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title pic IVF and Birth Defects

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on June 4, 2012

First, this news should not scare anyone off. Every friend I have who has undergone in vitro fertilization (and there are a lot of them) has gone on to have wonderful, healthy children. In fact, medical experts agree that the overwhelming majority of children conceived using reproductive assistance will be fine. But if you are […]

title pic FDA Finally Updates Sunscreen Regulations

Posted by Deborah Pujoue on June 1, 2012

It’s the time of year that inevitably brings us all out of hiding after a long winter. Summer is the season that forces us all to think harder about the sunscreen we use while romping on the beach and bringing our little ones to the park. The FDA recently upgraded the sunscreen regulations after decades […]

title pic Monkey Bars and Safety

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on May 31, 2012

Last week I was heading into a meeting when my cell phone rang. It was our school, telling me my kindergartener had fallen off the monkey bars. I asked to speak to my daughter, and she sounded as cheerful as ever. I was about to write it off as a “just a childhood bump or […]

title pic Safety Tips for Traveling with Kids

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on May 30, 2012

Our family likes to travel. Rather, we like to be in and experience new places. What we don’t like is the actual traveling part. Let’s face it, the days of ordering a glass of wine and sleeping through the flight are over once you have kids. By now I’ve been on enough planes with my […]

title pic Painting Your Child’s Room Safely

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on May 28, 2012

I love to paint. Not beautiful, rolling murals or nuanced, evocative portraits. I love to dump a can of paint into a tray, pick up a roller and make every single greasy finger print, smear, splash or sticker glue gob vanish in a flash. I love the way a can of paint can instantly make […]

title pic Fun and Frugal Summer Break Activities for Kids

Posted by Dana Hinders on May 25, 2012

Have you started planning for summer vacation yet? Depending on where you live, summer is right around the corner. My son, for example, has less than two weeks of school left until his summer break. Finding ways to fill your summer break on a budget can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. First, keep your […]

title pic Fragile X

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on May 24, 2012

At a certain point in parenthood, you are pretty certain you know about every disorder, possible problem, hidden danger and proven carcinogen. (Especially when you write about them on a weekly basis.) So I was surprised recently when the topic of genetic conditions came up and there were actually a few that I hadn’t heard […]

title pic Finding a Good Babysitter

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on May 23, 2012

Recently I had a chilling revelation: It’s spring, and while I have been busy trying to find a good summer camp for our kids and shamelessly schmoozing those ever-important Friends Who Have Pools, my neighbor has been going through another Mom Rite of Passage: She’s helping her daughter decide which college to go to. Aww, […]

Auto Exhaust and Brain Development

Posted by The Vigilant Mom on May 17, 2012

We live near a freeway in a city with pretty bad traffic. We don’t live super close to the freeway, but I can see it off in the distance and in the back of my mind, I have always been a little worried about all of the nasty chemicals in exhaust. A few years ago, […]

Headaches and Food

Posted by The Vigilant Mom on May 14, 2012

I am a big believer in trying out kitchen cabinet cures whenever someone in my family is sick. At the first sign of a sniffle, I’m grating ginger, grinding garlic, and juicing lemons into some concoction that will inevitably bring howls of dismay and protest from whomever is sick — but usually ends up helping. […]