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    Kids and Violence
    7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence
    Did you know that U.S. children are more likely to be exposed to violence than adults? According to the U.S. Department of Justice, most American children are regularly exposed to violence — in the media, at home, in school, and in their commun...
    Erin Dower
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    Fostering Independence
    Parents Weigh In: What's the Right Age for Kids to ...
    Start watching TV, choose their own clothes, have a cell phone, wear makeup, and stay home alone? Knowing when your child is ready for these responsibilities really comes down to knowing your child, but seeing how other parents weigh in can give ...
    Erin Dower
  • Kids
    Home Safety
    Swallowed Objects
    Parents can be reassured that straining of stools is a reasonable approach to finding the foreign body; the swallowed object usually will be seen within 24 to 48 hours, regardless of age. ...
  • Cribs and Beds
    Drop-Side Cribs Banned Due to Safety Issues
    Drop-Side Cribs Banned Due to Safety Issues Amidst numerous recalls, safety concerns, and reports of 37 infant deaths between November 2007 and April 2010, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to ban drop-side c...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Kids
    Home Safety
    Is BPA Hurting Your Kids?
    Is BPA Hurting Your Kids? What started as a concern primarily limited to plastic baby bottles has become even more widespread. The chemical Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, has now been shown to be present in a wide array of consumer goods, in...
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    Toy Recalls
    Recent Children's Product Recalls
    Children's products are periodically recalled for healthy and safety reasons. When it comes to your kids' safety, the best defense is to stay informed. Here's a look at some of the most recent product recalls, as well as ways you can stay on top ...
  • Kids
    Home Alone
    Is Your Child Ready to Be Left Alone?
    Is Your Child Ready to Be Left Alone?How do you know if your child is ready to stay home alone or ride his bike to school? By asking him. Ideally, your child should know the following twelve points before he is ever alone in public. Sit down with...
  • Childproofing Steps
    Think Like a Toddler: 12 Babyproofing Steps You May Have Missed
    Outlets, stairs and cleaners are no-brainers when it comes to babyproofing your home, but what about the not-so-obvious dangers in your household? This list highlights everyday items that can become threats to your child and tips to keep your ba...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Babyproofing Basics: The Top Hazards in Your Home
    Let's face it - babies and toddlers have the uncanny ability to get into everything. Those curious hands and climbing legs may be cute, but they can also have dangerous consequences. Be aware of the most common household hazards, and follow these...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Gun Safety
    Your Kids and Gun Safety
    Your Kids and Gun Safety Tragedy on the Firing Range It was supposed to be a fun day out, a chance for father and son to bond. Dr. Charles Bizilj and his eight-year-old son, Christopher, visited a shooting range in western Massachusetts to test-f...
  • Kids
    Home Safety
    Teaching Safety to Your Preschooler
    Teaching Safety to Your Preschooler When you teach safety rules to your preschooler, it will help if you provide clear reasons for the rule. "Because I said so" may win some degree of compliance, but will not convince your child to make it his o...
  • Puzzles Printables
    Who's in the Family?
    Study the picture to find the clues you need to figure out how many family members use this kitchen. Pets count, too! ...
  • General Safety Printables
    The Babysitter Bulletin
    Keep the babysitter fully informed. Record all emergency information and pertinent data on this printable page, and keep it handy. ...
  • Kids
    Gun Safety
    Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child?
    Should You Buy Toy Guns for Your Child? Child development experts say few kids younger than 8 can reliably distinguish between real guns and toy guns. And they can't fully understand the consequence of their actions. Little wonder, then, that t...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Metal Working
    Safety Tips for Working with Metal
    Safety Tips for Working with Metal In addition to observing the basic safety rules discussed in Rules for Safe Crafting, there are a few special considerations you should keep in mind when working with metal. Yes, metal is sharp, but that needn...
  • Kids
    Gun Safety
    What Kids Need to Know About Guns
    What Kids Need to Know About Guns Watch Out! The concept behind a trigger lock is that if a child found an unloaded handgun, he still wouldn't be able to load and fire it. A trigger lock should not be used on a loaded gun, because it is possible...
  • Kids
    Gun Safety
    Safe Gun Storage
    Safe Gun Storage Safety Savvy When deciding whether to keep a gun for protection, consider the odds: A gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to result in the death of a family member, friend, or acquaintance than of a criminal. The most ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Strangulation Hazards
    Strangulation Hazards
    Strangulation Hazards The first rule for preventing strangulation is never tie a pacifier, teether, or necklace around a baby's neck. The cord can catch on crib posts, toys, and pieces of furniture, among other things, and strangle a small child...