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    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>

    To wean a baby means to stop breastfeeding. Once a baby no longer nurses at the breast and takes food and drink from other sources, he is said to be weaned. Some babies wean themselves as they lose interest in nursing. Others need to be coaxed into giving up breastfeeding. Mothers and babies can feel emotional about nursing. The bond between a mother and a nursing baby is strong and intimate. This can make it difficult or even painful for one or the other to give up the nursing relationship. Mother and/or baby may not want to give up the closeness experienced while nursing. A mother may fee […]  more>

    Being green is a state of mind. It’s about developing green habits and modeling them for your kids. But if you really want to make sure the earth’s resources are around long after you’re gone, you’re going to have to be more proactive than that. You’ll need to seek out ways to teach your child what “green” means as well as the actual ins and outs of being green. Slimmed down to its essentials, going green is about making mindful choices all the time. You’re peeling a carrot. Do you throw away the peel, or compost it? You’ve finished a box of cereal. Do you smash it and throw it away, or cut […]  more>

    LDA St. Louis exists because children with learning disabilities aren’t getting what they need in our public school classrooms. That’s because our education system is designed to teach to the middle, to the average student. And if that means leaving gifted and poor students at least somewhat adrift, think what it means to the child with a learning disability. Children with learning disabilities probably need our help the most, yet are so often those getting the least help of all. Their parents, meanwhile, may not even know their children have learning disabilities. Even if parents suspect t […]  more>

    Pacifiers may be a good or bad thing, depending on what expert is weighing in at the moment. Which is the problem with a lot of parenting advice. But as a mother of 12 babies who cried more often than not, I can tell you that pacifiers were a lifesaver for me. Pacifiers gave my babies the extra sucking they needed for comfort when their bellies were already full. A longer feeding would have meant more milk. More milk would have meant more gas. More gas would lead to even more crying. Besides, I had (and still have) a rather low tolerance for crying. The pacifier stopped the crying. That mea […]  more>

    Whaley Children’s Center is the kind of place that carves a notch into your heart and settles in forever. This is a place filled with love and warmth for kids who haven’t known much of either. It’s a place where foster kids go between foster homes, and you better believe it: kids in foster care tend to get bounced around a lot. Now, kids deserve to be kids. They deserve to be accepted and loved unconditionally. When kids don’t get that kind of acceptance and love, it affects them. Whaley tries to heal the unhealable, and give these children back […]  more>

    All along, the majority position of Psychiatry has been that Psychiatry has nothing to do with religion and spirituality. Religious beliefs and practices have long been thought to have a pathological basis, and psychiatrists over a century have understood them in this light. Religion was considered as a symptom of mental illness. Jean Charcot and Sigmund Freud linked religion with neurosis. DSM3 portrayed religion negatively by suggesting that religious and spiritual experiences are examples of psychopathology. But recent research reports strongly suggest that to many patients, rel […]  more>

    Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) is mentoring inner city youth in Hartford, Connecticut, taking them by the hand, listening to them, and pushing them to believe in themselves so they can get ahead and break the cycle of poverty. Thanks to OPP, many youths who would otherwise drop out of high school, not only stick around in school long enough to graduate, but go on to get some higher education. That means they can potentially vie for more white collar jobs. Which m […]  more>

    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>