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Coping with Kids: Valentine's Day bandages, multiuse blanket

| Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 7:16 a.m.
Ouchies, the adhesive bandages with stylish designs has a Sweetz line of bandages for Valentine’s Day.
Ouchies, the adhesive bandages with stylish designs has a Sweetz line of bandages for Valentine’s Day.

Adhesive bandages have love design for Valentine's Day

Ouchies, the adhesive bandages with stylish designs has a Sweetz line of bandages for Valentine's Day. The bandages display sugary snacks and treats and offer an alternative gift option to candy and chocolate.

Sweetz designs include candy hearts, chocolates bars, swirly lollipops, gummy bears and licorice.

One 20-pack tin of Sweetz is priced at $5. Sweetz are available online at and in stores nationwide. Ouchies bandages are 100 percent latex-free.

Scholarship program recognizes outstanding youth volunteers

Do you know kids who are outstanding volunteers and have made a strong impact in their community? You can nominate them for the 2013 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program. From Friday to March 15, adults age 21 and older can nominate kids ages 6 to 18. Kohl's will award more than 2,300 young volunteers more than $425,000 in scholarships and other prizes.

Since the Kohl's program began in 2001, the company has recognized more than 17,000 kids with more than $3.4 million in scholarships.


Blanket can be used for more than playtime

The Babee Covee — a multipurpose baby blanket and cover — was invented accidentally by two moms during a playdate. The 6-in-1 Babee Covee, which has been featured on “Good Morning America,” can be used as a cover for a car seat, stroller, nursing, shopping cart and highchair in addition to being a playtime blanket. The blanket has won five awards, and cost $39.99 to $49.99.


Essay contest challenges kids to end hunger

How can kids help end hunger in their community? They can answer that question in the 17th Annual Pasta Tales national essay-writing contest, and maybe win a prize.

Olive Garden, which is sponsoring the contest, is asking kids in grades 1 to 12 to write essays of 50 to 250 words with their ideas for ending hunger in their local communities. The winners in each of the 12 grade categories will win a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at Olive Garden.

The winner of the grand prize will win a three-day family trip to New York City, dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square, and a $2,500 savings bond. The restaurant will provide a $5,000 grant to support hunger initiatives in the winner's community. Entries will be accepted through March 22. Details:

Study: Children fare well if single parent gives love

A study out of the University of Iowa has found that infants able to experience a close, intimate relationship with a single parent (mother or father) during their formative years are less likely to experience emotional or behavioral problems later in life and may fare as well as children from two-parent households.

The study published in the journal Child Development reviewed the relationship of 102 infants (15 months of age) with a single parent and evaluating 86 of them at the age of 8. Parents were given separate surveys and were drawn from a diverse spectrum of education, income and race. The researchers also interviewed teachers and discovered survey results that were often more similar to children's responses than parental responses to the children's experiences.

One finding that is encouraging for single parents was that children who felt attached to two parents did not experience emotional or behavioral advantages over children who reported attachments to a single parent only.

The study shed light on the myth that fathers may not be as good caregivers than mothers. “Some people think the father is not good enough to be the primary caregiver,” stated UI researcher Sanghag Kim, “our data show otherwise.”

— Staff and wire reports

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