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Why I Like It When Strangers Help My Child with Special Needs

Max

Last week, when we were on vacation at the beach, I was very thankful for the kindness of strangers.

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Camp Competition Is Fierce!

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The pressure. The waiting lists. The judgment. You'd think I was talking about getting my child into an Ivy League school instead of SUMMER CAMP. But I recently found out that competitiveness and pressure aren't just for the school year anymore.

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Is Age 3 Too Young for Gifted and Talented Testing?

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Testing for a young child's "giftedness" is laden with controversy as is, but in New York City, the issue is about to get a whole lot more controversial. Tests administered in 2012 might be dialed back to include kids as young as 3!

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Keep Kids Away from Fireworks!

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I'm an emergency room physician, and some of the most tragic injuries I have witnessed occurred because children handled fireworks. Children should NEVER be handling fireworks --under any circumstances!

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70 Kids Have Drowned in US Since Memorial Day

Seventy kids have drowned in the United States since Memorial Day ... and there have been 80 near-drownings. Every year, 300 children younger than 5 drown in pools and spas. Here's how to keep your kids safe.

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Zach Anner Is My Idol!

Zach anner

A lot of people laughed when they first watched the video by Zach Anner, the twentysomething with cerebral palsy auditioning for Oprah's "Your Own Show." I laughed, too. I also cried. As the mom of a little boy with CP, I ache for the world to see my child that way.

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Why Are So Many Little Kids Up Till All Hours?!

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I was walking through NYC's Union Square Saturday night at 11 PM. There, amidst dozens of skateboarders and bar-hopping drunks, I spotted lots of little kids (aged, I'd guess, somewhere between 4 and 9). Why weren't these kids in bed?

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Is World Cup Hazardous to Kids' Health?

Soccer Ball

In the past two weeks, we've heard several stories of kids tragically dying or being critically injured during the World Cup.

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