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.
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Here’s what you should know about “ultra-processed foods”–how they affect your health and what that means for your family. I wrote a shorter version of this post for my column on WebMD’s Food and Fitness Blog. Talk about “processed food” can make me twitchy. That’s because so much of it smacks of privilege, particularly the …

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Is Artificial Food Coloring Safe For Kids? Here’s What You Should Know.

Are food dyes harmful to kids? Does artificial coloring make kids hyperactive? Here are the facts you need to know! Has your kid ever had a blue-stained tongue from a lollipop or pink frosting-smeared lips? And have you ever felt a twinge of worry, wondering whether those bright, colorful dyes are harmless or harmful–especially after …

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30+ Healthy Lunch Ideas For Teens At Home

Need some healthy lunch ideas for teenagers? Here’s some inspiration for you! Lunch for any kid can be challenging. But lunch for teenagers, with their growth spurt appetites and busy schedules, may have you considering Chipotle on repeat. I’ve got some inspiration for you, whether your teen is home for the summer or winter break–or …

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What Every Parent Should Know About Kids & Food Allergies

It’s up to ALL of us to keep kids safe. Here are six important things all parents should know about food allergies. A few summers ago we were on a family vacation, sharing our first dinner in a rented beach house, when something went terribly wrong. A teenage family member had recently been diagnosed with …

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How to Feed Your Hungry Teenager: Healthy Meal & Snack Ideas

Feeding teenagers can be tough! Here are some snack and meal ideas for teens, plus strategies to keep them well-nourished. My teenager was wandering the kitchen recently, opening the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboard doors, when he said something that drove home what teen hunger feels like: “What happens is that I’m hungry, so I eat …

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Here’s The Truth About Kids and Sports Drinks

Should kids drink Gatorade and other sports drinks? Find out the facts! I walked out of the grocery store the other day holding something unexpected on my shoulder: A case of brightly colored bottles of Gatorade. Why unexpected? For years, I lobbied to replace sports drinks with water on our local pee-wee soccer fields and …

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What To Do If Your Kid Won’t Eat Dinner

Frustrated because your kid won’t eat dinner? Here’s a simple solution to help ease your stress–it worked for us! Got a child who just doesn’t want dinner? I did. When my younger son was a toddler, he went on a dinner strike that just about did me in. Though the situation eventually improved, dinner was...

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Food Prep For You (Because Moms Need to Eat Too!)

Taking care of everyone–but yourself? Here are some ideas for food prep for moms so you can feed yourself well too! This post was written in partnership with Healthy Family Project. You packed lunch boxes last night, flipped pancakes for your kids this morning, and prepped healthy after-school snacks. Meanwhile, YOU nibbled a cold, leftover...

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How to Solve the Pre-Dinner Snack Dilemma

Are your kids always hungry before dinner is ready? Here’s a strategy for snacks before dinner that won’t wreck their appetites. There’s nothing more maddening at mealtime than sitting down to a dinner you’ve spent 45 minutes preparing only to have your kids push aside their plates because they’re already full. On pretzels. Navigating the...

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Your kid hates vegetables. Now what?

They’re touted as the end-all-be-all of healthy eating. Here’s what to do if your kid won’t touch them. When I ask parents for their biggest frustrations around feeding their kids, I often hear this: “They won’t eat any vegetables!” I get it. Vegetables are treated like the holy grail of healthy eating. So if your...

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How to Make “Blessing Bags” For Those in Need

Blessing Bags are a simple way to help others all year long–and involve your kids in a service project from home. This has been a tough year for so many. More people than ever are needing assistance. Food pantries have mile-long lines. And as I’m driving around, I’ve noticed more and more folks asking for...

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What Beef Farmers Want You To Know

Farmers want you to have the facts! Here’s what three Ohio beef farm families want you to know. Thank you to the Ohio Beef Council for sponsoring this post. I’m partnering with them to bring you this information because I believe it’s important that we know where our food comes from and rely on fact,...

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Cozy Weeknight Sausage & Spinach Pasta

This 30-minute, creamy pasta dish is cozy and comforting. Makes a perfect weeknight family dinner. Every mom needs a good 30-minute pasta recipe in her back pocket. (And not just “dump jarred sauce over cooked pasta”–though believe me, that particular dish makes an appearance on our menu sometimes too.) This Cozy Weeknight Sausage & Spinach...

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Bread Machine Dinner Rolls With Oats + Yogurt

Homemade rolls without hours of hands-on fuss? Yes! Impress everyone at your table with these Bread Machine Oatmeal Rolls. Want to place an impressive basket of homemade rolls on your table–without hours of hand-on work? Me too. That’s why I love the time-saving trick of this recipe: letting my bread machine do most of the...

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Need gift ideas for the big and little people in your life (and maybe a present for you too?). Here are some ideas–in all price ranges. First things first: This is not just a random list of gift ideas. I actually have and love all of the items on this list–and in the case of...

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Books I Loved in 2020

Need a new book? Here’s a round-up of what I read and loved in 2020. If ever there was a year to lose yourself in a good book, it was 2020. I’ve never looked forward to escaping into a story as much as I did every night before bed this year. So if you’re looking...

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I Was A Picky Eater. Here’s What I Want You To Know.

As a kid, I was a very picky eater. Here’s how I overcame it–and what I want you to know about picky eating. When parents tell me they’re practically breaking with frustration over their picky eaters, I can relate. When my kids were younger, I spent some miserable family dinners feeling like a failure.  But...

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Is Cereal Healthy For Kids? Here Are The Facts!

Wondering whether cereal is good for kids? Here are the facts about cereal and sugar, pesticides, and more! If you routinely dug into bowls of cereal as a child but have been wondering lately if it’s a good choice for your OWN kids, this post is for you. Because while cereal remains the most-eaten breakfast...

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How Intuitive Eating Can Help You Make Peace With Food

If you’d like to stop dieting and start enjoy all foods without guilt, Intuitive Eating is a non-diet approach that can help you. I wrote a shorter version of this post for WebMD. Find me over there on the Food & Fitness Blog, where I post regularly. Diets always sound doable on paper. But then...

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16 Conversation Starters For More Meaningful Family Dinners

Eating dinner together helps you feel more connected as a family. Here are some dinner conversation starters to make those meals memorable. Thank you to FMI Foundation for sponsoring this post! It seems like ages ago, but there was a time when “family dinner” wasn’t a given for every family, thanks to sports practices, school...

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How To Make Lunch Stations (So Your Kids Can Pack Or Make Their Own Lunches!)

Want your kids to pack (or make) their own lunches? Here’s how to create lunch stations in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. This post was created in partnership with Produce For Kids. Whether “back to school” means in-person, online, or some of both for your kids, one thing remains the same change: They still eat...

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40 Easy Lunch Ideas For Kids At Home

Stumped about lunch? Here are 40 lunch ideas for kids at home, including lunches they can make themselves or you can make ahead. Lunch. Ugh, lunch. You already spend too much brain power drafting a dinner plan every week. It doesn’t seem fair that lunch is also a thing. Are your kids buying lunch at...

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