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Language Learning at Home

Is your toddler learning to piece together two and three words to form sentences? Is your four-year-old expanding her vocabulary daily? Has your rising kindergartener started to recognize the alphabet and spell her name? Now is the time to consider introducing a foreign language to your eager learners. Beyond the ability to communicate and engage with a broader, more diverse population, there is great value in teaching your children a second language sooner rather than later. Research ...

Meaningful Play Makes for Successful Learning

It’s certainly no surprise that children like to play. They jump, they color, they make-believe, they story-tell, and while it may seem like all fun and games (which it is), play is also an important vehicle for learning. It’s so important in fact that one area school has incorporated play-based learning into their curriculum and educational offerings. Just this year, Wake County Public School System introduced its first Play and Ingenuity magnet theme at Powell Magnet Elementary School. ...

FDA warns parents to stop using teething tablets, gels associated with 10 deaths

BY TERESA WELSH The Food and Drug Administration said consumers should not use homeopathic gels and tablets that have been linked to infant deaths and illness. Children were found to be exhibiting symptoms similar to poisoning from belladonna, which has been used as both a poison and a medicine. A report of a child having a seizure after consuming the products led to an FDA investigation which found other cases where children experienced fever, vomiting, sleepiness, tremor, ...

Single, 54, and a new dad: Why some start families late

BY ABBY ELLIN (New York Times) Sparky Campanella never heard the thrumming of a biological clock. But his “sociological clock” — his sense that he was missing out on something important in life — boomed mightily. At the age of 54, he decided to do something about it. He became a father. He was single, but so what? “I decided I could either do it myself, or wait for the right partner to come along,” said Campanella, a Los Angeles fine arts photographer whose ...

Meet Your Neighbors and Make New Friends

The Triangle real estate market is hot and getting hotter by the day with homes selling quickly all throughout the eight-county area. Moving trucks have hit the roads loaded down with furniture and belongings to fill newly purchased houses that will soon be made into homes by the families who own them. Tasks that lie ahead include unpacking boxes, putting away numerous items, figuring out furniture configurations, and decorating rooms and spaces. And, certainly don’t forget one of the most ...

Surrogate mom helps others realize joys of parenthood

Kirsten Langhammer has given birth to three sets of twins in the past four years. Not one of those babies is her own. With each pair of twins, Langhammer fulfilled the dreams of a couple wanting to become parents. She loved becoming a mom and being pregnant - even labor and delivery. Using her self-described "magical uterus" to help create three other families has meant navigating a morass of legal, ethical and health issues. On this Mother's Day, she was proud of not only her own ...

Check your freezers: Massive recall of frozen fruits and veggies expands after Listeria outbreak

By Katie Mettler, The Washington Post A food packaging company in Washington state has expanded a voluntary recall -- which at one time included just 11 products -- to encompass nearly 360 different organic and non-organic frozen fruits and vegetables that may be contaminated with the deadly Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the outbreak, which has hospitalized eight people across three states. Two of those patients, one ...

New study says spanking doesn’t work, makes children’s behavior worse

By Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune  A new study on spanking, considered the most complete analysis to date on the topic, finds the more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents, exhibit anti-social behaviors and experience mental health and cognitive problems. "Spanking makes children's behavior worse," lead author Elizabeth T. Gershoff told me. "It has the opposite effect than what parents want: It doesn't make children better-behaved, and it doesn't teach ...

How to balance kids’ disappointments with a parent’s schedule

My heart sank as my sixth grader excitedly pulled out the permission slip for the field trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park – not because she couldn’t go, but because I knew what her first question would be: “Mom, can you come?” The disappointment on her face when I had to say no mirrored my own. No parent wants to let down a child when it comes to attending field trips, classroom parties, sports games, recitals, concerts, plays or the many other activities that ...

NC mother defies MS diagnosis with 22-mile birthday walk

BY HENRY GARGANThe News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)  APEX, N.C. - At times, Debbie Hamm's multiple sclerosis causes searing pain, tingling and numbness, all of which conspire to restrict her movement. But on Feb. 22 - her 40th birthday - the Apex, N.C., resident did little else but move. Starting at 7 a.m., she walked 22 miles from Apex to Holly Springs, N.C., to raise money and awareness for MS research. As of last week, the walk had raised more than $3,000. Hamm is a ...