Parenting Archive


Summer camp 2022: Having fun and staying safe

After all we've been through during the last couple of years, many families and kids are looking forward to being able to return to summer camp. But COVID-19 is still with us and parents need to consider this as they make plans for safe and fun summer activities.

Respiratory virus cases tick upward out of season: What parents should know

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is the leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under a year old. Usually, cases drop in spring and summer, but the pattern is changing and parents should be watchful.

Magnets, sound, and batteries: Choosing safe toys

If you're choosing gifts to give or donate to children this year, be sure safety is on the list. Here are tips for toys to consider — those that encourage creativity, imagination, and movement  — and toys to try to avoid, due to safety concerns or for other reasons.

How to help your child get the sleep they need

Without enough quality sleep, children are more likely to have health and behavioral problems — and difficulty learning. Here are a few simple things you can do to help your child get the sleep they need.

How to talk to children about the serious illness of a loved one

Talking to a child about a loved one's illness is not easy, but it's important to be truthful and not shield a child from the facts. While the specifics will depend on the child, thinking through what to say and how to say it will help parents deal with the situation.

Parents don't always realize that their teen is suicidal

Parents often think that they would know if their teen was suicidal. However, this is not always the case. Here's what to be aware of and watch for, and what to do if you see worrisome behavior.

4 things everyone needs to know about measles

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious health complications in some people. It's also highly preventable through vaccination. Here are the facts that everyone — especially parents — needs to know about measles.

What to do if you think your child has the flu

If you hear your child start coughing, it's natural to wonder: could this be the flu, or is it another virus like COVID or RSV, or even a common cold? Here's what to know about similarities between these illnesses and what to do if your child does have the flu.

Swimming lessons save lives: What parents should know

Every day, about 11 people die from drowning in the United States. Swimming lessons help save lives and parents should know how to choose the right program and encourage children to learn skills that will help them to stay safe at the beach and around ponds or pools.

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