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Ask the Experts

Because children are not born with an owner’s manual that tells us the best way to care for them, it is often a trial and error process. Ask the Experts is a collection of articles that cover topics of interest to parents and caregivers with children from infancy through adolescence.

Articles are organized by age in the categories below.
Early Years 0-6
Middle Years 6-12
Teen Years 13-19
All Ages

Social Networking Basics for Parents

Question:  What are social networking sites and can they be safe for kids?

Answer:  “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?”  Remember that phrase from your own childhood? It’s still a valid question, but now, it comes with a twist: “Do you know where your kids are – and who they’re talking to online?” Social networking sites are the hippest “meet market” around, especially among tweens, teens, and 20-somethings.

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Kindergarten: Get Ready!

By Deb Kraft & Dorothy Heitjan

Q. My child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, what can I do to ensure he/she is prepared?

A. It is vital in the preschool years to provide your child with the experiences that will build the foundation for later success in school. One must keep in mind the amazing developmental changes that occur in a child’s body and brain during the preschool years. In order to help your child build these neural connections, parents should provide:

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate…

By Ronald C. Strickler, M.D.

World-wide, cervical cancer is the leading gynecologic malignancy. In North American, 50 years of Pap smear cervical screening and hence early detection with treatment have dramatically changed our statistics. Nonetheless, we expect that there will be 13,000 new cases and cervical cancer will kill 4,500 women this year.

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An Epidemic of Over-Programmed Kids

By Susan Fell

Parents want the best for their children and often think about what they had, or did not have, as a child and adjust their parenting style to accommodate their hopes and dreams for their children.

Children are taught that successful people try new things, take risks, work hard to meet their goals, and dedicate themselves to doing their personal best. However, parents sometimes forget to teach their children how balance and healthy stress management play into a successful life.

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