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11-12-year-old girl sits on her bed doing homework, home alone after school.

Staying home alone: When is it safe for kids?

Dr. Stephanie Hanson helps parents, kids prep for this step toward independence
Erin Mairose Erin Mairose 8 min read
A mom reads to her baby and child in her lap on the bed.

Read aloud to help your child learn to love books

Snuggle up and find your silly voice: Reading with kids builds early learning
Parenting Services Parenting Services 4 min read
Three girls with face paint make cupcakes together at a Halloween sleepover.

When is your child ready for a sleepover?

Check your child's excitement for an overnight event as just one sign
Parenting Services Parenting Services 4 min read
Young girl and her dad baking in the kitchen.

Make these simple, fun and healthy snacks with your toddler

Include your toddler in planning and preparing food you'll both love
Parenting Services Parenting Services 4 min read
Preschool friends, a Boy And Girl On Climbing Frame In Park Smiling To Camera

Preschool friendship: Social skills start in early childhood

Learn how to encourage your little social butterfly to build early friendships
Parenting Services Parenting Services 4 min read
A grandfather smiles while carving pumpkins with two grandchildren.

10 ways to have a happy, healthy Halloween

You can avoid trick-or-treating during COVID-19 while still having fun
Sanford Fit Sanford Fit 4 min read
Mother taking daughters temperature.

Your top 10 Googled questions about kids and the flu

You asked, we answered with the help of a Sanford Children's leader
Courtney Collen Courtney Collen 9 min read
A mom wearing a blue face mask places one on her daughter's face as well.

COVID-19 FAQ: How do I get my child to wear a face mask?

Many kids struggle with wearing a mask, keeping it on and keeping it clean
Courtney Collen Courtney Collen 8 min read
Dr. Dennis Stevens stands with five workers next to a NICU baby bed in Calmette hospital in Kunming, China.

Sanford neonatologist helps improve care in Chinese NICU

Sanford World Clinic partnership led to chance for doctor to share expertise
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 13 min read
Mom and daughter choose pumpkins from a large display at a pumpkin patch.

Decisions, decisions: Offering your preschooler choices

Young children develop independence and responsibility when making choices
Parenting Services Parenting Services 4 min read