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Bicycle safety requires helmet and rider smarts

When I was a kid, I rode my bike all the time around the neighborhood and out on to the “big” local streets. I never gave a thought to bicycle helmets. Luckily, that ignorance has gone the way of the dodo bird. And thank goodness. Statistics show that apart from the automobile, bicycles are related […]

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Talking about the Gulf Coast disaster

>I wonder what parents are telling their children about the oil spewing into the Gulf Coast waters. June 20 marked two months since the British Petroleum oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, sending untold gallons of raw oil into the sea and fouling beaches and marshes. President Barak Obama has called it the […]

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Young pitchers need rest and variation

If you watched or read the news this week, you probably heard about Bryce Harper, the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Harper is by all accounts a “phenom.” Sports Illustrated had him on its cover last year – when he was only 16 years old. He hits 600-feet home runs and […]

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Kids say no to physical activity

>When I was a child, we played outside all day in the summer and all afternoon after school days. No one I knew went home and watched TV and, of course, there were no video games. It was a simpler time. While this observation dates me, I had no idea of the extent that kids […]

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Testing the waters

>In Texas, swimming pools are synonymous with summer. Chances are, trips to the community or country club pool, or even days at a local water park are on your family’s hot weather “to-do” list. As temperatures begin to soar, the clear-looking water becomes more and more alluring. But wait. What exactly is in the water? […]

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Summer cleaning should include trampolines

Yep, summer is sneaking up on us. This month’s students will be next month’s worry-free-ers and sleep-in-ers. And I am flat jealous. The truth is, though, I’m closer to being one of their parents than to being one of them. Swimming pools. Snow cones. Syndicated mid-morning TV. Shorts. Sandals. They’re all yesterday’s relics for me. […]

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What to do instead of spanking

> Spanking has been in the news again. When your child misbehaves, sometimes you might think a swat on the behind is deserved. But, there are many better alternatives to spanking. Child development expert Pete Stavinoha, Ph.D., a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center, suggests these other ways to interact with your child: Clear communication. […]

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