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    Getting teens to listen to their parents can sometimes seem like the easiest job in the world. You lay down the law, they say, "Yes, Ma'am/Sir," and you breathe a sigh of relief. Until that moment a week or so later when you happen to drive past a group of teens and see your child smack dab in the middle of them, doing exactly what you said she shouldn't do. What she promised she would never do. Whether it's smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or wearing revealing clothing, you make the rules for a reason. You're trying to keep your child safe. But being that teens are teens, you […]  more>

    The newest Kars4Kids small grant recipient is the Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services of Southern California. We like to tell our readers about the work of the various organizations we help. But this particular mental health and welfare agency is running so many important programs that it was difficult to know how to describe its good work to our readers. In the end, Hathaway-Sycamore suggested we choose one program for our spotlight. We settled on more>

    The year 2016 is coming to a close and we're no closer to solving the problem of Forgotten Baby Syndrome (FBS). We know this because as the year comes to a close we find that the total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars in 2016 is actually higher than average. That number would be a very shocking 39 deaths, when the average is 37 deaths in one year. Yes. A full 39 infant deaths have occurred in 2016 (as of this writing) due to these babies having been left behind in cars. That's in spite of all the articles written to more>

    Cube-tastic just may be the answer to your prayers. That is if you've been stumped about what to buy that computer geek child of yours as a holiday gift. Similar to the ever-popular Rubik's Cube, Cube-tastic is a puzzle cube that combines augmented reality with a step-by-step solution guide. Made by Pai Technology, Cube […]  more>

    The National Safe Place Network (NSPN) extends a lifeline to children on the run. We're talking children in crisis with no one to turn to and no place to go. NSPN makes sure there's an effective response system in place for these kids, an infrastructure to help them. Note that this is a national organization. In other words, when we say NSPN is helping kids in crisis, we're not just talking about helping children in a single location, but throughout the United States. NSPN helps build public and private partnerships to serve homeless and runaway chil […]  more>

    New parents can find it difficult to know when a newborn baby needs a doctor's attention. For one thing, no baby comes with a manual. Also, it takes time to learn the habits of this new and demanding little bundle of baby. Meantime, parents worry. They worry if the baby sneezes, or sleeps an hour longer than usual. They check the baby constantly to make sure he or she is still breathing.

    Call The Doctor?

    What parents really wish they had is a checklist of symptoms they can refer to see the baby is in need of medical care. And that's exactly what follows below. If your baby has a […]  more>

    Teens and smartphones seem to be attached by some invisible cord. We've all seen teens all hunched over, not really there with us, totally absorbed by whatever is going on in their virtual worlds. The nagging voice in our (parental) heads may say, "This is what addiction looks like." We're not wrong. A recent study by Common Sense Media found that 50 percent of teenagers feel they are addicted to their smartphones. The same study found that 77 perc […]  more>

    Many children have imaginary friends. Imaginary friend can be invisible to others, or take the form of an inanimate object. When the imaginary friend is a real object, the child imagines the inanimate object as having personality and abilities. Just how many children have pretend companions varies according to the sources you read and sometimes according to the type of imaginary friend. An Australian study says some 65 percent of all children have imaginary friends. Author Lau […]  more>

    National Education Support Professionals Day honors secretaries, classroom aides, maintenance workers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and others who make a positive difference for children in public schools. These people are in many ways, the unsung heroes of our educational system. They are working behind the scenes to make school a safe and amazing place of growth and learning for every child. We honor our education support professionals on the Wednesday that falls during American Education Week . As it happens, this is the 29th annual celebration of National Education Support Profession […]  more>

    FIRST North Carolina is all about getting kids to like science. Could there be anything better than that? Kars4Kids doesn't think so. Which is why we were happy to have a chance to partner in a small way with the work of FIRST North Carolina, in the form of a small grant. Think about it: cure for cancer? That's only going to come from today's budding scientists. But if they think science is a bore, kids will run in the opposite direction. Enter FIRS […]  more>