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Should I Give My Teen Antidepressants?

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When my son was 15, and just starting high school, my family moved to New Orleans for my husband’s job. The culture shock was swift and intense, and we all felt it, but especially my son.... Read full article

Expert Advice on How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

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These are some of the questions and comments I’ve heard from my three kids over the past week. Given the recent school closures, lack of toilet paper and bombarding messages about handwashing, it is understandable why kids may feel confused or scared... Read full article

Poison Control and Ingestion Safety

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March is National Poison Prevention Month, and this is a great reminder to familiarize yourself with Poison Control and safety interventions to help keep your loved ones safe.  The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness around the multiple diffe... Read full article

Most Common Injuries Seen in the ER and How to Prevent Them

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Children are curious and sometimes that curiosity can lead to injury. There are many different reasons to visit the emergency room with your child but injury is at the top of the list. Given that avoiding the emergency room at all costs is... Read full article

Leaping into Learning

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The idea that we’ve removed recess in the name of giving children more time to work on skills that boost test scores is based on an absolute failure to understand the developmental link between play and healthy brains.... Read full article

The Full Measure of a Child

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But what if our race to the top has resulted in a race to the bottom, at least in terms of taking the fun out of learning? In our rush to get back to the basics, we may have forgotten something very basic: there’s profound and genuine joy ...... Read full article

Kids and Climate Without Tears

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Our kids have enough to worry about without adding the climate apocalypse—fires, mudslides, droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, and floods—to the list. I want the children in my programs to fall in love with the natural world...... Read full article

Where Have All the Children Gone?

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I worry that there there may be equal cause for alarm in a “silent summer” of backyards devoid of children’s voices. Parents used to have to shoo their kids outdoors to play. Now we hardly know that they are home. And that is not a good thing.... Read full article

The 2019 Top 3 Best Health and Special Needs Summer Camps in Contra Costa County

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Here are the 2019 Top 3 Contra Costa County Best Health and Special Needs Summer Camps as voted for by parents in Contra Costa County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area... Read full article

The 2019 Top 5 Best Health and Special Needs Summer Camps in Alameda County

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Here are the 2019 Top 5 Alameda County Best Health and Special Needs Summer Camps as voted for by parents in Alameda County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area... Read full article

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