Archive | August, 2015

Keep Lunch Boxes Safe

26 Aug

As we’re packing our kids’ lunch boxes this school year, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) have a few things they’d like parents to keep in mind. For example, make sure you use an insulated container for meals you hope to keep warm. They suggest first filling the container with boiling water, allowing it to Continue Reading

Five Steps to Choosing a Car Seat

24 Aug

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children. Here’s how to pick the best car seat: 1. Make sure the seat is appropriate for their age, height, weight and developmental level. For used seats, find out the history: Has the seat been recalled? Is it expired (based on manufacturer recommendations of Continue Reading

Taking the Training Wheels Off

21 Aug

By John Sucich “Don’t let go!” my daughter pleads, as I grip the bottom of her bike seat and try to help keep her balance. “I won’t let go,” I tell her. I want to let go. I want to snap my fingers (which would, of course, require letting go) and just like that see Continue Reading

5 SIDS Risk Factors All Parents Should Know

18 Aug

Every year, thousands of babies die unexpectedly in their sleep, the cause of death unexplained. The diagnosis? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, a condition that claims babies’ lives suddenly and seemingly without reason. Doctors have been working for decades to understand what causes this silent killer, but so far their research has yielded no Continue Reading

Summer Bucket List

11 Aug

What’s on your family’s summer bucket list? A trip to Boston Harbor Islands. – Patricia Mortimer We did Legoland in Somerville during the school year, but we’re definitely going back this summer. On a sunny day a packed lunch outside by the water is great!  – Jenn Busi Purgatory Chasm! – Teresa Kelly Farley Potato Continue Reading

Peachy Keen

11 Aug

Did you know August marks Peach Month? Make the most of this ripe stone fruit by throwing it on the grill. Cut peaches in half and discard the pit. Place over medium-high heat, first grilling skin side down for three minutes. Flip ’em and grill the other side for one minute. Serve with vanilla ice Continue Reading

5 Summer Sleep Tips

7 Aug

By Amy Lage   We are now in the thick of the lazy dog days of summer, yet for most of us our summer days are anything but lazy. With the one month left of beautiful weather and the long stretches of daylight before we get to the hustle and bustle of fall, who doesn’t Continue Reading

Court Rules on Spanking

6 Aug

Generally speaking, corporal punishment has taken a backseat to gentler, non-physical consequences to a child’s bad behavior, but Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court made headlines when it set the first-ever guidelines for spanking. The court ruled that a parent or guardian will not be subject to criminal liability due to use of force against a minor Continue Reading

What Is AHT?

3 Aug

By Deborah Sorrentino It’s critical that parents of infants are aware of abusive head trauma (AHT), formerly known as shaken baby syndrome. AHT is an avoidable infant injury resulting from aggressive handling. It can cause minor head injury to severe head trauma or death. The American Academy of Pediatrics cites at least 1,200 seriously injured infants and 80 Continue Reading