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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘children’
Posted: March 17th, 2014

Christmas Present Wrapped in Gold and Silver 2000After the wearing o’ the green is over, National Single Parent Day sneaks up on us on March 21, according to  of Yahoo.comShe explained the origin of the holiday last year with some surprising stats — here’s a portion of her article:

13.6 million single parents in the U.S. who are responsible for 21.2 million children. Households headed by single fathers is the fastest growing segment, having increased in numbers by 60 percent in the decade between 2000 to 2010.
In 1984 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March 21 to be “National Single Parent Day. … In the United States, about 35 percent of all children live in single-parent households. The fewest percentage lives in Utah with only 21 percent, and the highest percentage lives in the District of Columbia with 64 percent.”

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: December 15th, 2012

A lump has been in my throat for 22 hours now. My kids are all in their 20s, but we’ve lived through many horrors including Virginia Tech and Columbine. Here’s some good advice from the Idaho Evening Journal. As moms and dads, we must listen and pay attention to what our kids need to discuss, and not all kids are the same. The Seattle Times also offered some terrific advice.

More links provided by PBS from Gary Meier, Superintendent, Ferndale Public Schools in Ferndale, Michigan:

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: December 13th, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children’s eyes are at increased risk for permanent damage from sunlight until they are at least 10 years old, because their eyes are highly sensitive and still developing. The Real Kids Shade shared the news.

It’s also true that 90 percent of damage from the sun occurs by age 18. We all use sunscreen, but less than a third of parents protect kids’ eyes. That would include me.

There are lots of cute shades for kids out there, and they range from $14.99 and up babies to tweens (with and without straps to hold them on). Teens will want to wear them on their own because shades are cool.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: August 16th, 2012

We often look for baclpacks that are stylish, fashionable and durable. But many thanks to RENEÉ HEWITT of  Topical BioMedics for advice on backpacks for kids.

She reminds us that heavy backpacks  worn incorrectly can cause serious back, neck and shoulder pain.

Tips for Back Safety
Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, a topical pain ointment for kids, offers the following tips for proper backpack safety:

-Make sure backpacks fit properly and have padded backs and straps.

-Children should wear BOTH straps – slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

-Teach your child to pack light only carry what is necessary to avoid any excess weight.

-A backpack should weigh no more than 10  - 20 percent of the child’s body weight.

-The backpack’s straps should fit snuggly over the child’s shoulders.

-Parents should pick up their child’s backpack on a regular basis to gauge its weight.

-Make sure the backpack is positioned on the back between the shoulder and not resting on the child’s lower back or hips.

-Tighten the straps so the pack sits close to the body.

-Organize the pack carefully and pack the heavier items closet to the center of the back.

-If your child experiences back pain, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, be sure to speak with your doctor.

Look for Signs That Signal a Backpack is Too Heavy

-A change in your child’s posture when wearing the backpack

-Struggling to put on or take off the backpack

-Pain when wearing the backpack

-Red marks from the shoulder straps after the backpack has been removed.

Features to Look for When Choosing a Backpack
-Two shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly

-Wide, padded shoulder straps that won’t dig into shoulders causing pain and cutting off circulation

-Padded back provides more comfort and protects children from being poked by sharp objects inside the backpack

-Backpack should be made of durable, lightweight material

-Waist belt to distribute the weight more evenly across the body

-Backpacks with wheels are an excellent choice for students who must tote a heavy load, but are less practical for use in snow during the winter months

To learn more about Topricin Junior, go to http://www.topricin.com

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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