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Sunscreen for Kids – Everything you Need to Know!

Sunscreen for Kids – Everything you Need to Know!

Sunscreen for kids is one of those necessary evils every parent deals with in summer. Most kids will whine or try to wriggle their way out of it, making it feel like you’re trying to put sunscreen on a wild animal instead of a kid. Plus, trying to decide which sunblocks to use can feel overwhelming – sticks vs sprays, chemical vs mineral, not to mention rash guards, sunglasses, etc. To sort through what you actually need to know this season, we’re sharing the below interview with Lauren Geller, MD, a Westchester, NY-based pediatric dermatologist associated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Meet Dr. Tracy Brenner

Meet Dr. Tracy Brenner

If you’re looking for someone to talk to, who balances refective listening, thoughtful insights, and practical solutions, meet Dr. Tracy Brenner! A mom to two young kids (10 and 7), Tracy is a licensed clinical psychologist whose primary focus is her private practice working with adolescents and adults. In the last two years, Tracy used her therapeutic skills and has launched a new branch of her business, where many refer to her as “The Camp Counselor” where she works with camps, their staffs, parents, and kids to maximize their social and emotional wellbeing at camp. In her spare time, Tracy loves travel and evening swims with her family, makes a mean spicy margarita, swears by My Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover, and is an early riser, today and always. Part of what makes Tracy so unique is her ability to listen – and to hear what everyone has to say – while always having some thoughts to make a situation easier, less stressful, or more clear. Westport is so lucky to call her ours!

The 6 Rules of Sports Injury Prevention for Kids, Teens and Young Athletes

The 6 Rules of Sports Injury Prevention for Kids, Teens and Young Athletes

Has your child – or someone on their team – been injured lately? Are they missing out on games, or possibly the full spring season? The longer an athlete is inactive, the longer it takes for them to come back to full activity after a break. Connecticut Children’s pediatric and adolescent sports medicine experts have been hearing one question a lot: How can athletes prevent injury, and what is the best way to return to full activities after a break? There a number of strategies to prevent that, and Sports Medicine Doctor, Imran Hafeez, MD., shares 6 tips all parents should know!

5 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

5 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

When your blood pressure levels are in question, medications may not always be the best answer. Lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, can make a big difference in your health.
In our latest blog, Dr. Nabeel Salih, a primary care provider with Hartford HealthCare MedicalGroup in Fairfield, discusses five natural ways to keep your blood pressure under control.

Meet Becca Zipkin

Meet Becca Zipkin

So often, we don’t even know about the amazing work being done by the moms around us! Meet Becca Zipkin, mom to two boys (9 and 7). After starting her career as a lawyer and a sex crimes prosecutor (like SVU) in Brooklyn, she went on to work at nonprofits providing legal representation to survivors of sexual violence and sex trafficking. Today she is the Policy Director at a national nonprofit – World Without Exploitation (WorldWE), an advocacy organization focused on passing laws to help survivors of sex trafficking and educating the public about the harms of sex trafficking and prostitution, and how the Internet is facilitating sex trafficking and exploitation. In addition to her meaningful work, Becca loves ski trips with her family (despite her fear of skiing=)), popcorn, coffee, and time at the beach. In her free time, she helps run charity shopping events as part of a company she founded called No Stone Unturned, and her personal heroes are Gloria Steinem and Ashley Judd. Becca is a truly a gem of a person working to drive meaningful change in this world; thank you Becca!

Meet Sara Deren…!

Meet Sara Deren…!

If you (or your child) loves camp, Sara Deren is someone you should know. When she married into the world of camp (her husband Jon is a camp lifer – and director), she fell hard for the experience it gave to children. While camps have existed for decades, Sara recognized the need for camp for grieving children (to experience camp and to support each other), and founded Experience Camp, which currently provides a FREE week of sleep-away camp to 1500+ kids nationwide who have lost a parent or sibling. In Westport, the annual Day of Champions Event (a local color war for families to support Experience Camps) is highly revered, and this year’s event will be on Sunday, 5/19! Mom of three kids (and two chickens), Sara loves traveling with her family, wishes she were better at karaoke, and has showed so many in our community – and far beyond our borders – that heroes truly live among us.

Meet a Mom – Country Singer Sarahbeth Taite!

Meet a Mom – Country Singer Sarahbeth Taite!

This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with rising country star and former American Idol standout Sarahbeth Taite! With the support of her parents, Sarahbeth signed her first record deal at just 14, and drove herself to Nashville at age 17. But it wasn’t until five years later, in 2020, when she put an old single, Long Way, onto TikTok—and garnered 9 million streams of the video and a #1 spot on iTunes, that she started to receive national attention. Since then, she’s performed in front of Katy Perry and other celebrity judges on American Idol, signed with DA Music, and welcomed her first child with her husband , a daughter named Isla (1).

Sprinkle Matzah Toffee Recipe!

Sprinkle Matzah Toffee Recipe!

As far as matzah-based desserts go, variations on matzah toffee are one of the most popular. This version, shared by Shannon Sarna, author of Modern Jewish Baking: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More, is made effortlessly festive by the addition of rainbow sprinkles. “My kids love matzah toffee because it’s sweet, crunchy and we have fun adding lots of toppings,” says Shannon. During Passover she also loves turning matzah into “layered” cakes, like matzah tiramisu, or a matzah funfetti cake, layered with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Meet a Mom – Shazi Visram of Healthy Baby!

Meet a Mom – Shazi Visram of Healthy Baby!

Mom of two and entrepreneur Shazi Visram first turned the baby industry upside down with the Happy Baby food brand, and now, is doing the same with her HealthyBaby product line.
All of the products are EWG Verified Safe. Their diapers and diaper cream, prenatal vitamins, deodorant, baby balm and cream, lundry detergent, shampoo and even  home cleaning products each bear this official stamp of safety that will save busy moms hours researching the best products for their families.

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group has several primary care physicians throughout Fairfield County who are welcoming new patients now. Whether you’d like to be seen in-person or virtually, our teams provide you easy access to the care you need, when you need It. Visit our website to easily schedule an appointment online at our Fairfield, Bridgeport, Milford, Oxford, Stamford, Stratford or Westport offices.

Tween Skincare Solution in 3 Steps with Dr. Marnie Nussbaum

Tween Skincare Solution in 3 Steps with Dr. Marnie Nussbaum

If you were hoping the tween skincare obsession was going to slow down, experts say it’s just wishful thinking.  A now $8 billion industry according to CNBC, spending on skincare is skyrocketing thanks to Generation Alpha – kids who were born in 2010 or after.  While we’ve been inundated with warnings about skincare’s active ingredients and the horrible side effects on young skin, it is possible to say “yes!” to our daughters’ love of skincare. Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, NYC-based Board Certified Dermatologist and mom of two, assures us there are plenty of safe options—but you need to know what to look for.

24 Questions Teens Should Ask Doctors (from the Experts at Connecticut Children’s)

24 Questions Teens Should Ask Doctors (from the Experts at Connecticut Children’s)

We all work hard to empower our kids to speak up when the time is right. By the time your child enters their teenage years, they should be getting ready to take charge of their own health. The more confident they feel speaking up at doctor’s visits, the better. It gives their doctor more information to support them through adolescence – and sets your child up for healthy behaviors later in life too. How can you empower your teen to get more involved at doctor’s visits? Here are tips, with help from Connecticut Children’s psychologists Lauren Ayr-Volta, PhD, and Siddika Mulchan, PsyD.

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