Tip of the Week: New AAP Car Seat Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatricians has increased their recommendations for toddlers in car seats.  The old recommendations called for children to ride rear facing until they reached both 1 year and 20 pounds.  The new guidelines call for children to remain rear-facing until age two.  Both guidelines have the caveat “or until they reach the […]

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Tip of the Week: Fire Safety

So yesterday brought our much needed extra hour of sunlight.  Too bad it also stole an hour of sleep… I’ll still take it.  But did you do as the firefighters recommend?  Did you check, clean, and/or replace your smoke alarms? Recommendations: 1. Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor and close to sleeping […]

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Tip of the Week: Get them ready…

As wonderful as it is to have more daylight, the turning of the clocks this weekend will wreak havoc with some of our own internal clocks.  Yes, Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday at 2am.  This is the one where we set the clocks forward an hour…. wonderful for the added daylight, but it throws […]

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Race to Nowhere… Local Documentary Screenings

Last year, the poignant documentary, The Prep School Negro, was making the rounds in screenings in many of the local private schools.  This year, the documentary everyone is talking about is “The Race to Nowhere”.  And for good reason. Here’s the summary: A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has […]

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Booster Seat Recommendations from the IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently rated popular booster seats as best and worst bets based on how well they fit children.  In order for a booster to support a child well in a crash, the belt should go across the child’s lap and mid-shoulder (rather than across the child’s abdomen and neck). http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr090810.html […]

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Tips for Car Seat Safety in PA

Pennsylvania requires all children under the age of four to ride in a certified child restraint, children between ages four and eight to ride in a car seat or booster seat, and children from eight to eighteen to use a seatbelt when riding in a motor vehicle.  In addition, it is recommended that children under […]

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Safety Post: Baby Sling Recalls

Disclaimer: I type this as a mom who survived parenting newborns largely because of her baby slings.  I type this as a mom who LOVED wearing her babies close to her, loved the way it felt, loved how soothed my babies were by it, and just treasured he experience of “baby wearing” (though I don’t […]

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Summertime Homemade Fun

This is the first post in GAP’s “Homemade Fun” series.  If you would like to write an entry for this series, please use the contact button to let us know.  Homemade Fun will be GAP’s storage spot for ideas that are low cost, enjoyable, and easily done close to home. Here’s our list of ideas […]

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Looking for Parenting Support?

The Center for Parenting Education in Abington has several classes scheduled in May.  The Center offers workshops, activities, coaching and online programs to parents with children of all ages.  Through interactive sessions, parents are encouraged to balance unconditional love with limit setting. Family memberships are available for $45/year, but are not required to register for classes (though […]

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