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Food, family, joy and laughter is upon us and many of us are preparing to embark on a journey to find the ultimate gift of the giving season. This year STEM toys will be at the top of the list of parents looking to inspire their little scientist,...

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From social media to email to everything in-between, technology is an ever-present part of our daily lives. A study by analytics firm Flurry found that in 2016 the average American “spent up to 5 hours per day on mobile devices, an increase of 20%...

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Before- and after-school programs in St. Louis and surrounding areas give kids a safe place to stay while ensuring parents peace of mind that their kids are engaged, growing and learning. The positive effects of after-school programs can spread...

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Formal practices are the best way to learn the fundamentals of the game of basketball, but learning things on their own can help a child translate them into practices and games. The key to practicing basketball at home is to focus on drills that...

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A military change of station brought us to Scott Air Force Base and O’Fallon, IL in June of 2012.  We visited the YMCA while we were house hunting and knew it was the perfect fit because the foundation of the YMCA is family, faith, health and...

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Conflict is a normal part of the human experience. As adults, it is important to remember that the skills we use to solve conflict were learned skills; in other words, it required a patient adult investing the time to guide us through productive...

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

“Shin splints” or medial tibial stress syndrome is a common exercise-related problem in many athletes including runners, dancers, and military recruits.  Shin splints refer to pain along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia).

Anne Schneider

School is back in session and the soccer field is calling!  Here are some of our favorite-at home drills to get your child ready for fall soccer. 

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

It's back-to-school time! As we all know, fall sports are in full swing by now and adding school into the mix is hard, whether your athletes are in high school or grade school. It will take about three weeks for your athletes to adjust to going to...

Nick Weaver

It felt like stepping into a time capsule. Raised buildings of crimson, blue, and faded yellow lined streets littered with speed bumps. They stood on stilts six to ten feet above the ground in order to avoid the tropical storms that are staples of...

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Between smart phones, internet ready televisions, laptops, portable gaming systems, and electronic toys, technology influences have infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives. Access to technology has increased dramatically over the past decade.

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Summer camp conjures up different images for different people. For some, it is the classic idea of roasting marshmallows over the fire, swimming in the lake and making summer friends. For others, it is memories of learning a new skill or how to...

Siteman Cancer Center

Like it or not, school is right around the corner for boys and girls, teenagers and young adults. In addition to buying school supplies and new clothes, don’t forget to make sure your child is up to date on vaccinations. July and August are great...

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As your child looks forward to getting out on the ball field this summer, you may be wondering how you can help them prepare. Here are some of our favorite at-home sports drills that can be done with minimal equipment. Practice and repetition will...

Siteman Cancer Center

May often is the unofficial start of summer. The days continue to be warmer and longer, children are out of school for the summer break, and weekends become filled with a range of activities. Some of these activities include being outside, such as...

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Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14, with children from communities of color at greatest risk.With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, it’s a great time for parents to remember the...

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With summer almost here, and parents working hard to find a plan for their children to spend the next three months, we must consider how these children will continue to learn and not lose the knowledge they have gained the previous nine months in...

Siteman Cancer Center

Knowing Your Family Health History Could Save Your Life or a Loved One’sWe inherit many things from our parents – mannerisms, physical characteristics and, of course, genes. Because we have many genetic factors in common with our family members,...

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

As it begins to warm up, people around the country – especially in St. Louis – begin to think about baseball season.  People get excited about watching baseball, playing baseball, and it all makes perfect sense – it’s America’s pastime!  At...

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It’s fair to say we’re all afraid of something at some point in our lives. Whether it’s bugs, heights, or water – they’re all valid because we’re all human! Water is one of the most common fears people have, specifically the fear of drowning. But...

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Looking for a perfect gift for your child, one that they’ll love to receive and that will encourage them to be active? How about a ball for their favorite sport, or a new sport they will try next year? While many organizations like the YMCA...

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November is Military Family Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Gateway Region YMCA offers the following tips to help children of military...

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Fall is finally upon us and there is no better way to spend this beautiful season than with your family in the great outdoors. Nothing beats the crisp smell of the fresh fall air on a sunny weekend morning and the satisfying crunch of brightly...

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Halloween is just around the corner, and many of our younger members and their families will enjoy trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods and collecting goodies! We thought we'd share some safety tips from the Centers for Disease...

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What’s it all about? Creating, Collaborating, and Innovating are a few words that are widely used to describe the Makerspace Movement. Makerspace is an open community where creativity and innovation are enhanced through collaboration. At its core...

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Even children who are too young for social media seem to be aware that the country will soon elect a new president. The youth who will inherit our future may not yet be old enough to vote, but their voices can still be a part of the conversation.

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The formula for a successful healthy packed lunch is to include a lean protein, a whole grain, a fruit or vegetable and a source of calcium such as milk, yogurt, cheese, soy milk or almond milk.Empower your child to be involved in the planning and...

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The school year is a large part of life for many of the younger members of our Y family. Many of them will take a school bus on their first day and throughout the year. We thought we'd share this article from the National Safety Council so...