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  1. Immunity-Boosting Snacks for Kids

    Could the snacks you feed your kids cut their chances of getting sick? Healthy things in everyday foods -- from yogurt to walnuts -- may help boost a kid's natural defenses. "We know that what you eat has a clear impact on your immunity," says Leo A. Heitlinger MD, chair of the American Academy of P

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  2. What You Didn't Know About Picky Eaters

    Many preschoolers are picky eaters. They usually outgrow it by age 4 or 5. So, what are the best ways to get them to eat until then? "Let them choose the clothes they wear, not the foods they eat," says Atlanta-based pediatrician Jennifer Shu, MD, co-author of Food Fights . "Kids get so used to mac

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  3. 4 Nutrients Your Child May Be Missing

    Many American children aren't getting enough of four essential nutrients: vitamin D, calcium, fiber, and potassium. You can easily include them in your child’s diet, once you know what they do and how much your child needs. Vitamin D is the hottest vitamin on researchers' radars these days, and most

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  4. 17 Kid-Friendly Breakfasts

    Breakfast is key for your child. It refuels them, giving them energy for the day. Weight control may also be easier for breakfast eaters, both as children and later, when they're adults. Breakfast, or any meal, doesn’t need to be elaborate to be satisfying and nutritious. A bowl of whole-grain cerea

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  5. The Importance of Well-Baby Visits

    In your baby's first year, every month brings changes: tiny smiles, budding teeth, and eventually, crawling and walking. During well-baby visits, your pediatrician will check for proper growth and development and answer your questions about eating, sleeping, and vaccinations. The first exam should b

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  6. 19 Healthy Snacks for Kids

    Kids are snacking more than ever, and as a parent, you've got the power to make those snacks helpful. Yes, they're getting extra calories from snacks. And yes, snacks are often too sugary. Still, some snacking can be good for children -- within limits. “Kids, especially younger ones, have erratic ea

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  7. What to Expect When You're Thinking About Adoption

    "Adoption is created through loss," says Linda Hageman, executive director of adoption services at The Cradle, an Illinois adoption agency. That's a statement you don't often see among the pretty pictures of giggling babies and happy families in adoption brochures. But it's true. The child loses his

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  8. Drugs: Are Your Teen’s Friends a Bad Influence?

    If your teen has started to act out and possibly use drugs, it can be tempting to blame their friends. “Even before they start to use drugs, kids will start to gravitate toward other kids who have a favorable attitude about using,” says Joseph Lee, MD, spokesman for the American Academy of Child & A

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  9. Is Your Teen Lying to You?

    Trying to figure out if your teen is lying to you can be tricky. Researchers who study lying and truth-telling among children have found that parents often can't tell when their child is lying. Since trying to catch your teen in a lie is probably a waste of time, family therapists say you're better

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  10. Social Media: What Parents Must Know

    Whether or not you're tweeting or sharing your daily thoughts on Facebook, you have to acknowledge it: Interacting with friends online is a fact of life for your children. "These connections are really integral to the social lives of today's kids," says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for Common Se

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