Image description: An Afghan girl watches as a U.S. Marine gives her sister cough suppressant in Herat province, Afghanistan. Coalition forces hold a bi-weekly clinic for women and children in area villages to receive treatment and standard hygiene products.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau.
Kids.gov is the government’s official web portal for kids, with activities for kindergarteners through 8th graders and resources for parents and teachers. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids engaged and learning this summer, Kids.gov has a variety of resources all in one safe spot for your kids. Some highlights from the site include:
Games: You won’t mind your kids spending time playing games online when they’re learning about math, science, history and more. In Kids.gov’s Play Games section, they can enjoy adventures like solving secret codes from the National Security Agency, working on word puzzles about the earth from NASA, and experiencing the challenges of being a Peace Corps volunteer.
Get Creative: Give your kids a little direction with art projects from Kids.gov, including coloring pages, digital photography projects, and a special collection of interactive painting, collage making and animation projects from the National Gallery of Art’s NGAkids Art Zone.
Videos: Kids.gov’s Videos section has lots of new things for your kids to watch. They can learn about the mysteries of tornadoes with a storm chaser or find out how to handle bullies from StopBullying.gov. And in the series of cool career videos produced by Kids.gov, they can learn about archaeology, meet an albino alligator and her keeper at the National Aquarium, and see how money is made.
Outdoor activities: When your kids are ready for a break from the computer, go with them. Kids.gov’s Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition section for parents is full of ideas to keep your family in shape, like LetsMove.gov’s suggestions for working activity into your kids’ daily routine, and Recreation.gov’s collection of family friendly ideas for exploring America’s beaches, mountains, cities and everything in between.
Join Kids.gov for a live Twitter chat to talk about fun and educational activities you can do with your kids this summer.
When: Thursday, June 20th, 1pm ET
Where: Twitter. Follow @kidsgov and use #kidsummer to join the conversation and find new activities for your kids this summer!
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Image decryption: Let Baby Set the Delivery Date
Babies need at least 39 weeks to grow before they are born. Between 37 and 29 weeks, the baby goes through critical development of the brain, lungs, and liver.
Your baby’s brain at 35 weeks weighs only 2/3 of what it will weigh at 39 to 40 weeks.
Babies born before 39 weeks have a 20% greater risk of complications than babies born later, including problems with breathing, temperature, and feeding.
One more reason to wait: your due date could be off by 2 weeks, which means if you have your baby before 39 weeks, you could be delivering early!
Elective delivery prior to 39 weeks increases the mom’s risk of postpartum depression, stronger and more frequent contractions, and need for a cesarean delivery.
Learn more at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/ncmhep/isitworthit/.
Information provided by the National Child and Maternal health Education Program within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.