As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

As a Seattle-based fiction writer and a part-time stay-at-home dad, Josh Mohr, 40, spends his days in the world of make-believe.

His routine begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. when his 3-year-old daughter, Ava, waves a magic wand to turn him into a children's storyteller.

Mohr cozies up to his toddler, who's dressed for the occasion in a purple princess dress and a sparkly crown with rainbow jewels. After they've finished a few readings of Curious George, Ava asks her dad to read the story again.

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A boy who can’t speak depends on Medicaid. What happens to him if it’s cut?

FENTON, Mo. — When Kim and Rich Rankin decided to adopt, they figured they would bring home an older child. They were almost finished raising seven children, and thought they were done with babies.

Then they saw a photo of “Baby S,” with his soft eyes and round cheeks. Rich suggested putting it on the fridge.

“We’re going to bring that baby home if we put his picture on the refrigerator,” Kim recalled saying.

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Most parents don't think they're meeting kids' nutritional needs

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 -- Even though most American parents believe good nutrition is important for their children, only one-third think they're doing a good job teaching their kids healthy eating habits, a new survey shows.

"Most parents understand that they should provide healthy food for their children, but the reality of work schedules, children's activities and different food preferences can make meal preparation a hectic and frustrating experience," said Sarah Clark. She co-directs the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

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When Someone Asks My Medically Complex Daughter What She Wants To Be When She Grows Up

It happens when we’re standing in line at the grocery store and the sweet older gentleman behind us wants to make small talk. It happens when we’re raking leaves on a clean, clear fall day and a new neighbor stops by to meet us. It happens when we visit a different church, and when my daughter tries to make a new friend. Each time it happens, my heart sinks with nauseating dread.

“Hey there, sweetie,” they say. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

This is apparently the universal getting to know you, small talk question for children. There’s nothing wrong with the question. I appreciate that people want to meet my daughter, and want to get to know what she enjoys and her dreams for her future. But the truth is not the cheerful chit-chat they are hoping for.

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Helping kids avoid tooth decay during National Children's Dental Health Month

(WXYZ) - February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and tooth decay is a top priority. Nearly one in three children between ages two and five in the U.S. are affected by it.

Dr. Mira Albert, pediatric dentist and national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry joined 7 Action News This Morning to talk more about how kids can have a healthy mouth.

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Louisville teen wins national volunteering honor while fighting own health battle

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville teen is up for a national award for her volunteerism. Anna-Maria Beck has raised thousands of dollars over the years through bake sales, all while battling a brain tumor.

For most bakers, a batch is 12 cookies. But for Beck, one batch is 200 cookies. "So we'll make a couple batches, so that's probably like 500, 600 cookies," Beck said.

The Sacred Heart Academy senior is in the business of bake sales. She's raised thousands of dollars over the years, all while fighting a brain tumor. "Years fighting this stupid tumor. I can't get over it," she said.

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Needles ease pain for kids with stomach pain

Dr. Arthur de Lorimier placed a firm hand on 9-year-old Moncerrat Torres’ left ankle, looking into her brown eyes as he pushed an acupuncture needle into the top of her foot, just a few inches from her big toe.

Her mother, Maribel Torres, stood in the corner of the room for moral support, but the girl didn’t wince. The long, thin needles used in the traditional Chinese medicine cause discomfort, Torres said, but it’s a small price to pay for relief from the irritable bowel syndrome that once plagued Moncerrat day and night.

De Lorimier, a pediatric gastroenterologist at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was searching for pressure points on Moncerrat’s body that he hoped would ease the pain in her abdomen. He’s one of the only physicians in his field using acupuncture on children with functional abdominal disorders.

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How Reading Aloud to Therapy Dogs Can Help Struggling Kids

Two years ago, principal Diane Lau-Yee grew concerned when she saw how family tragedies were impacting her students at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

“Some of the students were acting out their feelings of confusion and anger by starting fights with their peers, while other children shut down and stopped participating in class,” says Lau-Yee.

When children are struggling at home, it’s often harder for them to concentrate in school. And if kids experience trauma — such as the death of a family member, divorce or witnessing family or community violence — research shows that kids will have more difficulty tolerating frustration, controlling their impulses and managing their aggression.

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Severely disabled kids' lives at risk, parents say, as Texas enacts Medicaid cost-savings plan

AUSTIN — Amy Pratt drove her severely disabled son, Quinten, four-plus hours to Children’s Medical Center Dallas only to learn the insurance company that Texas hired to care for him had suddenly denied payment for an important procedure, one that could potentially save the 9-year-old's life. 

In El Paso, 11-year-old Rudy Smith lost most of the therapy services that helped him cope with cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, which plagues him with 50 to 100 seizures a day. His mother says she’s having trouble getting prescriptions filled, and the insurance company keeps sending her incorrect or faulty medical supplies.

Arlington resident Blakley Hernandez is considering moving to another state because her son, Reid, a 3-year-old with a form of dwarfism, can no longer see specialists who were planning surgeries to fix his legs, which are bowing outward.

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Using Improv To Help Kids With Autism Show And Read Emotion

It can be difficult to socialize and make friends for many children with autism. Often that's because reading body language and others' emotions doesn't always come easily.

Many of us seem to learn these social skills naturally, but maybe there's also a way to teach them.

The Psychology Lab at Indiana State University is trying to tap into that idea with improvisational theater.

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