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The ONE thing James Van Der Beek Would Do With 45 Minutes of Free Time

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Flu season is coming up and actor James Van Der Beek is not taking any chances with his growing brood. The longtime TV star (Dawson’s Creek anyone?) and father of three, Olivia, 4, Joshua, 2, and Annabel, nearly 9 months, is spreading the word on fighting influenza with FluMist Quadrivalent, a needle-free flu vaccineParents took some one-on-one time with James to talk TLC, how being a dad to daughters has changed him, and the one thing he would do if he had 45 minutes to himself.

P: We’re here for FluMist. Vaccines have been a big buzz topic. What is your take on vaccines and what do you say to parents who might not be with you?

JVDB: I totally understand the debate about vaccines. They certainly have a utility. My wife and I went back and forth on the whole vaccine issue, quite a bit, but when it came to the flu vaccine specifically it was something we decided to do. Initially I was afraid you could get the flu from a flu vaccine. You actually can’t. It’s impossible. That was new to me. When I found that out, I realized there are a lot of myths about the flu that even I had—as health-conscious as I am. When I found out that it hospitalized 200,000 people a year and that it’s responsible for the hospitalization of more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, that’s when I thought this is something that I can really get behind and help spread the word. And [FluMist] is needle free. Kids don’t like when you stick needles in them. Go figure. My 4-year-old did it and didn’t cry and was really proud of herself. We did not vaccinate our kids last year and I had two kids with the flu and my wife was pregnant. And G-d forbid it can lead to some bad complications.

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P: With vaccinations your home will be flu free, but there are always the typical coughs and colds. What is your go-to thing as a dad to make your kids feel better on a sick day?

JVDB: We take a very holistic approach to it. We make them some special tea with some good homeopathics in there. We give it to them with a lot of love. I think that counts for a lot.

P: You have two girls and a boy. There’s been a lot of talk about how having a daughter, specifically, changes a man. Is that something you feel?

JVDB: Well my first kid was a daughter, yeah you do start to be more concerned with the world in general knowing your kids are going to go out in it. You start to really look at other people’s attitudes towards women especially, and you’re a lot more hyperaware.

P: Have you seen the YouTube videos of the daddy-daughter dates? Would you take Olivia or Annabel on a father-daughter first date?

JVDB: I feel I do that all the time. It’s tricky with three, but I really do try to make sure they all have some good one-on-one time because that’s when you really get to see who they are outside of siblings and outside of the environment that they’re usually in. You get some really great clues into their personality. And they just love it. It’s a really big priority for me to take those moments.

P: Speaking of personality is there anything that any of your three do that makes you think “That’s just like when I was a kid?”

JVDB: All the time. Whenever they make goofy faces or love to dress up in their Halloween costumes or tell me a story that’s a complete fallacy that they’re making up but they’re doing it so well.

P: Were you a little fibber?

JVDB: I just loved stories. I loved to have a story to tell and my kids will tell me a story and the only way I’ll know that they’re making it up is that there’s a dragon in it. Everything else is really believable until a dragon makes an appearance and I say, “Oh ok you’re making this up.” I turn to my wife and go, “Sorry…my bad.”

P: You’re three kids in, what do you think you’ve learned and you’re doing better with the third than the first?

JVDB: I’ve come to just realize how important it is to embrace the chaos. There might be parents out there who are able to manage everything neat and tidy, but that’s certainly not us. Fighting to really find that appreciation in all of those moments is so important because it really does go by so quickly. It’s a big cliché and it’s so true. There are those times when you’re just so frustrated and you just think to yourself “Really?!” Especially those moments: sit there and think I’m gonna miss this when it’s not happening.

P: What still continues to baffle you? Is there anything you wish someone would tell you the secret to?

JVDB: How do kids have that much energy?

P: I think we should institute adult naptime.

JVDB: I would LOVE adult naptime. I would endorse that in two seconds.

P: You recently had 45 minutes to yourself and you didn’t know what to do. If you had 45 minutes again, do you know what you would do?

JVDB: I should work out because that’s catch as catch can. What I would love to do is to see if I’ve got a football game recorded that nobody has ruined the score for me and just spend 45 minutes going through that. That would be something…. That’s so pathetic. Better than doing the dishes, which is what I think I did last time. I find myself doing dishes saying, “Why am I doing dishes right now? I could be doing anything.”

P: Despite the lack of free time, you seem to be very happy as a father. Was there one moment when you went “Wow. I’m a dad.”

JVDB: Yeah. First moment my first one was born. That was it. It was pretty instantaneous. I’d wanted that for a long time so when it did happen it felt like the resolution to a lot of unanswered questions in my life.

Photograph: Via Instagram with permission from James Van Der Beek

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Sarah Michelle Gellar on Pertussis Vaccine: “How Could Anyone Who Loves a Child Say No?”

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Cold and flu season is almost behind us. Though your days of runny noses and coughs may soon be over, another illness is proving to be a more serious hazard for young ones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns America is experiencing one of the largest outbreaks of reported pertussis cases in 50 years. That’s an even bigger deal for infants who are much more susceptible to the disease; they can’t get vaccinated until 2 months of age.

As mom to 4-year-old Charlotte and 17-month old Rocky, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, 36, was blown away when she learned how easily the disease can spread. Because newborns can’t get vaccinated right away, it’s still a must for adults who plan to be around an infant; the vaccine you got as a child has likely worn off. Parents caught up with the Sounds of Pertussis campaign ambassador to get her take on the disease as well as her tips for raising a healthy and active family.

P: What makes you so passionate about this health issue?

S:  Once you become a parent, your main job is to protect your children in any way possible. When I first had Charlotte, whooping cough was something most of my friends thought had been eradicated. People aren’t aware that 80 percent of the time when you link back to how an infant gets the disease, it comes from a family member or direct caregiver. That’s the scariest thought. Our job is to protect them, and if it’s something as simple as getting a vaccination, that’s something everyone needs to know.

P: What can moms say to convince family and friends to get vaccinated?

S:  It’s about making the information understandable. The way I liken it is if someone has a cold usually they will try to stay away from your baby so he doesn’t get sick. So why would you potentially expose a child to something that’s even more fatal, like pertussis? When you put it in those simple terms, how can anyone who loves a child say no? When the information is coming from someone you trust, it’s a very easy decision.

P: It can be stressful when your kids don’t feel well. How do you handle Charlotte or Rocky getting sick?

S: There’s no question that the very first time your child gets that stuffy nose and cold, it completely freaks you out. You have so much guilt because you can’t explain it to them. I think sometimes first-time parents have this thing of, “I don’t want to bother the doctor and be that annoying parent.” But if you have a question, you need to ask it. As you have more children and become an experienced parent, you sort of get to the point with the colds where you’re like, “If it’s not severe, you’re going to school.”

P: You’re a very active person. How do you encourage your kids to keep fit as well?

S:  The beauty of children is that everything is interesting to them. The more you involve them in whatever activity it is you’re doing, they just love to be part of your life. I let my daughter go walking with me and our dog Bella outside. And there’s still so many fun activities you can do for children exercise-wise in inclement weather. My daughter practices Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu. It’s about taking the time to listen to your child and find what interests her. Whatever those things are that appeal to children and get their minds flowing, that can help keep them healthy and active.

P: How do you motivate Charlotte and Rocky to eat healthy?

S:  Including children in the actual preparation of food is a big thing. We started Charlotte in cooking classes at about 3, and seeing what goes into it gave her a new appreciation for vegetables. Whether you’re growing produce in your backyard or taking a trip to your local farmer’s market, seeing those different aspects can get children excited to eat better. And anything you can do to give a young child ownership and help him feel independent, that’s what you ultimately want. Even if it’s as simple as letting Rocky sprinkle cheese on eggs or a pizza. You just see his face light up.

P: What else can moms do to teach their children the importance of good health?

S:  It ultimately comes down to explaining at a young age what healthy living means, teaching a child what germs are and how easily they are transmitted or how to wash his hands correctly. Those very simple things can really stop the spread, not just for your own family but for your friends and everyone else your child comes into contact with.

Whether you’ve had the vaccine or not, visit the campaign’s Breathing Room Facebook app to help spread the word about pertussis. There, you can create a virtual room for your Baby and invite family and friends to join you in the fight for protection. Every little step counts!

In the meantime, watch this short video to learn what whooping cough sounds like.

What Whooping Cough Sounds Like
What Whooping Cough Sounds Like
What Whooping Cough Sounds Like

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Vaccinations Cleared in Babies’ Celiac “Epidemic”
A surge in celiac disease cases among babies and toddlers in Sweden was not related to childhood vaccinations, a new study finds. (via Reuters)

Controversy over a German Ruling Against Circumcision
A German court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday that circumcising young boys represents grievous bodily harm, a decision that could have significant repercussions for religious groups. (via NY Times)

Lightest, Heaviest Fetuses At Highest Risk for Stillbirth
A new study from Canada finds stillbirth rates highest among severely underweight and overweight fetuses. (via msnbc.com)

Shire Hit as U.S. Approves New Generic ADHD Drug
Regulators have ruled against Shire in a battle over generic copies of its hyperactivity drug Adderall XR, approving a cut-price version of the medicine from Actavis, which is being bought by Watson Pharmaceuticals. (via Reuters)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 18th, 2012

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China Suspends Family Planning Workers After Forced Abortion
A public outcry ensued when graphic photos of a 23-year-old woman and her dead fetus were posted online. (via NY Times)

Big Jump Seen in Oregon Parents Delaying Vaccines
An increasing number of parents may be choosing to delay or limit certain vaccinations for their young children, a new study shows, even as cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, continue to rise nationwide, with recent outbreaks in California and Washington. (via msnbc.com)

Kids Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds
American children are taking fewer antibiotics now than 10 years ago, but prescriptions to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have increased, according to a new report by the Food and Drug Administration. (via CNN)

Bariatric Surgery Safe for Teens, Study Finds
As obesity continues to be a significant problem for kids and teens, a new study shows gastric bypass surgery to be safe and beneficial for morbidly obese teenagers. (via The Today Show)

Kids With One Kidney Can Still Play Sports: Study
Having only one kidney shouldn’t deter healthy youths from playing sports, according to a new study that flies in the face of widespread safety concerns. (via Reuters)

The Midwife as Status Symbol
Midwifery is no longer seen as a fringe practice favored by hippies, but as an enlightened, more natural birthing technique for the hip. (via NY Times)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, June 15th, 2012

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Hidden Hairs Can Strangle Baby’s Tiny Toes
If a single strand of hair wraps around a baby’s toe, it can cut off circulation and ultimately doom the appendage. Though rare, this happens often enough for doctors to have given it a name: toe tourniquet syndrome. (via msnbc.com)

FDA Approves Infant Combo Vaccine for Meningitis
The first vaccine that protects children as young as six weeks against two potentially deadly bacterial infections has won approval from U.S. health regulators. (via AP)

“Darth Vader” Boy from Super Bowl Ad Has Heart Surgery
Doctors on Thursday performed successful open-heart surgery on the 7-year-old boy who starred as a mini-Darth Vader in a popular Super Bowl commercial, according to the Los Angeles hospital where he was treated. (via Reuters)

Cost of Rearing a Child Rises to $234,000
For a child born now, it will cost an average of $234,900 to raise them, and that’s just to age 18. The total cost is up 3.5 percent from a year ago, according to the US Department of Agriculture report. (via ABC News)

Neighbors Ban 3-Year-Old’s Sidewalk Chalk
When Colorado mom Sarah Cohen found out her 3-year-old daughter was being banned from doing sidewalk doodles, she chalked it up to a misunderstanding. But the crackdown on sidewalk chalk was no joke to Cohen’s local housing association in the Denver suburb of Stapleton, which said little Emerson’s scribbles are violating neighborhood rules. (via New York Daily News)

Nearly 20 Percent of Teens Admit to ‘Sexting’
Despite knowing the consequences, many teens still send sexually explicit photos to others using their cellphones, a new study on sexting suggests. (via msnbc.com)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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CT Scans Increase Children’s Cancer Risk, Study Finds
Researchers say the small but significant increases in the risk of leukemia and brain cancer do not mean that CT scans should be avoided entirely, but that the test should be performed only when necessary.

Boy Scouts Consider Opening Organization to Gays
The Boy Scouts of America will consider dropping its longtime opposition to allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the organization after it received a petition signed by 275,000 people at its national annual meeting.

DNA Blueprint for Fetus Built Using Tests of Parents
Researchers put together most of a fetus’s genome using a mother’s blood and father’s saliva, heralding an era when parents might know much more about a child long before its birth.

Less Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Autism: Study
In a new study of California moms, women whose children had autism recalled getting less folic acid through food and supplements early in their pregnancies than those whose kids didn’t develop the disorder.

Baby’s Cells May Transfer to Mom During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, and even decades later, a baby’s influence on mom runs deep — cell deep. While the fetus develops inside the womb, its cells mix and mingle with the mother’s after traveling through the placenta, and can stay there for years.

Report Finds Kids’ Vaccines May Have Been Improperly Stored
Free vaccines meant for children as part of a U.S. government program may have been stored at the wrong temperature, which could make them less effective, according to a report released on Wednesday.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Fever in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk
Running a fever during pregnancy is associated with a risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays in the offspring, a new study reports.

Disney to Quit Taking Ads for Junk Food Aimed at Kids
The Walt Disney Co. is announcing today that it plans to advertise only healthier foods to kids on its TV channels, radio station and website.

Mystery E. Coli Infection Claims 6-Year-Old Mass. Boy
The death of a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy after a mystery E. coli infection continues to stump health officials searching for the source.

Study: Childhood Cancer Survivors Face New Risks
Women treated with chest radiation for cancer when they were girls have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than previously thought, doctors warn.

Opting Out of Vaccinations Could Get Tougher in California
The re-emergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases has prompted the California legislature to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

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Long-Term Birth Control Works Better than Pill
Women who use long-acting methods of birth control are less likely to wind up pregnant than women who use shorter-term methods, which require daily or monthly remembering, a new analysis says.

NYPD Detains New Jersey Man in Etan Patz Case
A suspect is in custody after making statements to NYPD detectives implicating himself in the disappearance and death of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who vanished 33 years ago from his Manhattan neighborhood.

CA Health Officials Testing 35 Babies for TB
Health officials are testing 35 babies for tuberculosis after a person with an active case of the life-threatening disease visited neonatal-intensive care units at two Northern California hospitals.

Parenting Group Bans Unvaccinated Adults
The recent whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic in Washington state has prompted the parent support group PEPS to issue a new policy regarding participation in their groups.

Washing Machine Child’s Mom: I’ll Press Charges
The single mother of a toddler who was locked in an active washing machine in a video that has gone viral said on TODAY Thursday that she plans on pressing charges against the babysitter who watched as the ordeal unfolded.

United Drops Early Boarding for Children
Just in time for summer vacation, families with small children traveling on United Airlines will no longer be able to board early.

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