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  1. Helping Your Child Reach a Healthy Weight

    A 10-year-old boy came into my office last week and promptly asked, "Am I too chubby?" His mother added, "I read about BMIs as a way to determine if someone is overweight. What is a BMI anyway? What does it mean?" The body mass index, BMI for short, is a calculation that uses height and weight to es

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  2. Teach Your Teen to Drive Safely

    When Welmoed Sisson registered her teens for classes at a local driving school, she learned their lessons would include a mere six hours behind the wheel. Sisson knew her kids, Ian and Diana, wouldn't develop safe driving habits without more practice, so she supplemented their drivers education with

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  3. Help Your Child Prepare for Back to School

    When summer winds down, it’s time to get ready for a new school year. Buying notebooks and scoping out sales is the easy part. There are less tangible things you can do as well. Here are 9 ways you can help your child -- and yourself -- get ready to go back to school. 1. Re-Establish School Routines

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  4. Summer Safety for You and Your Children

    When the last school bell of the school year rings, children race outside and parents reach for the first aid kit. Summer activities often bring scrapes and bruises -- or worse. Here are simple things you can do to ensure that your children's summer fun involves minimal risk. Head to the Helmet Acci

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  5. Jill Biden's New Book Salutes Military Families

    As Jill Biden tucked in her granddaughter, Natalie, one night in 2010 and they said their prayers together, the little girl whispered a reminder: "Don't forget, Nana, God bless our troops." The child's words became the title of a new book for children, out this month, penned by the vice president's

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  6. Should I Still Keep Ipecac in My Medicine Cabinet?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our June 2012 issue, we asked WebMD's child care expert, Roy Benaroch, MD, if parents should still keep ipecac in case their child swallows a poison. Q: I was always told to keep ip

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  7. Parenting: Dealing With the Bedtime Struggle

    My 6-year-old twins do not like bedtime. Every night, it's the same story. I announce it's time to go to sleep, and the complaints and excuses start. "Oh, but I didn't get to watch TV." "Please, I just want to finish this game, Mom." "Can't we stay up a little bit longer?" Then, when we go upstairs,

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  8. Why Praising Kids With Food Doesn't Work

    Have you ever been tempted to use food to reward your children? I can tell you honestly I have, even though I'm a pediatrician. Sometimes, when my 6-year-old twins refuse to eat their vegetables, the words almost fall out of my mouth: "You'll get dessert if you finish." So what's the big deal? Here'

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  9. Matthew McConaughey Tells Teens: Just Keep Livin'

    Texan (and honorary Malibu man) Matthew McConaughey is famed not only for his hit films -- The Lincoln Lawyer, Tropic Thunder, Killer Joe -- but also for his traffic-stopping, handsome looks. Still, his good deeds might eclipse the seemingly indelible public impression of those cerulean blue eyes an

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  10. Are Your Teens Sleep-Texting?

    Here's a decidedly 21st-century sleep issue: "Sleep-texting" is a growing phenomenon among teens. That's right. Teens are reaching for their phones during the night, firing off messages, and waking up with no recollection of their actions. Social media and technology are part of daily life for every

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