Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:11:13 18:57:17 This oh-so-simple and affordable activity is fun to make on a cold December day. These “trees” are a great no-mess, no-fuss kids’ craft, plus they are a super-cute decorative holiday accent to your home! Materials: ■ Letter-size card stock ■ Cupcake liner (read more)

Your Pregnancy
Photo: Eric Risberg/AP, License: N/A The United States recently recorded a record-high number of post-vaccine-era measles cases in 2014 — 668 cases from 27 states were reported according to the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Fr (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The AAP urges parents, physicians and pharmacists to use only metric measurements on prescriptions, medication labels and dosing cups to help ensure kids receive the correct dose of medication. Medication should not be measured in teaspoons or tablespoons (read more)

Infants and Toddlers
Photo: N/A, License: N/A A common source of concern for parents is wondering whether their child is on track and attaining developmental milestones. Is he crawling, walking and talking on time? If not, what can a parent do? In regard to language devlopment, there are a number of (read more)
Photo: Alvin/MCT, License: N/A The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu, according to Carolyn O'Neil, a (read more)

The Grade School Years
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Getting your child to take out the trash, do the dishes or help out with odds and ends around the house should be something parents teach their kids as early as possible says one local expert on child rearing. “There’s no set time to start, even toddlers (read more)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and more than quadrupled in adolescents in the last three decades. The CDC also says as of 2012, more than one-third of all children and adoles (read more)

You and Your Teen
The study, Scoring the Strengths and Weaknesses of Underage Drinking Laws in the United States, by James Fell, a former MADD national board member, and researchers with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), found major disparities in u (read more)
House Bill 1559 passed in June 2014. The new law will require schools to adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy including staff training beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. A 2012 study titled Seasonality of Suicidal Behavior acknowle (read more)

College Bound
Photo: Paul Souders/MCT, License: N/A They are what some people erroneously think of as ‘dirty jobs’ — carpentry, plumbing, air conditioning repair and the like; occupations that ordinarily don’t require a four-year college degree. However, these jobs can be rewarding in many ways, including (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:04:03 00:07:29 Area elementary, middle and high school students can test their science, physics, math, art and writing skills at several academic competitions scheduled at the University of Scranton during the academic year. Students can also visit the university for pr (read more)

The Empty Nest
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Mothers of grown children are used to being asked what they want for their birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day. The kids are usually glad they can at last afford to buy Mom “a real gift,” as in one that comes from a shop, a restaurant or a florist. Little (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Through a series of unanticipated events, Dave DeCosmo and I are abbreviated and not in our usual places! There’s an old saying that you are only as happy as your least happy child and parents of young adults will find that out with a vengeance when their (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain’s aphorism is wryly appreciated by parents of adu (read more)
There’s an old saying that you are only as happy as your least happy child. To that I’d like to add a corollary. Your peace of mind will always be a multiple of your child’s life situation. Their stress is your stress times two.Parents don’t discover this (read more)

The Joy of Grandparenting
Photo: David McKeown, License: N/A, Created: 2011:05:15 16:21:28 My grand daughter came to visit after preschool one day. She explained that her day in class had been good except for the fact that she missed getting a snack. Fortunately, I was prepared with a bottle of apple juice and a bag of donut holes. (It took a m (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Jane and Michael Banks had a long list of requirements for a potential nanny in Disney’s movie “Mary Poppins.” Among them the candidate was to have a cheery disposition, be kind and witty, play games, sing songs, and bring treats. Grandparents are pretty (read more)
Summer offers a great opportunity to spend time with the grandchildren. And it can be a lot of fun — if, they don’t kill you first. We paid a visit to one of our nearby state parks recently. It was on of those “Picnic and Play” days, when so many families (read more)
Grandparents have many duties and obligations. Many are routine: Remember birthdays. Make sure the welcome mat is always out. Keep a supply of cookies and milk on hand. Things like that. (read more)
It was a very long winter and winter can be tough on grandparents.We were often called into service when the weather forced schools to begin late or let out early.Often, during those shortened days, Grandpa’s car became the school bus, while the grandpar (read more)
It truly must be tough to get old. This became very apparent to me when I observed our two grandsons during after-school visits to our home. (read more)