Coping with Kids: American Girl book, game builds vocabulary

| Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 9:34 p.m.

‘Care and Keeping' focuses on tween girls 10 and older

American Girl will publish a new book, “Care & Keeping of You 2,” as a follow-up to the best-selling “The Body Book for Girls.”

The book, designed for tween girls age 10 and older, covers issues like health, body image and self-esteem. Dr. Cara Natterson, a pediatrician and author of several books about children's health and safety, wrote “Care and Keeping of You 2,” which comes out Feb. 26.

Resource kit might help kids adjust to moving

More than 8 million American children to age 14 relocate with their families every year, according to the U.S. Census. World Class Coaches — along with The Trevor Romain Co. and State Association of Realtors — has launched the Moving Families Initiative to help families going through a move, which can be difficult for children emotionally.

The program — launched by NFL Hall-of-Famer Johnnie Johnson, the CEO of World Class Coaches — will connect moving families with trained Realtors who have a resource kit to help meet the families' needs. The kit includes an animated children's DVD titled “The Great Moving Adventure.” The tools aim to help kids with the loneliness, isolation, anger and sadness that can come with the disruption of a move.


Photo card game helps build vocabulary

Super Duper Publications has released Triple Talk Multiple Meaning Photo Card Game, which is promoted as a good tool for the classroom or family game night. Triple Talk, designed for kids age 7 and older, focuses on building vocabulary, comprehension and reasoning skills with words that have multiple meanings.

Kids can play the game at three levels of difficulty and challenge themselves. The cost is $34.95.


Child harness looks like backpack

Safe-2-Go, a child-friendly harness disguised as a kiddie-character backpack, was created when a parent refused to use the embarrassing “leashes” for kids.

Options like Ladybug, Penguin, Dog and Bones, and NASCAR-licensed Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson Safe-2-Go harnesses ensure a not-so-babyish accessory.

The Child Safety Harness has been awarded the seal of approval from The National Parenting Center.

The colorful backpack holds toys and treats, and the retractable 38-inch nylon tether is unnoticed.

The harness sells for $27 at

Young volunteers can receive scholarships

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. Through 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.


Hand sanitizer gentle enough for baby

With flu season upon us, you might want a hand sanitizer that won't harm your little one's skin.

“The Germinator” Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, made by BabyGanics, kills 99.9 percent of germs without synthetic chemicals or harsh alcohol, the manufacturer says. The Germinator uses benzalkonium chloride, which is nonflammable, won't dry skin and won't stain clothes, BabyGanics says. The sanitizer moisturizes as it cleans, and comes in a fresh tangerine scent or fragrance free. The Germinator costs $3.99 and is available at,, Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby.


— Staff and wire reports

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