Archive | July, 2016

Kids Count

27 Jul

A new report reveals what we, as parents, already knew – Massachusetts is an awesome state for the welfare of our kids. The 2016 Kids Count report ranked Massachusetts as the second best overall state for children (falling just behind Minnesota which claimed the top spot). They considered four categories when compiling the list, including Continue Reading

Go for the Gold: Plan an Olympics-Themed Kids’ Party

25 Jul

If your family is as excited about the Olympics as we are, it’s time to really celebrate the games with a themed party that just screams support for the good old U.S.A. From decorations to food, here’s a roundup of our favorite Olympic-inspired ideas. Set the Scene What would an Olympics-themed soiree be without prominently Continue Reading

Praise for Pokémon GO

19 Jul

By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Pokémon GO is a good thing, I swear. Pokémon GO challenges the gamer stereotype, right? Even the memes are are poking fun, depicting kids walking out into the light for the first time, shielding their eyes, burning their never-seen-the-sun skins. The game is like geocaching meets a scavenger hunt and it’s fantastic. Continue Reading

The Importance of Exercise for Children with Autism

18 Jul

Parenting, one of life’s most challenging jobs, can be made even more challenging when raising a child on the autism spectrum. The number of families who have a child on the spectrum has increased significantly over the last decade. Autism affects 1 in every 68 births in the United States. Made even more challenging is Continue Reading

Summer Burn Prevention

14 Jul

Burn prevention is vital year round. Follow these tips to help prevent burn-related injuries in children. Sunburns Keep infants under 6 months out of direct sun. Dress them in a hat and lightweight clothing protecting arms and legs. Apply minimal sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 to small areas, like the face and Continue Reading

Oh, Yuck!

11 Jul

  Brace yourself, there’s a collection on display at Boston Children’s Hospital featuring an array of items doctors have removed from children’s throats, nostrils and ears. The framed collection can be found at the entrance to BCH’s ear, nose and throat department, with some of the items dating all the way back to 1918. While Continue Reading

Why Do Some Kids Learn Kindness and Others Learn Aggression and Violence?

6 Jul

By Laurie Berdahl, M.D. Sixteen-year-old Amy Anita Joyner-Francis was killed in her high school bathroom in a preplanned attack by three teenage girls. One 16-year-old has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. Ironically, Amy was described by many as a compassionate student who worked to reduce violence and fighting. Many youth today suffer from being Continue Reading