Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Toddler Hit-and-Run Sparks Outrage in China
A video showing a toddler being struck twice by vans and then ignored by passers-by is sparking outrage in China and prompting soul-searching over why people didn’t help the child.
Parents Can Improve Kids’ School Experience
If you’re one of those parents who regularly asks your children, “How was school today?” a noted child psychologist says you deserve the rote answer you often get.
Weight Loss Surgery Benefits Entire Family
Having gastric bypass surgery has a ripple effect that causes family members to lose weight, eat better and exercise more, a new study shows.
Colombian Girl Reunited with Family, but Questions Remain
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It was front-page news on the websites of all the major Colombian media Tuesday: Nhora Valentina Munoz, the 10-year-old daughter of a town mayor, was back home after a kidnapping that lasted 19 days.
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Jackie Hance’s life changed forever on July 26, 2009. Her sister-in-law, Diane Schuler, drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway. Schuler was killed, along with her son, her three nieces – Hance’s daughters – and the three men in the car that she hit.
Hance and her husband were devastated; they had lost all of their children. But the unimaginable situation became worse when the police released the toxicology report: Schuler had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit, and was high on marijuana.
The story made national headlines, but Hance was too dazed to talk. Now, almost two years later, she has opened up to Ladies’ Home Journal to talk about her loss and share uplifting news. Read the whole article on our sister-site, LHJ.com.
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Monday, August 9th, 2010
In our September issue, out now, we’ve got a story I hope everyone will read. It’s called “The Car Accidents You Don’t Think About” and it’s about the all-too-common occurrences like vehicles rolling over children, power windows that shut on their hands or even necks, cars that can be shifted into gear by a child. The story tells you how to avoid these mistakes, whether that involves technological gadgets (like sensors and cameras to let you know you’re about to hit something or someone) or plain old common sense.
Our story also addresses an issue that is particularly awful to think about. Every year, loving, caring, responsible parents like you and me accidentally leave their child in a hot car for hours. In many cases, the parent (or caregiver) completely forgets that he or she hasn’t dropped their child at day care, and the parent goes on with their day. The child almost always suffers heat stroke (or hyperthermia), and dies. You may not understand how this could possibly happen. I’ve had conversations with parents who believe it would never happen to them, and I get that. But every year, it happens to close to 40 families in the United States. When we started reporting this story in the spring, four children had already died in 2010 from hyperthermia. As of right now, 29 children have died. (This site tracks these deaths; if you’re so inclined, you can click on the map to learn exactly what happened in each case.)
There’s one simple way to prevent this particular tragedy: Keep your cell phone, or your purse or briefcase, or your work I.D. (or all three) in the back seat. This way you’ll never leave your car without checking there first.
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