- Babble.com | Back To School | Wed, Aug 29, 2012 4:14 PM EDT | Comments
Your first year with a baby is a constant learning experience. After all, there's no instruction manual attached to the umbilical cord, so you process, implement, correct, and keep marching along every day. This holds true even if it's not your first child! My older daughter was 3 by the time my younger daughter was born, so a lot of the baby basics were old hat at that point, but I was shocked by how much I learned during that first year. In some ways, I feel like what I learned with my second baby was more useful than my first one because it was a mattering of honing, not just survival. Here are the 8 most important things I learned during my second daughter's first year. - By Meredith Carroll
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- Babble.com | Back To School | Tue, Aug 28, 2012 4:07 PM EDT | CommentsEarlier this summer, the Centers for Disease Control reported that cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, are soaring: 18,000 infections have been reported so far in 2012, which is twice the number seen by this time in 2011. Dr. Anne Schuchat, a director at the CDC, said recently in a briefing: "We may need to go back to 1959 to find a year with as many cases reported by this time."
Should You Vaccinate?
In general, about half of infected children under the age of one are hospitalized, and so far this year, nine babies have died. Outbreaks are often blamed on unvaccinated kids. But scientists and public health officials say that in this case, part of the problem may be that the current vaccine (on the market since 1997) doesn't work as well long-term, since many cases are being seen in vaccinated kids. In Washington state, for example (where an epidemic was declared this spring), over 75 percent of pertussis patients were up-to-date on immunizations. In a letter in the Journal of the American Medical ...Read More »
- Whole Living | Back To School | Wed, Aug 29, 2012 10:53 AM EDT | Comments
Kids love to snack, but choosing healthy, nutritious options (that they'll actually eat) can be a challenge. Here are our suggestions for fun and easy ideas that the little ones can take to school.
Chocolate-Zucchini Cakes with Walnuts
Zucchini makes these treats nice and moist. You can substitute pecans for the walnuts.
• Prep Time 15 minutes
• Total Time 30 minutes
• Serves 24
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1 large egg
• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup finely grated zucchini (from 1 medium zucchini)
• 3 tablespoons sour cream
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2 cup (3 ounces) bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)
• Nonstick cooking spray
• 24 walnut halves
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together butter, sugar, salt, and egg until combined. Add vanilla, zucchini, and sour cream and stir until incorpor...Read More »
- Babble.com | Back To School | Mon, Aug 27, 2012 1:39 PM EDT | Comments
Preschool is a wonderful learning time for your toddler. So many new friends will be made and a host of new skills will be acquired. But what exactly will they be doing in the classroom? And how can you as a parent encourage their learning from home? Based on my experience as a social worker and mom, I've rounded up 10 important things your child will learn and have included tips for encouraging them. - By Mary Weimer
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- Lilsugar | Back To School | Mon, Aug 27, 2012 6:29 PM EDT | CommentsSource: Fun Activities to Encourage Going Back to School
Make heading back to the classroom tons of fun with activities that will ease anxieties and encourage organization. Along with picking up all those must-have school supplies, make some time for enjoying activities with back-to-school as the main theme. This gives kids a chance to share concerns and revel in the last days of Summer. From arts and crafts to exciting charts, these fun activities will have your little one ready to grab his backpack and head back to the classroom.
- Back-to-School Countdown Chain: If you've got a few days left before heading back to the classroom, make a countdown chain with this fun printable. Simply print, cut, loop together, and glue to create the chain with your little one. Each day before heading back to school, your child can pull off a chain and do the activity.
- Bravery Badges: Boost lil one's self-esteem with fun and simple bravery badges that are perfect to make before heading back t