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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
After Hardship and Homelessness, National Science Fair Honors
Samantha Garvey, an 18-year-old senior in Long Island, was named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for her work with mussels.
Brain Scans Spot Early Signs of Dyslexia
Instead of waiting for a child to experience reading delays, scientists now say they can identify the reading problem even before children start school, long before they become labeled as poor students and begin to lose confidence in themselves.
Parents May Hold Key to Treating Kids’ Obesity
Parents and caregivers should be involved in treatment programs for obese children and should lead by example, praise children’s progress and use setbacks as learning opportunities, experts say.
Children’s Book Award Winners Named
The American Library Association named the winners of the country’s most prestigious children’s book awards on Monday.
Allergic to Cold? It’s a Real Condition, Experts Say
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Grant Schlager sounds like a typical Minnesota kid: He loves to play outside, no matter how cold it gets, and he’s pretty excited that a slow-to-start snow season is finally underway. But Grant, who turns 12 this week, has a problem: He is literally allergic to cold. It makes him break out in hives and could cause more serious reactions if he’s not careful.
Monday, November 14th, 2011
Have you ever wanted to chat with actor Taye Diggs? Yes? Well, we have great news! On Monday, November 14 fans of our Facebook page can talk with Diggs from 1PM to 2PM EST.
During the chat, Diggs will answer questions about parenting (his son Walker with wife Idina Menzel is two) and topics touched on in Chocolate Me, his new children’s book about a boy who grows up looking different from everyone around him. In the book, the young boy’s mother helps him learn to love his sweet, chocolate self; and during the chat, Diggs wants to answer your questions about raising a child who might be different.
For more on Diggs’ work-life balance and what he’s learned from his son, read his interview with Allison Winn Scotch on The Balance Sheet.
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
When your preschooler asks you where babies come from, what do you say? If you’ve picked up the November issue of Parents, you may have seen our blurb on books that can help deal with this and other questions that make you say, “Uhhh…,” such as Who Has What? by Robie E. Harris, which gives kids the scoop on how boys and girls’ bodies are different. Librarians say that a kid-friendly story can make talking about hard-to-explain topics easier for both of you.
Have you ever used books to help answer your child’s tougher questions? Which are your favorite?
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Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Get your kids reading and on their way to become bookworms! This year, Parents magazine and Parents.com partnered with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for our second Raise a Reader program.
Two contests are running simultaneously as part of the Raise a Reader program, the School Challenge and the Family Challenge. The School Challenge is open to parents with school-age kids, and the school with the highest reading minutes will win $5,000 for the library. The Family Challenge is open to parents with and without school-age kids, and 50 kids with the highest reading minutes will win $50 gift cards.
FOR THE SCHOOL CHALLENGE:
1- Between October 1-30, 2011, school administrators and teachers can register their school for the program at parents.com/reading/school/signup
2- Starting November 7, 2011, parents must begin registering their individual kids into to the program. Parents can register at parents.com/reading/ and start tracking their children’s extracurricular reading minutes. Only 100 minutes maximum can be entered each day. Students can be enrolled any time until January 30, 2012, when the contest ends.
3- When parents register their kids, they must add a school in order to be a participant in the program. Parents with school-age kids who participating in the School Challenge are automatically enrolled in the Family Challenge.
FOR THE FAMILY CHALLENGE:
1- Starting November 7, 2011, parentswithout school-age children also register their individual kids into the program. Parents can register at parents.com/reading/ and start tracking their children’s extracurricular reading minutes. Only 100 minutes maximum can be entered each day. Kids can be enrolled any time until January 30, 2012, when the contest ends.
2- When parents register their kids, they are automatically enrolled into the Family Challenge.
View frequently asked questions here and full contest rules here. Get your child’s school involved today!
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Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Think pink in October for breast cancer awareness. According to the CDC, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S. We spoke to Julie Aigner Clark, founder of The Baby Einstein Company, mother of two kids, and 44-year-old breast cancer survivor about her tips for talking to kids about breast cancer. She recently published a picture book, “You Are the Best Medicine,” which helps kids understand what it means when a loved one has been dignosed with cancer. Proceeds for the book go to UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
1- Your picture book, “You Are the Best Medicine,” shares tips for explaining cancer to children. What are some of the tips for moms to approach the topic with younger and older kids?
I don’t think kids younger than 5 need to know more than ”Mommy is sick and has to take medicine that makes her feel bad for awhile.” Here are my tips:
- Be honest but don’t explain too much. Think of it as talking to kids about sex. The older they get, the more you can go into the specifics.
- Let them know how much they can help just by loving you. Ask them to read to you, crawl into bed with you, and snuggle. Kids really are the best medicine!
- Tell them right away that they can’t “catch” cancer from you, no matter what. This seems obvious, but kids are quite literal. They’ve been told to stay away from sick people!
- Take them with you, once, to a chemo appointment. This takes the mystery out of what’s going on while you’re at the doctor. Explain the IV, the fluids, and the process to the degree that they’ll understand.
If kids do want to understand a little more about why or how a parent (or someone else they know) is sick, there are also excellent children’s books. One that explains cancer really well is “Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings” by Ellen McVicker, a fellow survivor. My own book shares how important love is to a parent going through treatment and focuses on the non-medical parts of the illness that kids can expect.
2- How did your own breast cancer experience with your daughters inspire you to develop these tips?
My kids were 6 and 9 the first time I was diagnosed; they were 11 and 13 the second time. I wish I’d been more open with them the second time around, when they were old enough to know that this is a life-threatening disease. I was trying to deal with the diagnosis myself, especially the stage 4 part. I was scared and sad, and I tried to protect my kids, but they knew. Our children understand us, and anxiety is a pretty powerful emotion to cover up. I did my best, but in retrospect, I wish I hadn’t tried to hide my fear.
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Friday, July 15th, 2011
Cyberbullying a Big Worry for Parents: Survey
Cyberbullying, which usually means one teen or group of teens taunting or spreading rumors about a peer online, has risen along with accessibility of the internet and the popularity of online social media such as Facebook.
Parents underestimate kids’ asthma symptoms
Parents of kids with asthma don’t always realize when their children’s treatment is inadequate, a new drugmaker-funded survey suggests.
Facebook Helps Parents Snoop, But Kids Are Fighting Back
Parents are increasingly using Facebook to keep tabs on their children, but a recent survey reports kids are catching on, in another example of how social media is part of the eternal cat-and-mouse game of child-rearing.
A Young Boy’s Murder Has Parents Second-Guessing Their Decisions
Kids can be very persuasive. That must have been the case with 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, who talked his parents into letting him walk home alone on July 11 from his day camp in Brooklyn.
Children’s Book Uses iPad Interactivity to Teach Open Mindedness
When artist Raghava KK had two children, he decided it was time for a new approach to children’s books. That approach manifests itself in Pop It, a new children’s book for iPad that looks to teach open mindedness to toddlers.
Share of children hits record low in U.S.
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Children now make up less of America’s population than ever before, even with a boost from immigrant families with higher children-to-adult ratios.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Want to join the global movement for literacy?
Startling statistics from LitWorld.org states that almost 1 billion people around the world today still can’t read or write, and that 171 million children could overcome poverty if they learned to write and read in school.
To share how power of words to change the world, LitWorld is making today World Read Aloud Day. World Read Aloud Day “motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.”
Since last year, LitWorld has advocated for reading and writing in over 35 countries through 40,000 people who partcipated in sharing the word. This year, LitWorld invites you to continue sharing the importance of literacy in several ways: reading with your kids and family, joining a reading event at your local library or in your community, or stopping by Times Square in New York City for a 24-hour Read Aloud Marathon.
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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Growing up, I remember looking–with reverance–at books branded with silver and gold Newbery and Caldecott medals. I knew those books were extra special, awarded by the American Library Association as being the best of the best in written (Newbery) and illustrated (Caldecott) children’s books.
This week, the ALA press release announced their winners of this year’s Newbury and Caldecott medals:
John Newbery Medal (outstanding contribution to children’s literature): “Moon over Manifest,” written by Clare Vanderpool, is the 2011 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. (Click here for more book award winners.)
Randolph Caldecott Medal
(distinguished American picture book for children): “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” illustrated by Erin E. Stead, is the 2011 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Philip C. Stead, and is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing. (Click here for more book award winners.
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What were your favorite children’s books growing up? What books do your kids like to read?
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