App review: Dyslexia keyboard, excellent assistive writing tool, worth every penny

Parents need to know that Dyslexia Keyboard is worth its price tag as one of the best assistive keyboards on the market. Features include impeccable word-prediction, voice-to-text, spell check, grammar check, and read-aloud both in context and in the editing window. This tool doesn't automatically correct errors and instead requires kids take a more active role in the editing process. For kids who struggle with writing or typing, especially long tasks like essays or stories, this tool will help them focus first on the content of their text and second on the process of writing. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.


Surviving baby's first year

"Empower a woman having a baby and you've empowered her for the rest of her life," says midwife Lisa Sherwood. With 35 years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse and 17 years as a midwife, she's seen just about everything and understands the value of knowledge, preparation and flexibility. As a provider at Orange Coast Women's Medical Group, she encourages parents to research their options and choose health care providers who will support them on their journey. The choices parents face while pregnant and raising a child can be overwhelming, and the decision process is often complicated by the views and opinions of others.


Moms Gear: Stainless steel soup pot with steamer basket makes steaming veggies easy

Moms committed to serving more vegetables to their kids in the New Year may be interested in the SALT-brand 3-piece stainless steel soup pot with steamer basket to do just that. The SALT brand (yes, all capital letters!) makes an entire product line available through Bed, Bath & Beyond. That includes a 3-quart (2.8 liter) soup pot and steamer basket that comes with a lifetime warranty.


Healthy breakfasts to go

Have you ever booked it to your car, kids trailing, breakfast in hand, while you bellowed, "We're late! Eat!"? Guess what? So have the rest of us - even moms who happen to be registered dietitians. Here's what the pros feed their kiddos on the run:


Book review: 'I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.,' offers kids a wonderful introduction to King's life and legacy

Parents need to know that "I Am Martin Luther King, Jr." is the eighth book in author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World picture book biography series, which includes books on Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Lucille Ball. The narrative approach and at times comics-like design of each book is the same: A pint-sized, big-headed cartoon version of the person looking like his or her adult self gives a capsule first-person account of childhood through greatest accomplishments. So here's King, sporting his trademark mustache and wearing a mini-black suit and tie, as a child in segregated Georgia, then a minister, then leader of nonviolent civil disobedience actions and marches to effect change. Police beatings and the infamous water hoses turned against child protesters are referred to but not shown. Sophisticated concepts and vocabulary (" ... it was a wake-up call for the nation's conscience") make this a better bet for kids 7 and up than the 5 to 8 recommended by the publisher. In any case, parents and teachers should be ready to answer questions about this turbulent period of U.S. history.


Parent vs. gadget: Can tech raise your kids better than you?

Let's be clear: No one needs a robot. Or a rubber ducky that puts your baby to sleep. Or even a toothbrush that comes with a game. But it might be nice to have a gadget do your parenting work for you once in a while - especially after a long day. Now, with hundreds of new tech tools hitting the market, you can. But should you?


Game review: Unique characters shine in magical animated platformer, 'Shante: Half-Genie Hero'

Parents need to know that "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero" is a side-scrolling action/adventure platform game. There's a steady stream of action and violence, but its cartoonish style is more akin to a Saturday morning cartoon and lacks any sort of blood or gore. There are some slightly suggestive themes, including characters presented in somewhat revealing outfits and dance moves similar to those of a belly dancer.


Introduce loved ones to Social Security's many programs

We have all received gifts we've wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you're there for them, no matter what is the best gift of all. Social Security is also there for you and your family - all year long.


Parents @ Play: Gearing up for winter

As you head out into the blustery, winter-y weather that has already descended on many of us, you'll want to make sure the kids are well equipped to handle everything that mother nature dishes out. Here are some of our favorites for your snow days.


Ex-etiquette: Select special name for bonus parent

Q: I recently picked my daughter up from her father's home after the Christmas Break only to hear her call out the car window as we left, "Bye Mom!" I did my best to cover up my shock, but oh my gosh, I never thought I would have to face this. I do not want my child calling anyone else, "Mom." What's good ex-etiquette?


How to carve your pumpkin safely

More than half of Halloween injuries involve pumpkin carving, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Each year, thousands of people end up in emergency departments with cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds suffered during pumpkin carving activities."Sometimes, we’re very excited, and we don’t think about this as being dangerous," says Mayo Clinic internist Dr. Vandana Bhide. "And, you can make it safer by planning ahead."
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How to carve your pumpkin safely

Top baby names of 2015 1:15

Top baby names of 2015

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Wyatt just wants attention and prayers

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No snow plow? No problem, use a table.