What's Your Wish for Kids?

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Sarah Kehoe
The best present for our 85th year: to have all these hopes and dreams for families come true by the time Parents turns 100!
Jenny Risher
Jenny Risher

Parents is turning 85! To celebrate, we're making wishes that will benefit children and families everywhere. Would you help make our wishes come true? Please advocate for one or more of our causes, and add a wish or two of your own.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Our Wish: Babies stay in mama's belly for 40 weeks -- or at least 39! More than 12 percent of them make an early entrance now.

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Chris Eckert
Chris Eckert

Our Wish: A safe playground is within walking distance of every child's home.

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Image Source/Getty
Image Source/Getty

Our Wish: All children would be covered by health insurance.

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Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Our Wish: When you buy a kid a bike, it automatically comes with a helmet.

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Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Our Wish: Children are screened early for autism and other developmental delays when treatments are most effective.

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Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Our Wish: Families who have mental health problems will no longer feel stigmatized.

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Jonny Valiant
Jonny Valiant

Our Wish: Every family can afford to buy groceries; in the last year 1 in 4 didn't have enough money for food.

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Reggie Casagrande
Reggie Casagrande

Our Wish: Smoking would be banned in public places everywhere in the country.

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iStock
iStock

Our Wish: There will be a vaccine to prevent childhood leukemia and other types of kid cancers.

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Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim

Our Wish: All countries adopt the United Nation Rights of Children, which protects kids from hunger and maltreatment.

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Cultura/ Getty Images
Cultura/ Getty Images

Our Wish: Moms who don't have paid maternity leave receive it -- plus dads get paid time off too.

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Digital Vision Photography/Veer
Digital Vision Photography/Veer

Our Wish: The unemployment rate falls so families have an easier time making ends meet.

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Jason Donnelly
Jason Donnelly

Our Wish: Doctors would find a cure for food allergies so there never has to be a segregated lunchroom again

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Altrendo/ Getty Images
Altrendo/ Getty Images

Our Wish: No kid misses out on preschool because his parents can't afford it.

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Lara Robby
Lara Robby

Our Wish: There would be more pediatric specialists so kids won't have to wait so long to get an appointment.

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Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Our Wish: More moms are able to breastfeed and get the support and advice they need.

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Heather Weston
Heather Weston

Our Wish: More food is grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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Photolibrary/Matton

Our Wish: All states mandate that insurers cover fertility treatments.

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Ocean Photography/ Veer
Ocean Photography/ Veer

Our Wish: The United States would increase how much energy it gets from renewable sources.

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Sarah Kehoe
Sarah Kehoe

Our Wish: Every child gets at least one hug everyday.

Originally published in the October 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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