Ready, Set, Bike!

family riding bikes together on a green way

For every kid, getting a bike is a rite of passage. And while you want your children to enjoy this new-found freedom, you also want to ensure their safety.

“More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport,” said Jill Lucas-Drakeford, a Carilion Clinic community health educator and the coordinator for Safe Kids Southwest Virginia.


Preventing and Getting Rid of Lice!

two young children hugging with their heads together

Has your child ever come home from school or daycare with head lice?

What was fairly rare a generation ago is now more common: Lots of kids are getting lice from their friends.

However, head lice aren’t the result of poor hygiene. Kids get them mainly by touching heads as they play or talk. The lice crawl from the head of one child to another.

According to the CDC, 6 to 12 million cases of head lice occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11.


Teens and Cell Phones: What You Should Know

A teen checks her phone for a new text message.

Does your teen spend hours every day on her cell phone?

Does she spend more time on the phone than she does interacting with others face to face?

If so, she—or he—is not alone.

The average teenager is said to spend about seven hours a day texting, talking, checking social media, playing video games and using apps.

Some teens check their email and social media obsessively throughout the day or become upset when they can’t.

Their brains are responding to their phones in an addictive way–releasing dopamine when alerted of a new text message.


How to Handle the Threenager Meltdown

3 year old boy throwing a temper tandtrum

It has happened to every parent at least once (most likely several times). The threenager meltdown!

It happened to me just last weekend. My husband and I took our three-year-old to the book store. He loves to play with the train in the children’s area!

He played happily for about an hour, but things went south real quick when I told him it was time to go.

I was met with a high-pitched scream of “No!” followed by him picking up the wooden crane on the table and throwing it.


Your Child Is Being Bullied—What Do You Do?

kids bullying teens child

Bullying can happen anywhere—at school, on the bus, at the neighborhood park, even within groups of friends.
According to, 49 percent of children in grades 4-12 reported being bullied at least once in the past month. 
It’s not only our job as parents to protect our kids, but also to teach them how to protect themselves.


Why You Need a Booster Seat!

booster seat ready to go in a mini van

Once your child outgrows their car seat, you might think that the next step is simply the safety belt in your car. Wrong!

“Seat belts are not designed to fit children correctly until they are at least 57 inches tall and weigh between 80 to 100 pounds,” Jill Lucas Drakeford, a Carilion Clinic Community Health educator and coordinator for Safe Kids Southwest Virginia.



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