Parent-Teen Safety Plans

Teen and Parents Before PromIt’s spring! The sun is shining and suddenly it feels like summer break is just around the corner.  Spring also brings some big and exciting events for high school students, including prom and graduation.  These can be memorable weekends for teenagers, but several health and safety issues also come up during these times, including drug and alcohol use, safe driving, and sexual health.

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Speech Language Milestones

Toddler Boys ReadingWatching your child learn to communicate is one of the most exciting things about being a parent.  You see your baby go from cooing to babbling to saying those first words.  You watch your toddler sing songs and put words together.  You read books, and then suddenly your child is reading to you.  It’s an exciting progression, and much of the time it seems to happen naturally.  But what if your child isn’t developing speech or language like other children?

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What Not to Buy at Garage Sales

Garage SaleSome people swear by garage and yard sales. They can certainly help stretch tight family budgets by being a great source for gently used baby and toddler items. But, there are important things to keep in mind when you’re considering that “good deal.”

One of the challenges, whether you are a buyer or a seller at a garage sale, is knowing the recall history of items. Unless you make a point of checking the Consumer Product Safety Commissions website (, you may not be aware an item has been recalled. These items pose a life-threatening danger to infants and children so it is important not to take any chances.

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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

National Youth HIV + AIDS Awareness DayApril 10th is the annual National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (#NYHAAD), a day dedicated to educating the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people.  Prepare yourself, Public, you’re about to be educated…

Bear with me for a quick science review:  Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  HIV can be transmitted through infected bodily fluids – unprotected sex, sharing needles with infected person (with IV drug use, tattoos/piercings, etc), passed from infected mom to baby in childbirth or breastfeeding.

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