Ever wish that your kids came with an owner's manual? You might not get your wish exactly, but you can read a favorite parenting magazine online, find tips from other parents about raising children, supplement your children's education, learn how to keep them healthy or get advice on talking to them about tough issues. Use the sites in this Parenting Web Guide to make your search quick and successful.
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The habits that you teach your children while they are young are those that they will carry with them throughout life. It is just as important for their health that you teach them to eat a balanced diet and stay active so that they can live long, happy lives. There are plenty of online resources that can help you teach your child about healthy eating and exercise or find the best medical and safety information.
- One way to find a doctor for your child is to check the Web site of your health insurance provider. Try searching for the name of the company in any search engine, and once at the site browse or search for a directory of covered doctors.
- Many product-safety dangers arise when products are not properly used or installed. There is a large assortment of how-to videos online that can show you the proper ways to use many children's products. Edmunds has a video that shows how to properly install a car seat.
For healthy eating habits ...
has the new and improved food pyramid to help you decide how many servings of each food group your child needs to live a healthy life. You'll also find nutrition resources on this site so that you can better understand the labeling on your food, discover the importance of physical activity, and learn more about how to help prevent certain diseases by improving your eating habits.
has a number of family-friendly recipes that are also very nutritious. Visit the "Kids in the Kitchen" section to find recipes for your picky eaters.
For fun exercise and activity ...
is a children's health site created by the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media. It has an article on fitness
that outlines the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's exercise recommendations for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age kids. You'll find the Nutrition & Fitness index
handy to navigate to sections of this site that may be of interest to you.
BAM! Body and Mind
is a Web site created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that aims to teach kids how to make healthy life decisions. It has appealing graphics and features that encourage kids to become active by educating them about the many benefits of exercise.
For product-safety information ...
has a list of links for product safety as it applies to children. If you are interested in finding out the appropriate ages for children to play with certain toys, poison prevention, sports safety, or other child-related product safety issues, this site is for you.
To find a pediatrician or other doctor ...
The AMA DoctorFinder
resource on the American Medical Association's (AMA) Web site allows users to search for information on area doctors by inputting their name or specialty along with a location. The database contains a list of virtually every licensed physician in the United States, as well as additional information on education history, accepted insurance providers, and contact information is provided for AMA member physicians.
allows you to search the directory to find active members of the American Academy of Family Physicians in your area. Results are generally limited to the doctor's name, with occasional links to a practice's Web site.
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