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By BEVERLY MILLS | May 22, 1994
Child Life is a forum for parents to ask child-rearing questions and share tips with other parents. Call our answering machine with any advice or questions you have. Please check the end of the column for the toll-free number and today's question from a parent who needs help.Q: How do you get children to stop writing on the walls? I have a 3-year-old, and no matter how many times I explain that this is unacceptable behavior, he still writes on the walls.A: Outsmart those little Michelangelos, say parents from around the country.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | September 27, 2009
The 12-year-old boy's harrowing story tumbled out: Tormented by a gang in his native El Salvador. Sent by his terrified mother to sneak into the United States in search of safety. Nabbed by Border Patrol agents in Texas. Told he'd have to go back home, whatever the consequences. Santos Maldonado-Canales badly wanted to stay, and now, sitting in a plush Baltimore law firm in August 2008, his hopes rested with an earnest young lawyer. At 27, Azim Chowdhury was two years out of law school and knew nothing about immigration law. A partner at the Duane Morris firm had given him the case as part of its mission to offer free representation.
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By Michele Strutin and Michele Strutin,Excerpted from In Health magazine Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate | January 15, 1991
AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL in Washington, a clutch of third-graders, clad in miniature scrub gowns, mills noisily about the atrium lobby, trying out stethoscopes and pumping up blood pressure cuffs.Small heads bob among X-ray machines and exhibits of emergency room equipment. The orthopedics department, demonstrating casting techniques, has gathered a little crowd, where doctors are fitting the children's fingers with slip-on casts, then letting the kids paint these "hard bandages" to make whimsical finger puppets.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,stephanie.desmon@baltsun.com | February 1, 2009
Osly St. Preux and his mother hopped on the back of a truck and rode for hours along rutted roads in northern Haiti before they finally arrived, barefoot, at the hospital run by nuns and often staffed by American volunteers. When Osly, then 12, took off his shirt for a surgeon from Baltimore, the doctor couldn't believe what he was seeing. The tumor growing out of Osly's right armpit was enormous, a gnarled, bulbous mass larger than a grapefruit and getting bigger by the month. Dr. Mojtaba Gashti knew almost immediately that he and his team, who every spring make a pilgrimage to Haiti to perform surgery, would not be able to save Osly - not there, in fairly primitive conditions in one of the poorest places on the planet.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | July 17, 1994
Child Life is a forum for parents to ask child-rearing questions and share tips with other parents. Call our answering machine with any advice or questions you have. Please check the end of the column for the toll-free number and today's question from a parent who needs your help.Q: My 7-year-old son doesn't like what I fix for dinner. If we try to get him to eat it, mealtimes turn into a shouting match. My husband feels he should eat it or go to bed hungry, but I would rather let him eat cereal.
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 14, 1996
We would like to hear any solutions your readers may have regarding our 1-year-old grandchild. She now has five teeth. When frustrated, she tries to bite and has sometimes succeeded.Joann QuinnWest Covina, Calif.Try to figure out what's behind the frustration that causes this baby to bite and see if you can eliminate it, Child Life readers and the experts suggest.Although some children this young simply bite on impulse, another frequent cause is an environment that's too rigid."I frequently see adults in power plays telling babies 'no' when it really isn't necessary," says Lorraine Smith, a reader from Raleigh, N.C.Saying "no" often to a young child who needs to touch and explore can indeed cause pent-up frustration, agrees Robin Goldstein, author of "Everyday Parenting, The First Five Years" (Penguin, $7.95)
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By BEVERLY MILLS | December 4, 1994
Q: My 2 1/2 -year-old is not talking yet. He says about five words. Is this normal? Is there anything we should do?Laresa Hawkins, Dallas, Texas.A: Speech therapists say a 2 1/2 -year-old should be able to speak about 700 words.Though it's normal for children to develop at different rates, most 2-year-olds should also be saying two-word phrases, such as "want juice," says Gina Rocha-Worley, a speech-language pathologist at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Texas."It may vary by two or three months, but if the child is not saying at least 20 words by age 2, I'd be concerned," Ms. Rocha-Worley says.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | November 20, 1994
Q: Our 3-year-old grandson has become curious about cigarette lighters, candles and other fire. We wonder what would be the best way to instill the danger of fire so he won't get into trouble.Karen Dennis, Phoenix, Ariz.A: Take a positive approach rather than try to instill fear, parents and fire safety authorities advise. And now is the time to child-proof your home if you haven't already.Parents who called Child Life say once fire is no longer such a mystery, children tend to lose interest.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | July 10, 1994
Child Life is a forum for parents to ask child-rearing questions and share tips with other parents. Call our answering machine with any advice or questions you have. Please check the end of the column for the toll-free number and today's question from a parent who needs your help.Q: My 8-year-old son has cerebral palsy and isn't always sure how to handle it when other children ask him questions and are hesitant to play with him. We have just gotten into the kids in the neighborhood making fun of him. I'm not sure how much I should stand up for him.Robin Frisch,South Holland, Ill.A: When the neighborhood children started avoiding her mentally handicapped daughter, Susan Zlotek of Cheektowaga, N.Y., first tried talking to the kids and then to their parents.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | September 10, 1995
Q: How can parents counteract the violent messages children get as a result of television and video games? I don't even let my boys watch "Power Rangers," but they know everything about the show anyway.& -- P.F., Dallas, TexasTCA: You're going to have to do battle with the tube.How drastic the measures need to be may vary from child to child, ranging from limiting the hours spent watching to blocking certain programs to cutting out TV altogether.Regardless of the method you choose, parents who called Child Life say it won't be easy, especially for the first few weeks.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | January 19, 2004
Michele Franz rocked back and forth on the hard courtroom bench, clutching the picture of her dead baby. Gary Wayne Buehler, the tall 22-year-old she had once fallen for, stood rigid and pale in his olive suit. Fingers clenching and unclenching, he waited with the rest of the courtroom Thursday to learn whether the judge believed his story or thought he was a murderer. It had been a year and a half since the Johns Hopkins emergency pediatric doctors rushed to save Ciara Nicole Franz and her battered 16-month-old brain.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2001
"Hello. You don't know us personally, but we now have a personal connection. On Nov. 7, you became the recipient of our son's heart." 12/16/99 Georgette Ruth's son was dead, but his organs endured. It's as if the wind had scattered the seeds of a dandelion: His lungs ended up in a Baltimore executive, his liver went to a Pennsylvania widow, and his pancreas and a kidney were transplanted into a diabetic college student from Dundalk who found soon afterward that he no longer needed insulin therapy.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 22, 1999
WASHINGTON -- It had been nearly 35 years since John F. Kennedy Jr. romped through the private quarters of the White House, 35 years since Camelot's violent end.But when President Clinton granted the younger Kennedy a sentimental tour of the residence area at the White House in March 1998, the memories came rushing back."
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Kris Antonelli and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan contributed to this article | July 20, 1997
Rita Denise Fisher was born into a household where, her sister remembers, a child might get punched for drinking ice water without asking. Where what little housekeeping there was was done by the children, who were then locked into a bedroom at night.The eldest remembers that she and two of her sisters lost their father and then endured a string of boyfriends, including Rita's father, who fled when he was confronted with charges that he abused the children.And then, long after the oldest sister had run away, there was a 21-year-old who stepped in as the man of the house.
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 29, 1996
My husband and I are undecided about having a second child. My husband is very concerned about our daughter being an only child. Is there any new information on raising an only child? What are the pitfalls?Melanie RogersBaltimorePut this question ahead of all the others, readers and experts say: Are you considering what you want, or what you think is best for your only child?"The absence of siblings is not harmful," says Toni Falbo, professor of educational psychology and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 24, 1996
My two sons, who are 7 and 8, are on medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am trying to find alternative remedies. Can you help?...CindyAkron, OhioThere's no one magic cure for attention problems. The best approach is to combine strategies.As the use of drugs like Ritalin has exploded in the past few years, many experts have become concerned that drugs are being prescribed too hastily and in doses that are too high."Ritalin use is up over 500 percent in the last five years, while the medical establishment is still unclear about what causes ADHD and exactly what it is," says Thomas Armstrong, author of "The Myth of the A.D.D.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | July 3, 1994
Child Life is a forum for parents to ask child-rearing questions and share tips with other parents. Call our answering machine with any advice or questions you have. Please check the end of the column for the toll-free number and today's question from a parent who needs your help.Q: My 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son both have a problem with bed-wetting. We have tried many things, and now I am at a loss for solutions. Any suggestions?-- S.H., Reisterstown, Md.A: Last week's column covered causes of bed-wetting.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | October 16, 1994
Q: My 2 1/2 -year-old has recently begun having imaginary friends. I don't think that she believes they are real, but she does rTC constantly play with them. Should we play along or discourage it?-- D.B., Miami, Fla.A: Imaginary friends are always ready to play. If something goes wrong, they're happy to take the blame. They don't snatch toys, and they don't tell secrets. Who wouldn't welcome one?Children have been conjuring up imaginary friends for generations, and parents who called Child Life say it's nothing to worry about.
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 2, 1996
I have a 5-year-old and a baby, and my husband and I are being transferred. I need to know how far in advance to tell my 5-year-old that we are moving and how to make the transition smooth for him.Cindy Parker Glen Rock, N.J."Tell the child as soon as you know, period," says Barbara Flynn of San Antonio, Texas, who as a military wife moved many times with her young family."To be kept in the dark for any amount of time gives rise to fears that this is somehow a bad thing. It's dangerous to discount the radar our children have."
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 14, 1996
We would like to hear any solutions your readers may have regarding our 1-year-old grandchild. She now has five teeth. When frustrated, she tries to bite and has sometimes succeeded.Joann QuinnWest Covina, Calif.Try to figure out what's behind the frustration that causes this baby to bite and see if you can eliminate it, Child Life readers and the experts suggest.Although some children this young simply bite on impulse, another frequent cause is an environment that's too rigid."I frequently see adults in power plays telling babies 'no' when it really isn't necessary," says Lorraine Smith, a reader from Raleigh, N.C.Saying "no" often to a young child who needs to touch and explore can indeed cause pent-up frustration, agrees Robin Goldstein, author of "Everyday Parenting, The First Five Years" (Penguin, $7.95)
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