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Parenting School Years

Parenting School Years Feb-13

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On the day a mom puts her child onto the kindergarten bus, her life – and her child’s – will be forever changed. School alters everything in a kid’s world. The new edition of Parenting magazine captures the joys and explores the questions and unique challenges that moms face with their school-age children.

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Meredith Corporation
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2 min.

With kids sharing tech (and, thus, germs), those letters saying “a child” in class has something scary-sounding are probably coming more often. Debra Best, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center, sorts out what you're likely to see. WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR? Area of reddened skin with honey-colored discharge on top. HOW CONTAGIOUS IS IT? Impetigo spreads only through direct contact with the infected area. WHAT PREVENTS IT? Frequent handwashing; keeping any cuts or sores covered. Strep Throat WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR? Fever and sore throat—but no cough or congestion. HOW CONTAGIOUS IS IT? Very, among children in close contact. The bacteria can also be picked up from doorknobs or utensils. A child with strep shouldn't return to school until on antibiotics for 24 hours. WHAT PREVENTS IT? Not sharing anything, especially…

1 min.

Your child bombed the big test. You tried after-school help, but he's not doing much better. Poor grades aren't the only sign: Homework stress is a huge red flag, says Melissa Torres, first-grade special-education teacher at P.S. 60 in Queens, NY. “If a child hates homework, chances are he doesn't understand it.” The good news: Today's high-tech tutoring options have changed the landscape. Now there's a study buddy—from in-home to online—to suit every kid's style. Yours may prefer being elbow to elbow at the kitchen counter, or logged in solo on the family laptop to do a drill that's fun and confidence-boosting. The download on your choices: GREAT FOR: The timid student who's reluctant to ask questions in class. NOT SO MUCH: A social bug who learns by bouncing questions off classmates. APPROXIMATE…

10 min.
5 years old

I have brilliant kids. At birth, my sons already had trillions of brain cells just waiting to be connected and stimulated. “Their potential to learn so much was all right there from the start,” says Marcy Guddemi, Ph.D., executive director of the Gesell Institute of Child Development research, education, and advocacy center in New Haven, CT. (The same holds true for all kids—but still!) While I do everything in my power to ensure my guys' minds are top-notch, Guddemi reminds me that much of the recent drive to create future Nobel Prize winners (Read at 3! Learn Cantonese by kindergarten!) has made no difference: Children today reach cognitive milestones at the very same rate they did 80-plus years ago, says Guddemi, noting a 2010 Gesell Institute study. “There's a clear…

4 min.
grapefruit league

Between February and April, Major League teams head to central Florida and the area around Phoenix for spring training. On top of more affordable ticket prices, the small-scale stadiums mean your kid has a real shot at getting an autograph from a big-name player and catching a fly ball. And after the last peanut and Cracker Jack have been eaten, there's still plenty for fams to do. SLIDE INTO HOME BASE: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay (grandhyatttampabay.com) It's on a 35-acre nature preserve teeming with roseate spoonbills, osprey, and herons; manatees are spotted in nearby Tampa Bay. Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club by Marriott (marriott.com) Tweens love the golf and tennis camps. And it's a short drive from Weedon Island Preserve (weedonislandpreserve.org), with canoe and kayak rentals and the best dolphin-watching…

1 min.
picky-eater pleaser

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Sift together 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs; 1/3 cup vegetable oil; 1 large beet, roasted and pureed (see page 48); and 2 tsp vanilla. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet. Pour 1/3 cup batter into 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. PINK FROSTING Place one 8-oz package cream cheese, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup beet puree, and 1 tsp vanilla in a mixer and beat on medium-high until fluffy. Spread on cooled cupcakes. “These cupcakes have a rich chocolate flavor, but they lack…

1 min.
blueberry blast

Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and sprinkle granola in the bottom of each one. Stir blueberries into vanilla Greek yogurt and add honey to taste (for kids over 1). Divide yogurt mixture evenly between the liners. Freeze for 3 hours, or until firm. AB&J Cones Swirl almond butter and raspberry jam into slightly softened strawberry ice cream. Freeze for 30 minutes. Scoop into an ice cream cone and sprinkle with dark-chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and almond slivers. Nutty Fudge Bars Melt 1/2 cup dark-chocolate chips with 1/4 cup evaporated milk; stir until smooth. Set aside half the chocolate mixture. Combine 20 crushed vanilla wafers, 1/2 cup mini-marshmallows, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, and stir in half the melted chocolate. Stir until combined, then press into a baking pan…