High-quality child care produces a stimulating, secure and loving atmosphere for the little one.

Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes – How to do it Rightly
Washing Dishes
Washing Dishes
Cleaning up after oneself is an important life skill
Make a Bed
Make a Bed
It might be a dying art, but learning how to make a bed is a valuable skill.
Sweep a Floor
Sweep a Floor
Give a kid a broom, and you are likely to see dirt flipping everywhere except in a pile.
Mop a Floor
Mop a Floor
Be sure to give them instructions on how to mop different floor types you may have in your home.
Glasses of homemade lemonade

Stir together a batch of homemade lemonade using fresh lemons and bottled lemon juice to save time. It’s a sweet and refreshing treat! If you want a treat, make it yourself. It’s a rule of thumb that makes sense to me, especially with sweet drinks. Because at the risk of being the fun police, even...

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Easy Crispy Broccoli (Kid Tested + Approved!)

This Easy Crispy Broccoli bakes in just 10 minutes and is kid-tested and approved! Makes a quick, vitamin-packed side dish. In our house, this roasted broccoli is officially known as “The good kind, with the lemon and cheese”.  Granted, I like broccoli any which way, but this broccoli recipe is the current kid-favorite around here....

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Pressure Cooker Beef & Bowtie Pasta

This family-friendly pressure cooker pasta has a rich, meaty sauce and a whopping 18 grams of protein per serving. Takes only minutes to cook! This post has been sponsored by Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. “Mom, that pasta was really good.” My sixth grader told me this after I’d...

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Healthy Eating is Not a Competitive Sport

Thank you to Del Monte Foods for sponsoring this post! Food is a nagging worry for a lot of people right now. You may be worrying about how and where to get your food–and worrying that your meals and snacks are looking different than they used to. You may be eating more comfort foods and...

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La Croix

Is it okay for kids to drink sparkling water? Is it bad for teeth? Is it hydrating? Get the facts about fizzy water here. For kids who don’t love plain water and parents who aren’t fans of soda, sparkling water can feel like a good compromise.  But if you’ve wondered whether it’s okay for them...

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7 Ways To Support Local Farmers Right Now

From getting a CSA to ordering take-out, here are 7 delicious ways you can support local farmers (and your local economy!). Thank you to Paige’s Produce for sponsoring this post! If any of us took food for granted before, we don’t anymore.  These days, we’re all spending a lot more time figuring out how to...

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90 Books Your Teen or Tween Won’t Want To Put Down

Are you looking for a good book that will really get your kid reading? Here’s a mega-list of 90 books for tweens and teens. What’s better than getting lost in a book, escaping into another world, and getting absorbed in a can’t-pull-yourself-away page turner? Answer: Seeing your kid feel that way about a book. I have...

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Graham crackers with frosting

These Graham Cracker Cookies are a simple, yummy, and quick dessert: Just spread rich chocolate buttercream between store-bought graham crackers. I figured these graham cracker cookies were the brainchild of my mom, whenever she happened to have leftovers from frosting a cake. Then she told me her mom made them too–and when she packed them...

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Make a #StayHome Food Plan: Free Printables To Help You

Having a food plan can help you be smarter about grocery shopping and feel more prepared. Here are five free printables to help! There’s a lot of uncertainty around food right now: what’s available, where to get it, and how much to buy. There are also worries around money, with a lot of people tightening...

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This Simple Chore System Is The Only One You’ll Need

Wish your kids did more around the house? Simplify your system. These chore sticks get your kids pitching in–and make it a lot easier on you. Does getting your kids to do chores feel like, well, a chore? That was my problem. I was intent on having kids who understood what it took to keep a...

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Things to Read, Watch & Make When You’re Stuck At Home

The challenges of being homebound are many: bickering kids, feelings of isolation, and alternating bouts of stress and boredom. If you need a much-needed mental escape or a project to pass the time, I hope you’ll find some things here to help: Ideas for Books Books For Kids: Books My Kids Couldn’t Put Down Part...

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Tofu Nuggets with Ketchup

These crispy breaded tofu nuggets are crunchy, dunkable, and kid-friendly. They cook in the air fryer in just 15 minutes. If you’d like to serve more plant-based proteins to your family, but tofu seems like a weird, squishy bridge too far, I’ve got the recipe for you! Because yes, tofu is squishy–and, let’s face it,...

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Guacamole

This basic guacamole recipe couldn’t be easier with just four simple ingredients. Make this easy guacamole and wait for the compliments to roll in! You know when someone gushes over your new skirt and you feel obligated to confess that you got it for $3.99 on the clearance rack at Target like you got away...

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Avocado Toast

Got a teenager who is constantly hungry? Check out this mega list of healthy snacks for teens (and tweens) for ideas they’ll love. “I’m basically always hungry.” That’s what my 15 year old said to me the other night as he stood in front of the open refrigerator searching for something to eat–approximately 10 minutes after...

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21 Nutritious Sports Snacks For Kids

Kid athletes need good fuel between meals! Here are 21 ideas for easy sports snacks they’ll love. Thank you to CLIF Kid for sponsoring this post! Sports snacks can be maddening for parents–when it’s donuts, cookies, chips, and punch that often crop up on the sidelines of pee-wee sports. Those snacks feel more like a...

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Smoothie Ingredients in a Reusable Bag

These easy and healthy Make Ahead Green Smoothie Packs will simplify your morning–and they’re packaged in reusable bags for less waste. I’d seen these make ahead smoothie packs all over Pinterest. When I finally made them, I realized they solved two of my pressing smoothie problems: Pre-washed spinach that goes bad before I can use...

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How to Make Simple Sushi Rolls

This recipe for easy sushi rolls is perfect for beginners! Includes step-by-step instructions for making cucumber sushi rolls.  I spent a lot of money at the sushi counter of my store before I realized how easy they are to make myself. This is also a great project for kids and a nice way of fitting in...

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Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar is billed as a wholesome, healthy alternative to regular sugar. But is that true? Here are the facts! Coconut sugar is trendy right now, billed as a wholesome alternative to sugar and cropping up in recipes for “healthier” baked goods. It’s even been dubbed a “superfood”. It’s also a lot pricier than sugar. At...

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Crepes with fruit

Crepes feel fancy but are actually easy to make! Here’s a quick crepe recipe that makes a fun breakfast your family will enjoy. Crepes are not something you have to save for fancy brunch restaurants or even special occasions. I used to save crepes for Christmas morning. But they’re so fast and simple to make that...

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How to handle party food with your kids

I tend to break all the classic rules when it comes to attending holiday parties. I don’t eat a healthy snack before I go. I don’t fill half my plate with vegetables. I don’t position myself at the opposite side of the room from the buffet. Instead, I usually arrive hungry, eat my very favorites,...

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Got A New Instant Pot? Here’s What To Make First!

Is your new Instant Pot still in the box? Have no fear! Here are three beginner Instant Pot recipes to get you started. If you have an Instant Pot but are afraid to use it, I feel your pain. I’m embarrassed to say that mine sat in the box for a solid two months before...

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Books I Loved in 2019

If you need a good book for yourself or as a gift for someone you love, here are 11 books I read and loved this year. I read a lot of books this year, but these are the ones I enjoyed the most. I hope you’ll find some new ideas for yourself–or holiday gifts for...

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Baby spoons

A lot has changed when it comes to feeding babies. Here are some of the biggest changes to know about (or pass along to family and caregivers)! Maybe you’re having your first baby and feel a little lost about feeding–or your third, but want to do things differently. Maybe your mother or well-meaning auntie is...

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Make Ahead Taco Meat

This Make Ahead Slow Cooker Taco Meat recipe lets you cook once and have four meals in the freezer for busy nights. Thank you to the Ohio Beef Council for sponsoring this post!  My teenager’s favorite meal is beef tacos, so we eat them regularly. And I finally got smart this Fall and started batch-cooking...

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Breakfast Sandwich

These Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches are a quick and energizing meal for kids and grown-ups. Easy to assemble and perfect for busy mornings. You know those ideas you keep spotting online, the ones that look awfully smart but also like Pinterest Fails waiting to happen? I kept seeing versions of these freezer breakfast sandwiches. They...

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Pierogi in a skillet with butter and onions

These Homemade Pierogi with Potato & Cheese Filling are chewy and hearty–the ultimate family-friendly comfort food! I was asked to participate in this campaign with Cabot Creamery as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time. If you were lucky enough to have a grandma from Eastern Europe, your...

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Beef cattle

Why are cattle given hormones? Are cattle treated humanely? Answers to your biggest questions–so you can make decisions that are right for your family. Thank you to the Ohio Beef Council for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.  As a dietitian who gives advice about feeding families, I’ve made it my goal to...

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How To Host A Wellness Week At School

Wellness Week is an easy, low cost program for students that encourages activity and healthy eating. Here are free printables to make it easy! For many years, my sons’ school held a Health Challenge every spring. It was created by one of the parents and was a hugely popular program. Kids tracked habits like how...

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Small glass of orange juice

What are healthy drinks for kids–and which ones should you limit or avoid? Here are some guidelines. Thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. There’s a lot of focus on what kids eat (or won’t eat!). But drinks deserve attention too– especially right now, because they’ve...

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Ingredient list with natural flavors

There’s a lot of confusion and rumor surrounding natural flavors. Here are the facts so you can be more informed about this common ingredient. I wrote a shorter version of this post that appears on WebMD’s Food & Fitness Blog. Natural flavors are found in a lot of place: in your can of lime sparkling...

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