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My Two Cents: Advice to My Younger Self

In our newsletter, An Ounce of Prevention, we asked our friends: “If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?” We received so many great responses that we thought we’d share a bunch of them.

Keeping Teens Safe on the Streets

It seems that teens are texting or tapping on their phones no matter where they are. I know. I am the parent of a high school senior. Unfortunately, cell phonesand other handheld gadgets are causing teens to be more easily distracted, and that is leading to greater risk on the roads. There is a lot of attention on distracted driving, but what about kids who are walkers? While it might seem that as kids get older they’ll become safer while walking, teenagers are now the most at-risk pedestrians of children 19 and under. In fact, every hour of every day, a teen pedestrian is killed or injured in the U.S. after being hit by a car, bike or motorcycle.

car seat blog

How tall is your child? We know exactly what babies weigh and how long they are, but most parents I know couldn't tell you the exact height of their child as they grow older. There is one height, however, that every parent of young children needs to know: 4'9" (57 inches).

Sports Safety Blog

For many kids, back to school means back to sports. Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But too many kids are stuck on the sidelines because of an injury that is preventable. In 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room.

We conducted a survey of parents, coaches and young athletes to explore how the current culture of sports may be leading to unnecessary injuries, and how that culture needs to change.

It Your Day, Dads

Last month we paid tribute to our moms by sharing some wonderful memories. Well, dads, now it’s your turn.

I think my dad is a superhero, even at age 85. Growing up, I thought he was the smartest, most handsome father and I always felt so proud of him and what he did.

Teen Driver Video

Learning to drive is a serious issue – for teens and parents. Driving brings new freedom but there are also risks, risks that led to 2,439 teens deaths in 2012. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens.

But what about the stories behind the statistics? What are teen drivers and passengers thinking, what makes them feel unsafe and what can we do about it?

White House Sports Summit

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit with President Obama. Why is this issue so important that the President hosted a summit? Too many kids are being kept from playing the games they love because of injuries that we can predict and prevent.

Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car.

Have you ever wondered if your actions can really make a difference? Last summer in Houston, Jason Nordman was walking in the parking lot outside an office building and spotted a baby crying in a car seat alone in a car. The windows were cracked a few inches and the doors were locked.

Chris Clark at Safe Kids Day LA

Chris Clark is one of the top professional stunt cyclists in the country. I recently watched him perform on consecutive weekends at Safe Kids Day events in Los Angeles and New York. Kids of all ages marveled as he fearlessly jumped over ramps, hopped from obstacle to obstacle on just his back tire and performed stunts that took our breath away.

Kate Carr's Mom

Mother’s Day is here and it’s a perfect time to pay tribute to all the moms who have done so much to help us grow into the people we are today.

My mom, who just turned 80, has been on my mind recently. I have so many wonderful memories. And of course, like most of us, even some not-so-good memories during my teenage years. Sorry mom, I wasn’t always charming and easy.

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