Category: Health & Safety

How to keep your New Year's resolution | NPNparents.org

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As the year comes to a close, many of us are mentally steeling ourselves for New Year’s resolutions of physical fitness. Whether you’re resuming your workouts after a holiday hiatus or just beginning, staying dedicated to your resolution can be difficult—but not at all impossible! Below are some tips for staying motivated during the winter months.

1. Make a plan. To maximize your resolution’s success, it helps to outline a realistic game plan. Making your r...

Posted on December 05, 2016 at 10:03 AM

5 tips for cooking with little kids | NPNparents.org

We all know that cooking with kids is recommended. Research shows that it encourages kids to have a more adventurous palate and promotes family bonding, among a host of other benefits.

But the truth is, cooking with LITTLE kids can be a real circus act. 

Take, for example, the time when my mini sous chef decided to use the kitchen faucet as a fire hose. Or when and my little pastry queen turned our kitchen floor into a sugary beach. Of course, these things always seem to happen whil...

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM by Laura Hoover

How to make Halloween healthier without being a killjoy

I know that Halloween is a favorite holiday for so many people. And I totally get the appeal—carving pumpkins, dressing up in cool costumes and getting free candy is pretty sweet. As a parent, I still love the holiday, but I’ve learned that I need to "tweak" my approach to the holiday to keep my kids from turning into little monsters.

For starters, the crowds in Chicago can be out of control, especially during the trick-or-treating hours hosted by neighborhood stores. It’s a far cry fr...

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 1:57 PM by Laura Hoover

What to wear for cold-weather running | NPNparents.org

 

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With another Chicago winter right around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for cold weather race training! Whether you’re a seasoned runner trying to fit training into a busy schedule or a new runner looking for fun ways to stay in shape, it can be difficult to know how to stay comfortable in chilly weather. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

 

1. Pile on the layers. Layers are a great way to keep an ideal temperature while e...

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM

How to prevent your child from getting lice | NPNparents.org

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I never thought I would be writing anything about lice and nits. Had you asked me before I had children if there was any possibility of me ever worrying about lice and nits, I would have confidently said no.

However, life is very interesting and unexpected!

I am the mother of two young children—4 and 6 years old. As soon as my oldest entered school at the age of 2, I began receiving weekly school email notifications of lice. It still shocks me to thi...

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 12:55 PM by Jennifer Kim

5 reasons exercise makes families happier | NPNparents.org

 

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Kids are supposed to get 60 minutes of exercise per day, and adults should be exercising for 2 hours and 30 minutes per week. That's the amount of time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children and adults should be devoting to aerobic, bone-strengthening and muscle-building activity. 

But, as parents know, the allure of tablets, smartphones and TV can be so strong for some kids that simply getting them off the couch is a...

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 9:49 AM

6 product recalls parents should know about | NPNparents.org

 

Not only is summer officially underway but also we are halfway through the year! We want to keep you posted on some of the largest recalls of 2016 so far, which are listed below. For a full list of recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission. To keep up with recalls, follow Kids in Danger on Facebook and Twitter) and sign up for our monthly alerts.

 

IKEA MALM chests and dressers
29 million recalled, 5 deaths, 41 injuries reported

IKEA recalled MALM and other mo...

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:23 AM by Laura Nikolovska

The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression | NPNparents.org

Lifestyle blog Fix put together this helpful infographic about recognizing and treating postpartum depression, a topic you just can't know enough about. Postpartum depression can happen to any new mom, and the effects go beyond the "baby blues." And too few people talk about it, despeite the efforts of celebrities such as Hayden Panettiere, Brooke Shields and Drew Barrymore to shed light on the pervasive condition.

Learn to recognize the sigsn and symptoms of postpartum depression in yours...

Posted on June 02, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Set up your home to foster kids' independence | NPNparents.org

 

Every parent’s dream is to raise independent, confident children who can accomplish anything they set their minds to. In reality, however, kids need plenty of time to learn in order to be even remotely self-sufficient. At Modernize, we think one of the best and safest places for children to experiment with independence is in the home. Here are a few ways you can organize your home to help your kids help themselves. 

 

Safety first!

The title says it all, really: Safety sho...

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 1:58 PM by Kaitlin Krull

3 ways to improve your kid's behavior & mood | NPNparents.org

 

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Childhood is supposed to be a happy carefree time. But today’s world places more stress on children than ever before. Combined factors such as living in a more challenging and hectic environment, meeting increased demands for extra activities, coping with problems at home, and internalizing pressure from parents and classmates can produce more stress on a child than he or she can handle.

 

Alarmingly, the incidence of anxiety, depression and A...

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 11:06 AM by Dr Sarah Weber