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    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>

    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>