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Dinner's Done, Now What? -  Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

Dinner's Done, Now What? - Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

After all the hours of prep work that go into Thanksgiving dinner, it seems as if it's gobbled up in no time flat. Now what? Here are a bunch of ideas for the entire family to enjoy after the big fe . . .

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10 Places to Buy Holiday Pies

10 Places to Buy Holiday Pies

If you don’t have the time (or desire) to make your own pies this holiday season, pick them up at one of these local favorite pie shops. Crafted Baked Goods2820 Historic Decatur Rd (Liberty Publi . . .

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Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

Family Board Games! Check out these fun games for kids of all ages. Elmo's World Hide & Seek$19.99; 6 months+Amazon.comYour best friend is hiding somewhere around the house – but Elmo won . . .

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San Diego Family's 2017 Holiday Toy Review

San Diego Family's 2017 Holiday Toy Review

The San Diego Family Holiday Toy Review-2017 is here! Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Die . . .

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How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A celebration the kids will never forget!Make the kids’ table the best one in the house by celebrating like the Peanuts Gang in the popular movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. With Charlie Brown . . .

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Thanksgiving Roundup!

Thanksgiving Roundup!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family-friendly events and activities, festive crafts, fall recipes and more in our Thanksgiving Round-up! You'll even find Winter Break Camps in San Diego! Quick links: . . .

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Sunscreen Safety for Kids

Common myths about protecting your child’s skinContributed by Sunny Gault of New Mommy Media

We know skin protection is important—especially in the San Diego summer sun—but there is a lot of misinformation about sunscreens and how to best protect the delicate skin of our children. Dr. Caroline Piggott is a pediatric dermatologist at Scripps Clinic in San Diego. She says it’s important for parents to use sunscreen properly to preserve the skin and protect against skin cancers, like melanoma. “Each blistering sunburn a child gets increases their risk of developing cancer,” she says.Keep your family safe from summer sun. Here are common myths about sunscreen protection:Myth #1

Sunscreen with the highest SPF is best.
Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s rays. Higher number SPFs may block slightly more, but no sunscreen can block 100 percent of the sun’s rays.

Myth #2
Babies less than 6 months should not wear sunscreen.

The American Academy of Pediatrics primarily recommends additional lightweight clothing and shade to protect your baby’s skin. However, if that is not available, parents can apply a small amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF.

Myth #3
Some sunscreens are waterproof or sweat-proof.
The Federal Drug and Food Administration says no sunscreen is truly waterproof or sweat-proof, but it can be water resistant. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of water.

Myth #4
Kids who have a tan or are dark-skinned don’t need sunscreen.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, everyone—regardless of race or ethnicity—is at risk for overexposure to the sun. A base tan is not a substitute for sunscreen and there is no such thing as a “healthy tan”—it’s simply damaged skin.

Myth #5
Sunscreen is all children need to stay safe from the sun.
Sunscreen is only one piece of the puzzle. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends staying in the shade whenever possible. Also, limit sun exposure during the peak hours of 10 am–4 pm.

For more information about sunscreen safety for your children, be sure to listen to our podcast. We also explore new label changes required by the Food and Drug Administration to help families determine what type of sunscreen is best for them.

Sunny Gault is a San Diego mom of four and founder of The New Mommy Media Network, where you’ll find free podcasts for new and expecting parents.

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