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Parents Killed by COVID-19 and the Grief of the 40,000 Kids Left Behind

by Natasha Tracy  -  June 14th, 2021

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When people think of COVID-19 deaths, people typically envision an older person, maybe even an older person in a care home. And while many people who have died of COVID-19 are older, about one in five COVID-19 deaths are of people under the age of 65.

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Should Kids Go Back to School During a Global Pandemic?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 17th, 2020

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Around the world, anxiety levels are high as schools reopen amid a global pandemic. Parents, teachers, and students are all facing the decision on how they want the 2020-2021 school year to look. And honestly, it’s no wonder. And honestly, it’s no wonder. With so much left up in the air, most of us are wondering which is the lesser of two evils – returning our kids to in-person schooling, with the chance of coming into contact with the coronavirus, or having them stay quarantined at home...

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7 Creative Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Coronavirus

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 13th, 2020

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At the beginning of March, it would have been hard to believe most parents around the world would be taking a crash course on home schooling our kids. Yet, here we are, looking for ways to keep our kids busy, educated, and entertained thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us aren’t prepared for such a task, so we’re actively on the hunt of parenting tips that will help us with lessons to teach kids during this time of self-isolation.

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Why Peanut and Food Allergies Are Surging?

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 25th, 2020

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Peanut allergies are on the rise—increasing 21% since 2010. In fact, children with a peanut allergy account for roughly 10,000 children being admitted to hospitals around the world. Granted, this isn’t the same everywhere, for instance, India and China are not seeing this same rise.

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Why Your Child’s Weight Could Be a Big Deal?

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 16th, 2019

Childhood obesity is a growing concern, and as parent’s, it’s our job to do what we can to support and encourage our children to make healthy choices. However, even despite our best efforts, childhood obesity is still rising issue. By 2030, it will affect more than 250 million kids worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity in children aged 0-5 inflated by more than 9 million kids, from 32 million in 1990, to 41 million in 2016.

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19 Most Prescribed Pediatric Medications and What They Do

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 17th, 2018

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Drugs used in pediatric care can have a long delay from the time the medication is originally approved—to the time trials are completed for use with children. An audit done by Boston’s Children’s Hospital found only one-third of mandatory trials on children’s efficacy and usage were completed in a seven-year timespan after a new drug hits the market. This can often leave a gaping hole in treatment areas—or worse yet, leave a doctor or pharmacist left to guess at whether or not it can safely treat kids.

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Mental Health Challenges for the Adopted Child - What Are They? How to Handle Them

by Natasha Tracy  -  June 25th, 2018

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Adoption is usually thought of as a blissful time for both adoptees and parents, but for many, there are mental health challenges that come with adoption, particularly for the child adoptee. While focusing on the amazing bond that adoption can deliver is important, so is recognizing any mental health challenges in the adopted child. These can include issues around prior neglect, prior inconsistent care and other traumas. Mental health challenges may be even greater for those who have been traumatized and adopted from overseas. And while the mental health of the adopted child can be impaired, there are many ways to deal with these issues.

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Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection & How to Tame it in Kids

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 28th, 2017

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It’s believed nearly 70 million adults and children worldwide land somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum. This is a huge number and one where the trends keep rising. In recent years, an interesting trend has been uncovered.

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Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids

by Natasha Tracy  -  October 17th, 2016

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Most people know that adults need to work to maintain their mental health but few realize mental health is important in kids, too. While some think that childhood is entirely a feel-good time, it’s actually the case that about one in five children have a mental health challenge. In fact, millions of American children struggle with depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and many other mental health concerns.

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What Colors Are On Your Child’s Plate? A Rainbow Can Prevent Cancer

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 19th, 2016

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Unfortunately, no one is immune to being diagnosed with cancer. It can strike anyone, at any time in their lives, and for myriad reasons. From genetics, to environmental factors, to even the foods that we eat (or don’t eat!). When it comes to taking control of our health, and reducing our personal risks of cancer, diet and lifestyle changes are essential. As we have children, this awareness extends beyond our own health to the health of the entire family unit.

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Are Back to School Blues Really a Thing?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 29th, 2016

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Summer is wrapping up and fall is just around the corner. For many, this can be a fun, welcome change of pace. For others, it can be a stressful, anxiety-filled season. Did you know most kids suffer some form of anxiety or depression when heading back to school?

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One Question Identifies Teens at High Risk of Alcohol Abuse

by Natasha Tracy  -  July 18th, 2016

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Teenagers and alcohol is a dangerous combination but professionals are working hard to develop assessment questions that can identify teens at risk of abusing alcohol.

A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, has found that a single question can assess whether a teen likely has a drinking problem.

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Is Dad Responsible for Your Weight?

by Carissa Andrews  -  January 18th, 2016

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Studies have been around for a long time following the myriad ways that a mother’s health and habits can affect her unborn child. For example, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking or doing drugs, vs. working out, eating right, etc.

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Now’s the Best Time To Talk To Your Kids About Abduction

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 5th, 2015

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This September, the unimaginable happened in a small town in Alberta. A 2 year old and her father faced the unthinkable. The father, Terry Blanchette, 27 was found dead in his home by a family member – which led to an Amber alert spanning three provinces and one US State. Unfortunately, the hunt for the missing girl, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette didn’t end well. Her remains were confirmed September 15th and a local man is in custody for their murders.

This scenario is a parent’s worst nightmare, for sure. But how many of us have sat down to have an honest conversation with our kids about the dangers of going with strangers? What about giving them the tools and actionable items to feel empowered and safe?

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Disciplining Someone Else’s Kid: Yay or Nay?

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 30th, 2015

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On September 11th, 2015, Yahoo posted an interesting article about whether or not it’s acceptable to discipline someone else’s child. For some it’s taboo- for others, it’s humiliation at it’s best. I know if my kids were to get disciplined while I was standing there (and evidently doing nothing), I’d be a bit mortified. Not so much for my kid – but hey, watch yourself kiddo; you shouldn’t need to be disciplined by a stranger – instead more for myself as a parent. I mean, c’mon, who would feel great about their kid getting corrected by someone else? I know I sure wouldn’t.

In a way, it’s a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) way of saying, “Gee lady, your kids need to be taught some stuff by you. Wanna get on that?" I know some people wouldn’t care, in fact, they’d welcome the help.

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The Dad Bod Sleight of Hand

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 22nd, 2015

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There seems to be something amuck with our trends these days. I recently wrote an article about beauty standards for women by teaching our daughters when they’re young. Everywhere I look, it seems like women are berating themselves and trying to find a way to justify their looks or at least reconcile them with society’s views. Meanwhile, enter the “Dad Bod" social media frenzy. In a split second, 500 words written by a college sophomore declaring “girls are all about the dad bod" went completely viral, giving men with a plump appearance a self-esteem boost. For those of you unfamiliar, Mackenzie Pearson claims the “dad bod" to be a look of, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’ Still confused? The Washington Post can help you work out whether or not you have a dad bod by clicking here.

Some feminists claim this trend is unfair because it gives pudgy men a free pass, while the “mom bods" out there are still considered unflattering.

Hold up a moment while I pick my jaw off the table.

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What is Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia?

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 9th, 2015

Childhood-onset schizophrenia is rare. The onset of schizophrenia is usually between the late teens and mid-30s with men experiencing a first psychotic episode, on average, in their early to middle 20s while women experience their first episode a little later, typically in their late 20s. Total numbers of people with schizophrenia reaches about 1% of the population.

That being said, a small percentage of people with schizophrenia have childhood-onset schizophrenia.

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Encouraging Our Kids to Kick Butts this March

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 9th, 2015

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No, we’re not talking preparing kids for the inevitable Walking Dead apocalypse, but it is something equally deadly and not at all fictitious. National Kick Butts Day is March 18th, 2015 – and is a way to help teach kids about the deadly consequences of tobacco use. Every day, over 3,500 kids try tobacco for the first time and of those 1,000 will become repeat customers. That’s a frightening statistic when you consider nearly 500,000 people die each year from a tobacco related death.

When I was a kid, I grew up in a household of smokers. While you’d think that it would have been easy for me to take up the habit, their obsessive use actually had the opposite effect on me. I hated it. I hated being around when my parents smoked, or when they had guests over that would make our home smell like the bottom of an ashtray. My eyes would water, and my sinuses burn. I lived during a time when smoking in restaurants was acceptable, and as a child, you couldn’t escape it. To this day, I’ve never once tried a single puff.

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Back in the Sack: Birth Control Options After Baby

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 2nd, 2015

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If you’ve been following some of the other articles I’ve written, you probably already know that I’ve recently given birth. With Valentine’s Day recently over (not to mention my anniversary!), I’ve been giving some thought to the type of birth control we should get started on. My husband and I have enough on our plates with six beautiful kids, so for obvious reasons, we’d like to prevent any accidental miracles – at least for now. But which option is the best one for a nursing mom? I thought I’d share some of the interesting details I’ve found out so far. Consider this a quick sex-ed refresher, in case it’s been a while. I know it has been for me!

Since my last baby 5 years ago, there seems to be a lot of new research out there that states any estrogen related contraceptives should be skipped until after your baby is weaned. This is because it can impede quantity and quality of your milk supply.

Here are a few methods that involve very little cost (if any), and can be implemented as soon as baby arrives.

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Why We Explain this Remembrance Day to Our Kids

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 10th, 2014

Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the United States) is an important holiday to discuss with our children. However, it is also one that we may have to work at to hold their attention, particularly for the younger ones. There isn’t the prospect of candy or presents, and it entails having to explain some of the harsher realities of human nature. War, death, freedom, and valor are each as challenging as they are important to teach. But how do we get our kids to show some interest and even retain what it means to celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans Day?

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Tips on Helping Your Child Stay Healthy and Enterovirus FREE

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 15th, 2014

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When news of the recent outbreak scare of enterovirus 68 hit the news this past weekend, as a parent, I was obviously concerned. Ten states so far have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus -- Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Living in Minnesota, having two neighboring states with outbreaks is a bit unnerving. According to the latest reports - I'm not the only one unnerved.

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Parenting is Hard Enough

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 4th, 2014

Attachment parenting, Helicopter mom, Free-Range kids, Tiger mums. Meh. I’ve never been a fan of labels. Especially not ones that pigeonhole people into believing they fit into some magical one-size-fits-all scenario. It’s like high-school all over again. I didn’t conform to those rules then and I doubt I’ll ever adhere to others that take their place.

Throughout my career as a parent (because oh yeah, it’s work!), I’ve found myself to be many things, not just one. I’ve gone through stages where one could consider me an attachment mother; I co-slept and breastfed both of my children. I had body slings and Baby Bjorn’s to keep them close to me. I also ensured there were covers on electrical switches and gates on my stairway. I did my best to prevent injury when I saw the likelihood occurring.

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Mom's Guide to Medical Emergencies

by CanadianPharmacyKing  -  June 2nd, 2014

When an accident or injury occurs, your primary concern is your child's health and safety. Most cases of childhood illness are not serious, and can be handled with treatment at home or with the advice and treatment of your pediatrician. Timely treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce the chances of an illness becoming more serious over time.

Emergencies most often occur when there is a sudden injury from a fall, bicycle or car crash, an incident with a firearm, nonfatal drowning, electrical shock, burns or smoke inhalation. Some basic rules to follow in any injury emergency include:

. Remain calm.

. Call 9-1-1.

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Can Medications Make You a Better Mom?

by Liubov Edwards  -  May 9th, 2014

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Sadness, anxiety, pessimism, insomnia, irritability, fatigue are range of unpleasant but normal maternal emotions. But for some moms the only way to "fight" them is taking psychiatric medications. Then the world seems a less terrifying place to raise children, stress becomes more manageable, but...

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