Kids health & safety

How to give big kids more freedom — while keeping your own fears in check

At 9 years old, my daughter seems ready to take on the world. Over the past few months, she’s suddenly developed the insatiable desire to walk to the park alone, ride her scooter in the street with friends (no parents allowed) and take the lead on everything from Zooming with... more

The swimming pool is not a bath substitute this summer — sorry, parents!

For families, the swimming pool meets a lot of different needs during the summer. It’s a cool spot for kids to seek refuge on sweltering days, a self-contained play space, a place to burn energy so bedtime is easier and, to some parents, it’s even a substitute for bathtime. ... more

Stomach flu in kids: Symptoms, treatment and home remedies

More terrifying than the sniffles and more nerve-wracking than an impressively skinned knee, the stomach flu in kids can strike fear in the hearts of the chillest of parents or caregivers. The tummy troubles that accompany it. The loss of appetite. And of course: The barfing! Stomach flu symptoms in... more

Summer camps 2021: Here’s how to assess kids’ safety this year

Unlike last summer, when a good chunk of the world was still living life via Zoom, summer 2021 (fingers and toes crossed!) is fixing to be a little less bleak — particularly for families who opted out of their beloved summer camp traditions last year due to COVID-19. While risks... more

6 summer 2021 family vacation ideas, ranked from most to least risky

You’ve been stuck in the house for — what? — a year now and you’re itching for a vacation. A break from the Zooms, the hybrid schedules, and frankly, your house. Really, we get that on a spiritual level. While summer travel has the potential to be safer than it... more

How to guides

What is a babysitter?

There are several types of child care providers who are available to parents — from babysitters and live-in nannies to mother's helpers. With so many options, in fact, it can sometimes feel confusing and overwhelming for families who are looking for care — and even for caregivers looking for jobs... more

Baby congestion: 5 common causes and remedies that work

Babies are often stuffed up and congested, but when is a baby’s stuffy nose something to worry about? If your baby sounds congested, it’s important to narrow down the potential causes. Seeking professional medical advice from a doctor or nurse should always be your first line of defense. But knowing... more

Is melatonin safe for kids? Here’s everything you need to know

Sound machines, chamomile patches, red night lights — parents of poor sleepers will do almost anything to get their child to sleep. Not only are bedtime battles brutal for all parties involved, their aftereffects are as well, resulting in cranky kids and frustrated parents and caregivers the following day. For... more