Campfires are exciting for kids but they also can be dangerous without supervision and simple precautions, an expert warns.
Fussy and demanding babies are likely to spend slightly more time plopped in front of a TV or computer screen when they're toddlers than are "easier" babies, new research finds.
Whether you’re working a desk job from 9 to 5, returning to college to get a degree or painting for a living, procrastination can deliver gold to you.
Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up.
City kids are more likely to suffer concussions playing sports while children in rural areas tend to sustain these head injuries while using dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles, a new Canadian study finds.
Many parents are understandably worried about letting their kids walk or bike to school.
Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway.
Spring is a favorite time of year for many people. The weather is warming up after the cold winter, trees are beginning to bud and spring plants are blooming with vibrant flowers.
Ever walked into a home and felt like it's just a little more classy than your average house? Chances are that sleek interior look was helped along by crown molding, or wainscoting.
A record number of elderly Americans have living wills that explain their wishes for end-of-life medical care or appoint a surrogate medical decision maker, a new study finds.
Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study.
Many people say that a home is the largest single investment you'll ever make, but consider this: The national median existing-home price was $199,500 in October of this year. That's less than the estimated $210,388 it will cost to send your two-year-old to an in-state, public college for four years.
Making it clear to your teen that underage drinking is unacceptable is a highly effective way to reduce the risk that he or she will use alcohol, a new survey shows.
Is it time for a laundry room overhaul? To become an organization pro, here is some advice that works like magic.
Old hardwood floors are enchanting. While they're easy to admire, they can be tricky to restore and repair for the very reasons that make them so desirable.
Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.
Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests.
No one wants to see a little cloud of insects hovering around the kitchen, darting in and out of the garbage, or making merry in the compost. Yet, even in a clean house, fruit flies can start to multiply in the warmer months.
Spring break offers college women -- and men -- a welcome respite from the pressures of school, but they need to make sure they protect their health while having fun.
Genes may play a major role in parenting styles, according to a new study.
Spring is springing, and it's finally time to start your seedlings for your garden.
Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds.
Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds.
Motherhood is supposed to be a joy-filled journey -- or so the ads and Facebook memes tell us. So why does it seem as though our days are largely about nagging, supervising homework, changing diapers and shuttling kids to and from their activities?
Before you set up a food storage system, plan ahead to anticipate basic safety needs.
Think ahead and design a room that will evolve with your baby as she grows.
When faced with a strange, new gizmo, preschoolers figured out how it worked more quickly than college students did, a new study shows.
Teens and young adults involved in relationship violence are more likely to suffer depression, a new study indicates.
Teens who have tried electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke regular cigarettes, according to the authors of a new study.
Many parents know that allergies are seasonal, but fewer may realize that the same is true of asthma: A new study suggests the riskiest time for children with asthma is September, as they head back to school.
Students who have to repeat a grade can cause discipline problems among their classmates, a new study indicates.
Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table.
Can I recycle this? It's a question that comes up often around the house.
Taking part in family activities on a regular basis benefits the social and emotional health of young children, a new study finds.
Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests.
Car seats are heavier than ever--and some parents aren't including that weight when they fit their kids and car seats to LATCH systems.
The cost of treatment for children born with heart defects varies widely across the United States, according to new research. And higher costs may not mean better care.
Over the past two decades, reports of food allergies have nearly doubled among black children, a new study reveals.
Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.
Are you scared of pruning? Lots of gardeners who are picking up the shears for the first time are definitely worried about making a mistake that will damage or even kill their plants.
With a cold, snowy winter lingering in many parts of the United States, many of you may be struggling with a perennial winter problem: an icy front walk.
Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says.
A few simple measures can radically reduce the risk of fires in the home.
Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? Worried about bee deaths? You'd better think twice about the source of your plants.
Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and being physically fit are important for students' success in school, a new study suggests.
Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen? Before you pick up the phone to call a contractor about the kitchen of your dreams, you have some things to think about.
Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say.
Honey sure is great stuff. Bees may make it to provide nutrition to members of the hive, but we've been liberally "borrowing" it for centuries.
Although many people use indoor and outdoor wood heaters to save money on fuel costs, burning wood to stay warm during the cold winter months might not be cost-efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Your choice of flooring isn't just an aesthetic decision, it's also an environmental one.
One-year-old infants are 10 times more likely to suffer burns and scalds than older children, and the main causes of these injuries are hot drinks and hair irons, a new British study finds.
The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say.
These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life
It's the peak of flu season, and not being vaccinated can be risky for college students, a doctor warns.
Preschoolers from big families tended to score a bit lower on one vocabulary test. However, in cases where those kids had a sensitive big brother or sister, the vocabulary disadvantage disappeared.
Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates.
It's that time of year when your children are back in school -- and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says.
In the interests of helping you actually save money by using less gasoline, here are five favorite myths about green vehicles.
While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.
We all know that mason jars are super hip in home decor right now, but what about jars in general?
Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store.
Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts?
The EPA estimates that if Americans went green in the laundry room, they'd save three trillion gallons of water annually, along with over $18 billion per year.
Parents are more likely to confuse their children's names when they sound alike, a new study reveals.
DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers, a new Canadian study suggests.
First things first: you don't need to be a green thumb to grow a garden
Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice.
As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies.
Whether it will be a romantic meal for two, or a festive holiday banquet for a large group, Valentine's Day décor will enhance your dining room's holiday atmosphere.
Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk.
A busy home with sealed-up windows can lead to stale, unpleasant odors. And the last thing that any host wants to hear is, "What's that smell?"
Is your dinner table a battlefield? You aren't alone. But your child isn't doomed to a diet of white bread and chicken nuggets -- there's hope. Kids are more likely to try foods that they had a hand in cooking.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," Dickens wrote in 1859.
Most women play some version of the scale game whenever they weigh themselves, but the truth is there are at least eight reasons why the numbers can fluctuate so much.
Cold weather sure does make household tasks pile up. Before you tackle your to-do list, chill out with these tips from injury-prevention experts.
Dogs can recognize the faces of familiar people and canine pals, a new study finds.
If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep.
Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree.
The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.
Almost one in six fathers doesn't live with his children, according to new research that looked at how involved dads are in their children's lives.
Shoveling snow can increase your risk of heart attack, and you should take precautions to protect yourself, an expert says.
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps.
Here are seven holiday activities to slow down and make the morning more magical and memorable for both you and your children.
Ever feel a little addicted to your cellphone?
Young children are falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010.
Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year.
The most important prep step? Plan ahead.
Following home-heating safety measures will help keep you and your family safe this winter, experts say.
When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December.
Whether you’re attending a holiday party, wedding, business event or other celebration, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation and wishing Miss Manners were by your side.
Sure, some tots will play a board game quietly in the corner, but if you’ve got a crew with a bit more energy, read on for Thanksgiving craft ideas to keep them occupied this holiday season.
With November rapidly galloping towards a close, the nights are starting to get very, very chilly in many corners of the US. In some regions, frost is already on the ground.
What do you do with those little nubbins of wax that are too short to burn, but just large enough to make you feel guilty for tossing them?
Although today's fathers pitch in with routine child care more than dads did a few decades ago, a new study finds that mothers are still doing more. Even when both parents work outside the home.
Location, location, location!
Teens who stay up late are more likely to have lower grades and more emotional problems, a new study suggests.
Pack up and take your pick of these primo family-friendly routes.
If you're even moderately interested in DIY home automation, you've likely run across the name "Z-Wave" at some point.
You absolutely can recycle them, but did you know that there are also tons of other things you can do with them?
The crackle of flames in a fireplace is especially appealing this time of year. It conjures up images of lounging on comfortable furniture, drinking hot chocolate, and snuggling.
As baby boomers reach retirement age, many are faced with a difficult conundrum: balancing the challenges of their own golden years with the demands of elderly family members.
Mustard. This small, humble seed is used in cuisines the world over, from the sharp spicy mustard served with dim sum to the rich, seedy variety applied to sandwiches.
Few things are quite as unpleasant as uncovering a patch of mold.
College students in search of a good night's sleep may want to put some distance between their pillow and their cell phone, new research suggests.
Check out these predictions on the hottest house accessories for the season.
Looking to plan a family vacation that is both entertaining and educational? Go historical.
A regular bedtime might guarantee more than a good night's sleep for both kids and their parents -- it turns out that a regular bedtime can make for a better-behaved child, new research suggests.
Tech-loving kids can make a blackout feel like an eternity -- if you don’t have a plan in place. Turn this surprise into a period of family bonding and fun with the following ideas.
Do these seven things now to protect your home and family.
Buying, and living in, an older home can be totally charming. But along with the quaint comes the antiquated.
The Guardian is a small, tracking device to be worn by a child as a bracelet or necklace. When combined with a mobile application, the radio chip communicates with the parent's mobile device and can send an alert when the child has traveled too far away.
Do you long for your child to choose the symphony over SpongeBob and couscous over mac ’n’ cheese? Raising a cultured kid can be easier than you think.
There are a lot of questions surrounding compost, what you can put in it, and what you shouldn't toss in the compost bin.
If you find yourself spending more time at your desk than on your couch, there's no reason you can't celebrate the Halloween season in your office, and use these fun and festive décor ideas to liven up your work space.
New research confirms what experts have suspected: The decision not to vaccinate children for nonmedical reasons can have far-reaching effects, including raising the risk of infections for other children and their families.
Cooking at home is more cost-effective than ordering in, better for your family’s health, and if you do it right, quicker, too. Check out this list of items you should always have in stock for delicious, kid-friendly 30-minute meals.
A lawn doesn't have to be an ecological disaster area with these tips.
The use of color in a room can change it dramatically.
Here are a few tricks that can make a small room seem more spacious
These days, extended families are more likely to be spread out. The good news is, today's grandparents are more tech-savvy than they were even five years ago.
You might think of it primarily as that thing on the dinner table you use to add some flavor to your food, but the uses of salt extend far beyond that.
With the kids back at school and parents' schedules more hectic, mid-September is a good time for a reminder of proper car-seat safety. Sept. 15 to Sept. 21 is also Child Passenger Safety Week.
Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.
Bedbugs -- tiny, flat parasites that hide where people sleep -- are notoriously tough to kill, but scientists say they think they've uncovered new clues about why these bloodsuckers are so hardy.
Will the amount of time your child spends tweeting and sharing online affect their grades?
A national survey revealed that laundry ranks among our top three least favorite chores.
Parents who discipline their teenagers with a hostile brew of screaming, cursing and name-calling may ultimately be doing far more harm than good, a new study reveals.
It's time to crack open the cooler, break open the BBQ grill, and jump into the pool - summer's goodbye bash is on your doorstep.
How do you bring in the buyers -- and get the most money for your attic treasures?
Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue? Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way.
We all have them and we all hold onto them for whatever reason. We know they have to be good for something!
A new school year may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end just yet.
A hot bath can be just the thing, right? Most of us have to settle for pretty basic models if we even have room for a bathtub at all, but we're allowed to dare to dream.
When you think about it, a family vacation by train is a no-brainer. The price is right, the scenery terrific, and everyone’s in a good mood.
According to the US Census Bureau, the average size of a home in the United States has grown by 50% in the last 40 years, even as households are actually 15% smaller.
You’ve unboxed your new computer and are a ready to enjoy the faster processor, better display, and shiny new keys – but what do you do with your old computer? Here are six uses for your old computer.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been a looming issue in the news for years as bees die off in growing numbers for reasons that aren't always apparent.
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