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News this month

Pregnancy news

Crucial to test for ‘small for gestational age’ risk factors in the first trimester of pregnancy
All pregnant women should be assessed for small for gestational age SGA) risk factors ...»
What you need to know about gestational diabetes
Many women giving birth in the UK have pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes, according to new patient informationh ...»
Stressful life events may increase stillbirth risk
Pregnant women who experienced financial, emotional or other personal stress in the year before their delivery...»

Parent's news

Autism risk and vaccine exposure
A child’s risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not increased by receiving “too many vaccines too soon,” ... .»
Only 30% of parents follow doctor’s advice
Pediatricians regularly dispense advice to parents of young children during well-child visits, but a new University of Michigan poll shows that ...»

Newborn and baby news

Arguments in the home linked with babies’ brain functioning
Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babies’ brains process emotional tone...»

Shaky ground when it comes to circumcision
The recent stance taken by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the circumcision of infants is guilty...»

Kid's news

Pets important for sick kids
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center broke ground today on a new Family Pet Center that will enable patients on extended stays to visit with...»

Free book for kids affected by natural disasters
To help children who are experiencing emotional and behavioural problems following recent fires, floods and storms, beyondblue...»

Teen news

How the adolescent brain transitions to mature thinking
A new study conducted by monitoring the brain waves of sleeping adolescents has found that remarkable changes occur in the brain...»
20 percent of teen births are repeat births
Although teen births have fallen over the past 20 years, nearly one in five teen births is a repeat birth, according to a Vital Signs...»


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Songs of the month

Educational songs

Get your kids moving with these songs!

I have ten fingers
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Schlaf, kindlein, schlaf!
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Kids Food

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Baby Food

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Parenting Thoughts

You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.
- Homer Simpson
It’s the thing that makes life worth living.
- Usher
Teenagers are people who act like babies if they’re not treated like adults.
- MAD Magazine
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after he grows up.
-Pablo Picasso
A baby’s an inestimable blessing and bother.
-Mark Twain
Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.
-Fran Lebowitz

A Parent’s Prayer
by David Axton

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my sanity to keep.
For if some peace I do not find,
I’m pretty sure I’ll lose my mind.

I pray I find a little quiet,
Far from the daily family riot.
May I lie back and not have to think
About what they’re stuffing down the sink,

Or who they’re with, or where they’re at
And what they’re doing to the cat.
I pray for time all to myself
(did something just fall off a shelf?)

To cuddle in my nice, soft bed
(Oh no, another goldfish–dead!)
Some silent moments for goodness sake
(Did I just hear a window break?)

And that I need not cook or clean
(well heck, I’ve got the right to dream)

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