My gift to all mothers on this Mother's Day is this—grace. This holiday, I hope every one of you moms will take a moment and remind yourself that you deserve praise EVERY day, not just on a day highlighted on the calendar.
Babysitting is often the first opportunity kids have to earn money outside of their home, and the best babysitters are those who are prepared to handle a variety of situations. “Babysitting is a very big responsibility,” says Carisa Hettich, executive director of the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross, which offers a babysitting training course.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, and the virus can cause many types of cancers, including cervical cancer. There is a vaccine that can prevent HPV infection, and it’s recommended for both girls and boys.
Ear infections are a common ailment in children; about 75 percent of kids will experience at least one by age 3. Some ear infections require treatment, others clear up on their own. Dr. Pilar Bradshaw with Eugene Pediatric Associates discusses what causes ear infections and how they are treated.
Parenting Now! in Eugene, Oregon, provides programs and resources to support parents of young children, including the Baby Connection program. This free, weekly, drop-in support group offers moms and dads a safe place to connect with other parents, receive feeding assistance, and get answers to their questions and concerns.
January, February and March are peak months for influenza. Your best protection against the virus is getting a flu shot. The vaccine cannot give you the flu, but it also doesn't guarantee that you won't get the virus if you're immunized. What the vaccine is designed to do is to protect you from dying from the flu—much like wearing a seatbelt.