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    As some parents' refusal to have their kids vaccinated continues to be a topic of heated, contentious debate, the consequences of "opting out" have become more apparent. For one fifth grader named Aidan Walsh from Manitoba, Canada, that means studying from home for up to three weeks after an older student may have been infected with measles. That's because Aidan's mom Kim Paul doesn't believe in immunization. She reportedly feels he's safe at home with homeopathic remedies. And as a result of her decision to keep Aidan unvaccinated, she feels pressured by his school.

    Paul told CBC News, "To me it almost seems like a bullying situation, you know. Get the needle, get the needle, if you don't get the needle, you can't go." There's that so often misused and abused word again -- bullying. The use couldn't be more wrong here.

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    You can breathe easily knowing this story does NOT involve a school, students, and guns or violence -- thank goodness -- but the details will still leave you scratching your head.

    A Colorado K-12 school was evacuated when 30 students and a teacher's aide returned to the building after recess reporting eye and skin irritations that resembled allergic reactions. When investigators inspected the area outside of the school grounds, they didn't find pepper spray or a toxic fertilizer -- they discovered six habanero peppers thrown into a bunch of wood chips near the playground. The little suckers caused a whole lot of chaos, and nobody has a clue how or why they were there.

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    Disney World and Disneyland are destinations for millions of families every year, but these days, it's become so difficult for some to enjoy the parks that they're skipping them altogether. The reason: Disney has done away with the "guest assistance cards" that parents of children with special needs have relied on for years to be able to make much-anticipated trips to the theme parks. The GAC (or GAP) program had been known for providing accommodations for children and teens with physical, cognitive, developmental, or behavioral challenges.

    But after certain wealthy parents reportedly abused the system by hiring disabled "family members" to come on vacation, so they could get special perks, Disney axed its GAC program. Now, its successor, the Disability Access Service, or DAS, is under fire, as the subject of a lawsuit filed in California last week.

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    Dear Barbie,

    It's been another rough week for you, hasn't it? Somebody left your scantily clad body at the top of the stairs, and you had to be rescued from the slobbery jaws of the dog. And then to top it all off, a bunch of scientists came out with another dubious claim that you are destroying little girls' chances at making something of themselves one teeny weeny waist at a time.

    In a study published in the journal Sex Roles, researchers Aurora M. Sherman and Eileen L. Zurbriggen have issued forth the brazen claim that you, oh plastic one, you are responsible for teaching girls that they have fewer career options than boys.

    They based this assumption, dear Barbie -- or do your friends call you Babs? -- on interviews with 37 girls ages 4 through 7.

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    April marks National Autism Awareness Month, and starting today, we're shedding light on the 1 in 88 American children who are on the spectrum.

    And while not everyone is directly affected by it, no one is alone in the journey. Autism is a concern for all of us.

    If your child has just been diagnosed with autism and you're not sure where to start, we have the sources for you. And whether you're looking for medical information, camaraderie, expert advice, autism-specific toys, best vacation plans for traveling with a child with autism, or just a shoulder to cry on, we have that resource as well. From national organizations to parent-written blogs to scholarship opportunities and even resources for siblings, we've put together a list of the 50 best autism resources on the Internet:

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    When we first become parents, it's hard not to fret over every little symptom our babies have. Is it just a cold or something worse? Is that cradle cap or some horrible skin infection? As they grow older, our hypochondria tends to wane. Unless there is a bone protruding or a crazy high temperature, we think it's nothing major. However, the heartbreaking story of 5-year-old Kinsey Morsi will make every parent be a bit more paranoid about their child's health.

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    The 2 Words Moms Dread Hearing

    posted by Jeanne Sager March 29 at 7:32 AM in Big Kid
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    My pediatrician delivered bad news this week. My daughter's goopy, red eyes was just what I feared ... a walloping case of pink eye. Cue six loads of laundry to wash everything she might have come in contact with, compulsive hand washing to the point where my hands are red and raw, and of course obsessing about every little itch and tick of my own eyes.

    Pink eye. Two little words. One massive mom headache.

    That's always how it is, isn't it? Something so small, something that sounds so innocuous, fills you with dread when you're a parent? In fact, pink eye ranks right up at the top of a list of the absolute worst phrases in the English language ... at least for parents. What else is on the list? Why I thought you'd never ask!

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    There are so many jobs you take on when you become a parent. Finder of lost shoes. Door opener (and closer!). Of course, when they reach the stage of loose teeth, you become a practicing dentist. But what kind of dentist are you? Are you the cool kind? Are you like the dad who just pulled out his son's tooth with a helicopter and filmed the whole thing?

    Malcolm Swan's video of his uber cool tooth removal procedure is quickly going viral, and once you see it, you will be guaranteed to up your game as an amateur dentist! Forget the old doorknob trick; you're going to have to think bigger! Check it out:

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    I was told it was coming, and now it's finally here: The Licepocalypse. A new super-resistant lice is plaguing school children (and their parents) across the nation. These evil bugs take up residence on your scalp and in your hair, and they feast upon your blood. Medicated treatments don't work on them, either. Who will save us from this awful scourge?

    You will! Forget about the medicated stuff. It doesn't work on regular lice, anyway. Here's how you rid the lice. It's not pretty, and it's a big pain. But it works.

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    Have you ever noticed how kids seem to go from one extreme to the other in certain instances? What am I saying? Of course you have. They're just about the most indecisive little creatures on the planet -- especially when it comes to making sure they get their way.

    And they really have a knack for changing their minds as to how they feel in a split second if they aren't getting the reaction out of us they're looking for.

    Not sure what I mean? Here are five ways kids make "miraculous recoveries" in order to get situations working in their favor.

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