7 Best Ways to Avoid Spoiling Your Kids with Holiday Sweets

It’s easy for kids to overindulge on sweets during the holidays, but you can avoid spoiling your children this year with a little planning and by encouraging mindfulness and self-discipline. “Give your children the gift of moderation this year,” says Ellen Rome, MD, Head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Dr. … Read More

Top Hygiene Tips for Your Tween

Even if your tween is years away from the voice-cracking, hair-sprouting entry to adulthood, it’s not too early to talk about personal hygiene. Most kids develop body odor when they begin puberty (usually between ages 8 and 13 for girls and 9 and 14 for boys). Puberty is when physical transformation begins, including sexual maturing and … Read More

Do Your Kids Know Their Fish Facts? (Infographic)

Discover how we’re different — and not so different — from our friends with fins. Enjoy this infographic, created by Cleveland Clinic Children’s with help from the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Then think about planning a fun family outing to show your kids the world around us. Exploring, learning and laughing together helps builds healthy families!

The 4Bs of Back to School Success (Infographic)

How did it get to be August already? While it may be tempting to hold on to that glorious summer feeling as long as possible, it’s best to start planning now for the new academic year to help everyone—kids and adults alike—have the smoothest transition possible. Here, Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Richard So, MD, offers … Read More

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5 Fun Breakfasts That Kids Can Make for Mom

Let kids show mom how much they care on Mother’s Day. Turn them loose in the kitchen! With a little help from Dad, there are plenty of fun breakfast treats they can safely and easily make. Most don’t require an oven or a stove. Pediatric registered dietitian Jennifer Willoughby offers 5 easy breakfast ideas that … Read More

Active Gaming May Help Your Child Lose Weight

If you want to help your overweight child get healthier, consider a weight-management plan that includes an active gaming system – where you use your entire body to play rather than only a controller. A recent study found that playing active video games, as part of a weight-management program, encourages overweight children to get more … Read More

How to Better Handle Your Teen’s Spring Break

No one gets more excited about spring break than the high school or college kids who plan to spend the time on a trip with their friends. For parents, though, the week can create a time of worrying about their young adult children and their safety. The hordes of young adults concentrated in one place and … Read More

Does Your Phone Come Between You and Your Kids?

A new study finds that adults pay more attention to their smart phone than their children during restaurant outings. And adults tend to react harshly – and in some cases, physically – to the children who interrupt their screen time. Researchers from Boston University spent time watching 55 adults at a fast-food restaurant. Each of … Read More

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Best Tips for Dealing With Your Stubborn Tween

You survived the “terrible twos” (and threes!) and figured you’d catch a break – with at least a little less drama – until the years of teenage rebellion and angst hit. Right? If the answer is a resounding, “no,” you’re not alone, says Ellen Rome, MD, Head of Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. While … Read More

Flu Shot for Babies, Boomers and Beyond

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season typically peaks in January or February (though flu activity can last as long as late May). Experts say that most of us should receive the flu vaccine, beginning as early as 6 months of … Read More