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  • Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010

    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and tick repellent that is safe, effective, and easy to use. It also helps if it doesn’t smell like bug spray.

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  • Outdoor Play

    Getting Out in Nature

    As a Mom of two school-aged girls it is a constant challenge to carve out the time to get them outside to play, but we try to make it a daily priority. Winter in our part of the country makes it even more challenging. When the real temperature is well below zero it’s tempting to […]

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  • The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure

    The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure

    Being prepared is the first step to staying safe in the outdoors. Before venturing out on your trip, spend some time researching the potential hazards of terrain, weather, and wildlife that you might encounter, and pack items that will promote your safety and comfort.

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  • Tips for Outdoor Adventures on the Water

    Tips for Outdoor Adventures on the Water

    Whether swimming in the ocean or on a boat in a lake, follow these tips for staying safe by the water.

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  • Tips for Outdoor Adventures on Land

    Tips for Outdoor Adventures on Land

    Follow these tips for a fun and safe excursion, whether playing in a park or hiking up a mountain.

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  • Tips for Any Outdoor Situation

    Tips for Any Outdoor Situation

    Good fortune favors the well-prepared. Severe weather, wild animals, rugged terrain, and equipment failure all conspire to create or complicate medical hardships that must be diagnosed swiftly and remedied with certainty. However, with some advance preparation, individuals and families planning vacations or outdoor excursions can become familiar with adverse situations and be prepared to handle […]

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  • Biking with kids : Terror and Triumph

    Biking with kids: Terror and Triumph

    Every Thursday, it’s bike-to-school day. Every Thursday, I’m terrified of what might happen. Every Thursday, we triumph upon arrival at our charter school, 2.5 miles from my house.

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  • Facing fear: not just for kids anymore

    Facing fear: not just for kids anymore

    As I stepped off the platform onto the first mid-air obstacle, 15’ off the ground, I felt what my daughter feels all the time… “I’m scared!”

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  • The Importance of Child’s Play

    The Importance of Child’s Play

    “Mama, will you play with me?” These six words instantly snap me to attention here, now, in the present. They are usually uttered by my 5-year-old, and usually when I’m buzzing around doing something “important” like cooking, packing or cleaning the litter box.

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  • Mosquito Fast Facts

    Mosquito Fast Facts

    Mosquitoes bite infants and children more than any other insect. Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous blood-borne illnesses including West Nile Virus, malaria, encephalitis and many other diseases.

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