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No cigarette tax for schools? Try recycling drink pouches!

With all the alarming news about the Philadelphia School District finances and whether the Pennsylvania legislature will or won't institute a cigarette tax to bolster funds, there's one lovely little ray of good news:

Tips to be your child's health advocate

Being engaged and informed in your child's health is one of the most important roles that a parent can fill, but dealing with a health issue can be anxiety-inducing for most parents. Here are some practical tips to help you navigate health concerns for your child.

Nameberry: Our predictions for the 12 top baby name trends of 2014

1. Most Stunning Revival: Eccentric Ancestor Names

Kids say the darnedest � and freakiest � things sometimes

I was talking with a co-worker yesterday, and she was recalling something her young son said to her that surprised her.

Hit the beach

What do young explorers need when they visit distant shores? The latest in sturdy beach toys and water-resistant backpacks.

Moms Gear: Summer Slip-On Sneakers great for pool, beach and run or play

Moms looking for a pair of sturdy aquatic shoes for their kids may want to try the Summer Slip-on Sneakers made by Native Kids and available through retailer Chasing Fireflies. The shoes, with holes in the tops and sides, provide breathability for those feet. They are also a terrific alternative to flip-flops because they offer sturdiness and support.

Study links warmer temperatures with kidney stone prevalence, even in children

Given the history of climate change science - predictions that, no matter how draconian, are often so vague that the dangers are easily ignored or misinterpreted - the specificity of new research out earlier this month from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is intriguing: measurable rises in the number of kidney-stone cases at hospitals and doctors' offices that can be linked to increases, even small ones, in the average daily temperature.

Child Sense: Summer holidays for separated or divorced parents

Summer holidays are often the time when divorced or separated parents spend the most one-on-one time with their children. When young children are involved they can tend to become more anxious and difficult during this time as they are still too young to understand change and find the distance between their parents difficult to comprehend. They often become overwhelmed especially if it involves more sleepovers than usual and can be difficult to manage. Here are some tips to help ease your young child through this transition.

Daddy Nickell: What kids want in a babysitter

Every family relies on a babysitter from time to time, but how do you choose the right one? I've compiled a list of 5 traits that'll help you choose a babysitter that your kids will love - and you'll feel confident trusting, too.

7 weird toddler behaviors (that are actually normal)

Toddlers can be demanding and unrelenting. And if you have one, you know they're also kind of strange. Doorknob licking and barking like a dog are commonplace. But these freaky behaviors do pass. "The vast majority of strange toddler behaviors are short-lived phases," says Heather Wittenberg, PsyD, psychologist and author of "Let's Get This Potty Started! The BabyShrink's Guide to Potty Training Your Toddler."

Family Meals Matter: No cooking required

Summer break is a great time to introduce children to planning and preparing meals. While children as young as 3 can help scrub potatoes or tear lettuce, once children reach school age, they can take a more active role in meal preparation. Learning to follow a recipe is a life skill that all children need and is applicable to many aspects of life even out of the kitchen. If you are hesitant to set your Junior Chefs loose with the stove or oven, these "no cooking required" recipes might be just the thing for starters.

Ask the Mompreneur: It's best to farm out your payroll

When my husband and I hired our first employee at our Web development company, we had it easy when it came to doing payroll. We were already long-standing clients of a local CPA firm, so we were able to provide it with the information and simply hand over the entire process.

Online tutoring service provides instant educational help

InstaEdu, an online tutoring service, connects students with tutors from top universities internationally with just the click of a button.

Parents continue to share beds with their infants despite numbers that show the danger

In May, a 29-year-old Kansas City woman fell asleep in her bed with her three children, including a 6-month-old boy.

3 kid-friendly crafts for the Fourth of July

Here are three simple crafts that can involve kids in preparations for Fourth of July gatherings. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse year after year.

Brooklyn a hit as a baby name, except in New York

Maybe it’s the ultimate sign that New York City’s up-and-coming borough has finally arrived. Brooklyn is now one of the nation’s most popular baby names.

How’s sleep-away camp going? Check the photos

Not long ago, parents who sent children to sleep-away camp might wait days or even weeks for a letter. And they’d be lucky if their kids’ scribbled notes home said anything beyond “Send candy!” or “I’m homesick.”

Summer weddings: What not to do

Here comes the bride – and a whole slew of faux pas that those in the wedding industry notice these days, especially during these busy summer months.

App isn’t a chore for parents or kids

The kids are out of school.

For brides: How to prevent regrets – or let them go

For Holley Simons, it was the bridal party.

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