Pediatrics

How to Save on Back to School Spending

In 2022 parents expect to spend an average of $262 dollars in back-to-school spending per child on clothing and accessories, $140 on school supplies, $168 on shoes and a whopping $293 on electronics or computer-related equipment. This brings the total to $863 per child.   While these numbers are based […]

Household Poisons 

  • Household cleaners

Have you ever wondered if some of the common substances you have around the house might be poisonous to children? Here are a few things you might not suspect:   An overdose of dietary melatonin supplement can actually be fatal for children.   Less than a fifth of a teaspoon […]

Budget-Friendly Things to do in Indiana 

  • Family Hiking

Looking for something to do alone or with the family? Here are a few nearby destinations and events to help keep the winter blues away.   “Winter Wonder” in Batesville, Indiana is a free 200-foot lighted drive-through tunnel with over 100 lighted snowflakes. It is located in the Village Green parking […]

Children’s Gifts Chosen by the Experts 

  • Children opening Christmas presents

Looking for the best of the best in children’s gifts? If you want to know what the experts have chosen, check out the following lists:   1) The Parents Choice Foundation gives annual awards in games, puzzles, toys, books, video games and movies. Awards are designated by age and can be sorted by price, so there’s […]

Does Letting Kids Drink at Home Really Teach Them How to Drink?  

  • Teen talking to parent

Can children be taught to drink responsibly? Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School doesn’t believe so.  Dr. Levy says, “It’s a myth that you can teach kids to drink.”   According to a study […]

Fun Weekend Activities to do with the Family

Now that summer vacations are over, many of us are looking for some fun weekend things to do with the family, especially things that aren’t too far from Rush County. Here are a few suggestions:   Looking for something outside the box? Check out the underground “catacombs” under City Market in downtown Indy. These vaulted brick hallways […]

Questions to ask when choosing a backpack for your child

  • Childrens with backpacks walking

Helping your child choose a new back-to-school backpack can be a challenge. While children tend to focus on the style of a backpack, parents want one that will last and won’t put too much stress on their child’s back. Parents realize that no matter how great a backpack looks when […]

Tools for Packing a Lunch that Packs a Punch  

  • Cute,Bear,Toast,With,Apples Bento

With school starting next week, lots of parents will be shopping for lunch foods this coming weekend. They will be looking for foods that are healthy, relatively inexpensive and easy to prepare. They also hope their children will like their lunch food enough to eat it instead of trading it away for a pile of Little Debbie cakes. None […]

When Children Ask About Suicide  

  • Woman holding sons hand walking to school

Stereotypical youth suicides occur in the teenage years, but pre-teens are also vulnerable. In 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. It’s important for parents to be prepared to discuss suicidal ideation with preteens as well as older adolescents.   When very young children […]