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Coping with kids: New car monitor helps drivers check on baby

| Monday, April 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Always In View is a video, wireless baby monitor created for cars with the goal to reduce distracted driving and eliminate forgotten baby syndrome.
Always In View is a video, wireless baby monitor created for cars with the goal to reduce distracted driving and eliminate forgotten baby syndrome.
The Tacky Box Set
Tacky Box
The Tacky Box Set

Always in View is a wireless video baby monitor created for cars with the goal to reduce distracted driving and eliminate forgotten baby syndrome.

The device transmits images from a rear-facing car seat to a dashboard monitor, reducing head turning and arm reaching movements to check on a baby.

The dashboard monitor has to be manually shut off, serving as a reminder to remove a baby when exiting the vehicle. According to NHTSA, since 1998, at least 532 children nationwide have lost their lives to vehicular heatstroke, with most deaths occurring among children age 3 and younger. Always in View costs $199.99 and can be purchased at

Study: Stress hormone tied to crash risk among teens

Low levels of the hormone cortisol might identify teen drivers with a high likelihood of getting into car accidents, suggests a small, new study reported by Reuters Health.

Newly licensed teens who produced high cortisol under stress were less likely to be involved in a crash or a near-crash, researchers found. Measuring cortisol might make a good test to flag young drivers in need of extra safety training, according to the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The researchers write in JAMA Pediatrics that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 29 worldwide.

Tacky Box offers better words for kids

Some words — like sucks, stupid, butt and moron — might not be “bad” curse words, but still too indelicate for children to use.

A study by the Parents Television Council found that about once an hour children watching popular children's networks will hear mild curse words like “stupid,” “loser” and “butt.”

The Tacky Box Set, invented by mom Chris Kent Phelps, aims to teach kids better word choices and kindness and respect. When kids hear a strong or tacky word or observe a bad action, they write it down, and put the paper in the Tacky Box to remove the word or action from their minds. Parents can later discuss the issue with their kids.

The Tacky Box comes in girl and boy versions for $29.95. Details:

Salvation Army offers summer camp

The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania is gearing up for its 2014 camping season June 16 to Aug. 6.

The organization's nearly 100-acre Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center is along Slippery Rock Creek in Ellwood City.

Accredited by the American Camping Association, Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center offers a diverse program including recreation, Christian education, nature, swimming, arts and crafts, archery and hiking.

Through a contract with the Department of Education Summer Food Service Program, free meals are provided to eligible children during camping sessions. This federally funded Summer Food Service Program provides about 9 percent of the total Camp Allegheny operating budget, which helps keep the costs at a minimum for those attending.

For information on attending Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center or sponsoring a camper, call 412-446-1545.

Report: Parents, kids should talk more about safe driving

Parents might be missing good, teachable moments when their kids are learning to drive, U.S. researchers say in a Reuters Health Report. Recordings of parent-child pairs when the child was driving found a little over half of the talk was driving related — much of it simple instructions or criticism — but parents rarely discussed deeper driving wisdom, like how to anticipate and avoid hazards.

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 email

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