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Parents August 2020

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Parents brings you expert advice you can trust to help you raise happy, healthy kids at every age, every stage! Celebrate the joys of parenthood! Say yes to Parents now and get all the family-focused fun, down-to-earth tips, and advice from the heart you need to be the best mom you can be!

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

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3 min.
editor’s note

Books Can Lift Us Higher A JUICY PEACH, a good book, and the shade of a big tree. That was my mother’s recipe for a perfect summer afternoon, dreamed up when she was a kid in Michigan and delivered to my sister and me every July and August of our childhood in Connecticut. Our home was filled with volumes she had lovingly selected, and fresh fruit sat at the ready on our kitchen counter. My mom didn’t schedule our days with projects, sports, or playdates. If I went to her home office looking for entertainment, I typically got one response: “Read a book.” Following her advice shaped me into the person I am today. My world as a kid was fairly small and sheltered. Books helped crack it open. But not quite wide…

9 min.
let’s get real

• THIS LIFE So True! We asked some of our fave moms and dads: What’s one thing no one told you about parenthood? “The patience and mental stamina you need. Each age and phase comes with its own set of challenges and triumphs, requiring a totally new rhythm and flow. Just when you think you have one phase figured out, your child evolves.”—cookbook author Gail Simmons, mother of two, judge on Top Chef“Your children will teach you as much as you teach them. The experiences you face as a parent will redefine who you are as a person.”—former boxing champion Laila Ali, mother of two, creator of Laila Ali Lifestyle, and contributor to the downloadable 4-H Fresh Chefs Cookbook“How satisfying it is to see your child learn new things. Birdie recently told me…

2 min.
your monthly dose of what’s new, novel, and nice to know

Shaved Ice at Home 1 Crush 4 cups of ice in your blender, or place it in a heavy-duty sealed plastic bag and smash it with the flat side of a mallet. Scoop the ice pieces into four dishes. 2 Puree 3 cups fresh fruit with 3 Tbs. honey or fruit juice for 30 to 60 seconds. We like peaches with mango juice, watermelon with honey, or honeydew with honey. 3 Pour fruit puree over ice and serve, or cover and freeze until ready to eat. Safe and Sweet Cubcoats, the maker of hoodies that turn into stuffed animals, ships kid-friendly masks in animal designs that are a little less medical and a little more cute. They’re also reusable and can go in the washer and dryer for cleaning. Choose from a set of pink…

8 min.
find shoes that fit!

Online shopping is a cinch for kids’ shirts and shorts, but not so much when it comes to new kicks. You want a pair that will stay intact and fit well until winter or beyond, but that’s easier said than done: A survey by BlitzResults found that 67 percent of little kids wear shoes that are one or two sizes too small. Kids don’t always know how to say that their shoes are uncomfortable, so you might not realize how squished their toes are, says Miguel Cunha, D.P.M., a podiatrist in New York City. Keep their feet happy by following these measuring tips. • Take an Exact Measurement. Assuming you don’t have a Brannock Device at home (the metal contraption found at shoe stores), have your child stand barefoot on a piece…

5 min.
get set for a healthy year

Stick to Your Annual Checkups. Yes, even during a pandemic. Well visits are more than just a chance to look at your child’s height and weight. They are a vital opportunity to survey your child’s development, offer intervention for concerns, and provide scheduled immunizations, says Katherine Trier, M.D., a pediatrician in Boston. However, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that many children, particularly those ages 2 and up, missed receiving vaccinations during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While doctors understand that you may feel nervous about entering a medical facility now, the CDC notes that it’s critical for kids to get immunizations for vaccine-preventable diseases on time, especially as social-distancing requirements relax. “Vaccinated children protect not only themselves but also their communities by increasing…

4 min.
win the snack game

Go Sweet Peach Muffin Bites Active Time 15 minutes Total Time 45 minutes Makes 24 mini muffins INGREDIENTS Nonstick cooking spray¾ cup milk2 large eggs⅓ cup honey¼ cup unsalted butter, melted1 tsp. pure vanilla extract¾ cup all-purpose flour¼ cup whole-wheat flour½ cup rolled oats1 tsp. baking powder½ tsp. baking sodaPinch of salt1 cup finely chopped frozen peaches, thawed1 tsp. lemon zestConfectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional) MAKE IT 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 24-cup mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Whisk together milk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla. Gently fold in flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in peaches and zest. 2. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Transfer to a wire rack. Refrigerate in a container…