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New Minnesota law gets stricter on child passenger safety

Minnesota has recently passed a new child restraint law which may change the way your children travel within a vehicle.

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Autism in children: What is it and how can you help?

Autism affects about 1 in every 36 children and symptoms can vary. Parents can help by talking to a provider as soon as they have concerns.

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Ten years after a traumatic elevator accident, a teen returns to the PICU to say thanks  

Ten years after Reagan Lennes’ traumatic accident, the 15-year-old walked back into Hennepin Healthcare to thank her caregivers.  

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Talking to teens about the hard stuff

It’s not easy talking about sex, drugs, violence and other difficult topics with our teens. These tips offer ways to help support your teen.

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The crucial role of parents during teen years

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in the lives of adolescents. Guidance is key to helping teens navigate this time in their life.

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Volunteer in pet therapy and spread joy with your fur baby

A therapy animal is a specially trained animal that partners with its human handler to bring joy, comfort, and companionship.

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How a NICU nurse is supporting her team and helping grieving families heal

Caring for the most critical patients gives me the greatest amount of joy as a NICU nurse, says Mai Stigen.

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Connection and a lasting relationship with your teen

To build a healthy relationship with your teen, spend time with them and get to know their friends and support system.

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World Sexual Health Day: Consent

Consent helps people understand and respect each other’s boundaries. It not only applies to sex but any interaction between two people.

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Is it typical or troubled teen behavior?

Being a teenager is a complicated time, and it can be hard to tell what changes are typical from those that are harmful.

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Volunteers read stories to NICU babies in their own language

Aside from all the noise of machines in the NICU, babies are hearing another sound, too – children’s books read in their own language.

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Keeping young, healthy hearts in the game

Sports participation teaches valuable lessons about teamwork, expands social networks, and boosts the self-esteem of children.

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Caregiver support: Essential for teens coping with bullying and substance abuse

Bullying and substance abuse are often on a caretaker’s mind when raising children from adolescents into adulthood.

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The skill of listening to teens

Listening to teens is crucial in building open and trusting relationships, as well as setting young folks up for success.

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Gender-affirming care: What is it?

Gender-affirming care supports the transition of transgender and non-binary individuals to their gender identity.

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Healthy relationships with your teen

When we sit down with our teens to talk about an unhealthy relationship, a discussion about healthy relationships can be had without strife.

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National adolescent health month highlights ways to support youth

The National Adolescent Health Month™ recognizes adolescent strengths, promotes meaningful activities, and good adolescent health.

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Know the early signs of speech and language disorders in children

Early referrals to speech-language pathology services can ensure children receive therapy when they are most capable of making improvements.

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Windows open opportunities for falls

Open windows also open the opportunity for a child to fall out of a window and experience serious – and sometimes fatal – injuries.

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Teen pregnancy and mental health

For teens, pregnancy can impact their mental health in drastic ways that differ from older pregnancy experiences.

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