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The Dirt on Tetanus

The Dirt on Tetanus

Look at this rusty old anchor atop an old fort. Rust plus dirt equals a perfect breeding ground for tetanus. As my kids scampered between different anchors last week, I quickly calculated in my mind whether their preventative tetanus shots were up to date. "Getting the tetanus shot" is part of ...

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Oozing Pumpkins

Oozing Pumpkins

Watching the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar is always a thrill. This Halloween, you can make your jack o' lantern really turn eyes when it erupts and oozes! This Halloween experiment for toddlers through tweens is an easy–and somewhat messy–family fun activity that will have the kids jumping for ...

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Crafts: Last-Minute Easter Eggs

With nothing more than washable markers and a little painter’s tape, we made eggs that look just as nice as the traditional dyed ones

Flu shot
Ask Dr. Cory: Flu Shot Refusal

Dear Dr. Cory, My sister said she is not getting a flu shot for her kids because her pediatrician said flu shots are not that effective. I disagree but how can I persuade her otherwise? Plus, if my sister’s kids get a flu vaccine won’t that help to protect their grandmother? B. Jorgensen Minnesota Dear [...]

Family Health: The New (Ab)Normal

Portion sizes have been growing—and so have we. Check out this infographic from the CDC to learn more!

Creative: Drawing Lesson: Witch

Your kids can learn to draw with this easy art lesson from our archives!

Blogs: All About Pumpkins

Try these fun pumpkin activities with your preschoolers!

Our Parent & Teacher

Heather Kauffman is the U.S. Kids associate editor. Her responsibilities include researching the nearly century’s worth of Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty archives. She is currently getting her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and is the mother of a hockey-obsessed third-grader.

Lisa Bhatt has formal education in law and the environment, but has spent the past eight years being a stay-at-home mom. Lisa has been creating family science adventures with her children for over five years.

Jeanne Sager is a senior writer at CafeMom's The Stir and the mom behind Inside Out Motherhood. The mother of an active 8-year-old with an over-active imagination, she lives in upstate New York with her daughter, husband, and too many pets.

Jill Gallagher is a Florida mother of one. She humorously writes about being a first-time mom at almost 40 years old on her blog, Wine In My Sippy Cup. At a time when most moms her age are trying to survive their children going through puberty, Jill is learning how to change a diaper and what a nasal aspirator is used for. Jill is also a wife, stepmother, and corporate worker bee. You can find her on Twitter (@winenmysippycup) and Facebook.

Anne Spaniol is a Reading Recovery-trained teacher who has taught in the classroom and as a reading teacher. She currently stays at home with her two children, who she loves to read with.

Teachable Moments
by Rachel Herman

Rachel Herman graduated from Indiana University in May 2012 with a degree in elementary education. She currently works as a resource instructional aid for grades K-4 at Durbin Elementary in Hamilton Southeastern.

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