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Coping with Kids: Valet-style baby closet, book for young chefs

| Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, 7:09 p.m.
The illustrated book “4 Ingredients Kids” features 80 recipes to get kids in the kitchen to help out and learn.
Atria Books
The illustrated book “4 Ingredients Kids” features 80 recipes to get kids in the kitchen to help out and learn.
Mobile Dress-Up Baby Closet
Ace Baby Furniture
Mobile Dress-Up Baby Closet
Kids enjoy a moveable, decorative closet.
Ace Baby Furniture
Kids enjoy a moveable, decorative closet.

Store baby's clothes in valet-style closet

Ace Baby Furniture has launched its first nursery product, the Mobile Dress-Up Baby Closet. You can use the portable, valet-style closet to store clothes for babies and children, along with shoes, toys, blankets and more.

The closets are made from melamine panels in rabbit, bear and lion shapes.

They come in five finishes: espresso, cherry, natural maple, white and black. The cost is $299.99.

Details: www.acebabyfurniture.com

Encourage young chefs with ‘4 Ingredients Kids'

Kim McCosker, who produced the “4 Ingredients Christmas” and “4 Ingredients One Pot, One Bowl” books, applies her simple, budget-conscious approach to the art of cooking for — and with — your little ones. The illustrated book “4 Ingredients Kids” features 80 recipes designed to excite kids and encourage them to join efforts in the kitchen.

This book aims to teach home chefs how to help children develop a love for a variety of foods, introduce cooking basics, learn how to properly handle food according to USDA guidelines and provide home-cooked meals on a budget.

Some examples of recipes are Spaghetti Cupcakes, Partysicles, Dinosaur Eggs, Pizzadillas and Taco Popcorn.

The book is published by Atria Books and sells for $16.

Study: Bullied school-children may have problems as adults

Bullying doesn't end in the school yard, but casts a shadow across adulthood, when victims are far more likely to have emotional, behavioral, financial and health problems, a new study suggests.

Those who were both victim and perpetrator as schoolchildren fared the worst as adults: They were more than six times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness or psychiatric disorder, and to smoke regularly, according to the study published in the journal Psychological Science.

Emergency safety tips to be discussed

Dr. Perveen Punjani, a pediatrician, will discuss ways to prevent and manage emergency situations involving the children in your life during a free program at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 in Monongahela Valley Hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center.

This program is part of the hospital's Innovations in Medicine series featuring physician guest speakers. Punjani will repeat the talk at the HealthPLEX Willow Room at 6 p.m. Sept. 11. Refreshments will be served and parking is free.

To register, call 724-258-1333.

Talk to kids, establish routines to ease school anxiety

As kids return to school, many feel butterflies in their stomachs. Dr. Don MacMannis and his wife, Debra Manchester — co-directors of The Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara — offer the following tips for parents to help their kids.

• Ask your kids how they're feeling, and encourage them to talk. Maybe you're the one who's anxious, and you're projecting that onto them.

• Offer empathy and reassurance.

• Help your children view change as an opportunity.

• Talk about your experiences during transitions, both from childhood and as an adult.

• Program positive thinking: Have your kids close their eyes and envision a great time at school.

• Re-establish routines.

• Create a ritual of planning, such as selecting outfits the night before.

• Coach them to be friendly and reach out to other kids.

• Deal with your own feelings. Maybe you need a good cry about how you'll miss your child.

Midwife-led care linked to fewer premature births

According to Reuters Health, women cared for by midwives throughout pregnancy tended to have less-complicated births and were less likely to go into labor early than women getting standard medical care, based on a new review of more than a dozen studies.

Pregnancy care that was led or entirely provided by hospital- or community-based midwives was linked to fewer epidurals, episiotomies and use of instruments like forceps or vacuums during delivery. Risk of losing the baby during the first two trimesters was also significantly lower, UK researchers found.

— 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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