SpongeBob: Brain Sponge


Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  A brain sponge!  Seriously!  A new study claims that after watching just nine minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants, four-year-olds struggled with attention and learning on mental function tests.  This is compared to a group of preschoolers who watched the kids’ show Caillou, and a group who drew pictures for the same […]

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Money and Your Kids


It’s a white knuckle ride on Wall Street, and the economy remains fragile.  Are you anxious about money?  Do your kids know it?  MSN Money’s Liz Weston at AskLizWeston.com says your attitudes and actions with regard to money management will deeply influence your kids approach to financial matters. So how do you teach your kids […]

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Back-to-School Means Back-to-the-Doctor


You’re probably preparing for your child’s back-to-school pediatrician appointment, but to get the most out of it, you have to do a bit of preparation.  I spoke with Dr. Charles Goebel at Texas Health Presbyterian Plano about how to make the most of your child’s visit with their doctor.  It’s not just about physical health, but […]

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Keeping Your Kids Healthy in the Heat

My daughter enjoying the beach

Much of the nation is in the relentless grip of an oppressive heat wave, with thermometers hovering at — or well above — 100 degrees.  But it’s the weekend!  But our kids are sick of staying inside!  There are only so many movies you can watch and malls at which you can loiter. What’s a […]

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