Many parents hope and dream for the day their child applies to college. Some may see it as a grade on their parenting, thinking, “If my child doesn’t get into the Ivy League or my own alma mater, I’ve failed.” By today’s standards, though, some of us might not even get accepted into our own …

The summer-vacation season is fast approaching, and whether you and your family plan to travel far away or stay close to home, a great way to prepare your children for upcoming adventures is by reading together.

Immunizations, aka vaccines, are designed to prevent disease. They contain inactive viral or bacterial particles, causing the body to make antibodies that recognize and fight diseases when you or your child is exposed to them.

Patrick and Shelley Carleton of Ladue are pleased to announce the arrival of their son, Oliver Patrick Carleton. Grandparents Jack and Susan Carleton of Richmond Heights, and Ray and Carole Ruby of Frontenac are happy to welcome the newest addition to the family. Oliver joins his siblings, I…

Once upon a time, Myers Dill had a bad habit of looking at Petfinder – all the time. He and his wife, Christine, had gotten their first dog, Chief, from the website, so he was always perusing it, looking for a friend for Chief.

With summer nearing, Ready Readers has two down-on-the-farm suggestions for spending enjoyable time with your young children while broadening their horizons. Six times yearly, more than 10,000 underprivileged kids receive brand-new books from our program – and we highly recommend this pair o…

Last month’s column discussed how parents and caretakers could help themselves cope with the chronic illness of a child. This month, we’ll focus on how to help your child handle the lifestyle changes an illness can bring. Even for those whose children don’t have chronic illnesses, these prin…

Recently, my colleague, child neurologist Dr. John Mantovani, was featured in a TV news segment discussing the challenges of caring for a child diagnosed with autism. Autism is one of many illnesses that result in significant lifestyle changes for affected children and their families.

Kids enjoy cooking when you make it fun, and as a parent, one of the most rewarding parts of cooking at home is sharing that experience.

Jeffrey Scott and Allison Jean (Laycob) Matty of Manhattan are delighted to announce the arrival of their son, Jacob Leo Matty. Great-grandparents Paul and Betty Mendelson, grandparents Leland and Suzan Laycob, all of St. Louis, and grandparents Robert and Kathy Matty of Rockville, Maryland,…