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Fresh Takes On Family-Friendly Food

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

We know that it’s sometimes a struggle to find time (and energy!) to prepare nutritious food. We’ve got your back with lightning-fast recipes and our series of helpful kitchen hints and tricks. Disney hears you, too–that’s why they’re launching a new series called “That’s Fresh,” hosted by chef Helen Cavallo. The show premieres tonight during the new Disney Junior Night Light programming block on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel. Each episode of this mom-friendly show focuses on taking one simple main ingredient to create healthy recipes that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Helen also shared her top tips for whipping up nutritious meals and snacks for your family:

  • Plan ahead. Get your food shopping out of the way over the weekend, so you’re not scrambling to buy groceries during the week. Make lunches at the same time that you’re making dinner (that way, you’ll only have to clean up the kitchen once!). It’s easy to store sandwiches or whole fruits, and you can even stash some dinner leftovers to pack for lunch.
  • Master quick-and-easy shortcuts. For a healthy side in a snap, roast vegetables in a pan with olive oil and a pinch of salt. It’s also simple to steam veggies: you can make a whole meal’s worth at once, and cleanup is a cinch.
  • Scissor solution: Instead of cutting your kid’s food with a knife and fork, snip it into bite-sized chunks using kitchen scissors. This can save a lot of time!
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Ad Campaign Casting Call for Infantino and Step 2

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Everybody plays. That’s the motto of a campaign from kids’ gear companies Infantino and Step 2. Infantino brand manager Colette Cosky became committed to celebrating the awesome uniqueness of every child after giving birth to her son Dexter, who has Down syndrome. It’s also a message that we take to heart at Parents: we’re proud that our stories and photos feature kids of all abilities and appearances. (Check out the sweet sibling story “Dake” from our recent August issue.)

That’s why we’re so excited that Infantino is hosting an open casting call for kids of all shapes, sizes, and needs to star in an upcoming ad campaign. Even better: the photos will be shot by our friend Kelle Hampton, a mega-popular mom blogger and author whose second daughter, Nella, was also born with Down syndrome. (Kelle shared Nella’s birth story with us—it’s a tear-jerker!) Kelle shot this cute photo for last year’s campaign.

Is your child ready for her close-up? Kids must be 5 years or younger, live in Southern California, and not be represented by a modeling agency. If your tot fits the bill, send her name, age, date of birth, and a recent close-up and full-body snapshot to castingcall@infantino.com. Submit your kid’s photo by 09/10/12 for a chance to be considered.

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Meeting Kristin Davis? All in a Day’s Work

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Product launch parties in New York City are similar to fancy parties that you always dreamed of attending as a child (or, in my case, also as an adult). There are tiny finger foods floating around the room, swarms of journalists boasting of their latest ventures, cameramen lazily snapping pictures of the scene, and, you know, a celebrity or two.

(All right, maybe I was the only child who dreamed of a party like that.)

Regardless, today’s event was fantastic. I went to a product launch for Zarbee’s new adult line of honey-based cough products. Zarbee’s is the queen bee of natural, drug-free cough relievers for kids–and now parents!–and their products have earned them a few Hollywood mega-fans, including one certain Sex and the City star.

As I sat in the gorgeous penthouse suite of a swanky Manhattan hotel, surrounded by well-known bloggers, editors, and writers, Kristin Davis herself sashayed into the room on sky-high Louboutins (“They’re Charlotte’s heels!” she later whispered to me) and surprised the speechless crowd.

Kristin, who is mom to one-year-old Gemma Rose, chatted about the difficulties of trying to be the perfect mom while also being a single parent. “It’s challenging,” she admitted, “but so very worth it.” As you could guess, the celeb was just as sweet and bubbly as her old on-screen character, Charlotte, complimenting my outfit and repeatedly thanking everyone for coming. After a quick picture with her (she touched my waist!), I skipped out the door, grabbing a Zarbee’s goody bag and a macaroon on the way. My travel back to the Parents headquarters was spent in a dazed, smiley state—which most likely terrified other people—and I contemplated the likelihood of Kristin and I becoming best friends. (Outcome? Unlikely.) Still, no complaints for a day’s worth of “work.”

Which celebrity would you be most shell-shocked to meet? Tell us below!

 

Image: Kristin Davis with author via Zarbee’s

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Win Back-To-School Supplies!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

It’s that time of the year again, and the only thing harder than getting your kid up in the mornings is trying to get him to go to the store for some back-to-school shopping. But we can help! We’ve rounded up four awesome backpacks that are stuffed with cool supplies. And the best part? You can take them home for free. For a chance to win one, post a comment in the comments’ section below, noting which “Prize Pack” you want to score (Prize Pack 1, Prize Pack 2, Prize Pack 3, or Prize Pack 4). We’ll pick one winner for each of the four goodies. The prizes are:

Prize Pack 1:

Madpax Halfpack

Kids Desk Organizer

Rocket Pen

AutoDrive Flash Drive

Rubik’s Pencil Holder

Aladdin Expandable Container

 

Prize Pack 2:

Gummy Bear Backpack

Kids Desk Organizer

Fiskars Scissors & Ruler

ORE Originals Lunch Sack

Sushi Stapler

Ugly Doll umbrella

Bic Impressions Mini Pencils 10 Pack

 

Prize Pack 3:

Color My World Backpack

Popeyed Pencil Pouch (in Staples stores)

Cuddly Wolf Bag

Bic Impressions Mini Pencils 10 Pack

Fossil Erasers

Built NYC Doggie Lunch Bag

 

Prize Pack 4:

Skip Hop Hippo Backpack

Mead Notebook

Stack-A-Doodle Crayons

Streamline Mini Tape Dispensers

Honest Boy Pencil Sharpener

Spork

Aladdin Expandable Container

I Love Tootsie Roll Lunch Box

Popeyed Pencil Pouch (in Staples stores)

 

Goody luck!

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on August 1, 2012. Ends: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on September 10, 2012. Subject to Official Rules at www.goodyblog.com. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. For full rules, click here.

 

 UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Later Pregnancy, Lower Risk of a Cancer
The older a woman is when she gives birth, the lower her risk for endometrial cancer, a new study reports. The researchers found that women who had their last babies after age 40 had a 44 percent reduced risk of endometrial cancer, compared with women who had their babies before age 25. (via NY Times)

Devices Don’t Work to Save Kids in Hot Cars
Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe. Their review of 18 commercial devices, including systems integrated into a car, shows none works well enough to rely on. (via NBC News)

Blood Donations Lowest in 15 Years, Red Cross Says
A perfect storm of events has driven blood donations to the lowest in 15 years, a shortfall so extreme that some patients may have to cancel elective surgery, medical officials say. The American Red Cross fell 50,000 units short of its needs in June and will likely fall short again in July, it said. (via NBC News)

Parents Can Increase Children’s Activity by Increasing Their Own
Parents concerned about their children’s slothful ways can do something about it, according to research at National Jewish Health. They can increase their own activity. When parents increase their daily activity, as measured by a pedometer, their children increase theirs as well. (via Science Daily)

New Ways to Fight-Off Youth Anxiety and Depression
Approximately 8 to 22 percent of children suffer from anxiety, often combined with other conditions such as depression. However, most existing therapies are not designed to treat coexisting psychological problems and are therefore not very successful in helping children with complex emotional issues. (via Science Daily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Study Finds Scarcity of Drug Trials in Kids
Relatively few clinical trials have tested the safety and effectiveness of medications in children – even when kids make up a large share of patients with the condition the drug treats, a new study finds. (via Reuters)

Peg Perego Recalls 223,000 Strollers for Strangulation Risk
The stroller manufacturer recalled 223,000 strollers on Tuesday because of the risk of children getting their heads caught between the stroller tray and seat bottom and strangling. (via TIME)

Docs at Odds Over Kids’ Cholesterol Test Guidance
Doctors are still debating whether all U.S. children should be tested for high cholesterol, months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some kids. New criticism was published Monday by the journal Pediatrics. (via Associated Press)

Enrollment Off in Big Districts, Forcing Layoffs
Enrollment in nearly half of the nation’s largest school districts has dropped steadily over the last five years, triggering school closings, layoffs of essential staff and concerns that the students who remain are some of the neediest and most difficult to educate. (via NY Times)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Assault: Children With Disabilities Are More Likely to Be Victims of Violence, Analysis Shows
Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to be victims of violence than other children, according to a new report commissioned by the World Health Organization. The report, published in The Lancet on Thursday, found that disabled children were 3.6 times more likely to be physically assaulted and 2.9 times more likely to be sexually assaulted. (via NY Times)

Girls as Young as 6 Want to be ‘Sexy,’ Study Says
Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in the Midwest. The study, published online July 6 in the journal Sex Roles, also identified factors that protect girls from objectifying themselves. (via MSNBC)

Women Beat Men on IQ Tests For First Time
New research is providing an answer to the age-old, delicate question: who is smarter, men or women? A new study has come down on the feminine side of that argument, finding that women now score higher on IQ tests than men. (via ABC News)

Tooth Fillings Made With BPA Tied to Behavior Issues
Kids who get dental fillings made using BPA are more likely to have behavior and emotional problems a few years later, according to a new study. (via Fox News)

Cord Blood Stem Cells Restore Toddler’s Hearing
Madeleine, 2, became the first child to undergo an experimental hearing loss treatment through an FDA-approved trial at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center that infused stem cells from her own banked cord blood into her damaged inner ear. Within the last six months, Connor says she’s seen a dramatic improvement in Madeleine’s ability to hear. (via Yahoo!)

Study Links Child Abuse to Home Foreclosures
Researchers found just under a 1 percent increase in the number of general physical abuse cases reported at 38 pediatric hospitals every year between 2000 and 2009 and a more than 3 percent rise in the number of traumatic brain injuries seen in babies. (via MSNBC)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Study: Breast-Feeding Keeps Women Thinner, Even Decades Later
While breast-feeding is touted partly as a way to help new mothers lose weight, it may help keep their weight down even decades later, a new study from England suggests. (via MSNBC)

Strength Training Key in Preventing Alzheimer’s
Studies presented at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference found that resistance training was particularly beneficial for improving the cognitive abilities of older adults. (via CNN)

Adopt These Three Habits to Lose Weight
Three habits are key to weight loss and sustained weight control, a new study finds. Women in the study who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn’t skip meals and avoided eating out, especially for lunch. (via MSNBC)

Questionnaire Completed by Parents May Help Identify One-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism
A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that 31 percent of children identified as at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 12 months received a confirmed diagnosis of ASD by age 3 years. (via CNN)

Study: More TV Linked to Larger Waists and Weaker Legs for Kids
The more television a child watches, even in the first years of life, the more likely he or she is to be thicker around the middle and less muscularly fit, according to a new study. (via ABC News)

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