What parents need to know about cyberbullying

cyber bullying1Cyberbullying has become a major concern for parents, particularly for parents of children in middle school and high school.

Just like “old fashioned” school yard bullying, though, it can be difficult for parents to know just what to do to help prevent and manage cyberbullying.

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Who can you trust in the vaccine debate?

Politicians and celebrities vs. facts in the vaccine debate

vaccine trustVaccines are in the news again.

It’s not new, this “news.” It’s actually the same story – hashed and rehashed, depending on which celebrity or politician or spokesperson is given the megaphone.

Who is in the news talking about vaccines may change from day to day, but one thing has not.

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5 surprising things about big kids and car seats

Car seat safety not just a "baby" issue

is my child ready for a booster seatWhile most new parents are very focused on properly installing and using infant car seats, that same diligence tapers off as their children move on to forward-facing car seats and booster seats.

Here are five things about car seats and safety that may surprise you.

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Tips to prevent teen distracted driving

tips to prevent teen distracted drivingAs the parent of a new teen driver you worry about lots of things. You worry about your teen’s skills as a new driver. You worry about your teen being distracted by their cell phone, their friends, or about their desire to eat while driving. How can they stay focused on safe driving and the road ahead?

Rather than simply hoping your teen arrives safely, you can begin the conversation now – teaching them about common distractions and how distractions can lead to a crash.

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Reach Out and Read

mott blog - jess fealy and daughter RoRA trip to the doctor’s office can be scary for small children, but we’ve helped fix that while also encouraging children to read through our involvement in the national “Reach Out and Read” program.

At many of our pediatric primary care clinics, every child from the age of six months to five years who comes in for an annual check up receives a brand new, age-appropriate book for free.

We’ve been participating in this program for 13 years and it’s tremendously valuable to both the doctors and the patients and families.

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Changing Colors

Learn about nutrition with carnations and color!

CIY carnation activity

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A fun way to teach kids about how our body uses the nutrients we give it is with a simple experiment involving carnations and food coloring.

You’ll need several white carnations (as many as you’d like to experiment with), food coloring, water and a few vases.

The experiment

Fill the vases up about a quarter of the way with water. Add about 10 to 20 drops of food coloring and stir it into the water. Cut off about an inch from the bottom of the stem of the carnation and place it in the vase. Now we wait. You can fill several different vases with different coloring if you’d like.

Every few hours, check back on the carnation to see if anything has changed. You might want to have your child keep a small notebook of observations.

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