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Coping with Kids: Sprout High Chair, parents with teens

Tree Fu Tom - “Tree Fu Tom” follows the adventures of a boy who straps on a magic belt and becomes a superhero who explores a kingdom called Treetopolis in his backyard.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Tree Fu Tom</em></div>“Tree Fu Tom” follows the adventures of a boy who straps on a magic belt and becomes a superhero who explores a kingdom called Treetopolis in his backyard.
- The Sprout High Chair combines style and functionality.
The Sprout High Chair combines style and functionality.

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Highchair adapts to growing child

From the OXO brand of kitchen tools, the Sprout High Chair combines style and functionality.

The chair has five levels of tool-free seat height and depth adjustability that grow with the child, and a harness

for stability.

A recess in the tray can contain more than 7 ounces of spilled liquid and is slender so it can be stored. It converts to a youth chair when the seat is adjusted. The chair, which sells for $249.99, comes in green, orange, pink and taupe, with walnut or birch legs.

Details: www.oxo.com

Course designed for parents with teens

Parents may feel dread when their sweet child becomes a teenager. How do they adapt to the change?

That is the focus of the class “When Kids Become Teens: What's a Parent to Do?” a free course at 7 p.m. April 24 at at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair.

The one-hour course features Ed Sutter, director of middle-school ministry and family counseling for the church.

Details: 412-835-6630

TV show opens environment, teaches conservation

“Tree Fu Tom,” a new animated adventure series with an environmental conservation message, is making its debut on Sprout television for preschoolers. The show encourages eco-friendly ways, as well as interactive physical activity and the development of motor skills.

“Tree Fu Tom,” which airs at 11 a.m. Tuesdays on Sprout, follows the adventures of a boy who straps on a magic belt and becomes a superhero who explores a kingdom called Treetopolis in his backyard.

Details: www.sproutonline.com

Negative views tied to child maltreatment

Mothers-to-be who believe infants dirty their diapers to bother their parents or purposefully ignore their mothers may be more likely to abuse or neglect their young children, a new study reported by Reuters suggests.

U.S. researchers found that 8 percent of about 500 babies born in a small Southeastern city had at least one alleged or substantiated child abuse or neglect case on record. But that grew to 15 percent of infants born to women who scored the highest on a measure of “hostile attributions” during pregnancy.

Study: Colic, childhood migraines may be linked

Children who were colicky as infants are more likely to suffer from migraines as they get older, a new European study hints, according to Reuters Health. Researchers found more than 70 percent of kids and teens in France and Italy who came to emergency rooms with migraines had cried excessively as babies, compared about one-quarter of those who showed up with minor trauma.

Teach kids to accept defeat graciously

Kids see sore losers all the time, with irate people at sporting events, on reality television and more. Jude Bijou, a psychotherapist and author of “Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life,” offers parents the following tips for helping children accept defeat graciously:

• Deal with inevitable emotions. It's OK to feel anger and frustration, but in a private place.

• Have fun with the process, like running a race, no matter what the outcome.

• Focus on trying — that's the only thing your child can control.

• Look for the benefit in the loss — what did your child learn from it?

• Congratulate yourself. You tried and did your best.

• Join in the celebration, and congratulate the winner.

— Staff and wire reports

Send parenting news to Coping With Kids in care of Rebecca Killian, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or e-mail rkillian@tribweb.com.

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