As parents we know that we don't have all the answers (shhh... don't tell your kids), and that's why the internet is an invaluable resource. The world-wide web is truly a gamechanger, providing information and a chance to interact with people anonymously (or in your jammies!) about topics you might otherwise be shy to ask about. But how can you be certain that you are getting trustworthy information online? This week we are thrilled to share four outstanding websites (other than ours!), that were brought to our attention by Katie Cook of Safe Sound Family! Each of these sites provides invaluable, authoritative information from accredited sources on topics such as: age-appropriateness of toys and food, health, and safety for families with infants and young children.
National Association for the Education of the Young (http://www.naeyc.org/toys)
This is a phenomenal site not only for toy safety, but also for providing information on age-appropriateness; to maximize your child's learning experience through play, toys for young children should correspond with the child's developmental stage and ability.
Medline Plus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002455.htm)
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus features numerous helpful articles on a wide range of health topics, including this fantastic piece regarding age- and stage-appropriate foods for your child.
This site provides a searchable database of doctors that can be used to locate and book an appointment with a physician in your area, as well as a searchable database of medical questions and answers on everything from health concerns for infants to diabetes, heart health, and cancer. All inquiries are answered by licensed physicians from such renown medical institutions as Boston Hospital, Johns Hopkins, and Beth Israel (among others!).
Safe Sound Family (http://safesoundfamily.com/category/family-safety-2/)
This amazing site provides a well-organized collection of high quality, trustworthy articles highlighting information about home security systems and family safety. This comprehensive information library covers topics ranging from internet safety to family living and crime prevention, and articles are well-written, accessible, and informative. Safe Sound Family is a true "don't miss" for any parent!
Safe and happy virtual spelunking!