Category: Kids Health

How 10 Parents Give Their Kids Downtime

Wake up. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. School drop-off. Soccer for one kid. Gymnastics for the other. Dinner. Homework. Sleep. If this kind of super-regimented routine sounds familiar, well, that’s no surprise. Today, children under 12 have precipitously less free time than any generation before theirs, as unstructured play and moments of respite have taken a

Recognizing early childhood speech problems

(HealthDay)—You eagerly await baby’s first words and delight at his growing vocabulary. But that excitement may cause you to miss speech problems that should be corrected quickly. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), many parents don’t know common warning signs of speech problems or that they’re easier to correct before age 4. At 12

Pediatric ward noise at night exceeds recommended levels

(HealthDay)—Children and their mothers have poorer quality sleep in pediatric hospital wards than they do at home, and this may be due to significantly raised sound levels in the hospital, according to a study published online July 17 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Rosanna Bevan, B.M.B.S., from the University of Southampton in the

Safeguarding fetal brain health in pregnancies complicated by CHD

Yao Wu, a research postdoctoral fellow in the Developing Brain Research Laboratory at Children’s National Health System, has received a Thrasher Research Fund early career award to expand knowledge about regions of the fetal brain that are vulnerable to injury from congenital heart disease (CHD) during pregnancy. CHD, the most common birth defect, can have

Madonna Totally Loves Being a Soccer Mom

Madonna has had many monikers over the years: Material Girl, Madge and Queen of Pop, just to name a few. But the title of "soccer mom" just might be her favorite yet. Of course, in true Madonna style, she’s taken the role of soccer mom to the next level by moving to Portugal so her

The Mom's Guide to Seattle

Are you, like me, a parent who’s really into coffee, seafood and Nirvana? Do you, like me, have a child who’s really into… well, Nirvana at least? If yes, then why aren’t you on a flight to Seattle already? If no, still get on that flight. Because even if you’re not a rabid fan of

How to Coexist (& Co-parent) With Your Kids’ Stepmother

My ex-husband and his new wife were a picture-perfect couple. So much so that they were photographed for the cover of Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. They were featured in an article about how stepparents are supposedly either relegated to support status or are simply invisible.  But his new wife wasn’t invisible. She posed with him

Legit Job Tips for Work-From-Home Parents

As a work-from-home parent, I find the thought of putting on "work clothes" and traveling beyond the four walls of my house to earn a living pretty grim. Don’t get me wrong — working from home can be challenging, frustrating and exhausting, and it’s not suited to everyone. But in my experience, the cons far

Beyoncé Gives Fans a Rare Glimpse of the Carter Twins

Beyoncé and Jay-Z aren’t private about many things, but when it comes to family life, the pair tends to keep things close to the vest. In fact, the couple is very protective of their children (what parent isn’t?). But it looks like we’re finally getting a glimpse into their current family life. On Wednesday, the

Parents: Think twice before you pressure your picky eater

Seriously, does anyone really like peas? More importantly, should parents pressure kids to eat them anyway, and does it hurt or help the child? Parents struggle mightily with this question, and a recent University of Michigan study clears up some of the confusion, says Julie Lumeng, director of the U-M Center for Human Growth and