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Let’s Re-do Lunch!
The food aisles are stocked to the rafters with lunchbox treats — individually packed granola bars, pudding cups, juice boxes. And while parents have recently been taking a hard look at what we’re putting into our kids’ stomachs, it’s time to think, too, about what we’re putting into our planet’s system. (read the story...)

Mission Nutrition: Eat Your Veggies!
While nutrition experts have yet to agree on what constitutes the perfect diet, there is no doubt that vegetables play a vital role in promoting good health. This is particularly true for children, whose growing bodies need the vitamins, minerals and fiber that are loaded into vegetables of every kind. (read the story...)

Packing the “Right Stuff”
It’s that time of year again…your home is abuzz with talk of new teachers, homework, and of course, school lunch. Although some schools have improved the quality of cafeteria meals and snacks in recent years, many still fail to meet basic nutritional needs. (read the story...)

ID Theft, via your computer
Put a security plan into action! (read the story...)

A Plum Idea
Moms want the best for their kids. When they can’t find what they want, they make their own. That’s how Plum Organics was born. (read the story...)

IS YOUR TODDLER GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now urging the nation’s pediatricians to start checking on whether kids are getting enough calcium starting in the toddler years. (read the story...)

In the Kitchen with Kurihara
Busy families often order takeout, and Asian food is one of the most popular choices. (read the story...)

Family Health: Your Child Is What You Eat! Starting early with good eating habits
I want a cookie! I want candy! Do these words sound familiar? What about I want grapes, or I want an apple? Do you hear these words from your child's mouth? (read the story...)

Childcare: Who’s In Charge? Nanny’s Not You!
As more middle class and affluent families become dual-career households, the pressing question arises: Who will provide childcare coverage? (read the story...)

Beware Hot Spot Hackers!
We love wireless technology! From catching up with work in airport lounges, to chilling out with a laptop in Bryant Park. (read the story...)

Kids in the Kitchen: Move over Nigella!
In the past few years, British chefs, from Nigella Lawson to Jamie Oliver, have become popular in the U.S. (read the story...)

Family Financial Update
The financial experts have differing points of view when it comes to kids and allowances — always debating whether to give $5 or ten. (read the story...)

Health & Technology Computer Ergonomics — important for kids, too!
With increased computer (and video game) usage, children who spend many hours in front of the screen are prone to the same postural problems as adults. (read the story...)

Divorce Dilemma – Can I Still Qualify For A Home Loan?
Jill walked out of the lender’s office with the crash of her collapsing dream ringing in her ears. “I’m sorry, but you just don’t qualify for this home,” her loan officer had informed her. (read the story...)

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands: Kids, hand-helds, and pornography
Parents need to be aware that with the advent of video iPods, portable game players and Internet-ready cell phones comes the danger of mobile pornography. (read the story...)

Technology: Westchester Moms, Staying Connected
In this age of email, instant messaging, chat rooms and blogs, it’s easy to imagine that human connections are all about typing on a keyboard. Not so for a number of moms in Westchester who are using technology to connect with other moms through a website called Meetups.com. (read the story...)

Make a FINANCIAL Resolution:
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, costing $52.6 billion in 2004. The hectic holiday season presents an opportunity too good for many thieves to pass up, but it’s a major problem all year-round. (read the story...)

Computer Literacy:
Let’s face it: Our children need computer skills to succeed in life. Starting to use the computer at a young age can be very positive. However, as with all technology — from television, to DVD watching, to video games — a healthy dose of parental involvement and supervision is critical. (read the story...)

President of the (Ratings) Board
According to statistics compiled by the Washington D.C.-based Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the average age of computer and video game players is 30 years old. Which means that many of the games on the market are geared toward adults — and a portion of those include content that is inappropriate for children. Smack in the middle of the holiday gift-buying season, with our kids — many game-savvier that we are — clamoring for the newest and hottest options out there, how can we be sure what we’re buying is suitable and safe? (read the story...)

Bringing Up Baby, Bringing Home a Furry Friend
You don’t have to look far to find a New Yorker who treats their dog like a baby, or at least like another pampered child in the family. We are certainly a culture that loves our pets. But when a “human” baby arrives on the scene, how can we make sure their furry siblings will adore the new addition as much as we do? (read the story...)

Go ahead and breastfeed! The law’s on your side
Just as your plate arrives, you discreetly raise your T-shirt and put your baby to your breast. Your baby is happy, you’re happy. Until the manager approaches you and asks you to take your baby and nurse your child in the restroom. Sound outrageous? You wouldn’t eat your meal in the restroom — why should your child have to eat in the restroom? (read the story...)

Attack of the Adware!
In science fiction movies, even the littlest child knows you shouldn’t open the door to a stranger — especially if someone is promising candy and toys. On the computer, it’s another story. Kids regularly succumb to the lure of free music, software, and other downloadable goodies. In the process, they open the door to adware, an Internet version of alien invaders. (read the story...)

Making Allowances: Helping your child become a responsible money manager.
Money is burning a hole in my son's pocket. Yes, he just received his weekly allowance, and as soon as that cash hits his palm he is begging to go down to the neighborhood drugstore to buy something. The items he purchases make me cringe: one more set of baseball cards, to add to his already mammoth collection (read the story...)

Should Kids Have Cell Phones?
Do cell phones make kids safer — or more vulnerable? Most parents get kids phones because they seem like a way to keep children safe and connected. After all, with a cell phone, your child can contact you whenever he needs you. Also, you should be able to reach your child (assuming, of course, that she hasn’t lost the cell phone, buried it in a backpack, lent it to a friend, forgotten to turn the ringer on, or decided to ignore it when it turns out to be "just you"). (read the story...)

WHY NEW PARENTS NEED LIFE INSURANCE
When Nancy Ford Springer’s son Nick went to summer camp in the Berkshires almost six years ago, she had never heard of meningococcal meningitis. (read the story...)


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