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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Health and safety’ Category

Parenting in the Digital Age: Helping parents understand social media risks

Jessica Swarner is not a parent. But two things prompted her interest in helping parents better understand social media trends and ways to keep children safe online. While brainstorming for her honors thesis for Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College, Swarner heard about the murder of a young girl linked to someone the girl […]

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Coping with cancer at Christmas: Where teens find support

Willow Watson was diagnosed with a rare cancer when she was just 14. One of her fondest Christmas memories was coming home from the hospital to find her house decorated inside and out for the holidays. “My mom and I love Christmas, we love decorating, we love all of that,” says Willow, now 18, who […]

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Now hear this! Noisy toys could damage a child’s hearing

With the holidays in full swing, parents are combing the aisles to find the perfect toys for their kids. It’s always important to look at age recommendations and any warnings on the packaging. But have you ever considered how noisy a toy is? Did you know that noisy toys can potentially damage a child’s hearing? […]

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Holiday travel with kids? Stay safe

Thanksgiving, travel, holiday travel

Travel can jumble regular routines for young children and their parents. Changes in sleeping schedules and arrangements, more people staying in a house that may not have the same level of baby-proofing as yours, and plenty of opportunities for distraction can increase the risk of accidents.

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Hacienda Healthcare: For 50 years, a “home for the angels”

Ilene Mae Butler had grown weary of life in the Midwest. She had run through a series of jobs and was fresh off a broken romance. It was time to start over. She headed west — a young woman in the mid-1960s, all alone on a cross-country drive to California. She got as far as […]

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Arizona’s Children: Make a difference for kids in foster care

It really does take a village. For this fifth installment in a six-part yearlong series about Arizona’s foster care crisis, we explore ways to support the nearly 17,000 kids in state care — even if you can’t foster or adopt. THE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD are simple — a ride on the swings at the park, […]

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Birth to 5 Q&A: I need rest! How can I get my baby to sleep?

Q: My 5-month-old is not a good sleeper, and I’m getting so little sleep I’m barely functioning at work. My friends are urging me to do “cry it out” or some form of sleep training, but I’m confused, because the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep in the same room as their parents for […]

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What’s the right age for contact lenses?

From the day 6-year-old Victoria was fitted with purple-framed glasses, I knew this request would come. But I didn’t think it would happen at age 11. When Tori first asked for contact lenses, my gut reaction was that she’s too young. Contacts, I told her, are for teens and young adults. I didn’t get them […]

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Fidget spinners: Is this fad a friend or foe?

It is the year of the fidget spinner — that pervasive, handheld toy making appearances in children’s backpacks, on playgrounds and in classrooms (or locked away in teacher’s desks) across the country. The flat, disc-like toy with weighted paddles centered around a small, heavy center spool spins. And spins. And spins. And that’s about it. […]

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Phoenix mom brings to life Sesame Street’s new Muppet with autism

Stacey Gordon knows how to get to Sesame Street. Gordon is the Phoenix mom/puppeteer behind Julia, the Muppet with autism who debuted on Sesame Street this spring. It’s a convergence of all her worlds as a professional puppeteer and the mother of a son with autism. “I cried when I read the script, because as […]

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