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Local Parents Weigh in on the Pros and Cons of Homework in Schools

Although research suggests a positive correlation between home- work and student achievement, it’s negligible in lower grades. Parents may want to use research on homework as impetus for a broader conversation with teachers and...

Try These Methods to Purify the Air in Your Home

That inexpensive furniture seems like a great idea— but not so much if it’s been produced with chemicals that cause throat irritation, headaches, and fatigue. Indoor air pollutants can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms;...

A Pet Is Man’s Best Friend, Here’s How It Can Be Your Baby’s Too

A new addition to the family is a big adjustment for everyone—including your pet. With preplanning, you can smooth your pet’s transition and minimize the stress on the whole family. To start, your pet should respond...

A Pediatrician’s Advice on How to Limit Screen Time for Kids

Tablets and other electronic devices (EDs) have become a part of everyday life, even for our kids. But there are dangers, so how can you create a balance? Pediatrician Christopher Cunha of Pediatric Associates, PSC,...

Why Postpartum Care Is so Important

It's called the "Fourth trimester,” the three months following delivery. Now it will be given more attention, thanks to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Instead of a single...

Peace Out Purees: Baby-led Weaning Encourages Going Straight to Solid Foods

When your baby is ready, you offer appropriate, nutritious finger foods and he/she chooses which and how much to eat. When babies are beginners, parent Jennifer Gaertner says food should be cut into the...

New Car Seat Guidelines Increase Safety for Babies on Board

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated recommendations on car seats for children. While the guidelines are not drastically different, there is one change parents may need to know. The AAP now recommends that...

Why Internal Motivators, Not Rewards, Will Reap Long-Lasting Benefits for Kids

Rewarding children for a desirable behavior or activity works well. But is it the best method? Maybe not. When children are offered a prize for reading books, they may choose easy books and read just...

Study Shows Benefits for Mom and Baby When Pushing Right after Full Dilation

To push or not to push? For first-time moms who opt for an epidural during labor, you should begin pushing immediately after the cervix is fully dilated (to around 10 centimeters), according to a...

How to Find the Right Childcare

If you want to keep baby at home, we take a look at two options: hiring a nanny or choosing an in-home daycare.
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