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The protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd launched the issues of systemic racism to the front of the world’s consciousness. For many children, these recent events and continuing protests in their communities will result in some of their first questions about race and racism. 

Research has shown that children can pick up racial biases by the age of 4. While race is a simpler thing to address once a young child notices differences in skin color, racism is much more difficult of a topic to address with your children. 

Chuck Quirmbach

Children's Wisconsin officials say its team has treated the first suspected cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) in the state. It's still unclear what causes the syndrome, but many kids who get it had the virus that causes COVID-19.

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For most kids, the summer signals the end of the school year and the return to summer sports and camps. But with the arrival of the coronavirus, things are different this year.

With many states, including Wisconsin, lifting their stay-at-home orders, people who run camps or youth sports may be considering – or working on – reopening. But local health professionals want parents to weigh the risks before enrolling their kids.

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Picking The Right Summer Camp For Your Child

Feb 25, 2020
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Many parents have started to think about what their children will do while school is out of session this Summer. It can seem like a daunting task to go through the endless options that are offered to keep your child safe, happy and entertained. From costs to accessibility, there can be a lot that goes into making a decision on which summer camp to choose for your child.

Jason Rieve

If you’re a parent who relies on a day care center, the last thing you want to hear is that the air quality in those centers may be making your child sick. Yet that may be happening here in Milwaukee. Research shows some day care centers, which are supposed to be protecting our kids, may be using chemicals that are triggering serious asthma attacks in youngsters.

Here to talk about the problem on this edition of UWM Today is Anne Dressel, assistant professor in UWM’s College of Nursing.

Fun fact: The 17-year-old voice actor who plays the beloved cartoon character Peppa Pig actually lives on a farm and has her own pigs who are (of course) named Peppa and George. "They're very cheeky," says Harley Bird. "There was one time when I went in to feed them in the morning and they started eating my Wellies whilst I was still wearing them."

Bird and her family live in Tring, a village about 40 miles northeast of London. She travels to the city to record the award-winning British cartoon, then returns home to feed the chickens.

The Name Of This Headline Is Secret: How An Anonymous Author Found His Voice

May 28, 2019
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There are some writers out there who not only draw readers in with creative plots but with creative use of words. For adults, that might include Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series or Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. And generations of kids have grown to love word-play thanks to books like Norton Juster's 1961 classic The Phantom Tollbooth. 

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A study published Thursday in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental distress, depression and suicidal thoughts and actions has risen significantly over the past decade. While these problems also increased among adults 26 and older, the increase was not nearly as large as among younger people.

Drowning continues to be the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 19 — claiming the lives of roughly 1,100 children in 2006 — according the American Association for Pediatrics. Toddlers and teenage boys are at the greatest risk for drowning. In Wisconsin, a swim class focusing on survival hopes to help with water safety.

I know she died, but when is Grandma coming back?

Why is your skin darker than Mommy's?

Why do we live here but Daddy doesn't?

Are you the tooth fairy?

Anyone with kids in their life knows what it's like to be surprised by a tough question. It can come at any time, often when you least expect it: at breakfast, at bedtime or from the back seat.

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It might be cliche to say that Susan Miller dealt with a parent's worst nightmare — but it's also true. Ten years ago, Miller's previously healthy 14-year-old daughter was suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor and died just days later.

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According to a 2017 study from Common Sense Media, 98 percent of households with children age 8 and under now have access to a mobile device like a tablet or a smartphone. That’s an increase of 52 percent from 2011.

Richard Termine

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Almost anybody with a television and free time afterschool for the last 50 years has become friends with the characters on Sesame Street. About a year ago, Big Bird and the gang said goodbye to Maria, one of the most beloved neighbors on the block since the early 1970s -- and one of the first Hispanic characters on national television.

Wisconsin Faces a Shortage of Foster Families

Jun 20, 2016
Bonnie Petrie

The number of children in Wisconsin needing foster care has surged over the last two years.

Today, there are about 6,000 Wisconsin kids in foster care, and the state removes between 350 and 400 additional children from their homes every month.

This increase has led to a shortage of foster homes, so the Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families is trying to recruit more than a thousand new foster families.            

Ask an elementary school student what his or her favorite part of school is, and there’s a decent chance that recess might be the answer. However as schools stress academics, the time reserved recess is increasingly the first to be taken away.

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