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Ah, summertime. The living is easy, but the potential for accidents looms large. As we laze in the carefree summer days, it's easy to get distracted, and that's when accidents occur.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Early reports about the insect repellent DEET scared parents, but what can they use on their kids when the bugs start biting? As it turns out, they have more options than they think.

By Josh Clark

After massive recalls several years back, many U.S. parents were stunned to learn how loosely children's toys were regulated. And while regulations have ramped up since then, safety still isn't a guarantee. How do you know if toys are safe?

By Julia Layton

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Facebook has something for just about everyone. It's a great place to make friends. Parents and grandparents use the site. Plus there are all kinds of games. Is there a place for the younger set on Facebook, too?

By Jonathan Strickland

YouTube has experienced explosive growth over the past few years, and so has the amount of time kids spend online. Can you let your child enjoy the site without worrying about what he or she sees?

By Stephanie Crawford

No one ever said parenting was easy, and if you have to throw an ex in the mix, then the going can be much tougher. But there are things you and your ex can do to make co-parenting a little more seamless.

By Sara Elliott

Halloween should be fun and spooky -- not outright scary or filled with accidents, disasters and paranoia. How can you minimize the risks that pop up on Halloween evening?

By Julia Layton

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Home is a place where children need to feel safe, but it's also a veritable disaster zone of potential hazards. What are 10 simple ways to keep your kids safe at home?

By Marie Willsey

The real winners when it comes to summer are kids. The long days hold nothing but adventures, from backyard baseball games to sleepaway camp. Still, kids and their parents can't afford to let their guard down when it comes to safety.

By Molly Edmonds

Killer snowmen and runaway reindeer aren't the likeliest winter threats, but just because everyone's in a festive mood doesn't mean you can slack on safety. To ensure that your little ones survive the coldest season, take a look at these tips.

By Molly Edmonds

Medical records for each family member are one of the most important items to keep around. Even if you and the rest of your family are pretty healthy, keep these items together in case of an emergency.

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We are all susceptible to accidents but we can take measures to lessen our exposure to them. Take a look at this story from Dr. G about how children can get into a freak accident.

By Jan Garavaglia, M.D.

Smoking is the most destructive thing you can do to your body. Learn more about the dangerous consequences that smoking has on the body in this article.

By Jan Garavaglia, M.D.

Being a parent to a young child who is full of energy can be a roller coaster ride of emotions. Discover more about being a parent of a young child.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Childhood accidents are numerous and range from the less common, yet nightmarish car accidents and child abductions to equally dangerous, more commonplace playground and pool accidents. Learn about child safety tips.

By Alvin Eden & Elizabeth Eden

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Knowing what to do when your child is sick will ease her pain -- and your worries. Learn how to read symptoms, how to treat a fever, and most importantly, how to stay calm in an emergency.

By Alvin Eden & Elizabeth Eden

Children are born with protection from many diseases, thanks to antibodies passed through the placenta. Within a year, however, this defense is lost, so children need vaccinations to protect them from these diseases.

By Laurie L. Dove

Despite the changing lifestyles, the family remains the central element of contemporary life. But family structure, like society at large, has undergone significant changes. Learn more about family structures and dynamics.

By Michael Meyerhoff

Getting your child vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis may help him or her to have a much healthier college experience. Learn how to prevent meningitis.

By Dr. Rob Danoff

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An alarming percentage of kids today are not getting the proper amount of calcium each day, placing them at serious risk for osteoporosis and other bone diseases. What can you do to keep the calcium crisis from affecting your children?

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Mothers of all kinds of species take extreme measures to protect and nurture their young. What makes females so motherly? Is it instinct -- or learned?

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

How do you talk about sex education to kids? Learn about the benefits of talking openly about sex education with kids.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

As any parent knows, all kids get child fevers, but sometimes it's tough to know whether your child's fever requires you to visit a pediatrician. How can you judge the severity of a child's fever?

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Going back to school has a long list of to dos. Take a look at these tips for organizing a locker in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Psychologists suggest that the key to determining how a kid is doing is to look at how the parents are doing. Learn how happy parents make happy kids.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers