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October 2021

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Helping kids develop a healthy relationship with food – and warning signs for eating disorders

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and teens are more isolated, anxious, stressed and have a sense of loss of control. These factors can add to other potential risk factors for developing eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia and others. Here are some tips, information and warning signs of eating disorders in children.

Mom wears a face mask and leans in close to child wearing a face mask.

Yes, it’s tough right now: tips for parents and COVID-19 regulations

It’s a tough time to be a parent right now. COVID-19 is still in our communities, but it feels like most people are “back to normal.” Except when you have kids. Children under 12 aren’t protected by the COVID-19 vaccine and many parents are struggling to figure out how to keep kids safe while not keeping them isolated from the world. Here are some tips to help you think through your decisions.

Emily Mccarty, husband and two sons stand at their decorated trunk or treat as Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween.

5 great family Halloween costumes to try

Dressing up for Halloween doesn’t always have to be just for the kids. The whole family can enjoy playing dress-up with these fun family group costumes. No matter the size of your family, there’s bound to be a group costume to win you best dressed! Check out these fun ideas submitted by Children’s Mercy employees.