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Gary Comer Youth Center: Providing Neighborhood Youth with Opportunities

The Gary Comer Youth Center is, at first glance, a tangle of contradictions. It’s a state of the art building—an architectural thing of beauty—smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood known for its poverty and crime. It’s a center for inner youth founded by the guy who started Lands’ End, purveyor of the preppiest …

Talking to Kids About the Orlando Pulse Massacre

Talking to kids about the Orlando Pulse Massacre—and yes, that’s what I call it, a massacre—is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever have to do. And talk about it, you will. You’ll have no choice. Because it’s been plastered all over the news. It’s what people are talking about. Unless you blindfold your …

This is How Much Sleep Kids Need to Be Healthy

How much sleep do kids need to be at their best? It’s a question parents struggle with when their children beg to sleep just a little longer on school days. Letting them sleep in means letting them be tardy for school. But letting them sleep in means healthier, happier kids, more able to take in …

Yellow Babies? What’s Up With That??

Yellow babies are babies with jaundice. Jaundice occurs when a baby has too much bilirubin. As bilirubin builds up inside the baby’s body, the baby’s skin and even the whites of his or her eyes may turn yellow. A new mother may notice her baby’s skin is yellow in color around two or three days …

Growth Hormones: Who Needs Them?

Growth hormones: it’s a treatment some parents think about when they see their children are shorter than their peers. Doctors call this short stature. Short stature can be inherited. But sometimes, kids are low on growth hormones, the stuff that makes us grow. Parents of a child with short stature may worry how being short …

Riley Gantt Of Rainbow Pack: Just Start The Conversation

Riley Joy Gantt was ten years old when her class visited a school located in a low-income neighborhood. A young girl there told Riley how she wished she could get “skinny crayons” but her mom couldn’t afford them. It was the first time Riley had been confronted with the twin concepts of poverty and need. …