At nine months old, Autumn started banging her head. Victoria and Nathaniel had installed swings for their twin girls in the doorway of the living room, and Autumn would lean out of the swing in order to whack herself on the posts. They would carefully snuggle her back in, secure her, and pad the posts with pillows, but she continued to bang. Sometimes she banged with such … [Read more...] about Raising Disabled Children in an Unequal America
The holidays may be over, but the gifted gadgets are here to stay. Parents who are concerned about recent media coverage of screen time for children 3 and younger can find help from ZERO TO THREE's latest parent resources. The early childhood development nonprofit recently released a detailed report, Screen Sense, which provides evidence-based guidelines, including a summary of … [Read more...] about Video Chats and Screen Time with Toddlers
Two new studies associate dental amalgam fillings with pregnancy risks and confirm that action is urgently needed to protect babies from the known risks of mercury, according to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). A growing number of countries have taken measures to prevent the placement of dental amalgam "silver" fillings in women and children … [Read more...] about Are Dental Amalgams Safe During Pregnancy?
When our children are sick, they are often not sick enough to require a doctor’s visit, but nonetheless would benefit from something to soothe their discomfort. As a mother of four, over time I developed a repertoire of foods, vitamins, herbs, homeopathics and other safe and natural remedies that I could give my children at home. Here are some ways to naturally soothe your c … [Read more...] about Simple Ideas For Home Healthcare
I’ve been making my own cleaners lately and they’re simple recipes made from vegetarian ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. I scent my Drain Cleaner with high quality, pure essential oils which make everything smell better. (Pure lemon oil is also a great astringent, which makes it a nice addition to cleaning products.) 3 INGREDIENT DRAIN CLEANER Baking s … [Read more...] about Easy Homemade Drain Cleaner That Works
I admit that I've been prejudiced in favor of the cradle carry for breastfeeding. It's what worked for me so I naturally think it is "right." I don't like the cross cradle or other "carries" because they seem too complicated. And, when I see mothers today breastfeeding with their babies positioned straight onto their breasts I think they're doing it wrong. But, it is I who h … [Read more...] about What is Natural Breastfeeding?
If you are wondering if your baby has colic, he probably does not. When you have a colicky baby, you know it. A colicky baby is one who cries more than three hours a day, usually in the evening hours, at least three days a week. The colicky baby cries intensely and appears in agony. He may have a flushed face, and a rigid, distended abdomen. He cries with legs drawn up and … [Read more...] about Helpful Tips For Your Colicky Baby
Americans are passionate about equality and justice, and these principles should be applied to family policy discussions. We need to transform the prevailing frame—the focus on “working families”—to one that embraces all families with inclusive family policies. The lens of equality and justice would illuminate the disparity between the value of parents’ roles in raising healt … [Read more...] about Equality and Justice for All Families
More than 43% of teens report being bullied online, with 70% of students saying they witness frequent bullying online, research shows. Bullying includes: threats rumors physical attacks verbal attacks purposely excluding somebody from a group Cyberbullying includes any kind of bullying that takes place over digital devices, through texts, social media, onl … [Read more...] about 12 Signs of Bullying and What To Do
When we're heading off a long trip with our kids, snacks are an essential item! Unfortunately, convenient snacks for kids are often pretty unhealthy, not to mention expensive. Keeping our small kids occupied in the back seat can be challenging at the best of times, without constant cries of “I’m hungry!” resonating around the car. We found that they are loads of healthy snack … [Read more...] about Healthy Snacks for a Road Trip with Kids