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Is vaping safe for teens?
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Boosting kids’ self-esteem — and celebrating sisterhood — with a book about hair
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How to talk to your gender-diverse or transgender child about their period
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Signs your child is about to start their first period
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Explaining period parties — and how they might help your child
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Helping children cope with death
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Ana Rita C.

Bookseller

The Spaces In Between

The Spaces In Between offers a thoughtful exploration of emotions, making it a valuable resource for young readers.

Eunice C.

Reviewer/Blogger

Spacecare

A wonderful opportunity for gaining more knowledge of life in a space station, to give that out-of-earth experience many would love to have for real.

Laura Q.

Librarian

Period.

This would be a great addition to a school library (or school health office), and also perfect for newly-or soon-to-be- menstruating preteens

Briana G.

Mom and Reviewer

The Spaces In Between

Wow!! The illustrations in this book are breathtaking. As a mama to two neurodivergent children, this book really hit home for us. Love love LOVE!

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Angela C Mattke, M.D.

Dr. Mattke, medical editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to Raising a Healthy Child, is a pediatrician in the Division of Community Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota. She is also CO-Medical Editor of the Parenting channel on the Mayo Clinic Press website. In her daily work, she most enjoys seeing her patients smile and helping families who are struggling with health challenges. Dr. Mattke has a special interest in using social media to connect with patients and families and hosts a Facebook Live show called #AsktheMayoMom.

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Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 35 children’s books, including Brain GamesSuper GearAstronaut-Aquanaut, and Save the Crash-test Dummies. A self-professed science geek, she started a science club in her garage when she was 7 years old. When not researching cool STEM stuff or writing about it, you can find her walking along the beach with her husband and her dogs, looking for shells.

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Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee

Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee is a French and American author and illustrator. He began his career in 1998 by exploring the world of street art and graffiti in different European capitals. After moving to New York, Hey Gee developed a reputation for a direct and instantaneous style of graphic design and illustration that brings out unifying ideas, creates distinctive characters, and affects all generations. He is also the owner and creative director of Hey Gee Studio, a full service creative agency based in New York City.

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    Your best chance of preventing food allergies in your kids? Exposure.

    Lisa Speckhard Pasque
    When our son started to eat solid foods, my husband and I — and sometimes my mother, sister or whatever friend happened to be around — would gather around the table and watch his hilarious reactions to new tastes and textures. He gave the broccoli a look of profound disgust…
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    Help your kids learn to try, try again

    Angela Mattke, M.D.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Life isn’t a string of continual successes; it’s a string of attempts at success. Think of your child’s first steps. Many of those initial efforts to walk likely ended in a tumble. But that didn’t stop them from getting up again. Soon enough, your child was walking and eventually running.
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    Understanding self-injury in teens

    Jenny Radack,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    While parents may suspect signs of self-injury: wearing long sleeves when it’s hot out; frequent reports of accidental injury; being sensitive, moody or getting angry very quickly; many struggle to understand it. Self-injury typically is not meant as a suicide attempt. Instead, the act of deliberately harming one’s own body…
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    Raising your kids to be healthy cooks

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    Watch expert tips for raising your kids to be healthy cooks Relevant reading Cook Smart, Eat Well Healthy, flavorful meals are well within reach for anyone. This book is full of recipes that are easy to put together quickly with basic cooking techniques. Delicious kid friendly recipes,…
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    Healing from cleft lip and cleft palate

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    Having a baby born with a cleft can be upsetting, but cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects, and both can be corrected. Cleft lip and cleft palate are openings or splits in the upper lip; the roof of the mouth, or palate; or both. Cleft lip…
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    So your kid won’t sleep — addressing common childhood sleep problems

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    The amount of sleep you need depends on various factors — especially your age. While sleep needs vary significantly among individuals, there are general guidelines for different age groups. For kids, getting the recommended amount of sleep on a regular basis is linked with better health, including improved attention, behavior,…
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    Getting kids involved in the kitchen

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    If your child is a picky eater, the battle over healthy foods can be a challenge. Being fussy about food is common in toddlers and small children, but parents can try some tips and tricks to introduce new foods. One approach to improving eating habits is to get kids…
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    Health hero behind the scrubs

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    “Health Heroes: I’m a Nurse” is an engaging and educational children’s book published by Mayo Clinic Press. Designed to inspire young minds and instill a sense of curiosity about the world of healthcare, this delightful book introduces children to the noble profession of nursing. Through vibrant…
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    Parents and Children’s Athletics: Are You a Spoilsport or Wise Mentor?

    Kalia Doner,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    You’ve heard the stories and seen the videos: A parent of a 13-year-old player in a youth football game didn’t like a penalty flag so he grabbed the referee and body-slammed him onto the ground; parents at their 8-year-old’s soccer game verbally abusing (to put it mildly) officials; and parents…
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    Unlocking minds and hearts

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    “Health Heroes: I’m a Psychologist” is a captivating and insightful children’s book thoughtfully crafted by the esteemed Mayo Clinic Press. This engaging tale invites young readers into the world of psychology, offering a delightful journey that explores the important role psychologists play in promoting mental health…
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    Ask the Mayo Mom: Iodine IQ

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    In the U.S., iodine is somewhat taken for granted. However, it’s an important thing to keep an eye on because globally, iodine deficiency, especially during pregnancy and the first few years of life, is the leading cause of intellectual impairment. In this episode of Ask the Mayo Mom, we’re talking…

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