to a memory, by building something right there at home to help them get ahead. Gary […]  more>

    Talking to kids about the Orlando Pulse Massacre—and yes, that's what I call it, a massacre—is one of the most difficult things you'll ever have to do. And talk about it, you will. You'll have no choice. Because it's been plastered all over the news. It's what people are talking about. Unless you blindfold your child and stick earplugs in his/her ears, there's no getting around it. Why don't we want to talk about the Orlando Pulse Massacre with our kids? Let me count the ways. For one thing: there's the problem of intolerance. We don't want to teach our children to be bigots, and Radical Is […]  more>

    How much sleep do kids need to be at their best? It's a question parents struggle with when their children beg to sleep just a little longer on school days. Letting them sleep in means letting them be tardy for school. But letting them sleep in means healthier, happier kids, more able to take in their lessons. On weekends and in summer, on the other hand, how long kids sleep is far less of a problem. School's not in session, so kids can sleep 'til the cows come home, and it won't make a lick of a difference. For this reason, summer comes to many parents as a big relief. Kids can stay up lat […]  more>

    Yellow babies are babies with jaundice. Jaundice occurs when a baby has too much bilirubin. As bilirubin builds up inside the baby's body, the baby's skin and even the whites of his or her eyes may turn yellow. A new mother may notice her baby's skin is yellow in color around two or three days after the birth. Yellow babies are common, as jaundice affects around 60% of full term newborns. Babies born early a […]  more>

    Growth hormones: it's a treatment some parents think about when they see their children are shorter than their peers. Doctors call this short stature. Short stature can be inherited. But sometimes, kids are low on growth hormones, the stuff that makes us grow. Parents of a child with short stature may worry how being short will affect their child. They may be concerned that a child who is shorter than his friends will be teased. This is especially true for parents of boys. Being tall may be seen as being masculine and strong. A short boy's parents may worry […]  more>

    Riley Joy Gantt was ten years old when her class visited a school located in a low-income neighborhood. A young girl there told Riley how she wished she could get "skinny crayons" but her mom couldn't afford them. It was the first time Riley had been confronted with the twin concepts of poverty and need. That hurt. And that is where most ten year-olds would have left things: a sad story, something to sigh and tsk about. But not Riley Gantt. She wanted to know more. And more than that, she was determined to change the sad ending to a happy one, or at least to a happy beginning. And that's ex […]  more>