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When and how to talk to your kids about marijuana

According to the state of Colorado, 121,000 people possess valid medical marijuana licenses and Colorado has more than 750 dispensaries. Like it or not, we are on the front lines of the medical marijuana industry with a potential ballot issue on legalization a year from now. What numbers like that, children are bound to have […]

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Bike parks are the wheel deal for all ages

The big guy on the bike held up his arm: a long swath of scabs; skin turned to hamburger. Still, he was smiling. “He convinced me to go off the bigger jump,” said Mike Davis, 37, gesturing toward his 5-year-old son, Braedyn. “And here’s the result.” Davis’ meeting of flesh and dirt doesn’t make him […]

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Fast-food restaurant playgrounds under the microscope

One of those who slithered her way through the multihued plastic tubes of a fast-food restaurant playground here one recent morning was not enjoying herself in the least. “It’s bad,” Erin M. Carr-Jordan said, swab in hand, as she collected samples from a surface that she would later deliver to a lab for microbial testing. […]

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Mama Drama: School Anxiety Support...for Mom

Dear Mama Drama: I was bullied in school and have a lot of anxiety for my daughter who just started preschool. I worry that the teachers won’t stand up for her and that she’ll be picked on, so I’ve told her to hit anyone who bothers or hurts her. Her teachers say that she will […]

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SpongeBob in hot water from study of 4-year-olds

The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds. The problems were seen in a study of 60 children randomly assigned to either watch “SpongeBob,” or the slower-paced PBS cartoon “Caillou” or assigned to […]

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